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


DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT POLICY

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week

Application Deadline:  ASAP – ideally by Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Deputy Director of Government Policy is responsible for ensuring that STAND’s positions are well represented on Parliament Hill and with the Government of Canada. Under the direction of STAND Canada’s Advocacy Director, the Deputy Director of Government Policy will help shape our advocacy efforts and campaigns by engaging with Members of Parliament and representatives of the Canadian public service. Meeting with a public office holder is one of the most important aspects to anti-genocide advocacy, and this job will suit anyone interested in politics and advocacy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Arranging and attending meetings with decision-makers;

  • Engaging in post-meeting follow-up;

  • Engaging in the political process and gaining confidence in meeting with officials;

  • Participating in all of the group’s activities, such as training, team meetings and special events;

  • Research as it relates to our advocacy efforts; and

  • Other duties as required.

 Who we’re looking for:

  • A desire to make a difference!

  • Excellent organizational skills and communication skills (both oral and written);

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Experience working as a member of a team;

  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to work with minimal supervision;

  • A working knowledge of human rights issues, political science, international relations, international development or a related field;

  • Knowledge of Canadian politics and the parliamentary system;

  • Residence in close proximity to the Ottawa/Gatineau area for most of the year;

  • The ability to spend eight to 10 hours per week on STAND activities, including some evenings and weekends;

  • Bilingualism is valuable, but not required

  • Reliable and independent – can work under bi-weekly-monthly deadlines with minimal supervision;

  • Strong writing skills;

  • Familiarity with the conflicts in Darfur/Sudan, South Sudan, the DRC, and the proposed Conflict Minerals Act (Bill C-486);

  • Understanding, or ability to become familiar with the way in which policy is advocated to the Government of Canada

  • Comfortable utilizing online and electronic mediums for communication and will respond to emails quickly;

  • Self-motivated, strong organization skills, and detail-oriented

Why volunteer for STAND?

  • STAND Canada envisions a world without genocide and we want Canada to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy. Since it was founded in 2005, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide activism, with eight university chapters across Canada. Our work is often pitched to government officials.

  • Directly influence STAND’s policy recommendations which appear in our digest, blog, and which are proposed to Members of Parliament/Senators/bureaucrats;

  • 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 an email you sent to a colleague or professional) to Alison at hr@standcanada.org by Friday, August 29th, 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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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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GRAPHICS DESIGNER

Time Commitment: 5 hours per week

Application Deadline:  Immediately

As a Graphics Designer, you are responsible for preparing visual presentations and resources for STAND and its chapters. You will be working closely with the Communications Director to create and edit standardized logos and other materials for branding (ie: brochures, stickers, banners).

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Create graphic resources such as stickers, banners, brochures, and any other resources needed through the year
  • Create a standardized logo and have options to have it varied by the chapters – will work with the Chapter Director and Communications Director
  • Design graphics to be used on the website for current or future use
  • Strategize new ideas on graphics for the logo and other visuals
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layout for approval.
  • Communicate with and respond to STAND Directors’ emails and messages in a timely manner

Who we’re looking for:

  • Graphic design and marketing experience
  • Knowledge of branding
  • 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;
  • 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 sample (ie: portfolio, graphics you designed, brand management guides) 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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