Your mandate is to enable youth (grades 4 to Secondary 5) to develop creative, conceptual and social skills in environmental design and sustainable development. Through the development of workshops and interactive visits, the coordinator guides youth through the stages of the realization of a design project, from the conceptualisation to its construction. The goal of this project is to make them aware of the surrounding environment, to seek out and learn about the history of their school and community, and to work closely with community members to carry out a common project.

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 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.
  • $435/week + $150/week food allowance for Cree communities (Inuit rate for Whapmagoostui).
  • $480/week + $200/week food allowance for Inuit communities.
  • 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 able to relocate to Northern Quebec for a period of 4 to 10 months.

TO APPLY

Apply online, or send your CV and a cover letter to Florence Dontigny-Duplain, Project Manager, Inuit Communities, at fdontignyduplain@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.

  • Environmental Design Project:

The Project Coordinator works with grade 4 to 6 teachers to integrate design and introductive activities to sustainable development into the classroom. This program supports a number of curriculum objectives in the areas of Math, Science, Social Sciences and Literacy. Additional extra-curricular sessions will also be required to complete the Environmental Design Project. The participants will be led to develop a concrete project for their school and to carry out all the stages leading to its realization, from the idea to the maintenance of the final project. The final expectations for the young participants in the project are:

  • Present, at the end of the year, a design project that improves the school’s or the community’s environment;
  • Become aware of the importance of the natural and material environment that surrounds us;
  • Become aware of the role that each and everyone can play in the community.;
  • Organize a public consultation;
  • Organize a local gathering to present the conclusions of the project to the community;
  • Show a new open-mindedness at the end of the project.

Delegation to Youth Fusion’s Environmental Design Gala in Montreal:

A team of 4 to 10 students will have the opportunity to travel to Montreal to participate to Youth Fusion’s Gala in May 2019 where all the projects of all the participating communities will be showcased. The project coordinator will work with the school team and Youth Fusion’s directors to plan the trip to Montreal;

  • In-class science workshops:

Deliver curriculum-based, classroom workshops that show students the real-world science applications. Youth Fusion has a bank of activities, and the project coordinator is welcome to develop more. For example, older students could learn and apply field-research techniques relevant to their ecology course, while younger students could build their own meteorological instruments in class;

  • Science Fair:

The project coordinator will assist elementary and high school students in preparing for the school’s science fair, and may be asked to act as a judge during the event;

  • Extra-curricular activities:

The project coordinator will lead an extracurricular science club once a week. The selected candidate is also encouraged to lead other extra-curricular clubs, according to their skills and interests (for instance: photography, music, sports, etc.).

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

  • Recruit participants and encourage students to actively participate in Science & Environmental Design 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;
  • Put its expertise at the service of the students, proposing integrative, stimulating and varied projects;
  • Work closely with teachers, school administration and representatives of Youth Fusion to maximize the impact and visibility of the project in the school
  • Commit to respecting the mission and values ​​of Youth Fusion, which consist in promoting and positively influencing perseverance and academic success;
  • Be professional and have a good working relationship with Youth Fusion and school representatives;
  • Respond effectively to the achievement and success of the project by demonstrating a strong sense of organization, initiative, creativity, interpersonal skills and autonomy;
  • Represent, if necessary, Youth Fusion, your home university or the project with the partners.

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

  • 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

  • Ongoing or completed university program in a relevant discipline (Architecture, Urban Design, Ecology, Sustainable Development, Science Education, and related fields).

EXPERIENCE

  • Must have experience working with youth;
  • Experience with First Nation and Inuit communities and knowledge of Indigenous issues in Canada is an asset;
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural context is an asset.

SKILLS

  • Must have a strong desire to be a role model for the school’s students, and act as an agent of social change;
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently;
  • Must be able to work in English. Ability to work in French is a strong asset for this position;
  • Motivation, initiative, persistence, communication skills, vision and imagination are essential.

SOFTWARE

  • Sketchup, Autocad, Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator);

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.