Volunteers

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Lean In Canada is a volunteer-run community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. We are affiliated to LeanIn.org, an initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. Our volunteer engagement focuses on the following critical elements:

Meaningful Work – Our volunteers have broad and thoughtful accountabilities that leverages skills and stretches learning. We believe in creating an environment where our volunteers are encouraged to think outside the box and try new roles

Trust – Our volunteers are given authority to make decisions and act within the accountabilities of their roles

Diversity – We are committed to an open environment which encourages differences and focuses on advancing women in all facets of their life, professionally and personally

If you want an engaging, meaningful volunteer experience and feel connected to our mission, please join us!

Current Openings

Toronto Network

+- Volunteer on the Volunteer Engagement Team

Lean In Toronto was born out of a mission to empower women in our city to lead, succeed, and live fulfilling lives. We hope to make the Toronto network a place where women can be unapologetically ambitious. Where we can give voice to our dreams and find the encouragement to start chasing them. A place for sharing ideas, gaining skills, seeking advice, and showing solidarity. Most of all, a place where we help each other become our very best selves.

Job Description

Our team is looking for a volunteer for the volunteer engagement team to support the growth, engagement, development, and onboarding of all our Lean In Toronto volunteers. Your role will be supporting the entire team to achieve the team’s goals of creating a community for the current volunteers and onboarding new volunteers.
You will be working with other volunteers on the Engagement team to create and execute onboarding processes, such as meeting new volunteers, being their point of contact as they get used to the volunteer role, and more. You’ll also help the team in planning volunteer socials and educational events to help the team stay connected and to support the professional and personal growth of the team.

A successful volunteer has experience planning and executing events and/or has experience onboarding new members to a team.

Responsibilities

- Develop and execute an onboarding strategy for new volunteers, including an onboarding presentation, check-in process, etc
- Create a welcoming environment for all members
- Maintain relationships with volunteers and be their point of contact for anything volunteer related
- Work with the other Volunteer Engagement members to create professional events for all volunteers to attend and learn from
- Create an offboarding plan for volunteers, including an offboarding interview
- Implement feedback from the offboarding interviews to create a better community
- Maintain a list of all volunteers, their positions, experience, and more
- Develop metrics and KPIs to measure the success of the Engagement team

Time Commitment

- 10 hours a month
- Bi-weekly Volunteer Engagement meeting
- Monthly Lean In Toronto team meeting
- Volunteer events (approx. four a year)
- Virtual professional development sessions
- Network events (approx. four a year, located Downtown Toronto)

To Apply

Please click the link below Apply Here

+- General Application for Lean In Toronto

Lean In Toronto was born out of a mission to empower women in our city to lead, succeed, and live fulfilling lives. We hope to make the Toronto network a place where women can be unapologetically ambitious. Where we can give voice to our dreams and find the encouragement to start chasing them. A place for sharing ideas, gaining skills, seeking advice, and showing solidarity. Most of all, a place where we help each other become our very best selves.

Job Description

You’ll have the opportunity to work with a team of motivated women who are looking to make a difference. Each team is set up with two Co-leads who create a strategy for the volunteer team to execute throughout the year. You’ll have KPIs to meet and strong support from everyone on the team. You are joining a community of women who share the same end goal but also a group that wants to grow together. We’re dedicated to helping you grow professionally and personally.

Time Commitment:

  • 10 hours a month
  • Bi-weekly department meetings
  • Monthly Lean In Toronto team meeting
  • Volunteer events (approx. four a year)
  • Virtual professional development sessions
  • Network events (approx. four a year, located Downtown Toronto)

To Apply

Please click the link below Apply Here

Calgary Network

+- Lead, Circles

Job Description
Reporting to both the Head and the VP of Circles, this position will work to promote Circles to ensure effective implementation of the overall network strategy with the objective of creating a supportive environment and engaging content where members and attendees are provided with exceptional opportunities to network, learn career-enhancing skills, share perspectives, and hear inspiring stories in a warm and safe environment and to grow awareness and create awareness about the Lean In Calgary brand, attract members to our community, and act as a voice for women in the workplace.

Team Responsibilities

● Support the implementation plan for Circles that is well-integrated with the other committees outlining the initiatives, including targets and metrics, and associated schedule to deliver the shared goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan as well as outlining what support, resources and funding will be required. 

● Support the collaboration with other Lean in Canada network leaders to roll out the content for the Women At Work Collection for the Circles program and invite members in Calgary to launch their own circles. 

● Support the overall circles engagement for Lean in Calgary measured by participation in and an increase in the number of circles created in Calgary each program year.

● Seek out, assess and recommend potential topics and content ideas to Lean in Canada.

● Ensure a consistent quality and welcoming environment for Circles in alignment with the Lean In Canada brand and values.

Desired Qualifications

● Experience in content/program development (including on-line) and writing.

● Experience in volunteer management and leadership development is an asset.

● An understanding of and experience with Lean In Circles is an asset.

● There will be an expectation for this role to complete the Circle leadership training when it is rolled out.

● An understanding of the benefit of small group support and Lean in Circles an asset.

● Proficiency using Microsoft Office, iWork, Google Docs and Slack.

Time Commitment

● 8-10 hours per month, including monthly board meetings, and meetings with the Head and VP of Circles as required.

● Network events (monthly, required to attend at least four/year)

To Apply

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Vancouver Network

+- Events Committee | Co-Events Team Lead

Reporting to the Network President, the Co-Events Team Lead has the overall responsibility for events in Vancouver, ensuring that all events are in-line with the events handbook and event quality is maintained. Although others within the team may have certain responsibilities, the Co-Events Team Lead is ultimately responsible for ensuring everything gets done.

Responsibilities include:
- Hiring, training, and scheduling Events Managers, Event Assistants, Guest Services Manager, Photographer, Regional Speaker Research Lead and Venue Research Lead
- Booking and executing contracts with venues and vendors, ensuring timely payment
- Creating an Event Brief, including all details of the event as well as projected attendee numbers and ticket sales
- Planning food/beverage amounts based on projected ticket sales
- Day-of venue management, working with the on-site event coordinator
- Liaising with and coordinating speakers/panelists in advance of and day-of each event
- Scheduling and managing day-of Event Volunteers
- Developing and managing the Run of Show
- Coordinating creation of the event deck
- Working with the Marketing team to promote the event

Qualifications:
- Experience in event planning and event design mandatory
- Proficiency using Zoom, Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Slack

Time Commitment:
10-20 hours/month – during event months (8x year)
10-15 hours/month during non-event months

Number of positions - 2

To Apply

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Ottawa Network

+- Event Support

 

Job Description

Our team is looking for in-person event support volunteers. As an event support volunteer, you will report to the Events Lead and support day-of tasks required with running the event such as seating set-up, guest check-in, food preparation, AV support, etc. As a volunteer, you are also encouraged to collaborate with the rest of the Events team to plan future events.

A successful support volunteer will be punctual, reliable, and ready to jump into tasks as they come up.

 

Team Responsibilities

  • Setting up venues for events, including chairs and tables
  • Supporting guest check-in and working as ushers to guide attendees 
  • Ensuring excellent levels of customer service
  • Collaborate with Event Co-Lead and Leadership team to execute event plans that support the overall mission of Lean In Ottawa
  • Coordination with vendors and other teams leading up to and at event day
  • Setting up & serving food and drinks 
  • Packing up equipment when the event is completed
  • Transport (by car) of event equipment & supplies to and from the venue (optional)
  • Setting up lighting and sound equipment (optional)

 

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Diligence and attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills and a friendly demeanor.
  • Great multitasking ability.
  • Access to a car for equipment transport (preferred)
  • Experience with AV equipment including broadcasting events (preferred)
  • High-level organizational and planning skills

 

Time Commitment

  • 5-6 hours per event, approximately 4 events per year
  • Event team meetings as required.

 

To Apply

Please apply through our volunteer application form.

National Board

+- Events Committee Member

The Events Committee shall be responsible for the planning and execution of Lean In Canada events calendar. The goal is to create a supportive environment where members and attendees are provided with exceptional opportunities to network, learn career-enhancing skills, share perspectives, and hear inspiring stories, in a warm and safe environment.

Responsibilities:

The volunteer events committee will work together with the Board Director responsible for Events to:
- Develop and execute a comprehensive events plan that will be ratified by the Board
- Produce engaging events measured by the amount of social media activity pre, during and post event.
- Work closely with the Marketing and Sponsorship Committees to generate promotional buzz for the events and sponsorship funds for event(s).
- Seek out, assess and recommend potential speakers and event venues to the Board
- Prepare the speakers with pre-event touch base sessions to review presentations, key talking points to ensure within time limit and presentation content is relevant to our attendees.
- Ensure a consistent quality and welcoming environment at events in alignment with the Lean In Canada brand and values

Qualifications:

- Experience in event planning a plus.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office, iWork, Google Docs.

Apply Here

Board of Directors

+- Director of Strategic Partnerships and Fundraising

Volunteer Opportunity: Director of Strategic Partnership & Fundraising at Lean In Canada

Who is Lean In Canada?
Lean In Canada is a thriving community of professional women dedicated to empowering each other for purposeful and fulfilling careers. Since 2013, our community has grown to over 8,500 members across various professions, championing a world where gender doesn't limit dreams.  We are driven by the belief that equality propels our society and economy forward.

Opportunity Overview:
We are currently seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to join our National Board of Directors as the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Fundraising. In this key role, you will collaborate with the Board to drive our strategic plan, focusing on building a sustainable volunteer-driven infrastructure. Your primary responsibilities include evolving and leading our fundraising efforts, managing sponsor relationships, and supporting regional event sponsorships.

Commitment Required:
- Monthly participation in evening Board meetings.
- 2-3 hours per week working with the Board and community networks.
- 1-3 hours per week directly engaging with partners.
- Collaboration with the Director of Engagement and Director of Marketing.
- Annual planning day in the spring.
- Identifying prospects and fundraising opportunities for the Board.

Term:
This role begins in April 2024 and continues for a two-year term.

What Can You Expect from Us?
Join a fun, collaborative environment where your expertise is valued, and you can grow your brand alongside like-minded individuals. Support women across the country and make a meaningful impact.

Please see our Board Recruitment Package for more information about this role:

Board of Directors Recruitment Package January 2024.pptx

Interested in the role? Apply Now

"I’ve been exposed to an amazing community of great women whom I’ve relished the opportunity to get to know, network and build relationships with."

- Monique Ashpole

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