Community Action Leader (5 positions)
Location: Whitehorse, YT and/or Virtual, with possibility for remote work within the territory
Wage: $30 per hour, casual work
We’re looking for 4-5 enthusiastic individuals to join our Doing It Right team as Community Action Leaders! These are new positions, so we want to hear from people from a wide range of experiences. Please keep reading to see if you’re a good fit or if you’re interested in learning more.
WHO IS YWITT?
Yukon Women in Trades and Technology (YWITT) is a Whitehorse-based non-profit organization with partnerships and programs that increase awareness for women and girls in trades and technology. We support women to explore, enter in, and succeed in skilled trades and technology careers by offering individualized support and community-oriented programming. Now in our 22nd year of operations, we are focusing our attention on developing our support and training opportunities for adult women and gender diverse folks who do not identify as men.
YWITT’s Doing It Right Project is our ongoing research-to-action project that mobilizes women and gender diverse tradespersons working in skilled trades to form a supportive community; develop and share strategies for peer and group support; and work together to move our collective ideas into action.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY ACTION LEADER?
Have you worked in the skilled trades or technology sectors?
Love meeting new folks and maintaining connections?
Enjoy working in a supportive team environment?
Energized when gathering people together, socially or professionally?
Want to take action on issues facing women in the trades or technology sectors?
Want to see a diverse, equitable, and inclusive skilled trades industry in the territory?
For YWITT, a community action leader is someone who identifies as a woman, non-binary or gender non-conforming person who has personally trained and/or worked in the skilled trades or technology sector in the Yukon. Community action leaders bring their lived experience, unique perspectives, and community connections to this project, help steer its direction, and lead community organizing, as well as action-implementation activities.
What does the work look like?
Nurturing relationships with women and gender diverse tradespeople, using phone, email, social media, and in-person meetings
Identifying people, workplaces, groups and organizations to connect with, using word of mouth, cold-calling, and online searching
Planning community engagement activities, including visits to organizations and workplaces
Co-organizing and co-hosting activities, meet-ups and events, in Whitehorse or on community visits
Action / Implementation
Facilitating group meetings, focus group discussions, and/or individual interviews, independently and/or with support
Starting and/or supporting new project(s) with interested community members, workplaces, and/or organizations
Taking notes at or after meetings and documenting ongoing work using words, pictures, video, or other creative means
Soliciting oral and/or written feedback from different people about our activities and events
Sharing your ideas, ongoing feedback, and reflections as part of our project learning and team process
What is the time commitment?
The position requires more or less 5-7 hours per week, between October 2022 to July 2023. The hours and time frame are flexible, where there can and will be some weeks where we do not report hours. There may also be weeks where you can work more hours.
Community action leaders will be invited to attend paid orientation and training workshops starting in mid-to-late October 2022. Some of these hours will be done independently, others in a group context. We are open and flexible with your work schedule, given your other work, family, life, and community commitments. We anticipate that the team will work some select evenings or weekends, particularly for events.
Where you will be working
Our office is based out of Whitehorse, though we are open for some of this work to be done remotely. For those with capacity and availability, this work may include visiting communities, so it’s a big plus for us if you are connected to other towns and nations outside Whitehorse.
What else you can expect
Learn and practice community organizing, community building, engagement, and qualitative research (action-implementation) skills in a supportive environment
Work with a growing team and organization
Opportunity for mentorship from supportive staff
Become a part of a larger network of people and organizations committed to supporting women and gender diverse folks enter and stay in the skilled trades
We seek applicants who:
Identify as a woman, non-binary, trans, and/or gender diverse person with lived experience within the Yukon’s skilled trade and technology sectors
Knowledge of/experience with working with women, gender diverse folks, and/or the skilled trades is a definite asset
Experience and/or interest in organizing activities and gatherings is an asset
Experience and/or interest in group facilitation is an asset
How do you apply?
Email your resume and cover letter to Liz Peredun at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, September 28, 2022. In your cover letter, in 200-300 or so words, tell us
What excites you about joining this project
What previous work, volunteer, or personal experiences align with the role
What you are hoping to gain from this experience working as a community action leader with YWITT
Anything else you would like to share