--June 23, 2015.
Project Manager (Contract position, 21 hours/week)
(August 24, 2015-October 31, 2016)
"Fostering Organizational Renewal through Enriching Volunteer Experience and Recognition" (FOREVER)
The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) requires the services of a part-time project manager to oversee the above-mentioned 15-month project.
The heritage sector has traditionally depended heavily on seniors for its volunteer needs. In the absence of paid staff and other resources, many essential tasks are performed by older members of society. Quebec’s English-speaking institutions are particularly vulnerable to demographic changes. This is especially true in outlying regions, where the number of older members of the community is diminishing, and where youth out-migration is endemic. FOREVER aims to provide the heritage sector of English-speaking Quebec with the capacity to increase both the number of volunteers working in this field, and the quality of their contributions. The project’s focus is to develop programs designed to foster interest in the heritage sector among potential volunteers from all segments of the population, including youth. Working with experts from different fields, QAHN and its partners will explore innovative ways to attract (and retain) new volunteers. QAHN will then offer guidance to organizations experiencing volunteer fatigue, thus helping to ensure the long-term viability of these institutions and the communities they serve.
--Surveying staff and volunteers at heritage and cultural organizations around Quebec to determine their needs and preferences in terms of conference topics;
--Developing conference themes and workshop topics. Areas of focus may include: vibrant institutions, vibrant communities; aging and volunteer fatigue in the heritage and cultural sector; diversifying the volunteer labour pool: attracting skilled professionals, youth, craftspeople, and others; finding ways to attract (and keep) younger volunteers; poor in money, rich in volunteers: how volunteers can sustain non-profits and help the "bottom line;" Anglophone institutions, Francophone volunteers; diversifying boards of directors; developing tasks for volunteers that are both useful to the institution and rewarding for the volunteers; developing a program of volunteer recognition; and so on;
--Consulting with partner-organizations and institutions such as the Montreal Volunteer Bureau, Volunteer Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, and others, to engage speakers to animate conferences;
--Selecting conference venues around the province of Quebec, and overseeing logistics;
--Publicizing programming in regional media and at outreach events across Quebec;
--Developing and distributing a series of bilingual, illustrated practical handbooks for heritage, cultural and community organizations and their volunteers, focusing on issues pertaining to volunteering;
--Working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other project and permanent staff to fulfill the conditions of a contribution agreement signed between QAHN and its funders (Department of Canadian Heritage);
--Under the authority of the Executive director, overseeing all aspects of the administration of this project, including interim and final reporting to the funders, and progress reports to the Executive director;
--Contracting with suppliers of products and services to achieve project objectives;
--Ensuring the timely delivery of all project activities;
--Miscellaneous related tasks.
Candidates considered for this position must possess a university degree in history, heritage studies, communications, or other relevant field; a valid driver’s license; strong organizational skills; excellent written and oral communications skills; a high degree of bilingualism (English and French); initiative; leadership skills; and practical experience working with heritage and cultural groups and volunteers. Experience organizing conferences and reporting to government funders will be considered strong assets.
Based on a 3-day (21 hours) work week, salary will be between $25.00 and $27.00 per hour, commensurate with qualifications.
Place of work:
QAHN office, Sherbrooke, Qc.
Email CV and letter of intent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: Matthew Farfan, Executive director
Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
Applications must be received no later than July 15, 2015.