Are you an enthusiastic and skilled facilitator who is passionate about helping your co-workers? SGEU is recruiting volunteer facilitators and we’d like YOU to join our program team!
A network of volunteers is essential to SGEU. These volunteers, known as facilitators, will work closely with the SGEU education department, labour relations officers, other facilitators, elected officials, colleagues, etc. who want information on a leadership development program or want to attend a subject matter workshop. Facilitators need to be located in all areas of the province.
A facilitator directory will be provided. This will assist facilitators in supporting each other by collaboration on promotional efforts and workshops.
Role of a SGEU Volunteer Facilitator
SGEU Facilitators provide quality Leadership Development courses and subject matter workshops to other members of SGEU. Along with the assistance and guidance of a Labour Relations Officer they will train participants on various topics such as: the roles and responsibilities of being a union steward in the workplace; know your collective bargaining agreement; the impacts of various labour laws and Acts that govern workers lives; provide them with the tools to become a confident and effective advocate in their workshops and much more. You will have the use of online pre-requisites, curriculum guides, quizzes, and evaluations to maximise the benefit of an in class, interactive, informal education setting.
Who is Eligible?
Individuals eligible to become a volunteer facilitator include anyone who is a current member of SGEU, who has experience in facilitating workshops, schools, or chairing meetings and, is interested in actively supporting the program by facilitating one Leadership Development course per year after becoming a facilitator.
- Attend one training session for Leadership Development course or subject matter workshop they want to teach.
- Co-facilitate at least one Leadership Development course and subject matter workshop per year for groups no greater than 30 according to the guidelines established by the SGEU Education Department. Workshops should reflect a balanced philosophy regarding ever-changing labour laws and the collective bargaining agreements.
- Promote Leadership Development in their area by contacting in person, by phone or by email, socially in your workplace, local meetings, and recreation organizations etc. with information about SGEU education.
- Establish a local network of key contact people who are interested in Leadership Development and topics related to their workplaces.
- Maintain contact with workshop participants to aid in implementing the course concepts and materials and keep participants up-to-date with new developments.
- Complete the paperwork necessary to administer and evaluate the Education programs. This includes the workshop proposal, participant evaluations, participant registration forms, sign-in sheet, facilitator survey, and workshop fees.
- Forward information on local events or developments in your area.
- Participate in facilitator events (meetings, webinars, conferences) as part of networking and support.
- Assist at SGEU events when possible and if required.
To adequately perform the above duties, certain qualifications are required, facilitators must:
- Attend a course or workshop to receive the curriculum guides and use them in an educational setting.
- Understand and represent, in a professional manner, the mission of the SGEU
- Be objective and knowledgeable in your presentation of the materials on Union Leadership Development and subject course material.
- Dedication to the union principles and labour law education.
- Have good sense of humor and great communication skills – Able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
- In coordination of the SGEU Education Department have the time and motivation to organize and conduct workshops in their area.
- Have speaking and teaching skills adequate to conduct an interactive, interesting workshop.
- Understand the educational system well enough to work through proper channels to set up workshops.
- Have good “people” skills – Able to relate well to people from varied backgrounds, help them feel comfortable, encourage their active participation, and motivate them to use the SGEU course materials.
- Be motivated and able to dedicate the time to organize and conduct workshops in your area.
- Show enthusiasm in union activism and subject matter education to inspire others to use the course materials.
- Passion for helping new members, especially those who are disengaged from the union.
Please send your resume and cover letter outlining your current or prior experience with facilitation to firstname.lastname@example.org