Social Enterprise Operations Assistant

Job Summary: The Social Enterprise Assistant will work with other members of the Social Enterprise Team to ensure efficient operation of our Donation Centre, Online Store, and Thrift Store. This role reports to the Social Enterprise Manager, assisting all aspects of Aunt Leah’s retail thrift and donations operations at Aunt Leah’s Donation Centre at 8380 St. George Street Vancouver, and Thrift Store at 3328 Fraser St. Vancouver.

The Donations Centre is our hub for the selection and distribution of donated clothing, shoes, household items, and furniture that support our Social Enterprises – Thrift Store sales, online sales via Shopify, re-direction to other community organizations, and furnishing assisted living suites. Our ideal Social Enterprise Operations Assistant is well-organized, loves to thrift, is comfortable in a fast-paced environment, has an eye for fashion and style, and is able to work with diverse groups of people such as volunteers or employment trainees. Regular work shifts will be at both Donation Center and Thrift Store.

Reports to: Social Enterprise Manager


Our ideal candidate possesses:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently.
• Flexibility – comfortable working at hot desks.
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Knowledge of retail best practices including inventory management and Point of Sale systems.
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities.
• Cultural awareness and sensitivity.
• A valid BC class 5 driver’s license and clear driver abstract.
• Knowledge of social media marketing techniques.
• Physical ability to lift and move furniture up to 50lbs
• Aptitude for fashion and styling concepts
• Non – profit experience working with volunteers and donors is an asset.

Key responsibilities:
• Assists operations at Aunt Leah’s Thrift Store and Donation Centre.
• Receives donations and selects inventory for online and store sales.
• Assists in the daily management of Aunt Leah’s online store.
• Works retail sales shifts at Aunt Leah’s Thrift store.
• Drives in support of donation pick-ups and inventory transfer from Donation Centre to Store.
• Role models and delivers exceptional customer service.
• Assists with Instagram content creation and posting.
• May be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions at Greater Vancouver pop-ups selling Christmas Trees from mid-November to mid-December.
• Performs duties as assigned by supervisor to support the broader operational needs of Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society.
• A desire to contribute to Aunt Leah’s mission of building brighter futures for foster kids.

A Criminal Record Check is required before the start date.

Working Conditions: This is a full-time temporary position (approximately 6 months to start with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent) with comprehensive benefits. The Social Enterprise Operations Assistant will work 37.5 hrs per week from Tuesday to Saturday, and be available to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, and weekends. Schedule may change based on operational needs.

Candidates MUST have a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License, and be comfortable driving a delivery van.

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer.

Salary: up to $20/hour

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to In the subject line, please indicate the position applied for.

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.