Position Location: Toronto, Ontario
Start Date: October 8th, 2012
Details: 16 hours per week
Applications due: September 28th, 2012
We are an international organization combining youth, technology and global community to create positive global change
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is seeking an Adobe Youth Voices Project Assistant to take part in a 4-month volunteer internship placement in our Toronto office.
If you are who we are looking for – or know someone else that might be – keep reading to get to know us a little better and we’ll be expectantly waiting to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
~The TIG Team
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 staff who work part-time in different parts of Canada and around the world as well as hundreds of volunteers. Supporters include RBC Financial Group, Microsoft, the Government of Canada, the McConnell Foundation and Gordon Foundation.
Roles and Responsibilities
Updating and maintaining Adobe Youth Voices online Community page
Providing program support to Adobe Youth Voices participants
Assisting in monitoring and evaluating of program progress
Assisting in planning and facilitation of webinars
Researching opportunities for new partnerships and exhibitions
Ensure promotional material is created and updated
Liaise with communications coordinator to ensure project related features are included in TakingITGlobal’s newsletters and social media outlets
Provide support across project activities as needed
Studies in a related field (e.g. Education, Communications, Media, International Development, Social Sciences etc.)
Significant interest in education, engagement and activism
High level of media literacy and an understanding of the application of web 2.0 tools
Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
Detail oriented, organized, with strong management skills
Excellent communication (written, verbal) and interpersonal skills
Excellent cross-cultural communications skills
Able to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced office environment
Leadership skills and facilitation experience
Willingness to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills
Self-driven and able to meet deadlines
Cross-cultural communication experience
Significant interest in youth-related issues
Experience working with young people from a wide variety of cultures
Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
Experience working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector
International work of volunteer experience
TakingITGlobal is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.
Application Details: Application screening will be conducted on an ongoing basis. Please electronically submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample at your earliest convenience to:
Contact: Human Resources
E-mail: email@example.com (include the title of the position in the subject of the e-mail)
Mail: 19 Duncan Street, Suite 505, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3H1
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.
People often choose to work at TakingITGlobal for the following reasons:
Improve skills: Staff at TakingITGlobal improves 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-run 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. In an organization where many staff work with web development or the Internet all day, TIG is able to provide the latest equipment including laptops. TIG’s office hours are generally flexible (if long), the team is roughly the same age, there is good camaraderie, and many staff socialize outside the office.
Make a difference: TakingITGlobal’s mission is essentially altruistic, and staff members have the (rare) opportunity to put their skills (such as web development) 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.