Breaking the Silence Summer Outreach Cooperant

(Tatamagouche Centre )

Contract dates: June 29, 2020 – August 22, 2020 (with the possibility of renewal as a part-time position in the fall)

Number of hours: 35 hours per week

Remuneration: $12.55 per hour 

Work location: Online from home with strong preference given to candidates based in the Maritime region of Canada

Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a program of the Tatamagouche Centre, as well as a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who began to organize in 1988 to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social, and economic justice:

Under the supervision of the BTS Guatemala Coordinator, the successful applicant will:

  • Support BTS outreach & communications as needed including the creation of short videos, promotional posters, urgent actions, etc
  • Support the expansion of the BTS contacts database for the purposes of promotion
  • Provide weekly summaries to BTS staff of key & trending issues relevant to our work including news, actions, special events, etc.
  • Assist in disseminating BTS related materials through various media including the BTS blog, listserv and  social media platforms
  • Lead the creation and establishment of a BTS cooperant alumni network including reaching out to past BTS interns to document some of their experiences in the field
  • Integrate well into the BTS team and its collective processes, supporting needs that may arise
  • Become familiar with all BTS areas of work as well as that of local committees
  • Attend and participate in regular meetings with supervisor
  • As a representative of the network, act in accordance with BTS’s mission and values

Required qualities, skills and experience:

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (including strong writing skills)
  • Experience with graphic design and using social media platforms for outreach
  • Experience engaging in online research
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Good knowledge of BTS and/or experience with social justice movements
  • Able to work from an anti-oppression and solidarity framework
  • Capable of taking initiative and being self-directed as well as a team player 
  • Be aged 30 and under by September 1, 2020 and have been enrolled in university in the 2019-2020 year

Desired qualities:

  • Knowledge of the civil society and academic landscape in the Maritimes
  • Experience working from home / at a distance
  • Experience and/or interest in Guatemala or the Latin American region 
  • Spanish language abilities will be considered a strong asset
  • Be based in or have strong roots to the Maritime region of Canada

Application details:

Submit a cover letter,  resume, and the contact information of two references in ONE document, via e-mail to​ ​by Friday June 12, 2020 at noon AST.  Please indicate the position title in your subject line as well as where you heard about the posting in the body of your email. Interviews will be scheduled for June 16 and 17 with an offer made by June 19, 2020.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to arrange for an interview.
BTS acknowledges that systemic barriers disproportionately target and affect marginalized communities. We are committed to challenging these systemic inequalities and encourage applications from individuals that represent the full diversity of communities in terms of  ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. Furthermore, we recognize and value people’s lived experience as a legitimate attestation of skills and abilities.