Position Location: Toronto, Ontario
Positions Available: 2
Start Date: September 11th, 2012
Details: 8-10 hours per week
Applications due: August 10, 2012
We are an international organization combining youth, technology and global community to create positive global change
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is seeking a Sprout E-course Education Assistant to take part in a 3-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.
Sprout (www.sproutecourse.org) is an e-course developed in partnership with Pearson Foundation aimed at aspiring social innovators who want to grow their project ideas and learn to create lasting changes that take root in their communities.
Roles and Responsibilities
Provide weekly support during the e-course to participants as they complete lessons and build their project portfolios
Troubleshoot technical, administrative and interpersonal problems
Communicate via email and in the online classroom in a sensitive and effective way
Facilitate greater understanding of the e-course curriculum
Spur collaboration by connecting participants with similar interests
Drive classroom engagement through seeds of inspiration and affirmation
Encourage peer-to-peer interaction via assigned Peer Groups
Be present for all synchronous e-course events such as the orientation and webinars
Liaise with the TIG Tech team to address technical issues related to the online classroom
Provide administrative support to the Sprout Program Manager
Experience in a communications or facilitator role preferred
Cultural competency and ability to communicate with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds is a must
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency with computers (word processing, email, internet) and social networking sites including tigweb.org, Facebook and Twitter
Effective time management and organizational skills
People skills, enthusiasm and passion
Sound judgment and comfort working autonomously
A low-stress attitude in a buzzing environment
Familiarity with – and keen interest in – social innovation
Willingness to do whatever it takes…can-do attitude!!
TakingITGlobal is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.
The candidate should be available to work 16 hours per week. The successful candidate may request a travel stipend.
Application Details: Application screening will be conducted on an ongoing basis. Please electronically submit a resume and cover letter at your earliest convenience to:
Contact: Human Resources
Email: 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, Canada
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 improve 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.