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Innovate for Good Project Assistant (Volunteer)

Innovate4Good | Toronto, ON, Canada

Job Description

The Opportunity

This part-time opportunity is perfect for someone looking to develop experience maintaining and contributing to an online community in a fast-paced and dynamic workspace. Working in our downtown Toronto office under the stewardship of the Project Manager, our ideal candidate will demonstratively possess a passion for the not-for-profit sector, excellent communication skills and a strong willingness to learn. Our goal is to provide a unique, hands-on training opportunity, working with you to provide support, outreach and help managing an online community with TIG.

Why volunteer at TakingITGlobal?

  • Have an impact! TakingITGlobal's programs reached millions of users last year, empowering young people in over 200 countries to express themselves, develop understanding, and take action to address social issues in their communities and around the world.
  • Expand your horizons! TakingITGlobal has a strong international reputation within the non-profit, government, and corporate sectors. Your experience and strengthened skills will be respected by future employers and TakingITGlobal's collaborative nature means volunteers grow a solid professional network and gain experience vital for future job opportunities.
  • Be part of a vibrant team! TakingITGlobal is a open, collaborative environment recognized as a WorldBlu Democratic Workplace and committed to fun wellness activites. Although headquartered in Toronto, TIG is an international organization and you'll have the opportunity to be inspired by partners and team members from all over the world!

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Engaging with members of the online community and providing support to online community members in a timely and friendly manner

  • Maintaining and adding content to the website

  • Usability testing and bug testing on new sections launched for the website

  • Monitoring and recommending iterative improvements to the site

  • Participating as an active community member to create online connections and enhance member engagement

  • Collaborating with the Project Manager on producing updates to community members

  • Maintaining regular communication with our members globally by keeping in touch with active members and encouraging less active members

  • Maintain regular communications with a team of Community Animators globally

  • Project assistance as assigned by Project Manager


  • Currently a college/undergraduate student or recent graduate

  • Strong communication skills

  • Effective time management and organizational skills

  • Open minded and strong interpersonal skills

  • Experience working with youth from a variety of cultures

  • Ability to transition easily between independent work and teamwork

  • Willingness to learn new things and keen to acquire new skills

  • Open to learning about online communities

  • Previous professional or recreational experience with social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) or other online communities (message boards, gaming, etc) - considered an asset

  • Demonstrated interest in social innovation, community development, or global issues

  • Believes in the vision and mission of TakingITGlobal

  • Bilingual or multilingual considered an asset
Commitment Level:

This position is offered on an initial 4-month volunteer basis with possibility of renewal. We are looking for someone who is able to commit 20 hours per week, working 2 days per week at the TakingITGlobal office and 4 hours weekly working remotely from their home. The successful candidate may request a travel stipend.

This volunteer position is part of the TakingITGlobal Fall Internship Program Cycle with the following details:

Duration: 4 months (September - December)
Hours: 20 hours per week (16 in Toronto office, 4 remote)
Application Deadline: July 19, 2013
Orientation Day:  September 3rd, 2013

Application Process:

Application screening will be conducted on an ongoing basis. Please electronically submit a resume and cover letter at your earliest convenience via the JobScore platform. TakingITGlobal is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.
About Innovate for Good
Innovate for Good, a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with TakingITGlobal, is a global community enabling youth to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities.
About TakingITGlobal
TakingITGlobal (TIG) provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Often described as a "social network for social good," the award-winning is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve. Since being founded as a charity in 2000, more than 40 million people have accessed the website to learn, grow and realize their potential. Learn more about us and explore our latest annual report.