WE’RE HIRING: Event Manager

Job Opportunity:

Job Description – Event Manager

JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

The Event Manager is responsible for coordinating and organizing annual fundraising events for JA Southwestern Ontario. Reporting to the Director, Philanthropy, the Event Manager will work with staff and various committees on all aspects of the events – sponsorship, logistics, ticket sales and registration, vendor management and ensuring exceptional guest experience. The Event Manager will also support program-related events as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

Plan and coordinate annual fundraising events, including but not limited to the London and District Business Hall of Fame (LBHF), the Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and golf tournaments:

  • Work with volunteer committees to plan events
  • Manage event budgets, setting revenue targets in conjunction with Director, Philanthropy and President & CEO
  • Solicit sponsorships, registrations, in-kind donations, and auction items to achieve revenue targets
  • Coordinate all aspects of events including venue selection, layout and set up, catering, decorations, event logistics, etc.
  • Source and manage external vendors (e.g. video production company, audio-visual company) as needed
  • Coordinate all aspects of silent auctions as (either online or hybrid), including online auction site setup, payment processing and pick up of items.
  • Coordinate 50/50 and raffle licenses, tickets, tracking and reporting
  • Ensure exceptional participant experience
  • Conduct event evaluations to determine best practices and areas for improvement

Marketing and Communications:

  • Send marketing materials to relevant stakeholders – potential sponsors, board members, past participants
  • Ensure donors, volunteers and participants are thanked and recognized for their contributions
  • Create presentations, draft scripts as needed

Relationship Management:

  • Recruit volunteers to serve on event committees
  • Liaise with vendors including venues, caterers, sponsors, graphic designers, printers, etc.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with in-kind supporters and community at large

Additional duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate records in line with organizational standards and objectives.
  • Represent JA in the community in a positive and professional
  • Assist in organizing and executing program related events if/as required.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education/ Experience

  • Relevant post-secondary education and/or experience in event management is required.
  • Experience organizing a wide variety of events, both in-person and virtual, is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with customer relationship management systems such as Raiser’s Edge or SalesForce
  • Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle, as travel within Southwestern Ontario will be required
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent organizational skills and proficient in time management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
  • The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and flexible to work within a team and independent work environment

This full-time position (40.0 hours per week) is available immediately with regular business hours and some evenings/ weekends. Remote work from a home office anywhere in the JA South Western Ontario region is possible; however, regular attendance at one of our office locations in London (head office), Chatham or Waterloo may be required, with travel as required to other parts of the region. The successful candidate must have a suitable quiet environment from which to work, with a desk and reliable and secure internet access. A laptop will be provided. The position reports to the Director, Philanthropy.

The successful candidate must undergo a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.

JA South Western Ontario is an equal opportunity employer. JA SWO will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status, or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Are you ready to bring your event planning expertise to JA South Western Ontario? Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to mderbyshire@jaswo.org by May 27, 2022. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

May 11, 2022

WE’RE HIRING: Summer Camp Staff

JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.  Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

JA South Western Ontario is hiring for a variety of positions to support the facilitation of JA Startup Camp, a series of week-long summer day camps for 8-13 year olds in London, Kitchener, and Chatham.

These positions are funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Candidates must be between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada to apply. 

Job Opportunities:

Job Description – Summer Camp Coordinator – London – 8 weeks in July/ August 2022

Job Description – Summer Camp Counsellor – London – 8 weeks in July/ August 2022

Job Description – Summer Camp Counsellor – Kitchener – 6 weeks in July/ August 2022

Job Description – Summer Camp Counsellor – Chatham – 6 weeks in July/ August 2022

JA South Western Ontario is committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business.  We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  JA SWO will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status, or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

JA SWO is committed to ensuring the health & safety of our staff, volunteers and program participants.  We follow all public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you ready to be a JA Summer Camp Counsellor? Please submit your cover letter and resume, indicating the position(s) you are interested in, by email to kchafe@jaswo.org by May 20, 2022. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

May 4, 2022

Thank you Volunteers! Celebrating National Volunteer Week

We could not be more grateful for our incredible volunteers who have continued to support our local students through another challenging year.  Young people need the skills and training from JA more than ever – and our volunteers help bring that experiential education every step of the way.  We’ve gathered information highlighting a few of our volunteers and we hope you’ll enjoy reading more about them and why they volunteer with JA.  THANK YOU to each and every volunteer for being so generous with your time to make a difference in the life of our youth.

Read our Volunteer Highlights

IN THE NEWS: Funding from Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development helps Junior Achievement bring game-changing program to youth in Hamilton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Funding from Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development helps Junior Achievement bring game-changing program to youth in Hamilton

 

Hamilton, ON – April 25, 2022The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is helping JA South Western Ontario bring a new program to Hamilton, which is expected to be a game changer for at-risk youth. Through the Skills Development Fund, the Ministry is providing $100,400 toward the development of JA Job Shadow program in the community; supporting youth aged 16-20 who are not currently in school.

JA Job Shadow is an impactful program that informs and empowers youth with the skills and capabilities to thrive in the workforce.  To date, the program has primarily been used by JA organizations in the United States and other countries and the program in Hamilton will be one of the first of its kind in Canada.

“To build stronger communities, we need to ensure young people have pathways to meaningful employment,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I am proud to support this JA project, which gives youth in Hamilton hands-on training and a pathway to financial independence and a better life.”

JA Program participants will engage in career exploration and planning activities that help them develop the employability skills employers are seeking. They will also gain valuable experience through a job shadow opportunity with a local business. This project inspires youth to create their own career goals and develop vital skills by connecting them directly with employers so they can learn what is required for success

“This program is really focused at bridging a gap,” said Karen Gallant, President and CEO of JA South Western Ontario. “We know there are youth who need a less traditional path into their future – and we know there are companies looking for skilled workers. We are thrilled to be able to pilot this program in Hamilton and support young people and the community in this new way.”

JA Job Shadow will empower workers and job seekers who face higher barriers of entry, and enhance pathways into meaningful and gainful employment and will begin rolling out in the summer of 2022.  Interested partners or participants are encouraged to reach out to info@jaswo.org and check back for updates at jaswo.org.

 

 

WE’RE HIRING: Program Manager (Hamilton)

Job Opportunity:

Job Description – Program Manager – Hamilton – May 2022 – March 2023

JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.  Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

The JA Program Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of specific JA programs. The Program Manager will be responsible for all elements of programs, building relationships and partnerships within the Hamilton community to achieve a variety of goals and create a foundation for JA program success in Hamilton.

Primary Responsibilities 

Program Manager: Coordinate all activities in support of specific program(s), including the recruitment, registration and scheduling process for participants, businesses, other service providers, and volunteers. Administer and collect required participation and permission forms. Provide orientation and support to participating volunteers and program partners. Review and update existing program materials and adapt delivery method for audience as required, utilizing JA’s Learning Management System. Manage program resource needs. Assist in establishing and monitoring program delivery goals, evaluating program success, and completing required reports.

Volunteer Coordination: Recruit volunteers through a variety of methods including cooperation with key contacts in JA’s community and corporate supporters. Facilitate the volunteer screening and onboarding process and provide training and support to program volunteers. Develop and implement activities to ensure retention and recognition of volunteers.

Relationship Management: Develop new and nurture existing relationships with other service providers, businesses, schools, educators, and volunteers.

Additional duties and responsibilities: Maintain accurate program records in line with organizational standards and objectives. Represent JA in the community in a positive and professional manner. Support community relations and brand awareness activities in Hamilton.  Assist in identifying prospective new funding sources to ensure future program sustainability. Assist in organizing and executing other JA-organized events and activities as required.

Education/ Experience

  • Relevant post-secondary education (ex. Business, Education, Communications, Arts) and/or experience is required.
  • Experience in educational program, project or event management is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams).
  • Experience with learning management systems such as Moodle and/ or customer relationship management systems such as Raiser’s Edge is considered an asset.
  • Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle preferred as some local travel may be required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent group facilitation and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the Hamilton community is required, including business, education, and/or service providers.
  • The ideal candidate will be innovative and forward-thinking with a passion for providing exceptional learning experiences for youth.

This full-time contract position (40.0 hours per week) begins in May 2022 with regular business hours and some evenings/ weekends. There is the potential for renewal, dependent on funding availability and performance. The salary range for this position is $40,000-$45,000 annually. Remote work from a home office with occasional travel to JA’s regional office in Kitchener and/or head office in London. The successful candidate must have a suitable quiet environment from which to work, with a desk and reliable and secure internet access.  A laptop will be provided. The position reports to the Director, Programs and Operations.

The successful candidate must undergo a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search.

JA South Western Ontario is committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business.  We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  JA SWO will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status, or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Are you ready to be a JA Program Manager? Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to kchafe@jaswo.org by April 22, 2022. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

April 1, 2022

Thank you Riverview Bingo!

Throughout all the shutdowns from the pandemic, Riverview Bingo has done everything in its power to keep the funding coming for JA and other charities in Chatham-Kent.

We’re so grateful for the support of Riverview across all three JA pillars – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Knowing that funding is there each month has been a huge help in bringing essential JA education to students in our community. This proactive education will help keep students out of the cycle of poverty – and support the community builders of the future!

Thank you Riverview!

https://www.riverviewbingo.ca/

Nominations for 2022 London & District Business Hall of Fame open through March 25th

If you know someone who would be a good candidate  for the London and District Business Hall of Fame, now is the time to let us know! 2022 Laureate nominations will be open through March 25th.

Established by Junior Achievement of London and District in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame honours the lifetime achievements of London and area’s most distinguished individuals who have helped shape our community through their business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions. These distinguished leaders have planted the seeds of greatness that today’s youth will harvest to create their future.

Inductees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. This year’s Laureates will be welcomed into the JA London and District Business Hall of Fame at the 2022 Induction Ceremonies and Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the RBC Place London (as possible).  Laureate portraits will be installed at the permanent exhibit located on the second floor of the downtown London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

Read more about the selection criteria and make your nomination:  Laureate Nomination Form 2022

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize;
JA South Western Ontario Celebrates this Prestigious Honour

JA Worldwide, a non-profit organization that helps young people develop the skillset and mindset to achieve success, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

As a member of the worldwide Junior Achievement network, JA Southwestern Ontario prepares thousands of local students every year to compete in the global economy by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

JA has been helping young people since the organization’s founding in 1919, but this recognition is about more than just JA’s impact on individuals. The effects of JA are felt in communities, countries, and the entire world because the organization has been able to scale up to reach over 10 million young people per year, partnering with more than 400,000 volunteers and teachers, who deliver hands-on, immersive learning experiences in 115 countries

For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence, and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents, JA Worldwide—and especially JA’s 150+ million alumni living all over the world—serve as a conduit for peace and a global force for good.

This nomination for JA Worldwide is the beginning of a journey for the JA network, especially given that many organizations have been nominated multiple times before being shortlisted or selected as a winner. There are, of course, many deserving organizations, and JA feels privileged to be mentioned alongside with others that are striving for a more peaceful world.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honoured to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Brad Geddes, Director Emeritus of the JA SWO Board, explained how JA creates a lasting impact: “My own journey with JA began more than 50 years ago as a high-school student. Participating in the JA Company Program ignited my entrepreneurial passion. With fellow students we discovered how to overcome many challenges and find success by creating and running a business. JA is a transformational experience, with guidance provided by volunteer mentors and the financial support of the local business community.” Geddes also serves on the JA Worldwide Global Council.

Locally, JA has been inspiring and preparing youth in South Western Ontario for over 58 years. Last year JA South Western Ontario provided over 16.000 student experiences, working proactively to prepare students for their lives ahead as they become the community builders of the future.

MEDIA RELEASE – LBHF 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Junior Achievement hosting 31st Annual London and District Business Hall
of Fame Gala honouring laureates Karen Fryday-Field and Joel McLean

October 19th, 2021 – London, ON. JA South Western Ontario is taking the London and District
Business Hall of Fame Gala virtual again this year as Karen Fryday-Field and Joel McLean are inducted
in to the Hall and join an esteemed group of Laureates.

The 31st Annual London and District Hall of Fame Gala will take place online October 21st 2021 from 7-
8:30 PM. This year’s Gala celebrates the achievements of two exceptional role models: Karen FrydayField, Managing Partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting Group and Joel McLean, Founder of Info-Tech Research Group.

Each year, in recognition of outstanding contributions and ethics in business, Hall of Fame Laureates are
nominated and selected by respected members of the London and District business community. This
signature gala event showcases the lives of the Inductees allowing us to learn about their achievements
and how they have developed and nurtured their legacies.

Karen Fryday-Field is a London born entrepreneur and highly experienced facilitator and consultant,
who received her MBA from the IVEY Business School. She has spoken and provided leadership
development, strategic thinking, and governance consultation in Canada, the United States, England, the
Middle East, and internationally.

“I really look forward to the upcoming celebration hosted by Junior Achievement.” said Fryday-Field.
“Their work of encouraging young leaders to build business, embrace entrepreneurship, and engage in
giving back is core to the fabric of building a healthy community. I feel very honoured to be inducted
into the London and District Business Hall of Fame. This award inspires me to engage and encourage
our younger leaders to take the lead on advancing excellent governance that presses organizations to
achieve their purpose with ethics, justice, inclusion, and prudence. Thank you so much for this honour.”

Joel McLean founded Info-Tech Research Group to help CIOs and large organizations successfully
manage complex technology projects, run successful IT departments, and lead digital transformations
for their organizations. As a recognized leader in the research industry, Joel is frequently invited to
speak in public and private executive forums on IT issues and business entrepreneurship.

“Thank you to Junior Achievement South Western Ontario for their decades-long commitment to
encouraging and developing young entrepreneurs. It is an honour to be named alongside the inspiring
Business Hall of Fame inductees from throughout JA’s history,” says Joel McLean, Founder of Info-Tech
Research Group. “Since starting Info-Tech in London 25 years ago, we have hired and supported various
JA alumni. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to give back and foster the next generation.
Together, with organizations such as JA, we can create future leaders who will positively impact our
community. Thank you for this honour and for the opportunity to support such an important program.”

Tickets for the Virtual Gala are available for purchase now at jaswo.org.

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About London and District Business Hall of Fame
Established in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame supports the work of JA in London
and throughout Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. It was created to
honour respected members of the London and area business community, past and present, for their
outstanding contributions to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
London and District Business Hall of Fame Inductees join a distinguished list of previous Laureates whose
portraits are showcased in the London and District Business Hall of Fame Gallery located in the London
Public Library, downtown London.

About Junior Achievement South Western Ontario
JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest
not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Through the delivery
of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers
young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and
secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in
an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area
including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce,
Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Denise Pelley at dpelley@jaswo.org

BID NOW – Virtual Silent Auction for London and District Business Hall of Fame!

The JA LBHF silent auction is open and ready for bidding until Thursday, October 28 at 11:00am. Check out our enhanced auction platform and a number of impressive items including a selection of stunning jewellery from Gordon’s Gold, a range of experiences including golf at Sunningdale and Twin Streams, yoga passes, wine and craft beer tours, music and other forms of family fun, sports memorabilia, home decor and more.

Thanks to our generous donors, we received 90+ items valued at $16,000+ dollars.

Bidding starts at 30-50% retail value! Start your Christmas shopping early while supporting regional youth in developing financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.

View items: https://app.bidbeacon.com/activity/#KD634R

Registration is required to bid on items: https://app.bidbeacon.com/invite/#KD634R