GVJCCA Canada Summer Jobs Positions

The GVJCCA has applied for the Canada Summer Jobs Grant for three summer student positions. We have been approved, and will be hiring for three positions to start in June 2017. If you are interested in applying for a position and meet the eligibility requirements, please email a resume and covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position to GVJCCA President at gvjcca@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

An eligible participant,

  1. is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  2. was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  3. intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  4. is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
  5. is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*and;
  6. is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*Foreign students are not eligible.

The three positions are Event Coordinator, Archival Assistant, and Communications Administrator. Job descriptions are below.

The Event Coordinator will be responsible for organizing the GVJCCA’s major fundraising event of the year, the Salmon BBQ Food Booth at the 2017 Powell Street Festival, which will be celebrating its 41st Anniversary, as well as help with other GVJCCA events, including the Annual Golf Tournament, ‘Obon’ at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians and the history of Japanese Canadians in Metro Vancouver. The position will require organizing all tasks required for a successful salmon BBQ and ensuring their completion, soliciting donations from sponsors (companies and individuals), scheduling and overseeing volunteers, coordinating the food booth at the event with key GVJCCA Directors, and helping at GVJCCA events. Participants at events range from youth to seniors, and newcomers to Canada. Also, many of our volunteers are seniors with strong historical ties to the Japanese Canadian community. This person will require project management skills; be exceptionally well-organized with strong attention to detail; be responsible, reliable, and highly motivated with the ability to lead using excellent communication skills; will enthusiastically help expand donor relations; and knowledge of Japanese Canadian culture, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese would be an asset, but is not required.

The Archival Assistant will work to arrange, describe, and digitize the GVJCCA archives related to the history of the organization in the Japanese Canadian community, and assist the Board and Human Rights Committee with research. The Archival Assistant will also assist the Event Coordinator with special event tasks as needed, such as the GVJCCA community booth at the 2017 Powell Street Festival, the annual ‘Obon’ (cultural festival) event, and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians and the history of Japanese Canadians in Metro Vancouver. The Archival Assistant will also support the publication work of The Bulletin / Geppo monthly magazine. Must be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have very good time-management skills; good level of computer literacy; familiar with the Rules of Archival Description, preservation, and conservation; and knowledge of Canadian History/Japanese Canadian History and fluency in Japanese language would be an asset, but is not required.

The Communications Administrator will work with GVJCCA Directors and core volunteers to help produce content for the organization’s website and online presence. As well, the Communications Administrator will work with The Bulletin / Geppo staff to help research and write material for the magazine, help maintain the magazine’s website by posting articles and developing the pages featuring the GVJCCA, work with staff and the Board to further develop and implement social media (writing content, and taking and posting photographs) and e-newsletter outreach strategies, and maintain the Community Calendar, an online calendar of Japanese Canadian community events. This will require communicating with many other Japanese Canadian organizations and individuals in order to gather information and event postings, while connecting with those who might not be familiar with our organization and its activities / services. This position will also include some basic office administration, such as maintaining our membership database, and managing correspondence. The Communications Administrator will also assist the Event Coordinator with special event tasks, as needed, for the GVJCCA booths at the 2017 Powell Street Festival, the annual ‘Obon’ (cultural festival) event, and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians and the history of Japanese Canadians in Metro Vancouver. Must have excellent communication and social skills; ability to use WordPress and familiarity with basic HTML; ability to multi-task; ability to use Filemaker Pro and Microsoft Office in a PC/Mac environment an asset; familiarity with Mail Chimp an asset;  and knowledge of Japanese Canadian culture, and ability to speak/write/read Japanese would be an asset, but is not required.