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

Human Resources Director

Time Commitment: 10 to 15 hours per week

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Human Resources Director is responsible for human resource planning and policies to ensure long-term sustainability. Human Resources Director shall assist the Executive Director and with planning, administration, and human resources management as circumstances warrant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and revision of:
    • handbooks, along with induction processes, for new directors, volunteers, and chapters; and
    • processes and policies related to the recruitment and selection of volunteers.
  • Lead succession planning for outgoing directors, including the review of documents related to executive transition.
  • Provide practical advice and support related to organizational restructuring, including identifying developmental needs and developing tactics to reduce gaps identified.
  • Develop human resource policies and procedures (such as a code of conduct) that are consistent with STAND Canada’s objectives.
  • Identify current and prospective volunteer staffing requirements, prepare and post notices and advertisements, and collect and screen applications.
  • Co-ordinate and participate in candidate selection. Review candidate inventories, contact potential applicants to arrange interviews, notify applicants of results of selection process.
  • Develop strategy to recruit volunteers who are either students or recent graduates.
  • Co-ordinating the development of an organization-wide year-end survey for volunteers and chapters.

Qualifications:

  • Having an educational background in human resources is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of human resource planning and best practice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and excellent strategic thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office proficiently, as well as Google Apps.
  • Mature individual, who exercises keen judgment, accepts accountability, and personal and professional leadership.
  • Previous experience in a non-profit organization (including campus student groups) is strongly preferred.
  • Time management skills and ability to work well under pressure and prioritize competing demands.
  • Ability to learn quickly, excellent attention to detail and ability to produce accurate documentation on a timely basis.

Applications should be directed to standwithus@standcanada.org. A writing sample should be provided. Please quote “Human Resources Director” in the subject line. Applications should include a brief cover letter and CV.

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Deputy Policy Director

Time Commitment: five to 10 hours per week
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

The deputy policy director will be responsible for helping the policy director of STAND Canada lead policy research on all subjects related to Darfur, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to inform the organization’s policy recommendations to the Government of Canada. Working closely with the policy director, the individual will be exposed to how policy relevant research is conducted, how policy recommendations are created and how the organization operates to educate Canadians and influence Members of Parliament. If the successful candidate shows promise, he/she will be mentored to take over the role of Policy Director in the future.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the director with policy research for the organization in order to issue monthly policy recommendations to the Government of Canada;
  • Assist the director in managing the policy team of eight to 10 researchers;
    • Lead two of the policy sub-groups. The Policy branch is divided into groups of two researchers for each topic area (Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan) in order to better coordinate short and long term assignments;
    • Assists the director in leading calls, issuing policy assignments, reviewing assignments, editing assignments and sharing assignments with Directors, other NGOs and STAND Canada members;
  • Participate on Advocacy Steering Committee calls (2x month), helping lead the discussion about policy recommendations to the Government of Canada during the call;
  • Learn and become comfortable with the operational policy cycle at STAND Canada, and how the process fits in to the organization’s strategic goals;
  • Stay abreast of the policy developments and on the ground developments of the situation in Darfur, South Sudan, North Sudan and the DRC; and
  • Work with the communication and advocacy team to issue press releases and Action Alerts.

Requirements:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree or in their last year of undergraduate studies;
  • Experience conducting social scientific research (understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods);
  • Strong editing skills;
  • Strong writing skills – nothing less than a B+ average in writing papers;
  • Familiarity with the conflicts in Darfur, Sudan, and South Sudan (understanding, or ability to become familiar with the geopolitics of the region);
  • Understanding of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is highly preferred;
  • Understanding, or ability to become familiar with the way in which policy is advocated to the Government of Canada;
  • Leadership experience;
  • Comfortable utilizing online and electronic mediums for communication;
  • Self-motivated, strong organization skills and detail orientation; and
  • Capable of setting goals and meeting timelines;

Applications should be directed to standwithus@standcanada.org. A writing sample should be provided. Please quote “Deputy Policy Director” in the subject line.

Applications should include a brief cover letter and CV.

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Deputy Fundraising Director

Time Commitment: 10 to 15 hours per week

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Deputy Fundraising Director will aid the Fundraising Director in their duties in securing long-term sustainable funding for the organization. This will aid the organization by promoting growth, renewing campaign resources for various chapters, and ensuring operational costs are continually met on an annual basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researching and then applying to various grant sources, governmental, private sector, non-governmental, that are applicable to STAND Canada.
  • Organize national fundraising campaigns to ensure short-term financial needs are met to promote the organization, and educate the public on genocide prevention.  Such fundraising campaigns can include coordinating efforts with multiple Stand chapters, partnering with other NGOs, or simply mobilizing the resources of Stand National.
  • Developing new contacts that are either willing to donate to STAND, or are willing to offer their professional services to improve our fundraising techniques.
  • Researching and drafting different fundraising techniques in our fundraising manual to be used by STAND national and the various STAND Chapters across the country. The goal here is to retain institutional fundraising memory by keeping track of various fundraising methods by developing fundraising SOPs (standard operating procedures) and share it across the organization.
  • Design a new donation program for STAND alumni and others who wish to be a member of the organization.
  • Research the range of possibilities in social media fundraising, advise the Director about potential opportunities, and execute approach if approved by the Directors.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in fundraising is strongly preferred.
  • Must be available to work various hours and be willing to work on-call.
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office proficiently, social media as well as Google Apps.
  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
  • Must be able to deal effectively with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone.

Applications should be directed to standwithus@standcanada.org. A writing sample should be provided. Please quote “Deputy Fundraising Director” in the subject line.

Applications should include a brief cover letter and CV.

 

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Web Content Manager

Time Commitment: five to 15 hours per week

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

The Web Content Manager shall be responsible for maintenance of the back-end of STAND Canada’s website, account on Google Apps, and email listserv, and updating these as required. From May to August 2014, he Web Content Manager will also work with the Communications Director to conduct a redesign of the STAND website.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 (except for blog posts) are uploaded to the server in a timely manner.
  • Routinely verify the functionality of website content, including online forms, images, and layout.
  • 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.
  • Ensure the creation of a yearly chapter/volunteer survey online.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required by the Communications Director or Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • 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 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 deal effectively with STAND members across Canada through the internet and by telephone.

Applications should be directed to standwithus@standcanada.org. A writing sample should be p rovided. Please quote “Web Content Manager” in the subject line. Applications should include a brief cover letter and CV.

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