Activity Leader (Oppenheimer Park and Carnegie Community Centre) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)


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Arts, Culture and Community Services is currently accepting applications for on-call auxiliary work as an Activity Leader at Oppenheimer Park. Located in the Downtown Eastside, Oppenheimer Park serve an ethnically and socially diverse population, including a large percentage of people who are homeless or on low fixed incomes and living in single room occupancy hotel rooms, rooming houses or social housing.

Reporting to a Community Programmer and under the supervision of a Community Activity Coordinator, this is a front line recreation position with primary responsibilities in planning and facilitating social, educational, cultural and recreational activities with participants of varying interests, skills and abilities.


Daily duties include planning and leading recreation programs; preparing promotional material and engaging community members in participation; supporting volunteers in a mentorship relationship; supporting special event planning and facilitation; carrying out daily facility and grounds management tasks; attending to emergencies and first aid situations as required.


The position exercises independent judgement in routine matters, but unusual problems are referred to superiors.


Work is reviewed by a supervisor and the program participants in terms of attainment of desired results.

Primary responsibilities of this work including organizing, implementing and actively participating in arts, cultural, educational and sports-orientated recreation programming for Downtown Eastside residents; stimulating active participation in programs; initiating, organizing and leading special events; preparing and distributing materials to promote activities; providing information and referrals to patrons regarding community services and resources; helping ensure that the facility and equipment are maintained; dealing effectively with problem situations, which may include administering first aid and liaising with emergency medical services personnel.

Education and Experience

Completion of Grade 10, supplemented by post-secondary education in the field of recreation, arts, education, social work, or related discipline plus some experience working with similar client groups or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop and lead recreation programs for people of various interests and abilities.
  • Knowledge of the Downtown Eastside, agencies, services and resources.
  • Knowledge and understanding of addictions, mental illness, conflict resolution and violence prevention. 
  • Ability to support people with barriers in a peer/mentor relationship.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program participants, members of the public, other stakeholders and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to understand and follow enhanced health and safety requirements, particularly as related to COVID-19.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies, walk long distances, and carry heavy items.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous culture, languages and practices are considered an asset.
  • Lived experience as an Indigenous, Black or Person of Colour is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in a second language, including Indigenous languages, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and/or French is considered an asset.
  • A class IV drivers license is considered an asset.
  • Standard First Aid certification and ability to respond to first aid situations is a requirement of this position.


A Police Record Check clearance is a requirement of this position. A Clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position.


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities.

Business Unit/Department: Community Services (1200)

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks

Employment Type: Auxiliary/Casual

Position Start Date: October, 2020

Number of Positions: 4

Salary Information: Pay Grade 14: $24.36 to $28.55 per hour


Application Close: September 27, 2020


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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