Bootstraps Program Coordinator

Aunt Leah’s is seeking an exceptional Coordinator for our Bootstraps Program to provide full time coverage for a pregnancy/parental leave from February 2021 to approximately December 2021. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right person to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our program participants.

Who we are: Aunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers-in-need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

Job Summary: For over 30 years, Aunt Leah’s place has helped prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills. We believe that youth in and from government care should have similar supports akin to their parented peers. Through family privilege young people are afforded their first employment opportunities and work experiences. Aunt Leah’s Bootstraps program is designed to replicate what families do for their teenagers and young adults to prepare them for employment as well as inspire them around careers and employment opportunities.

This is a leadership position to oversee, manage and expand Aunt Leah’s Place’s (ALP) current Bootstraps program to implement a new level of programing, funded through the Province of British Columbia, represented by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to plan and Skills Link Federal Funding develop and implement the Employment of Youth from Care program. The objective of the Program is to increase the labour force participation and reduce the unemployment rate of Young Adults at Risk in British Columbia facing barriers to Employment.

The key areas of this position include leadership and supervision of the Bootstraps Team and ensuring the Bootstraps program provides a supportive environment for youth in and from care and mothers in need to have career aspirations and employment opportunities that are financially and emotionally rewarding. In addition this position ensures the program meets funding deliverables which include monthly reporting and ongoing communications with Provincial and Federal funding officers.

Reports to: Director of Training & Social Enterprises



  • Minimum 2-years post-secondary education in a relevant field of study
  • Experience in employment counselling, facilitation of life skills development and/or community engagement is valuable
  • Criminal Record Check with Police Information Check from local RCMP
  • A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Proof of vehicle business insurance and $5 million liability
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Standard First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Trauma Informed Awareness
  • Awareness & understanding around the impact on youth from trauma and inter-generational trauma resulting from colonial polices

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Youth from foster care come from a place where, in general, class-based learning interventions have been a failure. This socially innovative learning environment gives opportunities for tactile and ‘doing’ learning to set up these young people for future success and successful bridging to labour markets and/or future schooling. Therefore; implement innovative approaches for this proposed project through:

  • Providing multiple opportunities for different individual learning styles to develop essential employment skills
  • Offering a portion of their learning in a non-class based venue


Bootstraps Employment Deliverables:

  • Develop, Plan and implement program activities that reflect Aunt Leah’s Mission and
  • Have an in-depth understanding on all levels of work within the Bootstraps
  • Formulate program policies and procedures and evaluate the program in consultation with the Director of Training and Social
  • Oversee the day- to-day operations of the program by ensuring that the necessary facilities and equipment are in place, staffing levels are maintained, program guidelines and policies are adhered to, and program standards and funding requirements are
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of the program’s frontline staff such as screening applicants, participating in interview panels and making hiring
  • Supervise program staff by preforming duties such as assigning work, providing feedback on performance, conducting coaching meetings and conducting performance
  • Orient, determine the need for and provide training to program
  • Monitor and authorize program expenditures and maintain financial records in accordance with established procedures and funding
  • Promote public awareness of and support for the program by working with the Aunt Leah’s communications team.
  • Liaise with community service providers and other professionals to coordinate service provision, facilitate referrals to the program and represent the organization or program. Work with the team to reach out to other private sector employers in order to create quality job opportunities for youth
  • Maintain related records and statistics and produce reports as required including Monthly Summary Report of Project Activities and all Progress Markers achieved by Participants and a forecast of Progress Markers and Expected Participant
  • Work with Case Manager to set youth candidates up for success by arranging for supports to be in place, including child care, transportation, work appropriate clothing and other supports as applicable
  • Support both employer and youth to achieve a successful employment experience through regular check-in, site visits,
  • Provide leadership, support, and mentorship to youth and program
  • Work collaboratively with other Program Coordinators and the Coordinated Access Manager to ensure all Aunt Leah’s Participants have access to the Bootstraps Program


 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA):

  • Supervisory and Team building
  • Ability to work
  • Ability to identify barriers to employment and appropriately address
  • Ability to work closely with youth to facilitate sustainable employment, training and/or
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders to ensure youth are set-up long term for employment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other program coordinators to incorporate and facilitate youth to access employment opportunities and training
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including ability to manage high
  • Excellent administrative skills including database
  • Ability to act, engage and support youth through a trauma informed lens, or be willing to


 Supervision and Leadership:

  • Provides supervision to the Bootstraps team including: chairing regular team meetings, individual coaching sessions and annual performance



  • Using effective communication skills build trust and rapport and maintain effective working relationships with participants and staff to allow for the transfer of required information, and promote a co-operative and productive work environment.
  • Attends team meetings, monthly Society Staff Development
  • Ensures the health & safety of staff and provides a work environment that is
  • Informs past youth and mothers of events and activities taking place on a regular basis through email, Facebook and
  • Liaises and seeks direction from Director of Training and Social Enterprises in crisis
  • Attends Society Events as directed by Director of Training and Social
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Policies and



  • Ensures all information about residents in the program is strictly confidential both internally and
  • Ensures all written material is locked in the office and all phone calls regarding participants take place in the office.
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Society Policies and Procedures and Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics (includes Child and Youth Care Association of BC Code of Ethics, Aunt Leah’s Privacy Policy, BC Rights of Youth in care & UN Rights of the Child).


 Working Conditions:

  • This position may require working some evenings and weekends and travel to various locations within Metro Vancouver.
  • Required to be an on call supervisor as

This position may be required to perform other related duties that do not affect the nature of the work.

If you meet the qualifications, we would love to hear from you!


We offer: A comprehensive benefit package (for positions that are longer than 6 months in duration) that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, personal time package and employee discount at our Thrift Store.

Hours of Work: Generally Monday to Friday (37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours/day); may require working some evenings and weekends as well as some remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.

To apply:

 Please send your resume and cover letter, quoting Bootstraps Program Coordinator in the subject line, to Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Although this posting will remain open until the right person is hired, we are aiming for February start to allow sufficient transition time. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society!

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.