Employment Positions

Summer Student Opportunity

The mandate of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton is to advance the dignity and worth of women and girls who are criminalized and those who are considered at risk.

Summer Student Opportunity With approval from Canada Summer Jobs (Government of Canada), and/or the Alberta Summer Temporary Employment Program, we will be hiring 1-3 summer student(s) for May-August, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities may include:
- Planning, organizing and implementing a summer calendar of events and activities for women who access our services.
- Assisting and supporting our Girls Empowered and Strong Program summer activities for girls.
- Providing women and girls with individual support, resource distribution, crisis support and referrals to partnerships via our court programs and/or community programs
- workshop facilitation, presentation and preparation
- event planning, follow up and coordination
- fundraising, fund development, social media coordination
- prison visiting, advocacy, follow up and support
- other duties as required and as approved through the funding agreements.
Desired Education, Skills, and Personal Attributes
- MUST be returning to post-secondary studies in the fall
- some post secondary education related to the human services field
- knowledge of Indigenous culture, community, spirituality, traditions, ceremony, and connection to Elders is a priority.
- knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues involving women in conflict with the legal system, addictions, self-harming behaviours, communication, conflict resolution, and stress management
- volunteer experience and/or employment with non-profit agencies an asset
- eligible for prison clearance
- knowledge of Social Media, fundraising experience and interest in fund development is a definite asset
- group facilitation experience an asset
- must be non-judgmental, empathetic, and sincere; must possess strong communication and listening skills
- access to own transportation
- funding may have an age requirement: between the ages of 18-30
- Full time – 35 hours/ week. Rate of pay is dependent on funding secured.

Application Instructions
Applications including Covering Letter and Resume, and 3 professional references, can be sent to:
Toni Sinclair, Executive Director director@efryedmonton.ab.ca
Approximation of summer employment: May 7 – August 31, 2018. The successful applicant must be available for the duration of the summer term.
Application deadline: 4 pm April 27, 2018. Only those selected for the interview will be contacted; no phone calls please.

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Indigenous Women’s Program Coordinator

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton (Efry) advances the dignity and worth of women and girls who are criminalized and those considered at risk. EFry recognizes and is deeply concerned about the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in the criminal legal system. As an agency, together with our sisters through the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, we call for important policy and governance reform that will recognize and eliminate the discrimination, victimization, and criminalization of Indigenous women throughout Canada.

On a local level through our Indigenous Women’s Program, we strive to empower Indigenous women in our community to overcome obstacles and barriers in their lives, to (re)connect with Indigenous culture, and to foster self-awareness, independence, and leadership. This program is holistic, utilizing the teachings of the Medicine Wheel.

Program Objectives include but are not limited to: providing supports and advocacy to help women to (re)connect with Indigenous culture, teaching skills and building knowledge to encourage self-sufficiency and healthy decision making, and promoting health and self-care.

Encourage Indigenous women to reconnect with their culture and to develop a sense of themselves as Indigenous peoples.
• Assist Indigenous women to break the cycle of violence and abuse for themselves and their children.
• Provide crime prevention programming and supports to help Indigenous women to live as valued members of our community.

1) Supports for Indigenous Women
• Identify, implement and coordinate cultural programs (including but not limited to smudging, sharing circles, medicine picking, and ceremonies).
• Through programs and services, promote health and well-being of the women to develop protective crime prevention factors.
• Conduct programming with Indigenous women who are incarcerated in Edmonton.

2) Community Liaison
• Act as a liaison with the Indigenous community for support, resources, and referrals.
• Liaise with Indigenous Elders in the community for guidance, direction, and teachings for clients.
• Foster knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and enact the TRC’s Calls to Action in daily programming.
• Provide cultural awareness for staff and clients.

3) Indigenous Craft Program
• Develop and implement an Indigenous Women’s Craft Program that will include traditional craft teachings. Emphasize business development teachings so that women can learn to promote and sell their arts and crafts as a means to support themselves and their families.

4) Traditional Parenting Program
• Offer a five day Traditional Parenting workshop three or four times per year for women in our community and women who are institutionalized.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Strong knowledge and respect for Indigenous culture, including but not limited to Traditional Parenting practices and ceremonies.
• Awareness of Indigenous communities, resources, and individuals.
• At least two years’ experience working in a professional setting.
• Post-secondary education in the humanities (social work, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, etc.) is preferred.

This position is full-time (35 hours per week). Starting salary is based on our board approved salary grid.

Please submit your resume and covering letter to:
Toni Sinclair
Executive Director

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.
No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for your interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Volunteer Positions

At the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, we are often looking for volunteers. Read the position description below:

Volunteers Wanted!

Volunteers are a vital component of the Society. They make invaluable service contributions to our Board of Directors, staff and all Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton programs such as:

  • Hand in Hand Program Program - connecting women from federal institutes and our housing program to the community, and offering compassionate listening skills as women talk about their past experiences and present needs
  • Court Assistance for Female Youth (CAFFY) - Mentoring young girls and women throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Assisting with Fundraising or special events
  • Court Work - liaising with duty counsel, explaining charges and giving out community/legal resources, as well as providing emotional support to those making their way through the court system
  • Clothing Room - Maintaining and organizing our clothing boutique while our clients are accessing it
  • Reception - Answering phones at our main office and directing calls to the correct staff member or agency

How to apply:

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tamara Chomyc at efryvolunteer@efryedmonton.ab.ca and include your resume, a professional reference (email address preferred), and if you have interest in volunteering with a specific program.