We’re hiring!

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Current Openings

Community Mobilizer/Mobilization Curator

Full time. Apply by March 30

#marketer #social media guru #networker #coach #maker #organizer #motivational speaker #learner #doer

Do you have a background in marketing, sales, volunteer recruitment, and campaigning – plus an awesome personal network you’re not afraid to tap into as a rolodex? Are you a bona-fide extrovert, with an uncanny ability to win over crowds and build relationships? Is ‘no’ a word that sparks creativity and gumption, rather than frustration and anxiety? If the answer is ‘yes’, keep reading…

Freelance Front-end Developer

Contract. 30hrs a week. Apply by May 1

We’re looking for a front-end developer with an expertise in React/Redux and CSS  to join our small, but mighty freelance team. You’ll work alongside our UX designer and back-end developer to improve the platform, addressing bugs and user issues and launching new features.

You’ll have the opportunity to watch users interact with your work, help create the product roadmap, and see the direct impact of your work! We’re a small and agile team that likes to get their hands dirty! You’ll also get into the design side and try your hand at python and the back-end development side of work.

Design Fellow: Tech Coach

3-months, 3 days a week. No deadline to apply.

#fellowship #UXdesign #user research #engagement #techie #datascience #accessibility #UI #designprocess #attitudinal #behavioral #qualitative #quantitative

In 2018 we’re looking for recent grads/students to join our team in a blended role between operations and research. Help ‘real’ users — people with disabilities, their families, staff, and volunteers use our platform and gain a deep understanding of their needs. Turn your research into insights, trends and recommendations and reflected in our iterations. Excited? Read more…

Community Mobilizer/Mobilization Curator

#marketer #social media guru #networker #coach #maker #organizer #motivational speaker #learner #doer

full-time position 

The Curator position is a groundbreaking new role for the social sector. Tired of the staid and too often stigmatizing activities on offer for people with developmental disabilities, we’ve created a catalogue full of novel and offbeat learning experiences. But, here’s the best part. All of our learning experiences are hosted by wonderful locals – students, retirees, curious citizens, and business owners – in homes, workplaces & public spaces. As one of our Curators, you’ll hit the ground to meet and recruit people with developmental disabilities and community members. You’ll identify people’s interests, and coach them to share those interests in one-hour, in-person exchanges. It’s a volunteer experience we want to be unlike any other. You’ll help to transform volunteering into an easy, on-demand, passion-led pursuit. To keep host energy and momentum up, you’ll have superb follow through and a hefty dose of creativity. You’ll join our team of other creative souls whose only limits are what we can imagine and make happen.

The nuts and bolts

This position is a full time, term position hosted by Kinsight. Kinsight works alongside families of children, youth and adults with developmental delays and disabilities to set and achieve goals that will increase opportunities for growth, development and greater independence. Their mission is to promote options and opportunities for people to have meaningful relationships and fulfilling lives.

More about you

  • You’re driven by big ideas. Mission matters to you. And you really see community inclusion and connectedness as a mission worth signing-up to. The status quo pisses you off, and you see putting in the hard work required for social transformation as worth it.
  • You’re a reflexive learner. You are energized by what you don’t know, as much as what you do know. You seek out novelty in your own life, and courageously pursue things even when you’re not good at them.  You wholeheartedly believe in a growth mindset: that everyone – no matter their background of circumstances – can develop over time. It’s never too late to stretch yourself.
  • You’re curious and open-minded. A curator is a bit of an anthropologist, looking for culture in their community and tapping into it. You’re a natural at authentically getting to know people and figuring out what makes them tick. You see the best in people: helping them discover new things about themselves, articulating their passions, and inspiring them to share with others.
  • You’re a charming communicator. You delightfully compose words and imagery  – and can write & speak copy that people want to engage with. Pitches just roll off your tongue. You see yourself as a bit of a social media wizard – able to capture more in 140 characters than most can in 1000. You enjoy creating novel content, and splicing together quotes, photos, and video in ways that convey the Kudoz spirit and prompt people to act. Technology is your friend.
  • You’re opportunistic and strategic. You’re all about going to people where they are at and developing different value propositions to see what sticks. You love variety in your day and are jazzed by just hitting the ground and making surprising things happen. But, your approach is more than trial and error. You base what you do on grounded hunches, gathered intelligence, and of course, data. Far from overwhelming you, numbers inject you with energy and ideas for action. You are not afraid to fail and iterate.
  • You cross boundaries. You don’t live your life in boxes or compartments. You’re not shy at drawing on your personal networks and will make whatever phone calls and send whatever emails are necessary to make good things happen, quickly.
  • You’re all about details and follow through. You subscribe to the belief that the devil is in the details. It’s so important to you to create interactions and materials that are well thought through and well executed. You get that a good idea is not enough and gain satisfaction from implementation, documentation, and follow-up.
  • You work well under pressure. Logistically, you know how to work to a deadline, be on time, and consistently deliver. Variability is not your thing. The pursuit of excellence is a core value – so you take the time to put in place robust work processes.
  • You’re looking for purpose, not a job. This isn’t a 9-to-5 job, which is handy, because you don’t want one of those. You’re at a point in your life where you are able to invest your time and connections in something meaningful. You’re ready to make big stuff happen and can flex your time as needed.
  • You’re a collaborator and team player. You derive energy from working closely with others, and totally think the sum is more than its parts. You step in where needed, take initiative, explicitly communicate your needs, and nurture close working relationships. You welcome regular and honest feedback. Your project positivity.
  • You’re resilient in the face of rejection. Meeting with people, lots of people can be tiring. Your cheeks may  get sore from smiling, your throat dry from talking, and your hands chapped from all the hand shaking. That’s ok – you’ve got some good self-care techniques. And rather than feel turned off by rejection, you see it as gist for the mill. It makes you smarter – and sharpens your strategy.

freelance Front-end Developer

Who we are.
We’re a social impact startup running a platform (app.kudoz.ca) that connects local volunteers with adults living with a developmental disability, based on similar passions and interests. Anything, from Animation to Zumba.

Kudoz is seeking.
We’re looking for a front-end developer with an expertise in React/Redux and CSS  to join our small, but mighty freelance team. You’ll work alongside our UX designer and back-end developer to improve the platform, addressing bugs and user issues and launching new features.

What’s in it for you?
You’ll have the opportunity to watch users interact with your work, help create the product roadmap, and see the direct impact of your work! We’re a small and agile team that likes to get their hands dirty! You’ll also get into the design side and try your hand at python and the back-end development side of work.

Do these sound like you?

  • 💌Looking for work that has impact and has a social purpose
  • 💵Interested in working freelance on an ongoing basis
  • ⛰ Available to meet weekly  in Vancouver (could be remote most of the time)
  • ⏳Comfortable working independently, creating estimates and managing your time
  • 🖥Experienced with the React JS library, Redux Framework and CSS, HTML, etc
  • 🧠 Strong critical thinking skills, to contribute to design and planning discussions
  • 🏌 You’re comfortable deploying your code and familiar with server side services (we’re on AWS)
  • 💡Bonus #1: Experienced/Interested in analytics, metrics, data and evaluation
  • 📱Bonus #2: Experienced/Interested in mobile app development, Swift/Java and/or cross-platform frameworks like Ionic/React Native

How to apply?
Please drop me an email at lisajoy@inwithforward.com. Let us know why this role interests you, and what relevant experience you have along with links to your work (github ID, portfolio, platforms/apps you’ve created.)

 

A bit more about us…
Kudoz is held up as an example of a new kind of social service with the promise to change existing systems. We’ve even won a few awards! Best UX and UX for Good at the Vancouver User Experience awards in November of 2017 and are preparing to grow to new locations – provincially and globally in 2018. 🎉

Design Fellow: Tech Coach

#Fellowship #uxdesign #user research #engagement #techie #datascience #accessiblity #UI #designprocess #attitudinal #behavioral #qualitative #quantitative
part-time (3 days a week, 3 months)

We’re cooking up a new residency for 2018. It’s a unique opportunity for a tech savvy student or recent grad wanting experience with a social services startup.

We’re asking for a 3 month commitment. This will be an awesome resume building opportunity.

As our Tech Coach, you will primarily support adults with a disability to use apps to respond quickly, stay organized and collect media to reflect later. You will run coaching sessions, host tech focused experiences in the catalogue, and do first hand user research, reporting trends in user behaviour and considering new features.

You will also gain experience working on our internal tech stack (Python/React) as well as other UX, engagement and analytics tools like Invision, Sketch, Mixpanel & Twillio.

What we offer
Experience working with an international team at the forefront of social design. We’re an international team of designers, doers and social scientists, working with developers, researchers and filmmakers. We operate from our studio in Mt. Pleasent, Vancouver.

Exposure our work features in design journals and at conferences, and so will yours. This is the year Kudoz is getting traction. We’ve were shortlisted for an international Service Design Award (SDN) and won Vancouver’s Best of Show + UX for Good Awards. We’re recognized as a case study of a new kind of social service, with the promise to change the existing system. 

Impact you’ll be able to see your work and it’s impact in the real world. A big part of our work is testing directly with ‘real’ users — people with disabilities, their families, staff, and volunteers. We’ve been live prototyping for two years with about 200 users. Over that period we’ve designed several versions of a website, a mobile app and lots of printed materials. You would help us to test our  system to find gaps and opportunities for improvement.