Now Hiring:
Outreach and  Program
Assistant

Part Time Position for a BIPOC youth between 15 and 30 years old

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Position Summary

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) Laboratory School, University of Toronto. Reporting to the Program Manager of the Natural Curiosity (NC) Environmental Education Program, the Outreach and Program Assistant is responsible for supporting the implementation and growth of the Natural Curiosity Program for Environmental and Indigenous education in schools across the province and country. 

OVERVIEW OF POSITION

The Natural Curiosity Outreach and Education Assistant’s primary focus is to support the environmental education program with a focus on the importance of Indigenous perspectives, Natural Curiosity, at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. This initiative supports the introduction, implementation, and use of the popular Natural Curiosity educator resource and inquiry-based teaching with an Indigenous lens in public schools across the province and country.

This position is possible in partnership with Nature Canada's Work to Grow program. One of the goals of Work to Grow is to diversify and strengthen the nature sector. As such, this opportunity is only available to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

General program support, particularly in the area of Indigenous Education & Outreach:

Taking on delegated administrative and creative tasks to support the Natural Curiosity team on a weekly basis
which includes but is not limited to: writing outreach emails and letters, promotional marketing, supporting
program design activities, researching best practices, supporting team meetings and follow up, upkeep of key
program databases (i.e. Trello), and grant and award submissions.

 

Maintain online communication/marketing/promotion:

  • Twitter – Tweets, connections, private messages

  • Facebook – Posting monthly newsletter and related posts

  • Instagram – Posting photos from school visits, workshops and resources

  • Pinterest – Updating online resources through online pinboards

  • Website (naturalcuriosity.ca) – Correspond with Program Coordinator in regularly updating pages and sections (i.e. SEO, accessibility)

  • Updating the monthly content calendar and scheduling posts

Oversee, plan, synthesize, and design monthly newsletter, Making the Shift:

  • Regularly collecting and maintaining subscriber list

  • Collecting panel blurbs or interviews

  • Reviewing and summarizing educational resources (books, websites, conferences, outdoor programs, etc)

  • Initiating editing session with Program Manager

  • Publishing newsletter

 

Requirements: Experience and Expertise

  • Identifies as Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour; between 15 - 30 years old

  • Familiarity with social media & online communication strategies (Wix/website management a definite asset)

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and possesses the ability to initiative connections and develop strong professional relationships with colleagues.

  • Ability to multi-task and is organized, has excellent time management skills, and is able to work independently.

  • Exhibits a high level of commitment, initiative, adaptability, and problem solving skills.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills.

 

Working conditions:

This position is usually based out of the JICS Lab School in Toronto. However, due to pandemic-limitations this position will be primarily remote, and on site as needed.

  • Hours: up to 15 hours a week

  • Contract: part-time, ending April 30, 2022

  • Compensation: $17.50/hour

Additional Benefits: 

  • Flexible work location and hours

  • Core involvement in an internationally-renowned University Laboratory school

  • Opportunity for autonomy and creativity, including freedom to help shape the organization's growth as a key member of the team

  • Opportunities to attend conferences and events as NC/JICS staff, both locally, nationally, and internationally

  • Access to engagement and training opportunities in areas including educational policy and advancements 

 

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a complete application including: a resume and a cover letter in one file addressing the above requirements to rosa.na@utoronto.ca by Sunday, March 13th (deadline extended), 2022. This position will be filled as soon as possible, and begin as early as March 2022.

 

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute the further diversification of ideas. All candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.