About the Institute for Canadian Citizenship
The ICC exists to unlock Canada for newcomers. Our programs include:
· Building Citizenship, which sees the ICC host 70 enhanced citizenship ceremonies each year nationwide. These ceremonies are a significant life milestone in people’s lives, and we take this opportunity to welcome our new citizens and highlight the roles and responsibilities that come with a Canadian citizenship, with a particular focus on Reconciliation.
· The Canoo Access Pass, which welcomes hundreds of thousands of newcomers to Canada by providing free access, via its app, to our national partner network of over 1400 parks, museums, galleries, science centres and other sports and cultural attractions.
· Ideas and Insights, our research and advocacy arm.
The ICC was founded by the 26th Governor General, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and internationally-acclaimed intellectual, John Ralston Saul. The ICC office is located in downtown Toronto with some team members working remotely in different locations.
Our team is incredibly driven and passionate about our work. If you're looking for a diverse and exciting workplace, this is it: our 19 staff hail from 13 different countries.
Why we need you:
You understand that the road to citizenship in Canada is paved with many difficulties, challenges and obstacles and that for the individuals and families who successfully overcome those hurdles, becoming a Canadian Citizen is a transformative experience. The citizenship ceremony means more than completing the last legal requirement in the process: it is a day of celebration, reflection, joy and inspiration.
Canada’s future relies on immigrants not just coming here but staying here and becoming citizens. We are the only national organization focused exclusively on this crucial objective.
We need you to take the reins and ensure that all new citizens to Canada have a citizenship ceremony that reflects their individual journeys and celebrates all the new potential they have unlocked for themselves and their families.
What you’ll do:
You’ll lead our team of exceptionally talented Events Specialists and Assistants in planning, organizing, and hosting enhanced citizenship ceremonies. Right now, these are mostly virtual events. We hope that over the next few months, the government will permit us to return to in-person events, giving you the opportunity to reshape how we host celebratory and safe in-person gatherings.
This is not just an execution role. You’ll also be responsible for liaising with our contacts at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and advocating for the new citizens’ right to have a citizenship ceremony that is not simply bureaucratic, but that celebrates their choice to make Canada home.
Our citizenship ceremonies are not only a celebration of immigrants, but also a reflection of the ICC’s mission and are one of the first places people learn about our work. You will be responsible for using our events to enhance our organization's image, and effectively deliver on event objectives to build inclusive spaces for newcomers.
You will report to the Senior Director, Strategy & Operations, and will lead a team of four on your start date.
Path to Reconciliation
The ICC’s enhanced citizenship ceremonies are the only citizenship ceremonies across Canada that include an Indigenous Elder, Knowledge Keeper, educator or representative 100% of the time.
Your contributions of ensuring that Indigenous representatives are welcomed to the ceremonies with kindness and respect will have a direct, positive impact on new Canadian citizens becoming aware of our land’s Indigenous history and of the responsibilities towards meaningful Reconciliation that are central to Canadian citizenship.
Moreover, your role will enable the building of relationships between Canadian newcomers and Indigenous peoples and organizations, often, the very first time a newcomer interacts with Canada’s First Peoples.
Please apply for this job if you:
· Have demonstrated your capabilities in implementing best practices of event planning and execution with an eye to continuous improvement.
· Enjoy building out tools, resources and templates to create highly efficient and high-performing work environments.
· Are not afraid to question the status quo and push forward recommendations on how we work and how the IRCC welcomes new citizens.
· Are keen to use your skills to dig into the statistics and experiences of our event attendees by implementing debriefs and survey initiatives.
· Multiple overlapping and intersecting events and projects don’t scare you but motivate you to work harder and smarter.
· Committed to securing Canada’s future by giving newcomers the best possible experience of our wonderful country
· A hyper ethical, no-nonsense person who is easy to get along with.
· A doer. Everyone in this organization rolls up their sleeves, including the CEO. There is no room on our team for leaders who expect others to do all the actual work.
We’re also looking for the following items on your CV:
· Minimum 3 years’ experience in the fields of event management, hospitality, or public relations.
· Bilingualism in English and French is required. Proficiency in other languages spoken by newcomers to Canada, is an asset.
· Minimum 1 years’ experience in managing people and motivating teams.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $66,000.00-$77,000.00 per year
- Casual dress
- Dental care
- Disability insurance
- Extended health care
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Work from home