The Leadership & Entrepreneurship Project Coordinator will plan and animate daily in class and extra-curricular activities for high school students (Secondary 1-5). This project aims to develop school spirit, self-esteem, and well-being among the high school students, and to contribute to creating a more positive and engaging school atmosphere. The position entails working with the school administration, teachers and other partners such as the Youth Council

Youth Fusion is a registered non-profit, non-partisan organization that tackles increasing absenteeism and drop-out rates in Quebec by engaging students in motivating extra-curricular activities. Youth Fusion has been working in the James Bay Cree Communities since January 2010 and Nunavik Inuit Communities since January 2014. In this region, we have 3 main areas of activities:

  • Organizing extra-curricular activities;
  • Working with teachers to develop and animate classroom activities that help make school learning more relevant for children and teenagers;
  • Working with local organizations to help create links between the school and community.

CONDITIONS

  • Contractual position, between January and June and from September to December with possibility to renew
  • 30 hours/ week
  • James Bay Cree or Inuit communities (Northern Quebec). Positions are available in multiple communities; We will place project coordinators so as to match their skills with the interests of local community.
  • Weekly salary of $480 + weekly food allowance of $200 for Inuit communities
  • Weekly salary of $435/week + weekly allowance of $150/week for Cree communities (Inuit rate for Whapmagoostui).
  • Housing (possibility of sharing a house with other Youth Fusion coordinators or school staff), phone, Internet and transportation provided. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodations for partners or children at this time.
  • Can be recognised as an internship in some cases
  • Must be available to move to Northern Quebec for a period of 4 to 10 months

TO APPLY

Apply online or send your CV and a cover letter to Matthew Schleck, Assistant-Director of Educational programming, Inuit Communities, at mschleck@fusionjeunesse.org. Please indicate the position(s) that you are applying for and highlight your relevant experience.

RESPONSABILITIES

The project coordinator will be responsible for organizing and facilitating some or all of the following activities:

  1. Business Project: Your role will be to spur tangible skills in your students, by exposing them to the day-to-day reality of running a business in a field they are passionate about. Through make-believe companies (complete with business plan) or real companies (within their school or community), the students are placed in an environment prone to fostering added value to their endeavours. What’s more, they learn about working effectively and in an organized manner as a team, taking initiative, drawing on their creativity, and nurturing their decision-making skills.
  2. Student council: Oversee elections for class representatives, and school president and vice president; facilitate weekly student council meetings including activities to foster teamwork, communications skills, respect, and leadership among the student council members; assist the council in organizing events for the student body and the community. You may also need to assist the student council with fundraising activities as needed.
  3. Student Lounge: Manage a welcoming space where students can spend time between classes or after school. This responsibility can be shared with another Youth Fusion Project Coordinator.
  4. Physical activities: Organize and animate after-school sports, fitness, or outdoor activities at least twice per week. Physical activities may include basketball, floor-hockey, dance, fitness, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. It may also be possible to organize larger scale outdoor events such as camping, canoeing, skiing, dog-sledding, trapping, etc.
  5. Anti-Bullying activities: You will work with the Student Council and school to help organize and animate a week-long, anti-bullying event, with a focus on building confidence and healthy relationships. Training and resources on this topic will be provided.

In order to successfully organize these activities and maintain regular communication, the project coordinator should:

  • Recruit participants and encourage students to actively participate in leadership and healthy living activities;
  • Collaborate with school administration, teachers and local organizations (such as the radio station, youth center, cultural department) to promote greater participation of community members;
  • Manage the Youth Fusion blog.
  1. Administrative tasks include:
  • Attend Youth Fusion training week;
  • Fill-out and submit bi-weekly timesheets, reports and expense reports;
  • Managing a small budget for the project and the material inventory;
  • Communicating with Youth Fusion and the school principal on a weekly basis;
  • Taking part in the monthly phone call with Youth Fusion coordinators from the same domain;
  • Surveying students and local partners to get feedback about activities.
  • Submitting a mid-term and final report, including a full list of activities and participants.

Our mission at Youth Fusion is to engage at-risk youth in projects that motivate them to attend school. You will be working closely with school administration, local staff, and Youth Fusion’s Director of Educational Programming to ensure that this project meets its objectives. We are looking for a candidate who is open to learning about Inuit or Cree culture and adapt our program to the realities of a Northern community. You are encouraged to become an active participant in school life and are welcome to propose additional activities based on your abilities and interests.

EDUCATION

  • Must be a university student or graduate in a relevant discipline (Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, International Development, etc.);

EXPERIENCE

  • Knowledge of market research, business plan, business startup, board;
  • Must have experience working with youth and have a strong desire to act as an agent of social change;
  • Experience with Indigenous communities and knowledge of lndigenous issues in Canada is an asset;
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural context is an asset;

SKILLS

  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Motivation, initiative, persistence, communication skills, vision and imagination are essential;
  • Must be fluent in English and French.

FOR LOCAL HIRES

  • If you are local to the Cree or Inuit community were our projects are located, we encourage you to apply.
  • Some of the above requirements can be waived for local applicants
  • According to our agreement with the Cree School Board and Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, we cannot offer housing for local hires. However, the food, phone, and internet allowance will still be granted.
  • Local hires must be available to travel to Montreal for one week in the beginning of the semester to attend training. We will provide transportation to/from Montreal, lodging, and a food allowance for the week of the training. 

CRIMINAL RECORD

Verification is required to work with a vulnerable clientele. This check is done when hiring