Focus on Technology (FoTech)

Posted: August 9, 2019

Open Position: 1 or 2 Female Facilitators

Report To: The Facilitator will report to the Executive Director of Focus for Ethnic Women

Start date: October 2nd, 2019 

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019 4pm EST

Organization Overview:

Focus for Ethnic Women (FEW) originated in 1987. Currently, the organization is in the process of rebuilding from its prior conception in a physical plant where employment readiness, job searching, and job training in the sewing industry were pursued. FEW has become a nimbler organization that can adjust to the changing needs of newcomer and visible minority women populations across time. Keeping with our vision of “empowering women for tomorrow,” we support women in the Waterloo Region by providing a nurturing, culturally sensitive environment that builds self-esteem, social networks, and employment related skills. We assist newcomers and visible minorities with integration into our community. We recognize the barriers that this vulnerable segment of our society faces so our emphasis is on providing support at the grass-root level to lower anxiety levels and open doors to our community. We promote respect for all cultures and practice a very inclusive approach in all our activities. We believe that familiarizing women with the basics of Canadian culture leads to social inclusion and promotes gender equality. 

Program Overview: 

Our project is multi-phased and continuously focused on fundamental technological skills for recent immigrant and refugee women in the Waterloo Region. Our primary goal is to teach digital fundamentals to women in order to improve their future employability. Through our workshops we will provide skills, including: basic computer literacy; use of digital tools to search for jobs, specific topics of interest, and to gain familiarity with bus routes; self-learning opportunities; instruction in Google Translate to accommodate learning in various languages; and training in the use of Microsoft Suites. Internet access will be provided during workshops to give participants a hands-on learning experience with ample assistance to facilitate learning the digital systems, tools, and applications to assist their integration into standard digital use in Canada. 

Job Overview: 

You will be responsible for instructing 2-hour classes starting October 2019 for 12 weeks. The course will start October 2nd, the facilitator will be expected to be on location (Chandler Mowat Community Centre) from 9:30-12:30 each Wednesday for the entire 12-week course. There will be 30mins of preparation before class and 30mins of teardown/question/evaluation after each class. In addition, you will meet with the Executive Direction once a month for 1hr to discuss any necessary revisions. This position could be held by one or two individuals, however if you would like to only run 6 sessions, we ask that you apply with another candidate that could run the remaining 6 sessions. 

An ideal candidate will be comfortable instructing in a class of 12 participants with 3-4 volunteers to assist participants and potentially 1-2 translators. This class will have varied levels of English and digital literacy, which may reduce the speed and require additional steps through the process. We have evaluations built into the course and it may need to be modified slightly as we proceed, however the course is fully developed already. 

 Job Requirements  

You should be organized but flexible based on the needs of the classroom. A natural energetic presenter to keep the room engaged and focused on the work, even with potential language barriers. 

  • Experience with adult learning (up to 15 students)

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Understanding of target audience and prior experience working with recent refugees and immigrants is a strong asset 

  • Organized, independent and a self-starter to keep up with potential changes as the course progresses

  • Comfortable leading a small team of volunteers 

  • Comfortable conducting multiple classroom evaluations and making necessary modifications to curriculum 

  • Must be able to lift 15lb (a set of laptops from storage to set up in the same room). A cart will be provided. 

  • Knowledge of French, Spanish, and/or Arabic would be an asset 


Start date: October 2nd, 2019 (3hrs of in class facilitation each week; 1hr meeting with the Executive Director per month). 

Payment: $20/hr

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019 4pm EST

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