Job Description

Part-time, permanent position (24 hrs a week)
Contact Name
Rafat Al Islam
Halifax, Nova Scotia

About Unity Charity

Unity Charity uses Hip Hop art forms to promote resilience and well-being among youth, building healthier communities. Unity engages youth 12 to 29 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. Unity empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models, leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities.  Unity Charity is a national organization working across Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba that engages thousands of youth each year. Unity values passion, integrity, respect and community, and expects all of our representatives to embody these values.  

Unity Charity prides itself on being a collection of creative and innovative individuals brought together by their love for the arts and their desire to make a positive impact on youth.  Our culture is one of flexibility, innovation, and hard work.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 1st, 2023

Role Description

The Nova Scotia Program Coordinator, reporting to Nova Scotia Programs Manager, is the key individual that coordinates and supports both Unity’s Nova Scotia-based virtual program and its School Programs. The virtual program, called “The Source”, is specifically geared towards African Nova Scotian youth, so it is important that the candidate identifies as representing this community. 

The program coordinator will work closely with the Unity team and its partners to set up the program, recruit and support participants, and lead the evaluation of all programs. The coordinator will also work closely with Unity Artists to design the program curriculum, to prepare and support them to facilitate, and provide feedback and guidance on their work. 

This role is a part-time, permanent position (24 hrs a week). This role is a mixed virtual / in-person role that will require the candidate to be in-person in Halifax 1-2 times per week.

Key Requirements

  • 1-3 years of project coordination experience
  • Experience working with a Canadian arts or non-profit organization
  • Experience in the Hip Hop community, knowledge of Hip Hop culture & its related art forms is considered an asset
  • Experience with arts-based facilitation is considered a major asset
  • An innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the Unity Charity mission
  • A true desire to execute top-notch youth programs in a fast-paced, energetic environment
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Positive team player, self-motivated, and excellent communicator with the ability to coordinate with interdepartmental teams and with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Act in accordance to Unity’s Behavioral Code of Conduct and exercise professional judgment in all scenarios involving youth and external stakeholders
  • Driving is an asset, but not required
  • Literacy with Zoom, Google Suite
  • Experience with virtual program delivery is an asset

Role Responsibilities

Program Planning and Recruitment

  • Working with the Nova Scotia Programs Manager to set up program partnerships with identified and new organizations, including the program’s virtual streaming partner, internet and device access partner, and youth recruitment and outreach partners
  • Working with Nova Scotia Programs Manager to set clear program timelines, budgets and workback plans
  • Working with Nova Scotia Programs Manager and the Unity Communications team to design and distribute program promotional materials
  • Working with Unity’s Evaluations Manager to design evaluations strategies to measure program impact
  • Working with the program’s youth recruitment and outreach partners to identify and onboard program participants, and their households

Program, Participant and Artist Support

  • Working with participants and artist facilitators to co-create the program curricula
  • Working with the program’s virtual streaming partner and artist facilitators to ensure the smooth delivery of program workshops
  • Identifying participant, artist and partner concerns, and working with the Unity team to solve issues to mutual satisfaction
  • Working with the Unity Finance and Operations teams to ensure that Artist Facilitators and partners are paid in a timely fashion

School Booking Administration

  • Book Unity programs, performances and workshops for schools
  • Building strong working relationships with external parties
  • Engage with schools, teachers, principals, conference organizers, community organizations, and other key contacts, as well as attend networking opportunities to stay aligned with bookings best practices
  • Project management, and liaising with schools and clients
  • Understand and manage deliverables and budgets associated with the Unity school program
  • Conduct all necessary preparation and follow up programming with schools involved in Unity school programming
  • Creating comprehensive lists of booking prospects including past bookings, creating and adhering to a bookings process, selling the various Unity programs to relevant clients
  • Scheduling artists with Program Manager for booked shows, artist follow up and logistics coordination to ensure successful program implementation
  • In-person support for facilitators during school programs

Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement

  • Ensure that program evaluations are administered and collected
  • Work with the Unity team to synthesize, analyze, and respond to the data collected
  • Act as the main instigator of program improvements, constantly seeking ways to make the program more impactful, effective, accessible, and enjoyable for participants
  • Working to understand Unity’s Theory of Change and Strategic plan to understand how the program can support Unity’s organizational impact and goals in Nova Scotia and beyond

Unity promotes and advocates for individuals from diverse backgrounds and encourages individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+, indigenous folks and folks of colour, as well as individuals with disabilities, to apply. Unity is also committed to developing an inclusive selection process and work environment. If contacted for an interview, please advise us if you require any accommodation during the interview process. 

Unity sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have questions or concerns about the application process, or need any accommodations to apply, please feel free to contact us at

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