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Raise the Rates is Hiring!

Raise the Rates is hiring a new coordinator. If you are interested please apply! Also feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Raise the Rates Campaign Coordinator

Contract hours: ~ 15 – 20 hours per week
Pay rate: $20/hr. plus 15% in lieu of benefits

Commencing: Ideally during November/December 2018

Are you passionate about ending poverty? Do you believe in the ability of the grassroots to push for real change? Are you flexible, creative, and willing to learn? Raise the Rates is looking for our next Campaign Coordinator! Raise the Rates is a coalition of community organizations, faith based groups and unions working to get government to raise welfare rates, build more social housing, eliminate arbitrary barriers to accessing welfare, increase the minimum wage and raise taxes for the wealthy. Raise the Rates uses a variety of activities and events to raise public awareness of the many reasons to significantly increase the present poverty welfare rates in BC.

With a “Poverty Reduction Plan” coming to BC in Spring 2019, it is time for us to do some strategic planning, some creative actions, and reinvent the way that Raise the Rates is working from our community-based roots to push for provincial change. Up for the challenge?

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Organize actions/events involving local residents and community organizations to raise the profile of the campaign
  • Convene, support and report to regular Raise the Rates meetings
  • Act on the decisions of Raise the Rates’ meetings
  • Support Raise the Rates volunteers
  • Create media releases and organize and host press conferences to cover events of campaign
  • Liaise with local community organizations, Raise the Rates coalition partners and supporting organizations about the work and plans of Raise the Rates
  • Ensure ongoing financial stability of Raise the Rates

Skills/Knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of poverty issues and issues facing the Downtown Eastside Community
  • Previous experience leading lobbying campaigns or anti poverty campaigns
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Ability to listen and treat people with respect, and build good working relationships based on trust and cooperation
  • Ability to use e-mail and social media to promote campaign

Email resume, 2 letters of reference, and a half page essay on the causes of poverty and how you think Raise the Rates should agitate for our demands to:

  • raise.the.rates17@gmail.com or
  • bill50@vcn.bc.ca

by Saturday November 17 2018.