Community Mentor

Starting Date Ongoing

Organization Overview

Employ to Empower (ETE) supports residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) community by providing access to development and entrepreneurial resources. Our resources include affordable microloans 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 community mentors to support our entrepreneurs in ETE’s program.

Position Description

Title Description: Community Mentor
Reporting To: Christina Wong, Executive Director
Location: Virtual
Desired Start Date: November 2020
Commitment: 12 months 
Position Type: Volunteer

Position Summary

Your primary roles include hands on support for the entrepreneurs by: Providing personalized biweekly mentorship, collaboratively building personal and professional goals, sourcing opportunities for the entrepreneur, and overall, being an accountability buddy for the entrepreneur. Moreover, the community mentor will act as a connector between the entrepreneur and specialist mentors. This position includes a unique blend of business and emotional support.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide flexible, valuable personalized business mentorship to entrepreneurs in the ETE program on a weekly basis at up to two hours per entrepreneur. Meetings may occur in different locations and scheduling arrangements may vary depending on what the needs of the entrepreneur is.
  • Spend time with the entrepreneur outside of business (budget provided monthly) Eg: coffee, walk, going to a game together etc.
  • Collaborate with the entrepreneur to identify and reflect on specific goals and actions needed in order to achieve their entrepreneurial ventures
  • Be available for up to one hour of client phone call supports per week
  • Source and identify other areas of business opportunities for the entrepreneur


  • Embraces the idea that learning is bidirectional, and that the mentor is learning equally as much as the entrepreneur
  • 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
  • Experience advising high-growth, ambitious start-ups and initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship experience
  • 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


  • Must be enrolled in post-secondary education and have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree related to Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Marketing and/or Counselling.

Application Procedure

E-mail cover letter and resume to