We're hiring a campaign organizer

JOB POSTING:  Fostering Change Campaign Organizer


Part Time (17.5-21 Hours per week) including some evening and weekends work; one-year term with potential for extension dependent on funding.

Hourly wage: $19-23/hr with health, dental, and vacation benefits package

Location:  First Call offices, Main and Cordova, Vancouver

The Fostering Change campaign, hosted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, is a youth-driven initiative to create policy change and support youth in and from care in BC. As a campaign, we empower youth advocates from care to engage with decision-makers and work for systemic change.

With support and direction from the Fostering Change Community Organizers, the campaign seeks to utilize contemporary organizing principles to strategize and empower young people in creating a better system.

About the job:

Working alongside the existing Youth Organizer and reporting to the Provincial Coordinator, this position will support and inform Fostering Change’s strategy and mission.

You’ll get to be part of a dynamic campaign that supports a BC child welfare advocacy movement. We believe youth voices should be centered in policy conversations, and that often more is required to make systemic change. We mobilize public pressure and demonstrate public support of a more comprehensive and universal system. You’ll help:

  • Support Fostering Change’s volunteer team (Fostering Change Community Organizers) with facilitation and one-to-one support
  • Collaborate with the campaign’s co-organizer to strategize and problem solve on the campaign issues and group
  • Liaise with government and other stakeholders on project activities and goals
  • Support the campaign with outreach and communications
  • Develop and pursue funding opportunities
  • Build partnerships with other organizations and individuals within the care community

What we’re looking for:

  • Lived experience in care (using the Fed’s definition) is an asset. We also value other work and experience in the care community
  • Experience in campaign development, community organizing, project management and/or advocacy on social justice issues
  • Confidence working independently, and stellar time-management skills
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel), Facebook groups, and Google Drive
  • Some understanding of government and the public policy process

The things you need:

  • A flexible schedule to accommodate evening and weekend meetings, events, and other campaign-related events and opportunities
  • Motivation and willingness to try things you’ve never done before with little instruction; to be OK with making mistakes
  • Awareness of trauma and how working with marginalized individuals might impact you

We recognize that many passionate former youth in care are excluded from typical jobs. We encourage folks with non-traditional experience to apply. This is a great entry level position in organizing and will be a powerful opportunity for a motivated individual who wants to make systemic change.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter, including a summary of your expertise, knowledge of the campaign’s mission, and your relationship to the youth in care community. We want to hear why you want to work with our campaign and how you’ll be a great fit.

Submit to info@firstcallbc.org with the subject line ‘Fostering Change posting’

Deadline for applications is January 3rd, 2019.

Applications are particularly encouraged from individuals from marginalized groups including former youth in care, Indigenous and racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

About First Call:

First Call is a dynamic, non-partisan coalition of over 100 provincial and regional partner organizations in British Columbia committed to strengthening support for the well-being of children and youth in BC. Through public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy, our non-profit coalition aims to ensure children and youth receive “first call” on society’s resources and their rights are understood and respected. (See www.firstcallbc.org for more information.)