The Women’s Centre of Calgary is a community organization that provides a safe and supportive space accessed by thousands of women in Calgary every year. Our mission is to be every woman’s place for support, connections and community. Specifically, we connect with women looking for assistance, for opportunities to connect and/or for ways to affect change in their community. Our model and values are grounded in trust, empathy, and reciprocity, and are built on the foundations of the feminist, structural, and capabilities approaches.
The Women’s Centre is actively committed to Reconciliation and anti-racism. We are currently pursuing intentional work towards a collective culture of racial equity and we encourage women from equity-deserving groups including Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities to apply.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Women’s Centre recognizes that Indigenous, Black and racialized women living in Calgary face disproportionate barriers and share less in the success of living in this community. As a result of this position, the Women’s Centre will intentionally work to build a community where all belong.
As a result of the contribution made by this position, and taking the lead from a series of internal reports, recommendations, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Women’s Centre hopes to:
- form new and more meaningful relationships with Indigenous, Black, and racialized people
- develop internal equitable practices to ensure that everyone in at the Women’s Centre’s community experiences true belonging.
Further, the Women’s Centre is committed to incorporating Reconciliation and a racial equity lens into our practices and organizational culture and has made a commitment to providing the resources necessary to redirect the needle on substantive changes and shifts needed to begin to combat systemic racism within our organization.
In collaboration with staff and community, develop a Reconciliation Strategy, grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice
- Co-Lead, with the Executive Director, the work of the Women’s Centre in implementing the strategy and plan that includes objectives, goals, actions and timelines, along with responsibility for implementation
- Develop learning development and educational strategies for staff and volunteers on Truth and Reconciliation, that could include capacity building workshops, creating sharing circle plans, or other approaches related to the Reconciliation Strategy
- Embed the Reconciliation Strategy in all aspects of the Women’s Centre’s work
- Collaborate with Board members and Elders, along with the Executive Director to create an advisory council to foster meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities in Treaty 7 and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3
Review internal anti-racism audit reports and recommendations to identify appropriate areas of focus for the Women’s Centre
- Lead the work of the Women’s Centre in the implementation of the selected areas of focus
- Through research and community engagement, identify community priorities, integrated strategies, and plans
- Work with the organizational leadership to embed equitable practices into all structures and systems of the organization, including human resources, volunteer recruitment and training, the Centre’s built environment, and communications
- Prepare quarterly strategic and business dashboard data related to this portfolio
- Report on the impact of this work
WHAT WE OFFER:
- Work within an open, supportive team environment with a strong community-based organization focused on social justice.
- An organization that is actively pursuing a journey of Reconciliation and anti-racism, that acknowledges mistakes, and holds itself accountable to its goals and stated actions
- Relevant care structures such as access to an Elder to support you in your work and ability to participate in ceremonies as part of your work. Further care structures will be co-designed with the successful candidate.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES:
The successful candidate will have many, or all, of the below qualifications:
- 4+ working in organizational development, Reconciliation, Anti-Racism and Oppression, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or another relevant field; or a post-secondary education combined with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the above-mentioned fields
- Indigenous, Black or racialized ancestry and lived experience, or in-depth experience working within Indigenous communities and organizations.
- Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to advancing Equity and Reconciliation
- Experience in organizational development, project management and/or change management
- Strong interpersonal skills and able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with a diverse set of internal and external partners, Board members, Indigenous community members, non-profit organizations, Rightsholders and collaborators
- Possess critical awareness of the nature and root causes of complex issues such as gender inequity
- Deep understanding of colonial residue and the history of colonization of Indigenous people in Canada
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES:
- Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous Peoples, groups, or organizations
- Ability to work a flexible schedule (12:30pm until 8:30pm for 1-2 days per week (Mon - Fri)
- Experience working with volunteers
- Experience in organizational development and/or change management
- Speak a second language
LINES OF COMMUNICATION:
- Reports to Executive Director
- Works closely with Women’s Centre Board, especially the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of the Board, Operations Manager, and Program Manager
The Women’s Centre is a storefront community center operating in an open environment. This means:
- You will witness or respond to real-life incidents and events in real-time
- You are working in a noisy and often lively environment, with very little privacy or quiet time.
SALARY RANGE: $72,500,000-82,500, accompanied by health and dental benefits, and an annual RRSP contribution
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit, to our job application system LINK. Please submit your resume and answers to the following questions:
- Why are you interested in this role?
- What is your belief about the importance of the position?
- What does Reconciliation and Anti-Racism mean to you?
- What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
Position will be open until filled.
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For information regarding the Women's Centre please visit www.womenscentrecalgary.org
The Women's Centre is “Every woman’s place for support, connections and community”. The Women’s Centre welcomes women from all communities with all concerns and strives to provide a space where women feel safe to discuss their problems, join groups, make connections to other services, and get and give help. Accommodations will be provided at all stages of our hiring process. We also support integrating ceremony and protocol into our interview process, and we ask that you advise us if smudging or other ceremony and protocol is required. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance by reaching out to Bo Masterson at email@example.com