The Rural Development Network is seeking a Project Assistant to support multiple projects and initiatives within our team. Within the first year, the primary projects this individual will assist with will be:
Policies for Women’s Shelter Project: Developing a centralized database for trauma-informed policies and practices for Canadian women's shelters. This project aims to build the capacity of women’s shelters through an online platform that helps organizations better implement standardized violence and trauma-informed practices and policies across Canada.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project: In partnership with post-secondary institutions, this project aims to connect students with rural and remote organizations and businesses within Canada that would have barriers to accessing student talent from urban and non-urban campuses in traditional in-person experiences.
The Project Assistant may also support other RDN projects and initiatives as needed.
Location: We will consider applicants located anywhere in Canada who are willing and able to work remotely. RDN’s office is located in Edmonton, Alberta for candidates who prefer to work in person. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located.
Salary Range: $45,000-$52,000 /year based on a 35hr work week. Salary will vary depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.
- Flexible hours (daily start/end times), within RDN’s core hours.
- Opportunity to work from home part time, or fully virtually if not located in Edmonton.
Anticipated Start Date and Duration: Starting in early October 2021 for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
The key overarching responsibilities of this role will include:
- Outreach activities, cold-calling, creating connections, and maintaining relationships;
- Research, data collection, and analysis;
- Writing for reports and grant applications;
- Keeping detailed records of program expenses for financial claims, and assisting with financial & activity reporting for projects;
- Assisting with creating and maintaining work plans which outline project objectives, milestones and timelines;
- Support the Project Manager’s day-to-day project operations;
- Other administrative duties related to project execution.
Additional responsibilities specific to the Policies for Women’s Shelter Project include:
- Working with the Project Manager to build strong relationships with Violence Against Women (VAW) Shelters, Subject Matter Experts, and other relevant stakeholders. This includes: organizing face-to-face/virtual meetings, cold calling non-participating VAW shelters, drafting resources and materials, and presentations.
- Working with the Project Manager to plan, organize, and execute engagement and workshop activities.
- Create, administer and analyse participant evaluation/exercise forms, using paper and online formats.
- Assist in conducting an environmental scan of existing policy manuals and procedures from participating VAW shelters and identify similarities and gaps.
- Assist in conducting literature reviews and identify existing areas for improvement in VAW policies.
Additional responsibilities specific to the Work Integrated Learning Project include:
- Community and employer outreach for the program;
- Implementing awareness activities, organizing webinars and other events.
- Following up with communities and employers, responding to questions and inquiries, and referring them to the Project Manager as needed.
- Student engagement activities, and campus outreach.
- Assisting with developing and delivering a training plan for community partners, student ambassadors, and placement students that includes: the value of WIL, best practices for virtual student supervision, communication tools, integration for students from urban to rural settings, using the Riipen platform, etc.
- Assisting with coordinating student work placement with partner community organizations and industries.
- Assisting with developing and distributing surveys to partners and students to gather feedback and evaluate the program.
- Collecting and managing data about student placements for results reporting.
- Assisting with hosting a virtual industry event with the project partners, showcasing the project outcomes to stakeholders.
Preferred Experience and Competencies:
- Experience in a customer service role, or outreach experience.
- Research experience, including proposal writing, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and report writing.
- Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Highly organized and detail-oriented.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- High computer proficiency, especially MS Office programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, Adobe).
- Experience living/working in or working with rural communities is an asset.
- Undergraduate degree in a related area, or previous experience that is applicable to the role.
About the Rural Development Network:
RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives, helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills & expertise, and boost their capacity.
RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 22 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.
RDN is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. RDN is committed to ensuring an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. RDN recognizes that diversity is and will always be a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover letters.
To learn more about RDN, visit www.ruraldevelopment.ca.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume and indicate which position you are applying for. Intake of applications will close on October 3, 2021.
Contract length: 12 months
Application deadline: 2021-10-03
Expected start date: 2021-10-11
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $45,000.00-$52,000.00 per year
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
Staff are currently working from home virtually. When coming into the office is necessary, staff are adhering to COVID-19 protocols (mandatory masks, physical distancing, and limited people in office).
- Bachelor's Degree (preferred)
- project management: 1 year (preferred)