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Lead Community Curator

About Us

Curiko is a community platform that sparks more moments of connection between people whose bodies and brains work differently, creating the conditions for equal relationships and good lives. We exist to disrupt longstanding patterns of exclusion and isolation that keep too many people with and without disabilities living separate and apart. After 7+ years of research and development, we’re finally ready to spread across BC & Canada. We are looking for a people person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, loves building community, and can toggle between emergence and structure. If you are looking to contribute to meaningful social change, and want to help us grow, keep reading.

About the Role

The Lead Community Curator masterminds & implements delightful ways to bring new people, organizations, and businesses to the Curiko platform to share their passions. On Curiko, any community member can host an experience, and any community member can go on an experience. Experiences can be on any topic - from anime to ableism to animal care -- and in any format, including group, 1:1, videos, and boxes. The Lead Curator sources and shapes experiences on the platform, forging relationships with all kinds of people and strengthening their motivation and capacity to share what they love with others. As a Lead Curator, you’ll help to set up smart processes and systems to support community mobilization and stakeholder engagement, and will bring on board and train local curators across the province. This is a role with a lot of versatility and agency, including a mix of activation work (like running pop-up stands, door knocking, and networking) plus more developmental work (like designing strategies, coaching hosts, codifying learning, and making training materials).

Key Responsibilities

  • Designing and implementing creative recruitment & activation strategies

  • Crafting and spreading key messages

  • Building relationships with folks from all walks of life

  • Motivating & coaching community hosts on the platform to create engaging and inclusive experiences

  • Soliciting and acting on feedback from community members

  • Setting-up process flows and responsive structures

  • Ensuring smooth running of the platform and troubleshooting tech challenges

  • Devising and tracking meaningful metrics to inform strategy

  • Recruiting, onboarding, and supporting peer roles on the platform (moderators and tasters)

  • Developing and delivering training & learning opportunities for local curators

About You

We’re looking for an energetic self-starter who loves making big and small ideas happen. Are you …

  • Participatory and inclusive -- engaging and learning from people with different lived experiences to you is a value you try to practice

  • Curious and open-minded -- willing to give things a go and receptive to feedback

  • Courageous and assertive - not afraid to take action, and approach unfamiliar people and situations with excitement

  • A strategic systems thinker - able to dig into problems to find and execute scalable solutions, with a penchant for working backwards from desired outcomes to plot out clear action steps

  • Collaborative team player - will take initiative, step-up, and lend a hand even if it’s not in your job description

  • A clear communicator - can translate ideas for different audiences, and spark others’ interest & motivation

  • Gritty and resilient - you don’t take rejection personally and are all about learning by doing; you really model a growth mindset!

About Your Background

We’re not plussed by degrees or academic qualifications. We care more about your mix of skills and lived experiences. Do you have …

  • A wide range of experience in volunteer management, community building initiatives, and stakeholder engagement?

  • A track record of creating and implementing campaigns and activations? This might be online or in person!

  • Any exposure or background in data science, process design, and project management?

  • A proven ability to hustle and quickly toggle between different areas of thought and tasks?

  • Comfort and skill with technology (we are a tech-enabled platform, after all) -- able to troubleshoot and manage backend functions to support the running of the site

  • Event planning, design, and making skills are huge assets

What We Offer

We are a small, non-profit start-up that offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package ($54K/year plus extended medical & dental benefits, car allowance & pension). What can’t be captured in numbers is the enriching work culture you get to join and actively shape. We describe it as a culture of ambition, curiosity, experimentation, and total possibility!

Flexible hours - Life doesn’t happen just from 9am-5pm and we get that. There’s a few non-negotiable times of the week that we like to huddle together to strategize and reflect, but otherwise can be pretty flexible.

Supportive team - We take a strengths-based approach to working with the community and we try to embody that in the environment that we co-create. We’re all about weaving our different skills, disciplines & experiences together.

Ongoing learning - We embody a growth mindset. You might not be good at something yet, but we work to get you there. How? We offer opportunities to hone your skills and fail. Yep, we think people learn more from failing than success. So this is a pretty safe place to experiment and try new things.

Exposure - Curiko is incubated by social design organization, InWithForward. That means, you get exposed to a wide array of social science and human-centered design approaches, and get to draw on a wide pool of talent.

Impact - Lots of people talk about problems or what they wish could be different. We don’t talk, we do something about it. You’ll get to actively tackle stigma and prejudice, and find fresh ways to connect people across lines of difference.

A little more about us

Curiko comes from an innovative partnership between three disability service providers and an international social design organization. We see ourselves as a social start-up, and seek to grow in ways that are true to our values. One of those values is shifting and sharing power. We are committed to the principles of equal and inclusive employment opportunities without regard to race, colour, class, religion, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other status that is representative of the communities we work in. We actively encourage and support applicants from underrepresented communities.

Does reading all of this leave you feeling intrigued and excited? Do you find yourself nodding along? We’d love for you to apply! We run a pretty unique hiring process - where you’ll get a feel for the role and our culture!

Please submit your resume/portfolio and any relevant pieces of work with an accompanying video sharing a bit about yourself and what excites you about the role to janey@curiko.ca by May 6, 2022.

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Curiko is situated on the traditional and stolen lands of the hən̓qəmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. We acknowledge the harms of colonization, and seek to learn from and carry forward Indigenous stories of resistance and healing. We commit to co-creating a community where every human is valued and belongs.

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