Raven Tales Revival Project Coordinator
North Coast Innovation Lab Job Posting
Project: Raven Tales Revival
Position: Raven Tales Revival Project Coordinator
Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week
Start date: January 13, 2020
End date: August 28, 2020
Location: Prince Rupert, BC
*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply, and remain so for the duration of the position. No exceptions, as this relates to position funding. We accept applicants from any university in Canada.
*Prior to starting this position, you must pass a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check to be eligible to work in partnership with Change Makers Society.
About the North Coast Innovation Lab
The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.
The NCIL addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance social and economic resilience in Prince Rupert. Through this initiative, new forms of collaboration and partnership will be explored across sectors; lessons learned from the projects and partnerships will be documented and shared; ideas will be incubated into viable projects; and students will be given practical opportunities to work on initiatives that increase economic and social resilience.
Raven Tales Revival Project Coordinator
Changemakers’ Education Society started Raven Tales Revival with funding from Canada Youth Services to develop meaningful service opportunities for youth between the ages of 15-30 to explore Truth and Reconciliation through storytelling. This project is further supported by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Through our project, we are working with youth to create and stage a play while documenting and archiving the experience; youth will have the opportunity to develop and share skills in reading, writing, communication, teamwork, critical thinking and technology.
The Raven Tale Revival Project Coordinator will be responsible for:
- Coordinating meaningful programming for young adults in our community with the assistance of our executive director, literacy practitioners, filmmakers, theatre facilitator and elders.
- Building relationships, recruiting, supervising and mentoring youth participating in the project.
- Helping to maintain website, blog and update social media accounts.
- Assisting with project administration, filing, reporting, and data management.
- Coordinating storytelling, theatre and documentary filming events and outreach activities.
Activities and Deliverables
- Help youth to create and edit weekly short videos and final documentary, maintaining focus on their experience and understanding of the truth and impacts of colonialism and their hopes and ideas for achieving reconciliation.
- Work with youth to advocate for justice and take their message on the local stage and making it relevant and accessible to a global audience through video and social media.
- Work with youth to workshop and create a play during the winter/summer and present final play during the summer of 2020.
- Work with the executive director to identify sources of funding, and develop a fundraising strategy, with a focus around cultural preservation, arts and literacy programs, on behalf of the Society.
- Participate in the collective responsibility of ensuring the project space is properly maintained, clean and safe.
- Work collaboratively with Change Makers, First Nations organizations, and other cultural and arts institutions to advance understanding of, and explore pathways for meaningful community practice of Truth and Reconciliation.
- Collaborate with other organizations and institutions to enhance experiential learning opportunities for Raven Tales Revival participants, notably in the areas of theatrical production, cultural awareness and expression, storytelling, social justice, and health and well-being
- Explore digital literacy activities, resources and tools to enhance the Raven Tale Revival project, especially those within Prince Rupert (such as virtual reality, photography, social media management, etc.).
- Co-convene and facilitate 2+ project specific gatherings, events, or activities in the community around storytelling, creative expression, and/or cultural awareness.
- Co-facilitate and present at 2-3 community gatherings to share project updates and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.
Desired Skills, Capabilities, and Qualifications:
- Understand and appreciate the Indigenous experience, Canada’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and willing to work with diverse populations to create authentic dialogue, increase understanding and explore ideas for achieving reconciliation
- Knowledge of First Nations cultures and history, an understanding of how these unique cultures have been impacted by colonialism and a willingness to honor and support traditional wisdom
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; You possess a great sense of story with an ability to integrate different knowledge and ideas to create a narrative
- Excellent computer skills, ability to use a number of social media platforms. Experience with camera and sound equipment and Adobe Suite (Adobe Premier Elements, and Adobe Creative Cloud Applications)
- Capable of working a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.
- You exhibit an energetic and creative spirit, ethical approach to work. You are confident, exude positivity and enthusiasm, you approach work with a positive attitude and are capable of motivating and inspiring others.
- You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
- You are able to collaborate and work together as part of a team to accomplish identified goals and recognize new and existing opportunities for collaboration and engagement.
- You have strong leadership, organizational and time-management skills, are capable working with a timeline.
- You are passionate about advancing reconciliation and supporting social and economic opportunities for First Nations people.
- You’re a strong relationship-builder, and you know how to listen to the needs of others – across cultures and perspectives – and frame opportunities around them.
- You can work within a developing project, showing good judgement and initiative.
- You understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity
- You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!
About Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert is a city with 12,000 inhabitants, of which nearly 50 per cent identify as First Nations. Situated in the coastal temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert is a beautiful city with historical, cultural and economic significance for British Columbia and Canada at large.
Despite having a multitude of social service organizations and non-profits, the community still struggles to address issues around mental health, food security, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. For small organizations, there is a severe shortage of resources, both human and financial, necessary to increase their impact and address persistent social challenges. At same time, inequality and social, cultural challenges persist; requiring increasing capacity from non-profit organizations to support marginalized and excluded populations, disproportionally First Nations.
Our community has large high school drop-out rates with more than 30 per cent of Indigenous learners not completing high school; according to the census data, the percentage of adults lacking a high school education is significantly higher than the provincial average. There is a lack of trust in traditional education institutions which is a lasting legacy from Residential School. Change Makers aims to create experiential learning opportunities that make education relevant and accessible.
About Change Makers’ Education Society
In 2017, a small group of educators in Prince Rupert joined together to create Change Makers’ Education Society. The directors are proponents of life-long learning and believe that education can be a creative and enjoyable pastime. Our members aim to share their love of learning, building a resilient community and strengthen networks in the process.
Change Makers’ Education Society is a grassroots literacy and experiential learning non-profit. We have a mission to help people acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to take part in developing a healthy community and live a fulfilling life. We work to empower members of our community with the knowledge and resources that they need to succeed and take action in their lives.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at email@example.com by Sunday, November 17, 2019 at midnight. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants; however, will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.