Now Hiring in the West Kootenays - Community Engagement Manager



8-hours per week


The Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation is looking for a strategic networker, connector and partnership builder to be our on-the ground representative in the West Kootenays. Your mandate will be to support the Community Engagement Committee in increasing awareness about the program, continually identifying donors and other sources of funding, create stewardship opportunities and make community connections that support and enhance the students in the Take a Hike Program.
It’s a lot to ask in one day a week. You’ll have support from the members of our newly established Community Engagement Committee, plus direct access to the Vancouver based Foundation Support Team. The Foundation Support Team will provide you with expertise in fund raising, communications, event management, programming and community development, plus supply you with the collateral you need to be successful in the role.

You’re the type of person who can hit the ground running and make a significant contribution within your first three months. You’ll build relationships with our in-school staff (including a Teacher, Therapist, Child and Family Worker, and Adventure Based Learning Specialist), school and district administrators, local politicians and government, businesses, chambers of commerce, community groups, service clubs and concerned citizens … really, we want you to help us meet everyone who cares about youth in your community.


This position reports directly to the Foundation’s Vancouver Based CEO, and specific duties of the job include:
•Attending monthly Community Engagement Committee Meetings.
•Keeping in regular contact with in-school staff and students.
•Listening deeply to classroom needs and helping find creative solutions.
•Engaging school and district administrators in activities of the CEC.
•Maximize efforts by working cooperatively with the CEO and other Foundation Support Team members to creatively share the work load.
•Developing and executing tactical plans to achieve the objectives of the CEC;
•Support the CEO and Fund Development Manger in their activities in the Kootenays;
•Work with the Community Engagement Committee to manage a pool of major prospects, including developing and implementing tailored action plans for identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects. These plans will include both working with the CEC, CEO, Board of Directors, and volunteers to secure gifts as well as conducting successful solicitations independently.
•Cultivate new donor relationships, strengthen existing ones and build support from corporations and individuals.
•Facilitate appropriate donor recognition, including public announcements of gifts (with media conferences, etc.), as well as planning and participating in events.
•Assist with the preparation of proposals, grants and packages for donors, foundations, etc.
•Facilitate prospect review process and conduct prospect review meetings.
•Maintain the donor database (Salesforce).
•Represent Take a Hike, its mandate and its role in the community at community events and networking opportunities.


•A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, however a suitable combination of education and experience will be considered.
•Five years related experience in fundraising, communications or community development.
•Excellent communication, organization and time management skills, as well as the ability to successfully manage changing priorities.
•Collaborative team player, able to establish and maintain positive working relationships while motivating and successfully managing a volunteer group to achieve its goal.
•Demonstrated ability to conduct face-to-face meetings with current and prospective donors in a professional manner.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively motivate, lead and manage staff and volunteer groups to achieve goals.
•Communication skills including drafting news releases, briefing notes, and social media use.
•Deep connections in, and credibility with, the local community
•Home office, including mobile phone, computer and internet connection
•Access to a vehicle, that fits within the Foundation’s expense guidelines
•Above all, a passion for supporting at-risk youth.


To apply for this position, submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF file to:
Gordon Matchett
Chief Executive Officer
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation


Applications will be accepted until 31 August 2016.



Sevan Kadian, Media Coordinator
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
604.630.5819 (direct)