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Youth-Arts Facilitator & Film Editor

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Are you passionate about collaborative art and youth voices?
Want to get to know folks all over Canada?
Love to edit films?

We are looking for a self-directed, energetic, charismatic individual who facilitates arts-based collaboration and is savvy with editing films, to join our small but skilled team. If you love what Reel Youth does and are looking for a challenging, fast-paced and rewarding job, we would love to hear from you!

Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers mobile community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Our programs are designed to support young people’s personal and artistic development while broadcasting the stories of Indigenous communities, immigrant and refugee communities, queer and trans communities, homeless and street-involved youth, and those facing challenging social, mental, and financial circumstances. In 2023 we made 91 short films in 11 programs with communities across Canada.

Reel Youth is a project of MakeWay, a national Canadian charity whose shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions.

For more information about MakeWay, please visit: https://makeway.org

Schedule/Hours: FULL-TIME (37.5 hrs/wk), flexible schedule

Start Date: April 1, 2024 (or when we find the right person)

Term: Permanent

Salary: $36,000 - $45,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience
(includes $50/month toward cell phone expenses plus medical and dental benefits upon approval after a three month probationary review).

Location: Based out of Cortes Island - traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla'amin), ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations; Or your home office in: Vancouver-area - traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations; or the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka'wakw peoples, currently known as Vancouver Island


You will be a key part of our facilitation team who regularly travel to deliver programs across Canada, helping communities make films about issues they care about. During programs you will be responsible for posting to our social media streams to help tell the story of each program. Between projects you will help edit the short films created in our programs and support the team with general administrative tasks. You will be working from your home in the Vancouver/Vancouver Island area or our office on Cortes Island, with flexibility to your schedule and location. The job involves regular travel to communities across Canada and use of your smartphone for communication, social media, photos and travel logistics.

Strongest consideration will be given to applicants whose lived experience reflects that of our youth participants.


  • Deliver filmmaking programs, including supporting youth to learn and grow as they produce powerful films;
  • Managing our film equipment: taking good care of our gear and keeping it organized;
  • Posting and monitoring social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canva) to tell the story of our work and it’s impact in the world (able and willing to use them on your phone);
  • Editing short films using Adobe Premiere;
  • Communication with staff members, youth, partners, collaborators, and clients leading up to and after projects are complete;
  • Collecting films and assets from remote editors and preparing them for archiving;
  • Working with artist mentors, film editors, and other staff involved in project delivery;
  • Support students and partner organizations to host film festival screenings in their communities.
  • Uploading final films to youtube and our streaming platforms;
  • Basic HTML website maintenance;
  • Basic invoice processing;
  • Supporting grant writing.


  • 2+ years experience and/or training in arts-based group facilitation, youth facilitation, and/or community engagement;
  • Solid filmmaker and editor (no formal training required);
  • Social media savvy;
  • Mac-proficiency including Google Docs, Office, Adobe Premiere (Lightroom and Photoshop are assets) and Canva;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Successful grant writing experience;
  • Willingness to travel regularly when needed;
  • Being well connected in the non-profit world an asset.


  • Is dedicated to empowering youth to take ownership over their art, and patient with letting youth participants learn;
  • Excellent communicator and attention to detail;
  • Able to acknowledge mistakes so we can support fixing and learning from them;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Approaches unknown/new experiences with a sense of adventure, curiosity, and fun.


  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence and clear driving record;
  • Home office space if not on Cortes Island and sharing our island office, and smartphone.

As Reel Youth is a project of Tides Canada, the selected candidate will be an employee of MakeWay. MakeWay is is an equal opportunity employer that encourages people of colour, indigenous individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities to apply.

Please email your application to mark@reelyouth.ca in the following format:

  • Subject line “JOB APPLICATION” and your last name;
  • Cover letter (one page);
  • Resume outlining relevant skills, education and experience, and two references;
  • Cover letter and resume saved as one PDF document using the naming convention of 'LastNameFirstName_RYJobApp.pdf'.

Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position. Only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to complete a criminal record check.

We will accept applications until the position is filled. No recruiters please.


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