Program Assistant, Homelessness Initiatives

LOCATION: Virtual placement anywhere in Canada, or option to work in our Edmonton office if COVID allows.

This position is approximately a 16 week internship, full-time work, beginning as soon as possible until August 13, 2021, with the possibility of extension to August 31, 2021. The wage is $19/hr.

OVERVIEW

RDN is a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting rural sustainability, and building capacity of rural communities & organizations. Part of our work includes distributing the federal government’s Reaching Home funding for all of rural Alberta, to organizations that address homelessness in their communities. The Program Assistant, Homelessness Initiatives is responsible for assisting in the delivery of this program. 


This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the non-profit sector, learning about rural homelessness and other challenges, and learning about project/funding delivery. The student will also have the opportunity to assist with other RDN initiatives and projects and explore their interests.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

As this position is funded through the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages program, certain eligibility requirements apply. Students must:

  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • Preferably have French as their first language, with advanced English written and oral skills. The intent of the program is to provide work experience in a student’s second language (English) to strengthen their language skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reviewing project financial claims, assessing eligibility of expenses, and ensuring adherence to the approved project budgets.
  • Liaising with subproject groups, including communicating reporting requirements and answering questions.
  • Assist with preparing reporting, including quarterly financial and activity reporting, annual online data reporting on the results achieved through the projects. 
  • Assisting with data collection, related to the number of clients (homeless individuals or other) served through the course of the projects, demographics, and other information.
  • Developing training materials where possible to improve our processes, and provide additional support to groups that we fund. 
  • Translating English materials, such as the call for proposals, into French as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

RDN is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented team player with a passion for supporting rural communities, and an interest in administrative work.

  • Strong record management skills
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of, or experience working with homelessness and/or rural Alberta is an asset
  • Demonstrated project or program administration experience is an asset
  • Education in a related area such as administration, accounting, bookkeeping or other related experience is preferred.

Other responsibilities as time permits:

  • Assist with coordinating Calls for Proposal (CFP) for new provincial or federal rural homelessness funding when available.
  • Assist with the coordination of meetings for the provincial and national networks that RDN hosts, including preparing discussion topics, taking meeting minutes, and helping to find new members.
  • Assist with preparing grant applications as time permits.
  • Assist with other RDN projects and initiatives when additional capacity is needed on those projects, or if the student has particular areas of interest they would like to explore.

QUALIFICATIONS 

RDN is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented team player with a passion for supporting rural communities, and an interest in administrative work.

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Experience working or living in a rural community is an asset
  • Previous experience in related roles or through school classes is an asset

EDUCATION

We are looking for a student undertaking post-secondary education, either at a bachelors or masters level. The non-profit sector requires people from every discipline, so a variety of backgrounds will be considered for this position. It is most important that a student is interested in the work. This position in particular would be great experience for someone studying administration, accounting, bookkeeping, social work, or project coordination.

WORKING VIRTUALLY

RDN staff are currently working virtually due to COVID-19. This position can be completely virtual from any location in Canada. The student should be able to manage their time responsibly, and adhere to our virtual working policies including daily check-ins, work plans, and accountability.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send a resume and cover letter to careers@ruraldevelopment.ca as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We expect to make a hiring decision by May 7th.

ABOUT US

RDN is a very entrepreneurial non-profit organization with a diverse team of ~20 staff, and a unique work environment. We have adapted our work style in light of the pandemic, and adopted long-term strategies that have increased staff productivity and satisfaction, including the option to work part-time from home and part-time in the office, having a 35 hour work week, and several flex-time options. We have a diverse, team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow as professionals, and encourage team members to explore their interests to develop new opportunities. To learn more about us, visit our website: www.ruraldevelopment.ca

Submit an Application
For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bélanger