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Web Developer

Starting Date ASAP

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.

Cardboard Project Event Overview

The Cardboard Project is a unique, artistic exhibit that features a collection of 100+ written experiences by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents. This year on Saturday May 22nd, the Cardboard Project 3.0 will be taking on a virtual platform, showcasing the Cardboard pieces collected from this year and previous years’ using a unique digital display to link our audience with the stories behind these pieces.

The messages on the cardboard pieces reflect responses to this year’s question: What have you learned about connection and community in the past year?

In the midst of a historic moment in time, globally we have faced a year of social disconnect and isolation, challenging the way that we connect with others and shining a light on the importance of community. We will collect responses from both members of our DTES community, members of the greater Vancouver community, and all those participating virtually.

We hope that these responses will provide insight to attendees of the very human and very real experiences that this past year has brought. This year we will host our event virtually, where our Entrepreneurs as well as Community Thought Leaders will share the lessons, the realities, and the hopes that we have for community connectedness moving forward.

We hope that this event provides a space to reflect on our year, remind us of our resiliency, and shed light on the importance of staying socially connected within our communities, in whatever way that we can. Most importantly, we hope to give insight to the impact that the global pandemic has had on our Downtown Eastside community, and just as prevalent the meaning of community and connection have been.

We are all connected by our vulnerabilities.

Position Description

Title Description: Web Developer – Cardboard Project 3.0
Reporting To: Advocacy Team: Dori Julian – Event Specialist (Volunteer Recruitment), Charissa Landicho – Community Outreach, and Juliette Wong – Event Specialist (Logistics)
Location: fully remote (Vancouver time zone for meetings)
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Commitment: February 1, 2021 – May 30, 2021, variable hours/week depending on the chosen candidate’s schedule and website due date (May 1, 2021 at the latest)
Position Type: Volunteer

Position Summary

The Web Developer for Cardboard Project 3.0 reports directly to the Advocacy team and is responsible for helping the team decide which website builder to use to create a website that will feature cardboard pieces from the Downtown Eastside community in line with this year’s theme: “Community connectedness in a time of social isolation”. The Web Developer is also responsible for building the Cardboard Project 3.0 website for photos of cardboard pieces linking to pages with audio, videos, images, and external links, and maintaining the website.

The Web Developer will work alongside the Advocacy team to create the Cardboard Project 3.0 event that aligns with our mission: Empowering the residents of the DTES with a Hand-up approach, providing a platform to share their strength and resilience, and educating the Vancouver community around the stigmas in the DTES.

Key Responsibilities

-Attend virtual training session to learn about Employ to Empower and the Cardboard Project
-Discuss website requirements with Advocacy team
-Advise Advocacy team on best website builder (ex: WordPress, Squarespace, etc.) to use to create Cardboard Project 3.0 website
-Build Cardboard Project 3.0 website by due date (to be determined together)
-Maintain Cardboard Project 3.0 website (troubleshoot if any issues arise)
-Provide regular updates to the Events Specialist (Volunteer Recruitment) about the progress of the creation of the website
-Work with photographer, and video and audio volunteers to add media to website
-Work alongside the Advocacy team to create an event that aligns with ETE’s mission


-Experience designing simple websites
-Possess knowledge of website builder options (WordPress, Squarespace, etc.)
-Problem solver when it comes to challenges that arise with the website
-Proactive in finding the best way to build the website
-Ability to effectively communicate with Advocacy team, Photographer, and Video and Audio Volunteers
-Has access to a laptop or computer to create website
-Flexibility – able to adapt and pivot in times of uncertainty (for example COVID-19)
-Diligence – completing tasks in a timely manner with great efficiency and effectiveness
-Passionate about ETE’s mission and the overall goal of the Cardboard Project: to dismantle prevailing negative stigmas and strive towards a Downtown Eastside neighbourhood where members are seen, heard, and validated, while feeling connected to the greater community.

Desired Qualities

-Compassionate and cares deeply for the DTES community
-Experience volunteering/working in the DTES and/or people who face barriers
-1+ year experience in web development/website design
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Demonstrates strong ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
-Ability to work as a team and individually


Ideally enrolled in post-secondary education and have completed, or be in the process of completing, a degree related to Web Design or Computer Science.

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