Program Lead – Northern Youth in Service, Part Time, One Year Contract (20 hours per week)

This is a part-time salaried position and could base out of our Ottawa office, but we will consider remote options. This is a one-year contract as we try out a new staffing model, its perfect for someone interested in playing a meaningful role in providing life changing experiences for youth and working as part of a small and dedicated team.

Working at NYA

  • Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) is an organization that serves youth living in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories ( We offer experiential education programs that seek to foster cross-cultural awareness, individual career goals, and global citizenship in Northern youth. Created in 1998 NYA has more than 500 program alumni from across Nunavut and the NWT, 98% of whom are Inuit, First Nation or Métis. 
  • The most important aspect of every job at NYA is supporting the success of our Participants and Alumni. This means that our approach, hours and philosophies support their needs, their potential, and their excellence.   
  • Our work and approach is directed by our guiding principles (  
  • We are a northern serving and northern focused organization. It’s important that every staff is knowledgeable and connected to the people and places that we serve. Through diversity, openness and collaboration NYA provides a unique opportunity to learn, share and grow while reflecting the culture and lifestyle of the Canadian North.  
  • NYA’s environment is a balance of fun, flexible and friendly, passionate and energetic and totally committed. This means that it is a good fit for people who like versatility, a fast pace, and like to work together to take on big challenges.  
  • We consider ourselves a training organization and we offer lots of opportunities to be involved in program creation, learning new areas, and contributing ideas and input.  

Job Details

  • This position focuses on coordinating “Northern Youth in Service” (NYiS), an NYA initiative launched in 2019 to support Participants across Nunavut, the NWT, and Yukon as they develop and initiate community-based projects. This includes participants’ support, logistics and coordination, liaising with volunteers and partners and coordinating reporting and communications.  
  • The largest part of this job is working with the Participants to create, build and launch their projects. This will include working participant recruitment and selection, check-in calls, project planning, finding resources etc.  
  • Other tasks will include helping with funding applications, generating reports, coordinating volunteers, attending events or activities and more.  
  • The position will average 20 hours per week. Some weeks may require more time (like onsite training) and others may require less. These may include a mix of weekday, evening and weekend hours.  
  • The position will be required to be onsite during the training week(s).  

What We’d Like You to Bring

  • This position best suits someone who is a natural connector and thrives on bringing ideas to reality.  
  • Have experience working with youth in a supportive role, and comfortable providing mentorship, guidance and encouragement in a positive and encouraging way. Previous experience in assessing needs, counselling, and education are all assets.  
  • Prior experience working with Northern Canada and/or Indigenous youth is a highly desired asset, as is knowledge of the issues affecting youth living in the Canadian north. We strongly encourage applications from NYA Alumni, and others with a connection to the North, including Inuit, First Nations and Metis candidates. 
  • Experience in coordinating projects including logistics, travel, reporting, evaluation – and everything else that makes a great experience for Participants.  
  • The ability to help youth thrive as they endeavour to develop skills and take on new challenges. This involves balancing support and high expectations, being encouraging and resourceful.  
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role, through a combination of work experience and education, that has prepared you for this new challenge. 
  • Great organization, strong attention to detail, and eagerness to do great work find new solutions and work together to explore new potential.  
  • The ability to thrive with competing deadlines, changing priorities, and under pressure.  
  • To be a natural troubleshooter and solution finder.  
  • Experience working in a supportive role with youth is an asset, as is experience in non-profits, and with volunteers.  
  • A strong desire to play a big role on a small team – we value relationships that are based on kindness, generosity, collaboration and mutual support.  
  • We like technology – we think that it makes our small team able to do a lot more, and really just makes us better. We use a combination of traditional software suites like Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Cloud along with leveraging newer apps and technology like Slack, Trello, and Airtable.  Therefore, we want you to be comfortable with technology, and generally open and willing to learn. We are mostly a MAC office.
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, and sometimes hectic, work environment, with a group of deeply passionate, youth-focused staff. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours and overtime including evenings and weekends during peak program times, and during special events and activities.  
  • Driver’s license (preferred) 

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Please submit your application by April 15th, by the end of the day.

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