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Position: Youth Speak Out Program Manager, Contract

April 15, 2020 - May 1, 2020

Position: Youth Speak Out Program Manager, Contract
Competition Posting Date: 15/04/2020
Competition Closing Date: 01/05/2020
Term of Contract: May 8, 2020 to March 30, 2021
Full-time position – 35 hours/week

The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is Canada’s voice for adoption, unifying communities’ commitment to permanency for waiting children and youth. We support and encourage people along their adoption journey, connecting them to the families and resources they need. Our vision is a permanent supported family for every waiting child and youth in Canada. We also facilitate programs and services for children and youth with lived experiences in the child welfare system.

As Canada’s only national, non-profit, charitable organization serving adopted persons, adoptive families, and birth families, we are focused on the need to raise awareness about the approximately 30,000 children and youth in government care across Canada who need permanent families (through kinship care, customary care, legal guardianship and adoption).

Job Summary
The Youth Speak Out Program Manager is responsible for the planning, co-ordination, management and implementation of youth speak out (YSO) programs, services and supports consistent with the ACC’s strategic direction and vision. The Program Manager liaises with partner agencies to develop and deliver YSO training. The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director. YSO training develops the youth or young adult’s skills and confidence to become advocates and leaders in their communities. YSO provides learning opportunities for youth to realize their potential, use their voice and advocate in their communities for better practices for child welfare across Canada and permanency.

Education and Experience
Undergraduate degree or College diploma in a related field;
Lived experience in the child welfare system (asset);
Experience working with youth and young adults, facilitating training sessions for groups of 10 or more and public speaking;
Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements;
Bilingual (asset);
Police Record Check Requirement
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Police Record Check before signing the YSO Program Manager Contract.

Job Responsibilities
Proven leadership, mentorship and direction to implement the YSO Program training for youth and young adults;
Respect, knowledge and familiarity working with persons living with (dis)Abilities and developmental trauma;
Works collaboratively with key partners to implement, review and assess the YSO Program;
To ensure the accurate completion of all required administration documentation from each YSO event and program partner;
Works with partner agencies and youth and young adults in the community to plan, facilitate and assess Youth Speak Out training, panels, public speaking and events;
Ensures that all evaluation tools and assessments of the program are collected and completed in a timely fashion;
Works with the Executive Director to plan and monitor annual budget expenses and reports required for the YSO grant;
Knowledge and Skills
General knowledge of the Adoption Council of Canada and the Youth Speak Out Program, the Canadian Child Welfare System and Provincial and Territorial Government;
Knowledge of Final Cut Pro for Digital Storytelling;
Experience with technology troubleshooting, coding, web design, Adobe Creative Cloud programs and WIX is an asset to maintain software, drivers, and design program material;
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Strong attention to details when planning trainings and events;
Good team work ethic and capable of working independently;
Strong knowledge of and respect for diversity and issues of equity;
Finance/Budget management experience;

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample to
We wish to thank all those who apply. We will only contact those selected for an interview.

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