Teaching Assistant

Starting Date October 2020

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 teaching assistants to assist program participants in our Development course


Position Description

Title Description: Teaching Assistant for Development Course

Reporting To: Christina Wong, Executive Director 

Location: In person

Desired Start Date: October 2020

Commitment: 6 months with the possibility of extending the term, 5-10 hours per week depending on the volume of cohorts

Position Type: Volunteer


Position Summary

Your primary roles include attending development courses and taking metrics, providing support to the class during interactive activities and by calling class members when support is needed. This role also involves preparation for Development Course facilitation including set up and tear down of the classrooms in adherence with COVID-19 safety precautions outlined by the BCCDC. This position includes a unique blend of in-person and virtual support.


Key Accountabilities

  • Work closely with the course facilitator and executive director to create a flexible, supportive and growth-oriented learning space for entrepreneurs in the Development course.
  • Attend each week of the 9-week Development course to record metrics including participant feedback, as well as support with set-up and tear down of the learning space.
  • Support entrepreneurs alongside facilitators to assist with interactive activities or unpacking new concepts.
  • Be responsible for arranging meetings as phone calls or ‘office hours’ with each entrepreneur if support is needed throughout the week.



  • Embraces the idea that learning is bidirectional, and that the teaching assistant 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 
  • 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 christina@employtoempower.com