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Employment Opportunity! General Secretary-Treasurer

We are hiring a General Secretary-Treasurer for Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM).

Would you like to provide leadership to an organization that reflects your values? As the General Secretary-Treasurer of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), you will manage a small team of employees and contractors, along with many volunteers. CYM consists of 58 groups of Quakers spread across Canada. CYM facilitates worship, communication, procedures, social justice work, and education throughout the Quaker community. Your responsibilities will include financial advice to CYM and management of its budget. You will be accountable to the Trustees of CYM, and report directly to the Clerk.

You and your team will facilitate connections between meetings (virtual and face-to-face), and be responsible for minutes, documents, publications, and social media. You will need to develop relationships with local Meetings, CYM committees, Young Friends, and with other Quaker organizations including Canadian Friends Service Committee and Camp NeeKauNis.

Currently CYM is undergoing a major organizational transformation to become more functional and sustainable. The new role of General Secretary-Treasurer includes human resource management and financial management. Communication and data management skills will be critical competencies for members of your team. You will be instrumental in implementing and staffing the new structure. 

Qualifications and Skills

  • a university degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • experience leading and managing people
  • experience in human resources management, (including knowledge of relevant Canadian legislation and regulations), financial management, and risk management
  • experience with Quaker practices and Canadian Yearly Meeting (preferred) or experience with non-profit organization(s) 
  • experience supporting and facilitating volunteers (experience working with youth and young adults is an asset)
  • knowledge of database programs & technology platforms related to organizational requirements
  • understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion in an organizational context
  • excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (French fluency an asset)
  • ability to nurture spiritual leading in self and others
  • ability to take initiative and introduce efficiencies
  • ability to live and work in Canada

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, in alignment with the Canadian nonprofit sector. Salary includes benefits package and contribution to the employee’s registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). Flexibility of work hours is required for both employer and employee. Our office is in Ottawa, but employees may work remotely. CYM seeks to be a supportive work environment that values diversity and inclusion.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to before 5PM (EST) January 21, 2022. We thank you for your interest, however only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Online Quaker Conversation Circles & More

Restore your souls, rebuild your Meeting. CYM Education & Outreach has decided to focus on offering restorative Quaker practices in 2022 – with the first session involving Quaker Conversation Circles.

A Year of Quaker Practices 2022

This first event will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2022, with a 90-minute online workshop that introduces Canadian Quakers to Conversation Circles from the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative. Come and learn about this exciting new way to hold deeper conversations about topics that matter to you and your Meeting. All the details are farther down.

For the next event, on 19 March & 2 April 2022, we are bringing Tracey Martin back online to guide us in Hope as a Practice. There is a cost for this workshop, as Woodbrooke Quaker Learning charges for tutor facilitation.  Given that Tracey Martin is based in UK time zone, that workshop will start at 9:00 AM PST / 10:00 AM MST/ 11:00 AM CST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 1:00 PM AST/ 1:30 PM NST. The 2-part workshop runs for 2 hours each time and offers loads of experiential contact.

Also coming Spring 2022, we are working with Woodbrooke Learning Team to offer workshops practices on Diversity and Inclusion in Quaker Meetings. The dates and times are still being determined, but there will be 3 consecutive sessions of 2 hours each.

And finally, even when our events are fee-charging, we believe in barrier-free entrance to all of our offerings. For further information, contact Catherine Harding:

Save the Date! Introducing Quaker Conversation Circles

Members of CYM Education & Outreach will join with the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (Quaker Friends in the USA, non-affiliated) to provide mutual guidance on Quaker Conversation Circles.

Starting in 2014, a group of dedicated American Friends at QREC began to develop online practices that make Quaker meetings come alive together, individually and corporately. This is a Quaker practice with a bit more structure and preparation than regular worship-sharing. It is an online tool that will benefit Canadian Quakers who are spread across this land, often in small- or medium-sized communities. We hope to offer you a way to build connection where you are. Conversation Circles can be used for national conversations, local Meeting, or in small groups.

Our queries are: What is a Quaker? How do we walk in the world as a Friend?

This online workshop will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022. It will starting at:

  • 10:30 AM PST
  • 11:30 AM MST
  • 12:30 PM CST
  • 1:30 PM EST
  • 2:30 AST
  • 2:30 NST

The workshop is 90 minutes long.

There is no cost. To register, contact Catherine Harding:

All are welcome. Please join us on February 12!

 

Welcoming a new (interim) Secretary

This September, Cameron Fraser completed his work as CYM Secretary, having served in the new role since 2017. The CYM Secretary is a pivotal role, responsible for supporting and enhancing the work of CYM Clerks, staff, and various committees. We are grateful for his service and wish him well as he returns to the field of education for youth.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce the hiring of an interim CYM Secretary, even as we begin the hiring process for a permanent staff person. The interim CYM Secretary is Jocelyne Tranquilla, a member of Halifax Monthly Meeting and a social worker who happens to be on leave this year from her regular employment. We are thankful she will be able work part time for a few months on an as-needed basis.

As a contractor, she will be reporting to the CYM Clerk. If you have any questions regarding this interim role please contact .

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