Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is the development, relief and refugee sponsorship agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC).  PWS&D responds with partners overseas and Canadians here at home to help communities overcome poverty, recover from emergency situations and provide new futures for vulnerable people.  PWS&D works with churches and local organizations seeking to transform their communities by promoting justice, peace and the integrity of creation through programs in the areas of food security, sustainable livelihoods, health, peace, human rights and refugee sponsorship.

The Opportunity 

As the Refugee Program Assistant, you will help to ensure the overall effectiveness of the administrative and program tasks of PWS&D’s refugee sponsorship ministry. Join a team who encourage one another and are inspired by the opportunity to equip members of The Presbyterian Church in Canada to welcome the stranger, to protect the vulnerable and to affirm the dignity of all.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of PWS&D and working in close collaboration with the Program Coordinator, Refugee Sponsorship, you will:

  • Assist with the private sponsorship of refugees by Presbyterian Church congregations, presbyteries and missions in accordance with the Church’s sponsorship agreement with the federal government, including:
    • Identify refugees to sponsor, assist the preparation and submission of high quality sponsorship applications, support the in-Canada and overseas processing of applications and provide support to sponsoring groups.
    • Assist with strategies and events, resources and materials to support Canadian Presbyterians involved in refugee ministry initiatives.
    • Assist with organization of and follow-up from meetings, conferences and events.
    • Assist with administrative aspects of the program and maintain summary of priority tasks.

Professional Qualifications 

  • Post-secondary education.
  • 2 years of relevant experience.

Skills desired

  • Knowledge of key issues related to refugee sponsorship including refugee sponsorship application requirements.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong listening skills and sensitivity to cross-cultural situations.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English. (Fluency in a second language is an asset.)
  • Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office and ability to use new technologies.

Work requirements

  • Work is done from the national office of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in Toronto.
  • You must have a clean Criminal Records Check – Vulnerable Sector

Qualities needed to be effective in The Presbyterian Church in Canada

  • Knowledge of and respect for the beliefs, structure, programs and polity of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and able to speak knowledgeably and passionately about its mission and ministry.
  • Able to interact with all members of the community of The Presbyterian Church in Canada cheerfully, enthusiastically, courteously, patiently and with discretion.

Please see below for complete position description.

What We Offer:

The Presbyterian Church in Canada offers meaningful opportunities to make a positive impact on people and communities in Canada and around the world.  We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, caring and inclusive.

This Fixed Term Agreement is for 12 months.

Salary figure available upon request.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and motivation letter with the title “Refugee Program Assistant” in the subject line to Colleen McCue, Senior Administrator (cmccue [at] presbyterian [dot] ca).

This posting will remain active until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We have an Accommodation Policy and accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their needs known to us.

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