Community Activities Coordinator (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 29993 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function

This is a frontline and supervisory position with primary responsibilities in delivering specialized low barrier recreational, cultural and social programs and services at Oppenheimer Park. Working collaboratively and assisting the Community Programmer in the development, coordination and implementation of appropriate programs and services, the successful candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team in program delivery and related administrative matters; direct assigned program segments to program staff and volunteers; assess needs and remove barriers to accessing resources; make referrals to appropriate agencies; participate in the recruitment and instruction of program staff; evaluate and report on programs and services; respond to and report on emergencies including first aid and critical incidents; and be personally involved in program leadership. This position exercises considerable independent judgment in assigned program areas, supervising daily operations, and in dealing with community members and patron emergencies, although unusual problems are resolved in consultation with a supervisor.


The position reports to the Community Programmer – Oppenheimer Park and provides leadership and supervision to a team of Activity Leaders. The Community Activity Coordinator also creates and maintains relationships with public agencies, various internal City of Vancouver contacts, and external community partners and service providers.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Community Programmer – Oppenheimer Park, the Community Activity Coordinator:

  • Plans, develops, coordinates, implements and evaluates programs, events and referral services
  • Develops, organizes and implements administrative systems and procedures
  • Maintains operating, administrative and statistical records
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with park patrons, community partners and external stakeholders in developing programs and services
  • Leads and supports project/program development and fundraising endeavors
  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of program delivery staff
  • Develops, coordinates and supports collaborative community projects
  • Develops, supports and implements park-related planning processes
  • Seeks to resolve disputes and de-escalate conflicts; administers first aid; calls police and other emergency services as required
  • Maintains park grounds to ensure facilities are clean and all unsafe materials have been removed; contacts other City of Vancouver teams when additional maintenance work is required
  • Intervenes and assists with patrons experiencing personal crisis; provides support or referral services as required
  • Liaises and develops effective working relationships with public agencies including other City departments, Park Board, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Coastal Health as well as with various community organizations.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 education supplemented by some university level courses in recreation, social sciences, or the arts plus some training or experience in addictions, physical and mental illness, conflict resolution and violence prevention, and working with volunteers; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of attitudes, problems, interests and needs of people experiencing homelessness who may face multiple barriers including poverty, mental and physical disabilities, drug or alcohol dependencies and social isolation
  • Understanding of the issues and impacts of poverty, isolation, trauma, addiction and/or colonialism on community members
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices related to outreach and referral services to people in crisis situations, including in the areas of housing, income, identification, health
  • Understanding of the social, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends, factors and issues related to homelessness and the Downtown Eastside community
  • Working knowledge of Downtown Eastside service providers and community development methods
  • Experience working cross-culturally with diverse community groups, including Indigenous and Chinese-speaking communities
  • Strong administrative and coordination skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite, office administration, report writing and recording metrics
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the community
  • Strong supervisory skills including the ability to motivate, plan, assign, schedule, supervise and evaluate the work of staff and volunteers
  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills
  • Ability to lead activities where lifting, walking and assisting others may be required
  • Ability to perform in a demanding work environment and to respond to emergencies effectively
  • Must be able to work weekend and/or evening shifts as needed
  • Ability to meet transportation needs.
  • OFA 1 including CPR-C certification is a requirement of this position.
  • A Police Record Check clearance is required for this position.  A clearance requires the absence of any criminal charges or convictions related to this position

Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-018: $28.55 to $33.60 per hour

Application Close: May 28, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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