Academic Program Facilitator
Job Title : Academic Program Facilitator
Program : Pathways to Education™
Supervisor: Pathways Volunteer & Program Coordinator
Grid 13 ($29.96 - $31.24/hour)
RFT (35 hours/week)
Closing Date: 20 October 2023
Pacific Community Resources Society is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and visible minorities.
The Pathways to Education Program™ is a national program, operating in 21 communities across Canada that provides a comprehensive set of academic, social, financial, and individual supports to youth. The Surrey program location holds strong partnerships with the local schools and school district to deliver the program.
The Academic Program Facilitator (APF) is responsible for ensuring successful development, implementation, and evaluation of tutoring programming, including but not limited to academic curriculum development/enhancement and delivery; recruitment, retention, training and supervision of program volunteers; logistical coordination of programming in multiple sites; and ongoing meaningful support of youth participants. The APF should have experience leading educational programming and group programming for youth. The successful candidate will be dynamic, skilled, and experienced connecting with diverse communities, including Aboriginal, newcomer, and LGBTQ2S+ youth to ensure they feel safe, supported, and connected. This position reports to the Volunteer Coordinator of the Pathways Program.
1) Youth engagement:
- Maintain and develop diverse resources that ensure equity and inclusive programming practices.
- Facilitate personal, social, and educational growth of the group to help them reach their full potential, while fostering group cohesion
2) Develop resources and support, and guide tutoring program:
- Support the development of tutoring curriculum/resources for high school students.
- Develop diverse resources that address specific learning styles, abilities, and needs.
- Support youth to fully engage in tutoring supports available.
3) Group facilitation:
- Develop and maintain program structures, routines, and expectations.
- Organize guest speakers, special events and field trips for Pathways students and develop and maintain program partnerships.
4) Support volunteer tutors:
- Support and guide volunteers to engage with youth.
- Develop, model, and monitor the volunteer tutors’ role and techniques.
- Facilitate and support volunteers during programming and maintain regular communication with volunteers between programming sessions.
- Monitor student engagement and volunteer/student relationships and provide re-direction and support as needed to ensure students’ needs are being met.
5) Liaise with program staff
- Meet regularly with staff and/or maintain weekly communication process to work together on strategies for improving or strengthening participation in mentoring.
- Report on students’ strengths, needs and challenges to appropriate staff members.
Dimensions of Work
- The primary interface is directly with youth and volunteers in the Pathways program.
- Direct reporting relationship to Program Supervisor
- Coordination and sharing information with relevant program, school, and community staff.
- Travel between multiple sites in the community
- Hours – late afternoons and evenings
- B.A. or B.Ed. or relevant bachelor’s degree (Social Work, Child, and Youth Care, etc.) and/or a combination of relevant post-secondary education and/or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in youth-specific group facilitation and mentoring culturally diverse groups.
- Criminal Records Check including the vulnerable sector.
- Valid Level 1 First Aid Certificate will be an asset.
- Experience working in programs supporting the educational success of youth.
- Experience and/or knowledge of working with the public school system (grade 7 -12)
- Specific training and/or experience with youth with additional learning needs or new language learners
- Strong experience in designing academic programming within a community-driven environment.
- Experience working with youth and families in the DTES/Vancouver/Strathcona neighborhoods.
- Experience with conflict resolution, mediation, leadership development, and psychosocial support
- Experience working with volunteers, including training, and developing resources.
- Experience facilitation of groups
- Knowledge of community and social services
- Understanding of impact of racism and oppression
- Understanding of impact of settlement journey
We strongly encourage candidates with following attributes to apply:
- Candidates of Indigenous background
- Candidates with a second language (e.g., Arabic, Tagalog)
This is given the needs of our youth and families.
Who We Are
Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is a large not-for-profit agency that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Vancouver to Hope. We work with youth and vulnerable adults in the areas of education, employment, housing, substance use and mental health, and youth and family support services. We are CARF Accredited and a Certified Living Wage Employer.
Our Vision - Everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities!
Our Mission - To inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration.
Our Values - Advocacy, Diversity and Inclusion, Empowerment, Service Excellence, Stewardship, Well-being
We are grateful to operate on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷm əθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Qw'?ntl'en (Kwantlen), se’mya’me (Semiahmoo), sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), q̓ic̓əy (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Coquitlam), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), máthxwi (Matsqui) and Stó:lō Nations.
- Equitable Base Pay – we are a Certified Living Wage Employer
- Generous paid vacation time, personal time, sick time; additional paid time off for life events
- Additional paid holidays, ex. Easter Monday, Boxing Day *
- Extended health, prescription, dental & vision care plan, with 100% Employer-Paid Premiums*
- Disability and Life Insurance Coverage *
- Employee & Family Assistance Program including preventative health & counselling *
- Membership in the Municipal Pension Plan with generous employer contributions *
- Flexible schedules and earned time off program *
- Full-day agency orientation and extensive training, with regular ongoing performance evaluations
- In-house digital and classroom learning opportunities; staff funding for professional development *
- Opportunities to use your voice & participate in committees on policy, wellness, safety, EDI, etc.
* Eligibility will vary depending on terms and role requirements – details for this posting will be provided on request.
Persons who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact our HR department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Personal information will be kept confidential.