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Job Posting: EJCA Community Coordinator

closing date: Oct 30, 2022, potential start date: Nov 30, 2022 

The Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) is looking for an organized and self-motivating individual to act as the association’s Community Coordinator. This person will be responsible for planning and coordinating events that cater to the Japanese and Japanese-Canadian community in the Edmonton area, as well as assist with other initiatives and programs.

The EJCA is a regional hub for Japanese and Japanese-Canadian cultural programming and community events. We are a welcoming organization, with both Japanese-Canadians, Japanese citizens living in Canada, and other Canadians engaged in our many programs and affiliated clubs and groups.

Our Community Coordinator will act as an initial point of contact for inquiries, and will use their insight with community needs for new programming to meet the needs of the community in addition to running well-loved annual traditions such as Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), Shinnenkai (New Years’ celebration), the annual Bazaar, and other events.

The ideal candidate will have a knowledge of Japanese culture, an understanding of historical issues affecting the Japanese-Canadian community and newcomers from Japan, as well as a general awareness of areas of interest such as the Japanese language, pop-culture, cuisine, traditional arts, and sports.

This part-time position is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is seeking a flexible position that has real impacts on the community through strengthening community engagement and spearheading social events. While most planning work could be done from home, this position will require some in-person work at the EJCA Centre in addition to coordinating and attending events in person, and occasionally assisting the Facility Manager with groups using the centre.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience with planning and executing both small and large events, including logistics, volunteer management, sourcing materials, and working within a budget.
  • Experience with using communication platforms such as newsletters, email mailing lists, and social media to reach out to members and the public.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to determine if inquiries need to be redirected to other organizations such as the Japanese consulate, affiliated clubs or groups, or the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
  • Experience with MS Office and Google Workspace (formerly Google Suite) applications, and have a general aptitude for learning new applications.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility to adjust working hours as required to attend events, which can include evenings, weekends, and some weekday events.
  • Reliable access to transportation to the EJCA Centre, located in the Argyll community in Edmonton. Please note that transit access to the area is limited at times.
  • A police record check / vulnerable sector screening will be required for the successful candidate.
  • Letters of reference will be requested for candidates selected for interviews.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Experience with working for not for profit organizations, including searching for and applying for grant funding.
  • Ability to produce graphics for use in online and print media.
  • Experience with volunteer and event management platforms, teleconferencing software, and setting up webinars.
  • Experience with planning fundraising opportunities.
  • Experience working with various community groups, including newcomers to Canada.
  • Familiarity with Japanese culture, arts, food, and sport.

Language Proficiency Requirements:

  • While the EJCA strives to provide information to our members in both English and Japanese, English is the primary language of the association and the board of directors; at least business level English proficiency in both reading/writing and speaking is essential. As we are often the first point of contact for questions from the Japanese community in the Edmonton area, Japanese language proficiency (native speaker or business level) is highly desirable but not essential. Please note that we may ask candidates selected for an interview to demonstrate their language proficiency skills as part of the evaluation process.

Hours, Work Location & Salary:

  • 18 hours per week, with the possibility of additional hours depending on need.

  • Some in-person office hours at the Centre plus event attendance will regularly be required, other work can be done remotely. Due to the nature of this position, a fully remote role is not possible.

  • Hourly wages starting at $20 -$25, based on qualifications.

  • Benefit: Vacation pay by % of salary. 

To apply, send

  1. A covering letter including reasons for your interest,
  2. Your resume,
  3. Two reference names including their title, relationship to you, contact email, and telephone number.

by email to: OR by mail to: EJCA c/o Brenda Madsen, 6750 88 Street NW Edmonton, AB, T6E 5H6

Please contact with any questions.

Edmonton Japanese Community Association
6750 88 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5H6

780-466-8166 /

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Monday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm

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