Careers at Redeemer

Act Five Resident Leader

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Full-time  Open until Feb. 17, 2023 Starts: May 2023
The Resident Leader (RL) position works specifically with our 8-month gap year program, which is geared toward rooting young adults (17-20 year olds) in a Hamilton community home, while leading them into new places and new experiences that are facilitated to deepen their walk with Christ, grow their imagination for and practice of the Christian life, and grow in who they are.
The Resident Leader (RL) position works specifically with our 8-month gap year program, which is geared toward rooting young adults (17-20 year olds) in a Hamilton community home, while leading them into new places and new experiences that are facilitated to deepen their walk with Christ, grow their imagination for and practice of the Christian life, and grow in who they are.

Why Work at Redeemer?

For nearly 40 years Redeemer University has prepared the next generation of Christian leaders. Redeemer is committed to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person.

Rooted in a Reformed Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit into God’s story while it prepares students to engage in society’s biggest challenges. A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a vibrant community characterized by caring discipleship. The result is an enriching and transformational educational experience integrating faith, learning and service.

Redeemer offers 34 majors and streams that lead to either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The university expects to welcome about 1000 students in the fall, served by approximately 200 faculty and staff.

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Act Five Resident Leader
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Full-time  Open until Feb. 17, 2023 Starts: May 2023

The Position

Note: Act Five is preparing to launch as an independent organization as of May 2023. This role will be for the new organization, “Act Five Initiatives”. Through April 2023, Act Five is held and operated out of Redeemer University.

Act Five facilitates the Christian discipleship of young people toward living our days as rooted & engaged followers of Jesus. We are committed to the Christian formation that happens through intentional communities of learning & embodied practice, and we are excited by how young people have been shaped through this community over our first few years of operations.

Based out of Hamilton, ON, Act Five is moving toward its fifth program year and first as an independent charitable organization as of May 2023. Act Five’s primary operations are carried out of a large home in a lower Hamilton neighbourhood, and include both a gap year program and a residency program. For more information on Act Five’s mission, vision & goals, visit www.actfive.ca/about/mission.

The Resident Leader (RL) position works specifically with our 8-month gap year program, which is geared toward rooting young adults (17-20 year olds) in a Hamilton community home, while leading them into new places and new experiences that are facilitated to deepen their walk with Christ, grow their imagination for and practice of the Christian life, and grow in who they are and what their next steps might be. Students and resident leaders live together in a community home (alongside other young adult residents), while students work through courses, complete field placement hours, engage missionally in the city, go on several trips, and benefit from intentional mentorship and community.

The Act Five Resident Leader (RL) role is a unique live-in position for someone looking for an opportunity to disciple young adults aged 17-20 in a community living environment, to grow in leadership skills and ministry experience, and to gain experience in program leadership, pastoral care, and a wide range of other experiences. This role is carried out as part of Resident Leading Team consisting of 3-4 staff, and it begins as a “ministry of presence” in walking alongside Act Five students through the ordinary days of living in community and engaging in our neighbourhood, while also experiencing – and facilitating elements of – all that the Act Five program offers. Included in the RL experience is spiritual direction, formative learning opportunities and participation in the benefits and commitments of being part of the Act Five community.

When does this take place?

The Act Five resident leader role begins in the following ways:

  • A preferred (not required) move-in date for May 2023 so as to
    • (a) make 75 Blake St home,
    • (b) become slowly immersed in Act Five’s way of living and learning, and
    • (c) participate in the planning of the Act Five year.
  • A required participation in a staff orientation retreat from May 11-13, 2023 (Location TBD).
  • Required move-in date by the weekend of August 19, 2023 at the latest so as to begin two weeks of full-time staff training on August 21, 2023.
  • The minimum commitment for this position is from August 21, 2023 through to April 30, 2024. After the first term, RLs may be invited to consider staying in this role for a second program year. For RLs who stay beyond their first year, there are many personal and professional benefits.

Additionally, compensation benefits include:

  • Access to Health & Dental benefits
  • Free housing benefit during Act Five “offseason” from May through August, 2024.
  • Increased stipend for year two of program

Responsibilities

Beyond what a resident leader does, the resident leader role is about being a disciple of Jesus as a member of the Act Five community, coming alongside gap year students on their own walks with Jesus.

As a team, RLs assist in the implementation of the Act Five program through the following:

  • Living with the gap year students, building/modeling healthy relationships with students, attending to critical situations (with senior staff support), and facilitating/modeling rhythms of the Christian life in order to encourage spiritual formation, personal growth, discernment, and personal and community wellness.
  • Participating and leading elements of program: Eg. fun events, body care, worship & bible study nights, hospitality activities, family meal groups, groceries and chores, house meetings, creative projects in the home
  • Attending to critical situations, supporting student wellness and maintaining community expectations. In this, RLs encourage students’ personal, vocational, and spiritual growth.
  • Residence at the Act Five home is required for the position, as is shared overnight and (a few) weekend on-call responsibilities, and travel on various trips, including:
    • 2-week canoe trip in September with Coldwater Canada
    • Weeklong trip to Manitoulin Island in November.
    • 3-week service trip (likely in January) to a location TBD (2023 trips included south Texas and Central America).
    • 4-day winter camping trip with Coldwater Canada
    • Weekend trip in February to a US urban centre.
    • 5-6 day backpacking trip in April with Coldwater Canada (location TBD)
    • Other 2-3 day program trips and retreats. (Within the resident leading team, some trips (eg. Manitoulin, Weekend February Trip) are not required for participation by all resident leaders)
  • RLs should have a full Ontario G Licence and be comfortable driving rental vehicles with groups of students.

RLs work in coordination with the rest of the Act Five staff team and receive support in their role both from other resident leaders as well as Act Five leadership. The role is an essential part of who Act Five is and how we lead our gap year program, and it is filled with both unique challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

Finally, if RLs come with gifts and experience in one or more of the following administrative areas (though this is not required), some of the following responsibilities can be considered:

  • (1) communications; Responsibilities related to Act Five social media, photography/videography and the blog
  • (2) worship & the arts; Responsibilities related to facilitation of engagement in arts, worship and bible study.
  • (3) various program administrative tasks; Responsibilities related to reimbursement and expense tracking, calendar administration, file organization, tech support, booking rental vehicles, coordinating city events, and/or coordinating student placements

(When submitting an application, please make a special note as to whether you have interest/skills in one of the above areas.)

Brief Description of Formation Outcomes for Resident Leaders:

  • Opportunities range through commitments to a rhythm of life that involves prayer, scripture, community, solitude, church attendance, regular retreat, limitations on tech use and spiritual direction.
  • Participate as an active member of both the Act Five staff team and the Act Five Residency community.
  • Participate in opportunities for vocational discernment, staff retreats, and learning through Act Five’s model of discipleship.

Preferred Skills and Attributes

  • You are committed to your own walk with Jesus and have experience in facilitating the spiritual life of others.
  • You can demonstrate at least a basic understanding of the Act Five mission and vision and are committed to upholding these in your work.
  • You are open to living with ~12 students (17-20 year olds) and other young adults. You enjoy being around young adults, are gifted in developing rapport with young people, and are able to support rhythms of life ranging from - cooking and cleaning to times of worship and prayer.
  • You have strong communication skills, including being able to listen well.
  • Knowledge about what resources are available for young people who living in an intensive environment is an asset - resources for personal wellness, difficult questions, interpersonal conflict management, etc.
  • You are prepared to be on a regular rotation of being on call night or day throughout the program, with schedules often fluctuating due to trips.
  • You are excited to grow and learn through your immersion in the Act Five community as you care for the needs of the students.
  • You are able to drive rental vehicles with groups of students and do not have any restrictions on being able to travel internationally (including Covid-19 vaccinations if required by public health).

Education, Training & Certifications

  • You have relevant experiences: completion of Act Five as a student, camp ministry, residence life experiences, community living experiences, overseas travel experience, and/or involvement in various Hamilton ministries.
  • You might have experience working in crisis or conflict situations and are willing to learn emergency response protocols. You are willing to take any combination of CPR and First Aid Training, Mental Health First Aid, and/or SAFETalk training as is required

Other Requirements

Compensation Details

Considering the unique opportunity for a young leader to learn, grow, travel and participate along with students, your compensation package will consist of the following:

  • Free housing through the duration of the contract (this is a taxable benefit)

  • All program costs including food, travel expenses, some cell phone costs, and any program resources needed

  • Monthly spiritual direction, 2-4 personal retreats per year

  • Potential access to Act Five Health & Dental Benefits

  • Monthly stipend of $400 from August through April for the 1st year (and $800 for the 2nd year)

  • Preferred Effective Date: August 2023 – April 2024.

  • Proposed move-in Date May 2023. Act Five prefers when Resident Leaders work in this role for 2 years but does not require this commitment.

  • Position Needs: Seeking between 2-4 resident leaders for the 2023-2024 Program Year

The Application Process

Applicants are requested to email their application materials (cover letter, resume, contact info for two references) and include a statement that articulates their faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Act Five. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position reports to: Act Five Director

Submit applications to: jberends@actfive.ca (please quote position title in subject line)

Expiry date: Posted until Feb. 17, 2023 (applications will be reviewed upon submission, so please apply ASAP)

Anticipated start date: May 2023

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