About RCJP and the Artisans of Syria – Volunteer with us!

 

The Refugee Career Jumpstart Project (RCJP) is a Canadian non-profit focused on streamlining the process between the arrival of Syrian refugees and their employment in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 2015, RCJP currently supports Syrian newcomers in their entry into both the education and job markets. We are made up of a network of board members, staff members and dedicated volunteers united by one mutual goal: Ensuring the success and prosperity of Syrian newcomers, by enabling them to continue their careers and rebuild their lives in Canada.

The Artisans of Syria is a social enterprise developed by RCJP that brings together a group of Syrian newcomer women who are skilled handicraft designers and creators. The project enables the women to create traditional and new products in a shared space, with shared costs, and with a community of peers. All revenue from handicraft sales, after the costs of raw materials, go directly to the women who created them. The project provides an alternative form of self-employment for women who may need a jumpstart to other entrepreneurial initiatives or traditional forms of employment in their new country. The community of talented women are the backbone of the project. The core project objective is enabling a shared, productive space for community, which is essential for the health, wellbeing, dignity, agency, and integration of Syrian newcomer women and their families. The creation and sale of beautiful Syrian-Canadian handicrafts are the means to this end. 

 

 

Administration Coordinator

Responsibilities and requirements:

  • Financial management including staff payments, purchase of raw materials, transportation fees, and disbursement of funds for other project costs
  • Communications and relationship management with community and partner organizations covering venues, transportation, and other forms of collaboration
  • Coordination of work and communications between the Artisans of Syria and other RCJP staff
  • Reporting to the RCJP Development Manager and CFO
  • English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is an asset.
  • Demonstrated interest in newcomer settlement and integration is preferred.
  • Hours per week: 5 Hours minimum per week

 

Social Media Coordinator

Responsibilities and requirements:

  • Creation and management of social media accounts
  • Management of communications on all social media channels focused on promotion of handicrafts and public education and awareness about the social bottom line
  • Management of media and other public relations
  • Coordination support and participation in community and promotional events
  • Reporting to the RCJP Development Manager
  • English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is an asset.
  • Demonstrated interest in newcomer settlement and integration is preferred.
  • Hours per week: 5 Hours minimum per week

 

Handicraft and Fashion Designer

Responsibilities and requirements:

  • Creation and advising on product designs
  • Working closely with the women behind the Artisans of Syria, including close coordination with the Project Leader
  • Advising on sourcing raw materials, and supporting the Project Leader in purchasing decisions
  • Reporting to the RCJP Development Manager
  • English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is an asset.
  • Demonstrated interest in newcomer settlement and integration is preferred.
  • Hours per week: 5 Hours minimum per week

How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter (indicate the position to which you are applying) by email to Mustafa Alio: mustafa@rcjp.ca