Cultural Activity Programmer

Job Title: 
Cultural Activity Programmer
The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
Apr 24 2018 - 5:00pm

35 hours per week / Temporary / Full-Time


$22.00 per hour

Job Description: 

The Cultural Programmer is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of cultural, recreational, social and/or educational programs that are consistent with the mission and mandate of the DEWC. Her responsibility will include working with DEWC Indigenous Elder’s program members ensuring relevant programming that maximizes decision making and participation of centre members

Reporting directly to the Program Development Manager, the Cultural Programmer will work in collaboration with other DEWC staff to promote integrated services to women. She will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

Required Qualifications:
Minimum 5 years related experience working with low-income women, at least 2 years in a women serving or inner city drop-in environment
Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the dtes, including violence against women, mental health, homelessness, and addictions
Candidate must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
Experience developing and facilitating programs and groups including assessing and evaluating
Extensive experience in the development and facilitation of cultural, recreational, and arts groups and activities
Understanding of and practices a trauma informed care response when working with women
Efficient organizational skills including record keeping, scheduling, and problem-solving abilities
Demonstrated administrative skills, including report writing
Demonstrated computer and IT aptitude
Strong conflict resolution skills and practice
Demonstrated crises intervention training and experience
Experience providing assisted referral as well as familiarity with support services, agencies and community resources in the Downtown Eastside
Excellent communication skills required, including the ability to work in a respectful and cooperative manner with co-workers, and centre members
Ability to work within a chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
A First Aid certificate is required
Candidate must undergo a criminal record check
Class 4 drivers license (an asset)
Women with addiction issues, need to be at least 2 years clean and sober

Duties and Responsibilities: 

In-Centre Programming
Plans, organizes and implements cultural, recreational, social, and/or educational programs and activities that can take place inside or outside the DEWC
Facilitates the organizing of Special Events such as: National Aboriginal Day; Christmas Dinner, and seasonal group activities; as identified in consultation with the staff group
Participates in planning and development of arts activities and workshops
Coordinates volunteer facilitators and scheduling of programs

Indigenous Elder’s Programming
Works with the DEWC Elders program members to plan and coordinate cultural and recreational programs and activities.
Organizes and facilitates the participation of DEWC elders at the annual Elder’s Gathering

Community Networking and Liaison
Works with community Indigenous and social service organizations to enhance Programming opportunities including the recruiting of out of area volunteers
Develops partnerships and act as liaison with community groups in the development and support of programs
Solicit partnerships, in-kind donations and community sponsorships to support events and programming

Education and Resource
Maintains and up-dates resources relevant to Centre Programming ie. out of centre/community events and opportunities
Coordinates the DEWC Newsletter, ensuring Calendar and contributions specific to the program

Ensures funder reports accurately reflect contract requirement. Provides activity reports to the management team. Provides statistics and relevant data that will support fundraising activities for the program.

Engage in training and workshops that are relevant to the job and where the information is beneficial to the women in the DTES.

How to Apply: 

Please submit resume and cover letter to the HR Administrator via e-mail, mail or fax to:
302 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 4J1
Fax: 604-681-8470 Email: humanresources [at] dewc [dot] ca

Additional Information: 

Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour are Strongly Encouraged to Apply


Vancouver, BC