Activity Leader - REPOST

Requisition ID: 13629 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

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Arts, Culture and Community Services is currently accepting applications for on-call auxiliary work as an Activity Leader at Carnegie Community Centre and Oppenheimer Park. Located in the Downtown Eastside, Carnegie Community Centre and Oppenheimer Park serve an ethnically and socially diverse population, including a large percentage of people who are homeless or on low fixed incomes and residing in single hotel rooms, rooming houses or social housing.


Main Purpose and Function

  • Reporting to a Community Programmer and under the supervision of a Community Activity Coordinator, this is a front line recreation position with primary responsibilities in planning and facilitating social, educational, cultural and recreational activities with participants of varying interests, skills and abilities.
  • Daily duties include:
    • planning and leading recreation programs;
    • preparing promotional material and engaging community members in participation;
    • supporting volunteers in a mentorship relationship;
    • supporting special event planning and facilitation;
    • carrying out daily facility management tasks;
    • attending to emergencies and first aid situations as required.
  • The position exercises independent judgement in routine matters, but unusual problems are referred to superiors.
  • Work is reviewed by a supervisor and the public in terms of attainment of desired results.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities of this work including organizing, implementing and actively participating in arts, cultural, educational and sports-orientated recreation programming for Downtown Eastside residents; stimulating active participation in programs; initiating, organizing and leading regular trips and special events; preparing and distributing materials to promote activities; providing information and referrals to patrons regarding community services and resources; helping ensure that the facility and equipment are maintained; dealing effectively with problem situations, which may include administering first aid and liaising with emergency medical services personnel.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 10, supplemented by post-secondary education in the field of recreation, arts, education, social work, or related discipline.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop and lead recreation programs for people of various interests and abilities.


  • Knowledge of the Downtown Eastside, agencies, services and resources.
  • Knowledge and understanding of addictions, mental illness, conflict resolution and violence prevention.
  • Ability to support people with barriers in a peer/mentor relationship.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program participants, members of the public, other stakeholders and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies, walk long distances, and carry heavy items.
  • Knowledge of indigenous culture and practices is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in a second language is considered an asset.
  • A class IV driver’s license is considered an asset.
  • Standard First Aid certification and ability to respond to first aid situations is a requirement of this position.


A Police Record Check clearance 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: Auxiliary/Casual 

Position Start Date: October 1, 2019

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-014: $24.36 to $28.55 per hour


Application Close: September 20, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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