Special Project Team Openings

Special Project Team Assistant: Story Sharing and Development

Number of positions available: 1

Location: Online. Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, or Montreal preferred.

Time requirement: Hours variable. Average 3-5 hours/week

Description: Outrun the Stigma student led not-for-profit organization that aims to raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness through an annual run event, our story sharing platform and blogs. One of our goals is to collect diverse Canadian mental health stories. Story sharing is an important way to decrease isolation, build solidarity, reduce stigma, and challenge the stereotypes associated with and assigned to mental illness. The Special Projects team aims to share the mental health stories of community members through a variety of platforms, including our blog and website, social media, and creative campaigns in the community. We are currently recruiting an additional Story Sharing and Development Assistant to assist our current team with managing and adding stories and content to our blog, collecting stories, and other tasks.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing blog posts for Outrun the Stigma blog on mental health related topics

  • Promoting story sharing and collection for community members

  • Liaising with Communications team regarding story sharing promotion and recruitment

  • Managing and monitoring stories email account

  • Editing and formatting community member stories to be shared on Outrun the Stigma blog

  • Managing Outrun the Stigma Learning Group

  • Assisting with workshop development and facilitation

  • Developing story sharing campaigns to be shared via Outrun the Stigma website, social media, and other community venues

Ideal Qualities and Qualifications:

  • Organized with excellent time management skills

  • Self-motivated and ability to manage multiple responsibilities

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • Experience working with individuals with mental illness

  • Youth (between 18 and 30 years old)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.


Special Project Team Assistant Director: Workshop Development

Number of positions available: 2

Location: Calgary

Time Requirement: Hours variable. Average 10-20 hours/month

Description: The Special Projects team aims to design a series of workshops that will provide participants the opportunity to gain professional skills and self-care strategies. These skills will be developed through their experiences in creating a mental health story with guidance from experienced workshop facilitators. Each workshop involves a small group of student participants who will receive guidance in how to create and share a mental health story, with an emphasis on the importance of mental wellness. The aim is that workshop series will use a unique medium such as photography, dance, writing, and video to facilitate self care and story sharing. The Special Projects Team Workshop Development Assistant will be involved in workshop development alongside the Outrun the Stigma Special Projects team.

Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorming creative self care and workshop themes

  • Identify and contact potential collaborations and/or facilitators for workshops

  • Co-design workshop that facilitate a comfortable space and allow for open dialogue with participants

  • Facilitate mental health story sharing and generate stories to share on our social media outlets

  • Organize logistical considerations for event (location, materials)

  • Develop promotional strategies for workshop  

Qualifications: Previous leadership or workshop development experience is an asset. Experience in and/or passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.


Special Project Team Assistant: Photographer and Videographer

Number of positions available: 2

Location: Calgary

Time requirement: Hours variable. Average 5-10 hours/month

Description: Outrun the Stigma student led not-for-profit organization that aims to raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness through an annual run event, our story sharing platform and blogs. One of our goals is to collect diverse Canadian mental health stories. Story sharing is an important way to decrease isolation, build solidarity, reduce stigma, and challenge the stereotypes associated with and assigned to mental illness. The Special Projects team aims to design a series of workshops that will provide participants the opportunity to gain professional skills and self-care strategies. These skills will be developed through their experiences in creating a mental health story with guidance from experienced workshop facilitators. Each workshop involves a small group of student participants who will receive guidance in how to create and share a mental health story, with an emphasis on the importance of mental wellness. The aim is that workshop series will use a unique medium such as photography, dance, writing, and video to facilitate self care and story sharing. We are recruiting an Event Videographer who will be involved in workshop videography and documentation alongside the Outrun the Stigma Special Projects team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending Outrun the Stigma community events and workshops on a monthly basis

  • Capture videos and photos at Outrun the Stigma community events and workshops

  • Administer photo consent forms to participants at community events

  • Assist Special Projects team members with selecting and editing photos/videos

Qualifications:

  • Access to a camera (preferably DSLR)

  • Experience and expertise in photography and videography

  • Interest in mental health and mental illness

  • Ability to creatively express ideas and themes through film and photography.

This position includes the opportunity for creative flexibility. Interested candidates will also be provided with the opportunity to collaborate on anti-stigma campaigns.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.


Thank you for considering a role as an Assistant Director with the Special projects Team. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis. At that time successful applicants  may be asked to provide CV/Resume.