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

Requisition ID: 30095 


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

The Community Programmer (Arts & Education Programs) develops, implements, and coordinates programs and partnerships to serve patrons of the Carnegie Community Centre (‘Centre”), including people who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and/or addictions. The Community Programmer oversees the day to day operations of arts and education programming, including but not limited to: recruiting, supervising, training, and scheduling staff, program instructors, and volunteers in the Centre; managing conflicts and enforcing the Centre’s code of conduct using exceptional communication and conflict resolution skills; fundraising, and maintaining program budget and supplies; monitoring and evaluating programs through data collection and analysis; leading programs and activities including out trips and special events; and developing and sustaining community partnerships to achieve program objectives.


The position reports to the Director of Carnegie Community Centre. Work is reviewed by the Director, the Carnegie Community Centre Association, and the public in terms of attainment of desired results and services rendered


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establishes a safe, healthy, and positive environment for staff, instructors, volunteers, and community members to engage in the delivery of arts and education programs.
  • Develops, plans, implements and evaluates arts and education programs and activities that meet both Centre and patrons’ needs.
  • Upholds the Centres mandate by developing arts and education programs and opportunities that foster an environment that values the social, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of patrons.
  • Plans, develops and implements an ongoing recruitment strategy for Program staff, instructors, and volunteers.
  • Leads or instructs patrons in various activities and programs, including special events and out trips.
  • Consults and collaborates with Centre programmers, Centre partners (Capilano University and Vancouver Public Library), Centre board, and community members and agencies to develop programs and services to meet the current and emerging needs of the Centre and its patrons.
  • Provides work direction and support to designate staff, instructors &/or volunteers, including related training and orientation.
  • Assists patrons experiencing crisis; provides support or referrals as required.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of reports, records, correspondence and promotional material.
  • Provides information to patrons, community members, groups and agencies to promote and encourage participation in Centre and Oppenheimer Park activities and services.
  • Assists in developing Centre policies, regulations and procedures; deals consistently and tactfully with groups or individuals who fail to observe them.
  • Writes grants and maintains operating and administrative records; ensures programs operate on budget allocation.
  • Plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of one or more subordinates.
  • Performs well in a stressful and demanding work environment and responds to emergencies responsibly.
  • Supports and participates fully in the Carnegie senior leadership team through demonstrated leadership and action on strategic priorities, initiatives and collaborations.
  • Leads activities where lifting, walking and assisting others may be required.
  • Acts as a resource to staff.
  • Other duties/respponsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • University graduation in social sciences, social work, adult education, or a related discipline and preferably a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the philosophy, methods and objectives of asset based community development.
  • Considerable knowledge of multi-cultural, low income, inner city environments and of the interests,
    issues, and needs of systemically oppressed populations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, equipment and practices involved in conducting community-based, low-barrier programs.
  • Working knowledge of procedures and programming requirements in at least one of the following areas: amateur sports, fitness, arts and crafts, and social and/or cultural programs.
  • Ability to instruct and participate in a variety of recreational, social, educational and cultural activities, and/or arts and crafts.
  • Ability to recruit, train, assign and review work of instructors, professional contractors, and volunteers.
  • Direct experience in community-based networks or collaborations, including strong skills convening and facilitating groups, synthesizing ideas, and providing effective and accessible feedback.
  • Direct experience managing budgets and grants; maintaining statistical and clerical records to track outputs and evaluate outcomes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels of literacy, with demonstrated ability to write reports and produce promotional material.
  • Ability to meet transportation needs.
  • A Police Record Check is a requirement of 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: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: July, 2021 

Position End Date: December, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-020: $30.98 to $36.45 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

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