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Specialist Mentor

Starting Date Ongoing

Organization Overview

Employ to Empower (ETE) empowers residents accessing services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources. Our resources include affordable micro-loans and business mentorship, with the goal of having a long-term impact on our members’ personal and economic well-being. We also actively advocate for creating positive social change in the DTES.

We’re keen to build a group of compassionate and talented mentors to support our entrepreneurs in our program who specialize in web development, social media growth, finance, go-to market, digital marketing, graphic design, accounting, and legal advice. We want to bring a community of supporters to residents in the DTES.

Position Description

Title Description: Specialist Mentor
Reporting To: Robert Jago, Mentorship Lead
Location: Virtual and or in-person
Desired Start Date: Ongoing
Commitment: 3-4 hours per month.
Position Type: Volunteer

Position Summary

Your primary roles include supporting entrepreneurs including but not limited to: Digital marketing, finances, marketing, websites, and graphic design. Specialist mentors will open office hours for 3-4 hours per month for emerging entrepreneurs in the Downtown Eastside community.

Key Accountabilities

[Digital Marketing]: Support entrepreneurs to get their Instagram and Facebook profiles / business pages set up / help with copywriting
[Finances]: Support entrepreneurs with finding their costs, and strategy for their micro-business
[Marketing]: Provide hands on support and advice on where the entrepreneur can further market their product
[Web Developer]: Create and maintain a website/e-commerce platform for entrepreneurs throughout the year
[Graphic Designers]: Create graphics for the entrepreneurs to use for their social media platforms
[Accounting]: Share knowledge and steps to registering for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and incorporations
[Insurance]: Share insights/expertise on certain types of business insurance that one needs to get access to
[Legal]: Provide insights and advice on patents and legal documents for sole proprietorship and partnerships


-Compassionate and cares deeply for the DTES community
-Strong interpersonal skills and high relational empathy
-2+ years of experience volunteering/working in the DTES
-Clear, concise, and detail-oriented in terms of email, phone, and text communication
-Diligent problem solver, who is looking to learn and help when possible
-Keen desire to be a part of something great that positively impacts society especially in times of crisis
-Proactive to collaborate remotely

Desired Attributes

-Experience advising high-growth, ambitious start-ups and initiatives
-Entrepreneurship experience
-Hands-on experience advising in a specialty area (fundraising, two-sided platforms, social project)


Must be enrolled in post-secondary education and have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree related to Business, Finance, Accounting, Law, Marketing and/or Interactive Arts/Technology

Application Procedure