Volunteer Opportunities


Since its founding in 2005, STAND Canada has become the leading organization in Canada for youth led anti-genocide advocacy and activism. We aim to make genocide prevention a cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy and are dedicated to making it easy to for Canadians to stay updated on the current situation in the Sudans and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as provide them with actions they can do to make a difference.

Interested in Volunteering? Check out the open positions below!

Current Positions


BLOG WRITERS

Time Commitment: 5 hours per week

Application Deadline:  Immediately – ideally by Friday, September 5th, 2014

As a Blog Writer, you are responsible for contributing to blog posts that react to current developments and events that pertain to genocide and Canadian foreign policy. You will be working closely with the Communications Director to keep Canadians, other NGOs, and politicians updated.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Research and create content/articles to be published on different STAND platforms including on social media, newsletters, and the website

  • Write about current conflicts in the DRC, South Sudan, and Darfur/Sudan

  • Write about current STAND campaigns and how they are relevant to the conflicts in our interest areas (ie: the proposed Conflict Minerals Act (Bill C-486)

  • Respond to blog comments and emails

  • Contribute to long-form content projects

  • Conduct analyses to improve blog strategies/tactics

  • Seek tactics to increase audiences to our website and expand our network of newsletter subscribers

  • Communicate with and respond to STAND Directors’ emails and messages in a timely manner

Who we’re looking for:

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Outstanding proofreading and editing skills

  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials

  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and situations into layman’s terms

  • Must be available to work to work on-call.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively and in a timely manner with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone.

  • Reliable and independent – can work under deadlines with minimal supervision; and

  • Able to commit five hours per week, particularly from July until September 2014. This position lasts until 2015.

Why volunteer for STAND?

  • STAND is a nationally-recognized advocacy organization with chapters across Canada. Our work is often pitched to government officials.

  • Your work will be seen by other NGOs, Members of Parliament, Senators, and bureaucrats.

  • You will receive full credit for your work, so you will be able to gain experience in the communications field

  • You will receive a reference letter from a STAND Director following completion of your work

Interested? Got questions? Please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (ie: blog post, or a forum post) to Alison at hr@standcanada.org by Friday, September 5th, 2014. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received. Application will close when we have found suitable candidates for our team.

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WEBSITE MANAGER

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week

Application Deadline:  Immediately

As the Website Manager, you are responsible for coordinating the redesign and launch of a new STAND Canada website and maintaining it thereafter. You will be working closely with the Communications Director to maintain the appearance and content of the website and ensure that it is functional.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Offer technical support in relation to updating and maintaining the STAND Canada website and STAND’s Google Apps services.
  • Perform Google Apps and webhosting maintenance as necessary. Communicate with the Communications Director on replacement of old technology as required.
  • Ensure that website content (ie: the calendar, new pages) are uploaded to the server in a timely manner.
  • Routinely verify the functionality and suitability of website content, including online forms, images, and layout.
  • Help create a database of pictures to use for the website
  • Provide technical support to STAND members as necessary.
  • Liaise with external technical personnel in Dreamhost and Go Daddy to ensure the continued operation and quality of STAND’s online operations.
  • Develop new functionalities for STAND’s website, as requested by the Executive Director and Communications Director; work on long-term technical projects as required.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required by the Communications Director or Executive Director.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director on how to advertise donations on the website better
  • Communicate with and respond to STAND Directors’ emails and messages in a timely manner

Who we’re looking for:

  • Must have advanced knowledge of HTML/CSS and experience with popular content management systems (particularly WordPress).
  • Must have a working knowledge of SEO, keyword strategies, copy optimisation, off-page promotion and link strategies;
  • Must be familiar with Google analytics
  • Must be available to work to work on-call.
  • Web copywriting and good web communication skills (written and visual).
  • Adobe Photoshop/graphics editing skills (desirable)
  • Must have experience managing web projects, ideally in a non-profit environment.
  • Having a computer science or web programming background is preferred, but not necessary.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and in a timely manner with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone.
  • Reliable and independent – can work under deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Experience using social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Facebook
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines; great organizational skills and attention to detail required;
  • Able to commit five to ten hours per week, particularly from July until September 2014. This position lasts until 2015.

Why volunteer for STAND?

  • STAND is a nationally-recognized advocacy organization with chapters across Canada. Our work is often pitched to government officials.
  • Your work will be seen by other NGOs, Members of Parliament, Senators, and bureaucrats.
  • You will receive full credit for your work, so you will be able to gain experience in the communications field
  • You will receive a reference letter from a STAND Director following completion of your worK
Interested? Got questions? Please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (ie: blog post on a social issue, or a paper) to Alison at hr@standcanada.org as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received. Application will close when we have found suitable candidates for our team.

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