SWITCH is hiring!

POSITION TITLE:  Program Coordinator


START DATE: September 2nd 2014 (negotiable)


SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Responsible for assessing need, supervising nutritional services, developing and implementing programming sessions in conjunction with SWITCH Director that is consistent with SWITCH objectives and funding criteria.



  • Grade 12 (a combination of education and/or experience will be considered)
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Records Check
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle


  • Basic Computer and numeracy skills
  • Working knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to effectively refer clients to community resources
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to foster a learning environment in a diverse workplace while providing support and guidance to Clients, Council, SWITCH staff and Volunteers
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and traditions, where required by the job
  • Ability to develop programming in accordance to SWTICH’s strategic plan, mission and vision statements.



None required




Administration / PROGRAMMING

  • Identifies and develops SWITCH Programming for current and future needs In conjunction with SWITCH Director and SWITCH’s Programming Committee
  • Regular consultation/ planning meetings with SWITCH Director to ensure programming is meeting and fulfilling SWITCH objectives and project funding objectives.
  • Assesses and develops programming sessions including recruitment and co-ordination of session facilitators
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with community organizations
  • Facilitates communication and planning sessions with partnering agencies
  • Compiles monthly events schedule for SWITCH’s  programming sessions including adult, family and children’s programming
  • Manages SWITCH’s Programming budget in consultation with the SWITCH Director
  • Planning and execution of special events including development, fundraising, coordination and communication
  • Provides interprofessional clinical resources for both clients and SWITCH personnel
  • Supervises and mentors Nutrition Supervisors
  • Financial reporting on SWITCH fundraisers and events
  • Grant writing
  • Partnership building and collaborating with other community organizations


Related Key Work ActivitIes


  • Provides guidance and mentorship in a learning environment
  • Facilitation skills including building rapport and trust
  • Maintain program, departmental files and writes reports
  • Other duties may be assigned based on SWITCH operational needs
  • Marketing and promoting SWITCH to the community



Working Conditions:


  • This is a part-time position with up to 40 hours/week.  13.5 of those hours will be spent on the three SWITCH shifts from:  Monday 4:30-9pm, Wednesday 4:30-9pm and Saturday 10:00am-2:30pm
  • The Program Coordinator may be required to work additional hours than stated in contract.


POSITION/SWITCH MANDATE: SWITCH is a student run organization that is interprofessional and based on a model of teamwork.  All staff must be able to work and support a learning environment to help achieve the SWITCH mandate of improving the health of the community, the education of future health care professionals and the relationship between the university and the community at large.


Please submit resume and cover letter by August 22/14 to heh609@mail.usask.ca

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July Volunteer & Mentor Appreciation Barbeque

Hey SWITCHers,

It looks like warm weather is finally here and the rain is starting to dry up.  What better way to celebrate our awesome SWITCH volunteers and mentors while enjoying the weather than a barbeque?  Please join us on Saturday, July 19th at 6:00PM for a volunteer & mentor appreciation barbeque.  Please e-mail Danielle Stephens at djs552@mail.usask.ca to RSVP and for more information.

The SWITCH team


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Mental Health Committee Recruiting!

Hey SWITCHers!

Are you a social work, nursing, clinical/counseling psych, or psychiatry looking to get more involved with SWITCH?  If so, the Mental Health Committee may be just what you are looking for!

What would your role be?

-          Be the link between your college and SWITCH

-          Assist with mental health training

-          Help choose education topics relating to mental health

-          Recruit mental health students and mentors

-          Network with students and professionals

-          Build your resume

-          Witness firsthand the social determinant of health and their impact on Saskatoon’s core

This committee will begin to meet monthly in the fall, assist with mental health training sessions, organize psycho educational sessions and mental health student recruitment. Must be a regular SWITCHER to join and a Social Work, Nursing, Clinical Psych, or Psychiatry student.

Contact Social Work Mentor Emily @ ena726@mail.usask.ca by June 30th 2014.


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Mental Health Orientation Scheduled!


Mental Health training has been scheduled for July 9th, 2014 during normal shift hours.  This training is mandatory for social work and clinical psychology students looking to volunteer on the clinical team and recommended for all other volunteers.  Please e-mail switchclinic@gmail.com to sign up for this orientation.


The SWITCH team

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SWITCH Volunteer Barbeque

Hey SWITCHers!

We will be having a volunteer appreciation barbeque on Saturday, June 7th after shift from 3:30PM onward at the Forestry Farm.  Smokies and Hamburgers will be provided.  If you do not have a ride let us know and we will arrange one. Feel free to bring any food items you wish. Contact Danielle S. at djs552@mail.usask.ca for more details.


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Upstream Making Change workshops

Upstream invites you to attend their workshop on Thursday, May 22nd at 12:00 noon at the Downtown Community Clinic, 424 1st Avenue North.  Dr. Ryan Meili will host the event that will focus on social determinants of health.  Click on the link below for more details

Making Change – Upstream

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Community Ambassador Position at SWITCH!

We are accepting applications for the position of “Community Ambassador” for the summer months. This volunteer internship is 10-15 hours each week depending on appointments and community events. Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter to switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com by May 9th.

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SWITCH Advisors to the Board

Hello SWITCHers!

SWITCH’s Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for two advisory positions on our board. SWITCH hopes to find two professionals that have experience with the business aspects of operating a non-profit, registered charity like SWITCH. The position is unpaid and its term will end at the AGM in October and re-election for a 12 month term is an option. The nomination period will close on Monday May 12.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to be nominated please e-mail Reed Gillanders at reg758@mail.usask.ca. Please include a letter of intent with your nomination.

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Volunteers needed for April 26th shift!

Hey SWITCHers!

Our volunteer count is low for the April 26, 2014 shift! We need a minimum of 7 volunteers to legally run the shift.  If you can help us out please sign up on the scheduler ASAP!


The SWITCH team

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SWITCH closed for April long weekend


Just a reminder that SWITCH will be closed for the April long weekend.  That means there will be no SWITCH shifts on the 19th and the 21st. Rest, spend some time with your families, and catch up on some studying!

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