Operational Updates

STAND Canada has positions available on our Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees at STAND play a critical role in providing foresight, oversight, and insight to steer STAND Canada towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, financial management policies, as well as making sure STAND Canada has adequate resources to advance its mission.… Read More


About STAND Canada

STAND Canada is a national youth-led organization that advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. Since it was founded in 2005, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide activism. Through the commitment and dedication of excellent volunteers and donors, we are dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools they need to take action against genocide and crimes against humanity. For more information, visit: https://www.standcanada.org/.

The Role

Time Commitment: 5 hours per month

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Board of Trustees at STAND play a critical role in providing foresight, oversight, and insight to steer STAND Canada towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, financial management policies, as well as making sure STAND Canada has adequate resources to advance its mission.

As a Board Member, you will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that STAND’s vision for a world without genocide is advancing. You will also provide oversight to ensure resources (e.g., financial, people, programs) are used only to support the organization’s mission. You will also ensure that STAND obeys applicable laws and regulations and follows our bylaws.

As a trustee, a board member must follow three basic principles:

  • Diligence. Act reasonably and in good faith. Consider the best interest of the organization and its members.
  • Loyalty. Place the interest of the organization first. Don’t use your position to further your personal interests.
  • Obedience. Act within the scope of the law. Follow the rules and regulations that apply to the organization.

Vacancies

  • Board members have the opportunity to fill the following vacancies, but not limited to:
    • Board Chair
    • Board Treasurer
    • Advocacy Steering Committee member

There is no remuneration for this position. Trustees will only be reimbursed for travel or meeting expenses with prior approval by the Board.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director to ensure that the annual strategic plan is implemented and continues to serve the organization’s mission.
  • Review outcomes and reports regarding STAND’s impact through its programming and efforts.
  • Credibly solicit donations for STAND’s programming and operational activities from foundations, organizations, and individuals.
  • Approve and audit annual budgets, expenses, and bylaws.
  • Ensure STAND is fulfilling its legal and fiduciary responsibilities, including bylaws and with the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada.
  • Contribute to an annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Serve on committees and fulfill assignments related to these committees.
  • Represent STAND to other organizations and potential donors.
  • Ensure STAND’s Managing Committee and Board reflects a diversity of members including but not limited to education, work experience, and culture.
  • Serve at minimum, a 1-year term.

Who we’re looking for

  • Have a strong understanding of the role of youth-led activism in influencing government policies to support human rights.
  • Demonstrated experience and impacts in one of, but not limited to the following areas: advocacy, communications, finance, fundraising, government relations, human resources, policy, and programs and engagement.
  • Positive track record of diplomacy, integrity, honesty, and ensuring organizations are run effectively on minimal budgets.

Why become a Board of Trustee for STAND Canada?

  • STAND is a nationally-recognized youth-led advocacy organization. Our work is often pitched to government officials and our impact spans from the local, community to global reaches.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your resume and a short (no more than 300 words) biography to https://www.standcanada.org/board-apply/ 

In submitting your application, you provide consent to share your biography with the STAND membership. At STAND’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 27, 2020, the applicant will be nominated to the Board and be invited to provide a statement regarding their qualifications. Alternatively, the applicant may have their biography read if they are unable to attend the meeting. Voting for the Board will be open for one week, and the applicant will learn the results of their application by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Join STAND Canada’s Human Resources Team!

About STAND Canada

STAND Canada is a national advocacy organization with chapters across the country that advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. We are dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools that they need to take action toward a world without genocide.

Since its founding in 2005 in response to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide advocacy. With university chapters across Canada, our volunteers are driven by our joint vision and passion for human rights, political advocacy, genocide education, and the social responsibility of Canadians. STAND Canada currently has four focus regions: Darfur/Sudan, Iraq/Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar.

As a volunteer for STAND, you will get to work on the following projects and campaigns in 2019:

  • Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide - Educational Campaign
  • 2019 Federal Election Campaign
  • Spring Conference - for strategic planning purposes
  • Website redevelopment
  • Ongoing projects and work on anti-genocide, Canadian foreign policy, and non-partisan politics

We ask for a commitment of at least a year, particularly for our senior roles. If you are unsure of your schedule for the next year, we still encourage you to apply as we are happy to discuss your time commitment to STAND.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week

Key Responsibilities of the Human Resources Director

The Human Resources Director is responsible for human resource planning, policies, and administration to ensure long-term sustainability. Human Resources Director shall assist the Executive Director and with planning, administration, and human resources management as circumstances warrant.

This role is great for people who love managing the behind-the-scenes details of an organization. The successful candidate will be able to influence the direction of how an agile non-profit operates through attending several meetings, including weekly Directors’ meetings and optionally the Advocacy Steering Committee and the Board meetings.

The Human Resources Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment
    • Advertise volunteer opportunities through various channels including websites, Facebook groups, mailing lists, and networks
    • Facilitate the full-cycle interview process, including setting up and conducting interviews with volunteer applicants and making recommendations to their reporting Directors; setting up accounts; sending forms for departing volunteers; conducting exit interviews with departing Directors
  • Administration, setup, and clean-up of our virtual office platforms’ accounts, operational structure, and mailing lists (e.g., Google Drive)
  • Implementation and enforcement of internal human resources policies and succession planning
    • Work with the Executive Director to revamp the volunteer onboarding and engagement process
  • Being one of the last ‘lines of defense’ for editing and proof-reading communications materials (in text and potentially graphics)
  • Attend meetings as required to support the work of other teams (e.g., weekly Directors’ meetings, etc)
  • Optional: Planning organizational-wide volunteer engagement activities across Canada and virtually
  • Optional: Assist Board chair in fundraising initiatives to ensure consistent funding for STAND, year over year

The Human Resources Director will be expected to:

  • Communicate with and respond to STAND Directors’ emails and messages in a timely manner;
  • Take interest and actively participate more broadly in other aspects of STAND, such as attending virtual town halls or advocacy team calls, as required;
  • Optional: Stay informed of the policy developments and on-the-ground developments of the situation in Darfur/Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq/Syria, and Myanmar (also known as Burma) and comments made by politicians pertaining to genocide/human rights.

Ideal Candidate

At STAND, we are looking to build youth up so that you can engage in political advocacy and operating a remote non-profit with skill and confidence. Since 2014, STAND has grown from 7 volunteers to over 175. There is a lot of potential to make this role yours as we discuss where your interests and motivation lie in an interview. As the HR Director, you are able to get a broad overview of all teams and how they work together.

The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Proven exceptional oral and written skills, with experience in professional correspondence;
  • Responsible, reliable, and self-motivated individuals, capable of working in a virtual team environment on their own time with minimal supervision, meeting deadlines, and answering emails within 48 hours;
  • Previous experience in a non-profit organization (including campus student groups) is strongly preferred.
  • Optional: Graphics design skills

STAND Canada is a leading organization for youth-led political advocacy. We were created by and for youth, providing real opportunities for you to pursue your passion for human rights advocacy and learn along the way in a supportive, friendly environment.

Our work environment appeals to responsible, reliable, and self-motivated team-players, capable of working in a virtual team environment on their own time, meeting deadlines, and answering emails within 48 hours. Our work is completed through our online project management software and Google Suite with meetings conducted through video conference calls. As such, you can volunteer from anywhere with a good internet connection.

Volunteer with STAND!

To apply, please fill out the application form. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as they are received and will close when we have filled the position.

Please visit https://standcanada.org/volunteer to see all volunteer opportunities available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources team at humanresources@standcanada.org.

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