This position takes place in a fly-in Inuit community in Nunavik (Northern Quebec). It is a contractual position with possibility to renew. Transportation and a shared accommodation will be provided, as well as telephone and Internet. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodations for partners or children at this time.

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

Terms:

Contract Period:

Contractual position, September 11th to December 22nd 2017, with a possibility to renew between January and June 2018.

Number of hours of work:

30 hours/week

Salary:

Weekly salary of $480 + weekly food allowance of $200

Other benefits:

Can be recognised as an internship in some cases.
Housing (possibility of sharing a house with other Youth Fusion coordinators or school staff), phone, Internet and transportation provided.

Responsibilities:

The Performing Arts Project Coordinator will work alongside the school staff to integrate musical activities into the school context, in order to promote self-expression, self-esteem, and perseverance. The selected candidate is also encouraged to integrate other artistic activities such as dance, theatre, circus arts, photography, etc., according to their skills and interests. This project may work with students from Grade 3 to Secondary 5, or just focus on high school students, depending on the size of the school, and the project coordinator’s experience.

1. In-class programming: Collaborate with the school administration and teaching staff in order to create a weekly schedule of in-class programming with elementary and high school teachers. In-class workshops should be adapted to the students’ levels of ability (for example: Singing and rhythm games for younger students; guitar lessons for older students).

2. Extra-curricular music programming: The project coordinator will plan and animate daily extra-curricular activities to help students discover and develop their musical talents, with the long-term objective of performing in local show. The music program will focus on teaching instruments such as vocals, guitar, piano and/or percussion. Extra-curricular music activities target students from Grade 3 to Secondary 5, and should include students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Music activities can include individual lessons, group lessons, band coaching, etc.

3. Hiring a local animator: When possible, Youth Fusion hires a high school student as a local music animator to work alongside the project coordinator during extra-curricular activities. The local animator facilitates activities and may help develop pedagogical approaches to work with youth.

4. Links with local musicians: You are encouraged to develop links and involve artists within the community, such as traditional singers, musicians, dancers, etc., to diversify the activities offered to youth.

5. Regional Show: In December, two students from each community will have the opportunity to travel to Youth Fusion’s Regional Pigunnaniq Festival. You will be responsible for selecting the student delegates, obtaining school and parental permission, as well as coaching and supervising them during the trip. The students will have the opportunity to perform on stage, and to take part in workshops with professional musicians.

6. Local Show: Each Spring, Youth Fusion organizes a local show with the support and collaboration of other community organizations. This task includes: Presenting Youth Fusion and the Local Show project to local organizations; securing a date, a venue and any technical equipment for the show; recruiting and coordinating local artists as well as volunteers to support the show; organizing rehearsals with youth and local artists; promoting the event within the community (radio, posters, social media, etc.); stage-managing the show and ensuring that the event runs smoothly; managing a budget for the show. You may also be asked to support the Assistant Director of Educational Programming – Inuit Communities in fundraising efforts and securing local sponsorships for the Show.

7. Additional tasks: You may also be asked to coach students to perform in the school’s Christmas holiday show, or at other community events.

8. 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 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.

Academic:

Must be a university student or graduate in a relevant discipline (music, education, social work, youth work, communications, human relations, community development, etc.)

Knowledge and skills:

● Must be comfortable teaching workshops in at least two of the following musical disciplines: vocals, piano, guitar, percussion;
● Additional experience in dance, circus arts, theatre, or media production, will be considered a strong asset;
● Must have experience working with youth and have a strong desire to act as an agent of social change;
● Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
● Must be able to relocate to Northern Quebec for a period of 4 to 10 months.
● Experience with Indigenous communities and knowledge of lndigenous issues in Canada is an asset;
● Experience working in a cross-cultural context is an asset;
● Motivation, initiative, persistence, communication skills, vision and imagination are essential.

Languages:

Must be fluent in English and French