Seeking volunteers to join the NextGen Committee

Have an interest in building a better Edmonton, working with a group of engaged peers, and developing valuable leadership skills? We're seeking three engaged and highly motivated people to join the NextGen Committee!

What is NextGen?

NextGen is an administrative committee of the city of Edmonton that was formed in 2006. Housed within the Department of Community Services and led by volunteers, NextGen is also supported Councillor Andrew Knack and the Office of the Mayor.

Through various events, initiatives and leadership opportunities, Edmonton's NextGen fosters young leaders and helps to build Edmonton as a city that the next generation is proud to call home.

Get to know NextGen a little better and watch our video!

NextGen is looking to fill the following three committee positions:

Pecha Kucha Co-Chair

Pecha Kucha Nights provide an opportunity for Edmontonians to share their diverse interests, talents and knowledge with an engaged audience. Key skills required for this position include strong communications skills and experience with special event planning and volunteer management. The Co-Chair will be responsible for:

  • Managing and leading a group of 10-12 volunteers
  • Planning and hosting three Pecha Kucha Nights per year
  • Developing annual strategies and goals that align with the overall goals of the NextGen Committee
  • Developing and monitoring an annual budget, and working closely with the Partnerships Chair to secure sponsorships/partnerships

Pecha Kucha working group meetings are held at the discretion of the Working Group Co-Chairs, and are currently scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Position start date: September 6, 2016.

Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair

The Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair supports the attraction, retention and management of NextGen’s volunteers. Key skills required for this position include strong communications skills and experience with special event planning and volunteer management. The Co-Chair will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with working group co-chairs to understand and support their volunteer needs
  • Leading an annual volunteer recruitment campaign
  • Supporting the engagement and retention of volunteers through skill development, networking and recognition events and initiatives
  •  Assisting with the recruitment and onboarding of new committee members
  • Developing annual strategies and goals that align with the overall goals of the NextGen Committee
  • Developing and monitoring an annual budget

Volunteer Engagement has a small working group of volunteers twho help with brainstorming and moving forward volunteer development programs. Working group meetings are held at the discretion of the Volunteer Engagement Co-chairs and are currently scheduled for one evening per month.

In addition, the Volunteer Engagement Co-Chairs are members of NextGen’s Sustainability Committee and also attend Sustainability Committee meetings on a rotating basis. These meetings are held at the discretion of the Sustainability Co-Chairs and are currently scheduled for one evening per month.

Position start date: January 1, 2017.

Ignite Co-Chair

The Ignite working group is responsible for fostering opportunities for the next generation to positively impact their community through informational, networking and community-building activities and experiences. The group has a strong history of incubating new ideas into self-sustaining, flagship NextGen events such as MEÆT and (DIY)alogue.  Key skills required for this position include strong communications skills and experience with special event planning and volunteer management. The Ignite Co-Chair is responsible for:

  • Managing and leading a group of 10-12 volunteers
  • Planning and facilitating community volunteer experiences
  • Planning and implementing innovative, community minded events
  • Developing and monitoring an annual budget and working closely with the Partnerships Chair to secure sponsorships/partnerships.

Ignite working group meetings are held at the discretion of the Ignite Co-Chairs, and are currently scheduled one evening per month.

Position start date: January 1, 2017.

Additional Information and How to Apply

We are looking for individuals who are within the next generation demographic, and who are interested in:  

  • community and civic development; 
  • working on projects and events that are relevant to 18-40 year old Edmonton residents; and
  • leading a working group of volunteers.

Time Commitment for all positions include:

  • Commit to a minimum of a two-year (2) term;
  • Commit to a minimum of 10-15 volunteer hours a month;
  • Take on one of the above Committee positions, work with a Co-Chair and and co-lead a group of approximately 10 volunteers that meet 1-2 times a month; and
  • Attend 10 regularly scheduled meetings of the NextGen Committee during the year. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Co-Chairs.

If you would like to apply, please send your cover letter indicating the position(s) you are interested in and résumé to carissa.lamoureux@edmonton.ca by 5:00 pm on August 29, 2016.

Once we receive all applications, the nominating committee will review and select candidates for an interview for a Committee position. Interviews for the Pecha Kucha Co-Chair will take place the week of August 29 - September 2. Interviews for the Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair and the Ignite Co-Chair will take place later in September.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in Edmonton’s NextGen!