Are you looking for a unique opportunity? Have you been wanting to put your talent in Community Relations, Legal & Charitable Regulations, Accounting & Finance, Corporate Partnerships, Communications & Publications and Marketing in the service of a great cause?
Well, look no further! If you are committed to fostering Indigenous youth-led pathways to reconciliation, supporting Indigenous youth and their visions of change for the future, and building networks of solidarity between communities and BIPOC youth, we are looking for you!
What is CRE?
CRE is a national Indigenous youth-led organization that collaborates with communities to provide programs, grants, and opportunities that are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being and are designed to strengthen and amplify the voices of Indigenous youth.
We envision a future where Indigenous youth are empowered and connected as dynamic leaders in thriving and vibrant communities. Centering Indigenous youth perspectives, we have 7 deeply held principles that guide us in our work and in the ways in which we relate to each other:
Quick Facts and Figures
- 2 offices in Toronto and Ottawa
- Over 40 full-time and part-time staff across Canada
- Annual engagement of 1,831 participants across 221 programs in 2022/23
- Between April 2019 – March 2023 and across 31 unique programs, CRE ran a total of 3,249 hours of direct engagement programming
- Over $5.2 million in funding mobilized to 308 youth-led organizations and grassroots groups in 234 communities
What have we been up to?
- Brought together 150 Indigenous youth from coast to coast to coast for an Indigenous youth Gathering in Banff, AB
- Engaged 885 youth project leaders through our CREation Community Grants Program. Completed projects have reached over 97,000 Indigenous youth and community members directly
- Launched a new large-scale research project in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation and with support from The Firelight Group, the Indigenous Youth Reconciliation Barometer 2.0. This project aims to engage with over 1,000 Indigenous youth to better understand how they envision their own empowerment and futures by exploring everything from culture and wellness, to solidarity, reconciliation, and meaningful work
- Began community consultation through engagement sessions with Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Indigenous youth, knowledge keepers, and community leaders to help inform and cultivate a sustainable and meaningful Black Indigenous Solidarity program
Duties and Responsibilities
CRE’s Board of Directors are volunteers who lead the organization and ensure that our work is impactful and accountable to our external stakeholders. Additional duties and responsibilities are to:
- Attend bi-monthly board meetings (by video-conferencing)
- Provide proper governance and oversight to CRE through the review and implementation of strategic plans, operational policies, annual budgets, and program charters
- Participate in a board committees (Audit and Finance, Community Advisory Circle, Fundraising, and Governance and Human Resources)
- Act as an official representative of CRE
- Listen to stakeholders to ensure that the work of CRE responds to the needs of the communities we work with
- Foster a healthy organizational environment
- Comply with CRE’s legal obligations, code of ethics, bylaws, articles, and policies
- Uphold CRE’s mission, vision, and values in your leadership and conduct
- Participate in CRE programming when possible
- Provide guidance and support to the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Please note that the Board of Directors is voluntary, and members serve without remuneration.
Who are we looking for?
We believe in a Board of Directors that reflects the composition of our staff and the communities that we work with, so our priorities are individuals who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, People of Colour, and/or 2SLGBTQIA+.
Because we are always working toward a better representation of the youth we serve, CRE wishes to prioritize candidates who identify as Inuit, and/or 2SLGBTQIA+ residing in the North, the Maritimes, or Quebec.
We are recruiting board members with backgrounds in the following areas:
- Community Relations
- Legal & Charitable Regulations
- Accounting, Finance, or Audits
- Corporate Partnerships
- Communications & Public Relations
Previous Board and Governance experience is considered an asset.
- Prospective board members must share our values, believe that youth are the key to healing and reconciling Canada, and bring a strong understanding of the issues pertaining to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Additionally, they must commit to the following:
- That they are, at least, 18 years of age and bondable;
- Willing to attend bimonthly meetings and commit 7-10 hours a month to Board work; and
- Willing to hold a 36 month renewable term.
Why get involved?
- Give back to your community and support youth
- Support truth, reconciliation, and decolonization in Canada
- Leadership experience in an organization with a national impact
- Gain or sharpen your executive-level decision making and leadership skills
- Build your network
- Advance your career
- Have fun and change lives
You can submit your expression of interest through this form.
No cover letter is necessary because our application form asks 4 questions.
CRE welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Applications are due: August 24, 2023
Selected candidates will be interviewed in mid-August for a start date in September.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jess Alegria (email@example.com). All information you share is confidential to the interview committee.