Why did Yoga Outreach create this role?

Yoga Outreach is committed to addressing diversity as an intersectional issue, we believe the foundation of this work is rooted in racial equity, due to the dominance of white supremacy in all systems of oppression.

We have developed the Yoga Outreach Student Liaison role in response to the diverse lived experiences, strengths, and learning styles of our student community.

What is a Student Liaison?

The Yoga Outreach Student Liaison will be available for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) attending our programs. Their primary role will be to reach out to students, and act as a liaison between Yoga Outreach staff, instructors, and the student as needed.

The overall objective of the Student Liaison is to support students to:

  • receive positive educational experiences,
  • achieve success in the programs we provide, and
  • encourage the completion of the program they are enrolled in.

This may include:

  • finding innovative and equitable ways for students to complete assignments,
  • being proactive about checking in on student wellness,
  • reaching out about matters concerning attendance and assignment due dates, and
  • collaborating with faculty and students to find workable solutions to any barriers in learning that may arise.

 

The Yoga Outreach Student Liaison reports to the Director of Programs and the Director of Teacher Training & Mentorship as well as working closely with the Training Registrar.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING:

Candidates must:

  • Have experience in community-based work;
  • Have demonstrated ability in working collaboratively as part of a team involving students and teachers;
    • Have good interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Have demonstrated ability in assisting adult learners in reaching their potential;
    • Have the ability to work independently;
    • Be willing to work a flexible schedule, which includes some evening and weekend hours.
  • Be sensitive to Indigenous culture, values, priorities. A knowledge of and experience working with Indigenous students and communities is an asset;    
  • Have experience working with, and demonstrated concerns for, and understanding of social determinants of health, race-based trauma, historical and intergenerational trauma, history and impacts of colonization.        

Responsibilities

  • Reach out to students to become familiar with their needs, and in cooperation with staff and faculty, establish a method for providing support as needed;
  • Assist students to access supports within their local community;
  • Promote increased contact between the students and teachers;
  • Act as an advocate when necessary;
  • Perform other duties /activities as deemed appropriate by the ED, in consultation with the Director of Teacher Training & Mentorship
  • Participation in practicum days;
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

Our Commitment

As an organization, Yoga Outreach is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our membership and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We encourage applicants from these and other diverse backgrounds to self-identify in their applications.

 

Pay and Hours

This is a contract position for one year, approximately 64 hours/month. Wage is $28/hour. 

 

Additional perks include:

  • 1 Knowledge Development Series (KDS) Workshop free of charge
  • Additional KDS Workshops at 50% off. All of our workshops are offered on a sliding scale to support access. 
  • Yoga Outreach Core Training™ free of charge.
  • Yoga Outreach Level II Core Training™ free of charge.

 

To apply please send a resumé and cover letter to Delanie Dyck, Executive Director at delanie@yogaoutreach.com. Closing Date November 8, 2021.