Nia Centre for the Arts is building Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary arts Centre dedicated to Afro-diasporic art and artists.
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Youth Outreach and Program Facilitator
Are you an enthusiastic and dedicated youth worker who can develop strong relationships with young people? Come and join our team as we launch our first youth-designated space in our new building. This position will focus on supporting all of the Centre’s youth programs which provide a range of services to support the healthy development of Black and racialized youth through mentorship, skills training, employment and opportunities to build positive relationships with their peers and community.
Perform a range of responsibilities that are responsive to Nia Centre Youth Programming offerings including afterschool programs, school based programs, workshops and special events
Develop, plan, and implement workshops that promote skill development, creativity and personal development among young people
Plan and coordinate outreach activities that are intended to identify, and capture the attention and interest of, and foster involvement of Black youth (and their families) including, but not limited to:
Build relationships with young people in a variety of capacities
Receiving and sharing information about their interests, concerns and needs – providing information regarding relevant programs, services and opportunitiesGuiding and facilitating access to programs, services and opportunities that may be of assistance or responsive to articulated needs and requestsEnabling positive civic participation in their neighbourhood/communityDevelop and nurture linkages and maintaining effective working relationships with other community stakeholders
Create a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for participants at the Centre
Create and facilitate lesson plans for daily activities
Maintain service statistics and support documentation, data collection and reporting that is consistent with the standards and procedures of the program, legislation and practices of the Centre
Identify service delivery gaps, trends and priorities needed for youth participants and recommends strategies for improvement
Ensure programs are age/developmentally-appropriate, non-competitive, inclusive
Assist in ongoing upkeep and maintenance of program facilities and resources
Participate in staff training and professional development, and attend regularly scheduled meetings
Maintain professional collaborative relationships with peers, members, volunteers, parents and colleagues that contribute to the integrated, seamless delivery of services
Ensure that safety and well-being practices are implemented; this includes being knowledgeable of emergency procedures, mediating participant disputes, crisis response, duty to report, and COVID-19 safety procedures etc.
2+ years experience working with Black and racialized youth ages 12-24
Relevant work experience and/or college degree in child and youth work/social work or related field (CYW/CYC/SSW)
Understanding of youth development principles, and a demonstrated commitment and knowledge to working with youth in supporting and creating opportunities for empowerment
Exhibit organizational time management skills, accountability, reliability, and punctuality
Facilitation skills in one or more of the following areas: Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance, Film, Photography would be ideal
Strong supervision and program planning skills
Good decision-making and problem solving skills
Experience working with diverse populations within the Black community
Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced, as well as ability to escalate issues appropriately
Positive attitude and willingness to jump in when and where needed
Current First Aid and CPR training preferred
Police Reference Check (to be completed upon hiring)
Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract Contract length: 12 months Part-time hours: 30-37.5 per week
Nia Centre is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within the community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including Persons with Disabilities, Persons of Colour, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQIAP community members. We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.