Project and Fundraising Coordinator

Plastic Free YYC Published: August 1, 2020
Calgary, Alberta
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$20 - $22 per hour, dependent on experience
Hours per week
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Plastic-Free YYC is Calgary’s leading voice in zero waste and plastic free living. Our mission is to engage individuals, businesses and government to make positive, plastic-free changes in the world. As Plastic-Free YYC’s first staff member, the Project and Fundraising Coordinator will develop a sustainable fundraising model for the organisation, while continuing to build momentum for zero waste and circular economy in Calgary. This position will work closely with businesses, community partners and volunteers, under supervision of the Board of Directors.

Gain experience and build your fund development career with our team! This job is a create-your-own-adventure (make it what you think it needs to be) kind of role.

Due to the safety concerns of COVID-19, this is a remote position. There may be occasional in-person meetings or events. However, these will be conducted with physical distancing and other safety protocols in place, in alignment with Plastic-Free YYC’s Safety Guidelines.

The deadline for applications is Sunday October 4, 2020 (11:59 pm MST). Applications will be reviewed as they arrive and this position may be filled prior to October 15, 2020, if the right candidate is found, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. We regret that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop a sustainable fundraising model for Plastic-Free YYC. If successful, this position may be extended beyond the end of the contract.
  • Investigate fundraising options including but not limited to: operating an online zero waste store, introducing a certification/membership-based funding model, introducing standard workshop fees, enhancing the fundraising capacity of events such as the annual Zero Waste Festival, creating a Canada Helps profile, and developing resources that could be sold on the online store, etc.
  • If appropriate, pilot and track feasibility of the fundraising options listed above.
  • Investigate the benefits and challenges of changing Plastic-Free YYC’s status from non-for-profit to charitable status, in order to be eligible for various forms of funding.
  • Support the launch of Plastic-Free YYC’s Directory App.
  • Assist with volunteer management and support the volunteer team, as needed.
  • Attend General Board meetings.
  • Attend monthly volunteer team meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strategic thinker: the willingness and ability to approach novel problems in a creative way and translate strategic vision into action.
  • Ability to work independently. Our Board of Directors is hands-on and supportive, but the majority of the daily work will be self-directed.
  • Ability to effectively plan and coordinate multi-task requirements and meet self and imposed objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills including the ability to quickly build rapport with potential partners and sponsors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Resourceful and research-oriented
  • Experience fundraising for non-profit organizations is a strong asset.
  • Broad knowledge about waste management, circular economy, zero waste, or environmental education and communication preferred.   
  • Digital literacy, with experience in Microsoft Office and GSuite. Comfortable with learning new digital platforms.

Education required

Undergraduate degree or diploma

Certification required

As much of the work will be done remotely via online platforms, reliable access to the internet, a computer, and a printer will be beneficial. However, a computer will be provided if the successful candidate does not have one.

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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