JOB POSTING: Executive Director

Responsible to: President, Board of Directors

Term: Contract, 10 months

Compensation: $35,000 – $37,500 (Based on experience)

Competition Closes: April 30th 2017 at 11:59pm

Job Summary

The Board of Directors of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife are seeking an individual who has a passion for working with LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. The Executive Director of the Rainbow Coalition is responsible for pursuing the major goals and objectives for the organization as established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing program facilitation and the daily operation of the Rainbow Youth Centre. They are expected to find and secure any needed funding for the Coalition’s operations.

Additional Information

In order to aid in the selection of a successful candidate, a written exam may be administered to those who pass preliminary screening.

Qualifications

Knowledge:

  • Personal, lived understanding of LGBTQ+ identity
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+, queer and trans theory
  • Knowledge of intersectionality and concepts such as marginalization and oppression
  • Understanding of the history of colonialism and white settlerism in the Northwest Territories and Canada

Education/Experience:

  • Education or experience in social services, child and youth work, health care or education considered an asset
  • Experience in managing a non-profit society is considered an asset
  • Experience working in youth-centred spaces or organizations
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with bookkeeping

Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to engage with and interact with youth in a positive, empowering way
  • Committed to upholding the Rainbow Centre’s activism in ending or working to end heterosexism, cissexism, monosexism, homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia

Other:

  • Ability to provide a criminal record check with Vulnerable Screening Sector (VSS)

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is an organization governed by mostly youth, and therefore are prioritizing hiring people who our organization recognizes as youth (people under the age of 30).

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife supports an affirmative action hiring process for people who have lived with marginalized identities. In your application, please include any information you wish to share about your own lived experience of any of the following:

  • Queer or trans identity
  • Indigenous: First Nations, Metis or Inuit
  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Racism
  • Womanhood, or femininity
  • Being a part of a religious minority
  • Fatphobia and sizeism
  • Domestic or intimate partner violence

Please forward a resume and cover letter, including three professional or academic references to info@rainbowcoalitionyk.org to the attention of the HR Committee.

PRESS RELEASE: Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife hosts second annual Days of Pink Outreach Festival

Download PDF press release here.

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (March 27, 2017) – In only its second year, Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (RCYK) has nearly doubled the offerings of the second-annual Days of Pink Outreach Festival.

The festival runs April 9 – 15, coinciding with the national Day of Pink on April 12th 2017 hosted by the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

Days of Pink supports queer and trans youth in Yellowknife by providing the public with opportunities to participate in discussions, workshops and panels throughout the week.

Highlights on the schedule include:

  • The launch of the Rainbow Solidarity Award—an award for a local Yellowknifer who actively supports queer and trans youth in Yellowknife. Nomination forms for the award can be found online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/award and close on March 31st 2017.
  • a free movie showing at the Capitol Theatre;
  • a facilitated conversation luncheon at Twin Pine Diner;
  • a youth open mic; and
  • the first ever Days of Pink Gala, where the Rainbow Solidarity Award will be presented.

Days of Pink also supports parents of queer and trans children to come together to celebrate and learn about their children. “Days of Pink is a great opportunity for parents and allies of queer youth to come together and learn how to support those they love,” said Teresa Joudrie, Parent Director on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.

With more than 10 confirmed local and national sponsors—including Dominion Diamond Corporation, WestJet and Fierté Montreal Pride—the Days of Pink is organized by the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and an Organizing Committee, with the support of the City of Yellowknife.

“It’s really revolutionary that there’s a whole week dedicated to supporting the needs of queer people, especially queer youth,” explained Damian Benoit, Days of Pink Organizing Committee member and Youth Treasurer for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.

Workplaces and schools around Yellowknife are invited to take part in the festival by organizing their own internal events or activities: Sir John Franklin and St. Patrick’s High School are both planning events during the week.

Days of Pink is celebrated as an opportunity for queer and trans youth to express themselves. “As a queer person, Days of Pink make me feel like I can express myself freely,” said organizing committee member Noah Haché, “it encourages other youth to safely express who they are too.”

The Day of Pink is nationally celebrated with a dialogue session between city mayors and local LGBTQ+ youth. This dialogue session allows local LGBTQ+ and allied youth to share ideas on how leaders can support queer and trans people in Canada. Youth interested in participating in Yellowknife’s session, will which include the participation of the Mayor, City Councillors, and Members of the Legislative Assembly can sign up online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink/youthdialogue.

Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife is still looking for sponsors and workplaces interested in helping to support the Days of Pink. Interested parties are invited to go online at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink to learn more.

For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Jacq Brasseur, Executive Director
(pronouns: they/them)
Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife
Work: 867-444-RCYK • Cell: 867-445-5878
jacq@rainbowcoalitionyk.org

Backgrounders on all aspects of the festival can be found at www.rainbowcoalitionyk.org/daysofpink/media


About the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife

The outreach organization to support LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth has existed since 2011, and became incorporated under the Societies Act on June 27 2016. An organization by youth, for youth, the Coalition is excited to not only operate the Rainbow Youth Centre, but to bring forward a new way of non-profit governance by promoting social entrepreneurship and organizational leadership among youth, through their interest in queer and trans issues and identities.

About the Days of Pink Yellowknife

In November 2015, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) asked Mayor Heyck and the City of Yellowknife to organize an event called “Day of Pink” in celebration of the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia and Transmisogyny on April 13th 2016. In response to this, Mayor Heyck reached out to us! We put together a committee, turned it into a full week-long outreach festival, and figured out our goals. We’re excited to be continuing this project in 2017.

Guiding Principles:

  • The Days of Pink are about talking honestly and openly with our peers about the bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
  • We believe that when talking honestly and openly about these things, we’re able to educate ourselves and fight ignorance in our community.
  • We address this by asking questions about how we express our gender, what gender means to different people, how we love and who we love, and how we can stop bullying and violence that people deal with when expressing their love and their gender.
  • We believe that a safe Yellowknife for everybody includes a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, asexual, pansexual and queer people!

About the International Day of Pink

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.” (DayOfPink.org/about)

Safe Stage w/ Quetzala Carson

Rainbow Youth Centre – 5112 52nd Street
867-444-RCYK (444-7295)
savannah@rainbowcoalitionyk.org

We are stoked to announce that this coming March 21-23 from 1-8pm daily we will be making music! We will have a variety of instruments available for you to choose from, make, and record some sweet tunes of your own. Personal instruments welcome too! This workshop will be facilitated by Quetzala Carson.

Quetzala Carson is a Two Spirit Mestizx from Mana ahuac, Nicaragua. The child of two special needs educators, pe spent per summers in Managua and winters in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. A professional musician from age 13, pe’s current solo project is FRYZZ LYFE. For Quetzala, music is a platform from which to communally discuss and transmute trauma. Pe released an album this year titled Mecayotl Tlazohcamati Axcammochipa (thank you kin into perpetuity) available at FRYZZLYFE.com

We’ll be talking about how music can be a medicine and a tool for liberation for Two Spirit folks. It serves to shield us and heal us as well as it allows us to amplify our voices and audiences.

Safe Stage is an opportunity for young marginalized artists to create a songs, explore a multitude of instruments, and hold space. All youth are welcome, no matter their identity!

Day 1: Two Spirit identities, decolonization, music as a medicine and as a weapon, youth lead tour, brainstorming
Day 2: Jam instrumentals and lyrics together, work on album art
Day 3: Recording our sounds

If you have any accessibility needs or would like any additional information, send us an email at savannah@rainbowcoalitionyk.org.

Seeking Visual Artists for a Youth Visual Art Showcase!

For our Days of Pink outreach festival this year, we’re looking for visual artists under 19 who are interested in submitting art pieces for a Youth Visual Art Showcase that will take place on April 15th 2017!

The cool thing about this showcase, is that you have the opportunity to make some money if people bid on your piece of art during the silent auction during our Days of Pink Gala.

If you’re a visual artist under 19 years old, take a look at the information and see if you’d be interested.

If you’re an art teacher based in Yellowknife, and you want us to come chat with your art class about how we can use visual art to enact social change, give us a shout! We’d love to come talk about this opportunity!

Rainbow Solidarity Award

We’re so excited to be introducing, for the first time, as part of our Days of Pink outreach festival, the Rainbow Solidarity Award.

The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife has only been able to accomplish so much with the support of so many incredible people around Yellowknife. We want to say thank you to those people, and recognize them on an annual basis. Our Days of Pink Organizing Committee created this award with the hopes that our community would nominate individuals they felt were making an active difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ young people.

This Award will be presented at the Days of Pink Gala taking place on April 15th 2017 at the Explorer Hotel.

Take a look at the criteria and eligibility below, and see if you would like to nominate somebody!

Criteria:

  • A person who is visibly involved in queer and trans communities
  • A person who is active in support through attending events publicly or supporting organizations publicly
  • A person who invests in LGBTQ+ inclusive education and safe(r) spaces
  • A person who embodies the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife’s mandate
  • A person who advocates for queer and trans inclusion
  • A person who discusses queer and trans inclusion with their peers

Eligibility:

  • Must be living in Yellowknife
  • Not a board member or employee of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife
  • Not a former board member or employee of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (within the past year)

How to Nominate:

To nominate somebody, please download this form and either email it to us, drop it off to us, or mail it to us before March 31st 2017.


About Selections

Our Selections Committee for the successful award recipient is made up of five queer and trans teenagers who are passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and safe(r) spaces.

This Committee is chaired by Delilah Hashi, one of our youth Days of Pink Organizing Committee members. Delilah is actively involved in her community in a number of ways, including being the President of the Student Council at Sir John Franklin High School.

The Committee will meet the week of March 27th to discuss the possible candidates and will make a final recommendation to the Board of Directors who will approve the recommendation. The successful candidate will be notified the week of April 3rd, prior to the Days of Pink festival that takes place from April 9th to 15th 2017.


If you have any questions about this award, please contact us over email here.