Specialist 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 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: Christina Wong, Executive Director
Location: Virtual
Desired Start Date: November 2020 (Minimum 1-year commitment)
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 hours per month in 30 minute intervals for emerging entrepreneurs in the Downtown Eastside community.

Key Accountabilities

  • [Digital Marketing]: Support entrepreneurs to get their Instagram and Facebook profiles set up
  • [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
  • [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

E-mail cover letter and resume to christina@employtoempower.com