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Innovate For Good Project Assistant

Toronto, ON, Canada | Innovate4Good

Job Description

About Us:

TakingITGlobal is an international organization lead by youth, empowered by technology. TakingITGlobal (TIG) connects youth from around the world to find inspiration, information and get involved in improving their local, regional and global communities.

TakingITGlobal’s mission is to provide opportunities for learning, capacity building, cross-cultural awareness, and self-development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. Its key strategic initiatives include; providing a virtual space for cross-cultural expression, dialogue, networking and collaboration among youth, supporting youth action and understanding around global issues, developing rich interactive, global education experiences, and facilitating the development of local content, multilingualism and skills training.

TakingITGlobal has approximately 20 staff based in Toronto and an additional 20 staff who work part-time in different parts of Canada and around the world as well as hundreds of volunteers. Supporters include Canadian Heritage, Microsoft, Adobe Youth Foundation.

Responsibilities:

- Engaging with members of the online community and providing support to online community members in a timely and friendly manner

- Maintaining and adding content to the website

- Usability testing and bug testing on new sections launched for the website

- Monitoring and recommending iterative improvements to the site

- Participating as an active community member to create online connections and enhance member engagement

- Collaborating with the Project Manager on producing updates to community members

- Maintaining regular communication with our members globally by keeping in touch with active members and encouraging less active members

- Maintain regular communications with a team of Community Animators globally

- Project assistance as assigned by Project Manager

 

Commitment Level

- We are looking for someone who is able to commit 24 hours per week: (2 full-days in office, 4 hours remotely)

 

Requirements:

- Currently a college/undergraduate student or recent graduate

- Strong communication skills

- Effective time management and organizational skills

- Open minded and strong interpersonal skills

- Experience working with youth from a variety of cultures

- Ability to transition easily between independent work and teamwork

- Willingness to learn new things and keen to acquire new skills

- Open to learning about online communities

- Previous professional or recreational experience with social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) or other online communities (message boards, gaming, etc) - considered an asset

-Demonstrated interest in social innovation, community development, or global issues

-Believes in the vision and mission of TakingITGlobal

-Bilingual or multilingual considered an asset

Perks:

Improve skills: Staff at TakingITGlobal improve a broad range of skills including various types of web development, design, marketing, evaluation and surveys, fundraising, writing, editing, and strategy. The organization provides a good platform to improve and learn new skills due to the varied range of projects, and the opportunity to learn from others.

Gain work experience: As a youth-driven organization, TIG is often the first or second ‘career-related’ work experience for its staff. This experience can be particularly valuable, considering that (due to constant growth; and most people being relatively new or on the same level of seniority) positions are generally both challenging and ‘senior’. TIG’s reputation is growing and may be respected by future employers, and TIG’s collaborative nature and opportunities for travel and representation mean staff may grow a solid professional network.
Work in a positive environment: Several factors contribute to TIG’s positive work environment. TIG’s office is a vibrant, inspiring space located in a central, accessible, fun part of Toronto. It encourages collaboration, and is more comfortable than most workplaces. 
Make a difference:TakingITGlobal’s mission is essentially altruistic, and staff members have the (rare) opportunity to put their skills and energy to work for a ‘non-profit’, ‘good cause’. Staff can get a thrill out of the ‘cutting edge’ nature of TIG’s work, the clear growth in TIG’s reach, and the positive feedback provided by members and partners.

Application Details:

 Application screening will be conducted on an ongoing basis and with the start date on September 3rd, 2013. For additional details or if you have any questions, direct them to:

Contact: Human Resources 
Email: [[redacted]]
(include the title of the position in the subject of the e-mail)
Mail: 19 Duncan Street, Suite 505, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3H1, Canada
Fax: 416-352-1898
For Inquiries: 416-977-9363 

Please electronically mail your cover letter and resume and include the title of the position in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the position. Please do not mail or personally submit resumes, as we are a small organization and do not have the capacity to respond. 

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications and inquiries we receive; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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