Spinal Cord Injury BC is the go-to resource for the spinal cord injury (SCI) community. But we’re so much more than your typical disability organization. We’re a national leader in Peer Support, we excel at helping people form social connections and challenge themselves, and we take pride in developing our information resources. We’re innovative—we like to push the envelope and try new things. And we tell powerful stories through our magazine, videos, and donor communications about how our members adapt, adjust and thrive after an injury.
All of our staff come from various backgrounds and areas of expertise but we all share one thing: passion for people. We challenge, support, and inspire one another. We are invested in each other’s personal and professional development and foster a flexible, fun, and dedicated office culture.
We are growing our team of high-performing, innovative people with a passion for positive change. If that sounds like you, read on.
Current opportunities listed below:
- Events Lead, Metro Vancouver Peer Program
SCI BC is looking for an experienced Events Lead to help us host amazing events that create lasting connections and support for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).
Spinal Cord Injury BC helps people with spinal cord injuries and their families to adjust, adapt and thrive as they deal with a new injury or struggle with the ongoing challenges of living and aging with a physical disability. Since 1957, we have worked to deliver life-changing services throughout British Columbia, but we aren’t a charity typical of its age. We have a reputation as a fun and innovative organization with a team that loves what we do, are proud of our accomplishments, and support one another to collectively make as big an impact through our work as possible.
The Metro Vancouver Events Lead is responsible for organizing and presenting at least 7 large and 5 small events throughout the spring and summer that create lasting opportunities for people with SCI to learn and support each other. The position will also provide support to the overall SCI BC organization.
LOCATION: Vancouver, BC, SCI BC Head Office and event venues as required.
HOURS: 0.6 FTE – 23 hours/week
TERM: April 1 – September 30th 2017
EDUCATION: Post-secondary degree or certificate. Education in event planning, marketing or a rehabilitation-related discipline an asset.
EXPERIENCE: Recent, relevant experience in large community event planning in the non-profit sector a must.
Primary areas of responsibility:
- Facilitates peer support and connection by organizing and hosting events and recreational activities for people with spinal cord injuries and their families and friends.
- Work collaboratively with members, staff and wider SCI community to plan and host events for their benefit
- Coordinate event-related budgets and expenses.
- Supports Metro Vancouver Peer Program event logistics, development and evaluation.
- Coordinates with Vancouver Coastal Health and SCI BC staff to ensure that introductions, support and resources are provided to newly injured peers and family
- Works with GF Strong staff to coordinate support
- Acts as an SCI BC liaison to external partners and stakeholders
The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
- Recent experience organizing large and small community events on a limited budget
- Strong leadership and independent working skills
- Attention to detail
- Experience with maintaining budgets and processing expenses
- Effective at coordinating schedules, people and office processes
- Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and positive, non-judgmental manner
- Familiarity with Metro Vancouver and region
- Fluency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
As an ideal candidate, you are:
- Energetic and comfortable working to deadlines.
- An understanding of physical disabilities, particularly those related to spinal cord injury
- An effective leader capable of motivating people and projects
- Respectful of the values and culture of a non-profit organization.
- Experience with non-profit organizations and grant-related reporting
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter with your resume, detailing why you believe your personality and qualifications are an ideal fit for SCI BC and this position. Applications are to be submitted no later than 5:00 pm, Friday March 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however, only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!
What have past interns said about SCI BC?
“Working at a non-profit organization gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge and skills in a meaningful way. The community at SCI BC is welcoming, friendly, encouraging, and inclusive. The organization trusted me to manage and complete a variety of important tasks from day one. I was given freedom to execute many different jobs, and I was able to see events through inception to completion which I found very rewarding. The skills I learned and connections I made at SCI BC are invaluable. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in working in an energetic and innovative environment.” –Gill, 2014
“My placement at SCI BC gave me the confidence I needed to enter the PR industry upon graduation.” –Sonam, 2013
“[Working at SCI BC] was a tremendous opportunity as a student to gain hands-on experience from such a unique and encouraging group of individuals every single day.” –Michelle 2013
“Working as an intern at Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) was a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in Public Relations, Marketing, Event Planning, and to learn more about how business operates in the Non-Profit sector…everyone I worked with at SCI BC was extremely friendly and took the time to mentor and provide feedback to ensure I was continually learning new skills and fine-tuning my strengths.” –Kelly, 2012