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Position: 2861 - Board of Directors, Marketing and Communications - Member (Please do not hesitate to apply during the COVID-19 Emergency)
Organization: Restoration and Empowerment for Social Transition Centres
Position Address: During COVID-19 > 'Virtual', from the volunteer's residence
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual


Restoration and Empowerment for Social Transition or (R.E.S.T.) Center is a not-for-profit organization primarily engaged in interventions aimed at promoting transition to housing programs that provide diverse, multi-faceted supports for youth leaving the care system in its preventive efforts to end homelessness. Support programs include affordable housing, mentorship, counseling, education, life skills and employment training opportunities. Goal: That youth will be empowered to live healthier and happier lives with adequate support and opportunities to contribute to a better society. R.E.S.T. seeks dynamic leaders in the local community who share the concern and mission that we have for transitioning vulnerable youth. As a member of a very active Board of Directors, you will assume key roles through your membership on the Board and its committees. Read important details about this important and exciting opportunity within this 'posting'.


The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for managing and guiding the implementation of clearly defined marketing and communications strategies that enhance awareness of R.E.S.T. Centres and support consistent revenue growth for the Foundation. Your role will embrace the following:

Create momentum and awareness about R.E.S.T. Centres, its philosophy, mission and vision, ensuring all communications portray a consistent and effective message about R.E.S.T.

> Conceive and deliver integrated approaches and innovative strategies to increase the visibility and impact of R.E.S.T. Centres in the Peel Region

> Lead communications and public relations activities and materials including publications, website messaging, and social media

> Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of R.E.S.T. print and electronic materials such as brochures, donation forms, and other marketing or collateral materials

> Identify emerging issues concerning youth homelessness and challenges facing R.E.S.T. Centres to position R.E.S.T. as a leader and promote R.E.S.T.’s expertise, programs, projects and key initiatives

> Collaborate with local community organizations and other key external partners as needed

> Develop and oversee an ROI infrastructure to measure effective communications against R.E.S.T’S. key audiences

> Develop media strategies that leverage promotional opportunities, provide brand credibility, and establish R.E.S.T. Centres as a community leader

> Lead public relations efforts and serve as a lead point person with the media

> Lead crisis communications efforts for the organization 

> Serve as counsel in the creation of talking points and speech-writing for internal and external events

> Support the creation of communication plans and tools needed by various R.E.S.T. Centres sub-committees for program and community development, as well as fundraising initiatives and activities

> Develop and manage budget for marketing and communications efforts

Recruit and manage a marketing communications team to support the development and execution of the marketing communications strategy

PLEASE APPLY by no later than March 30, 2021. See 'Qualifications', below, for details.


+ Assume a key role in a community service organization that assists vulnerable local youth in extremely important ways+  Excellent opportunity to use/enhance leadership skills/experience (add to your resume)+ Gain experience/expertise in board governance+ Increase your presence in the Peel region volunteering sector+ Expand your personal and professional 'network'+ Learn about, and proactively address, critical youth issues (eg. homelessness, poverty, discrimination)+ Commit your creative energy towards solving challenges that directly affect youth in your community+ Personal satisfaction (and recognition by peers) that you will have made a significant difference as the result of taking on this leadership role

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the role/mission of R.E.S.T. in Peel region
  • Understanding and appreciation that R.E.S.T. is a Christian faith-based organization
  • Awareness of the youth issues that R.E.S.T. addresses (homelessness, poverty, discrimination, education, health and wellness, community support, etc.)
  • Commitment to 2-year term of membership on our Board of Directors
  • Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills (adhere to meeting/assignments, their dates/deadlines) 
  • Reliable access to the Internet and to appropriate devices (PC, laptop) and software to facilitate 'virtual' communications (incl. video meetings/conferencing)
  • Committed and empathetic towards inclusiveness and diversity
  • Friendly and engaging, particularly with youth (solid listening/conversational skills a definite asset)
  • Solid knowledge of the communities that R.E.S.T. serves, notably resources for youth (professional 'network' and other connections welcome)
  • Ability to participate/collaborate in a team setting, plus work independently
  • Creativity (ability to 'think outside the box')
  • Attendance at orientation/training/ongoing board development sessions are mandatory
  • Active participation at monthly board meetings (6 x 90-minute meetings and 6 x 30-minute meetings in alternating months)
  • Support of,  and participation in  Foundation events
  • Attendance at conferences and seminars related the Foundation's work

    PLEASE NOTE: Because the role entails constant interaction with youth (minors), a satisfactory 'Police Vulnerable Sector Check' is a prerequisite for this 'position' (will be discussed at an early stage of the applicant screening process) ALSO: When you apply for this opportunity, 'attaching' a resume to your Volunteer MBC volunteer 'profile' is required. You can send your resume and contact information by 'clicking' on the 'Apply Now!' yellow box that is at the top and bottom of this page.

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Yes

Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Due Date:2021-03-30
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE, subject to regularly scheduled Board/committee meetings, and anticipated MINIMUM time commitments (based upon Board requirements/needs/experience/expectations), Your commitment and overall schedule will be discussed during the screening process.


Orientation for the role will be conducted by Members of the Board. Training, as necessary, will be available to successful applicants, based upon their skills and experience.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Education & Learning, Fundraising, Boards & Committees, Counselling & Mental Health, Youth Programs, Event Planning, Social Media, Graphic/Web Design, Marketing/Promotion, Program Coordination, Research/Evaluation, Youth Mentorship
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individuals, Older Adults

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