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Position: Programming and Volunteer Coordinator
Organization: OPIRG York
Location: York University, Toronto, Ontario

OPIRG York, the Ontario Public Interest Group at York University, a student based social justice, environmental education and action organization is seeking a full-time, permanent Programming and Volunteer Coordinator.

Posting Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Position Start Date: November 2021
Wage: $24.64/hour (with annual cost of living adjustments and scheduled salary increases), plus health benefits

Position: This is a full-time permanent position, reporting to the Board of Directors at OPIRG York, with an initial 6-month probationary period. Staff at OPIRG York are union members of CUPE Local 1281 and work within terms outlined by a Collective Agreement.

Hours of work: 30 hours / week, office hours 4 days a week, plus occasional evening & weekend work.

Office Accessibility: The office is wheelchair accessible. The door is not automatized. We intend to do an accessibility audit to ensure the space is accessible for staff and volunteers.

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, poor and working class people and those on social assistance, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people; transgender, transsexual, intersex and two-spirit people; single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people from non-academic backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter. All applicants are asked for a brief statement on their views of power and oppression.

Job Description:

The Programming and Volunteer Coordinator reports to OPIRG York’s Board of Directors.

Core responsibilities include but are not strictly limited to:

  • Recruitment, orientation, and training, and ongoing mentorship of student activists and volunteers
  • Creation and coordination of outreach and communication strategies and materials, digital and otherwise (e.g. posters, ads, e-newsletters, social media)
  • Provide guidance, support, and/or leadership as needed for working groups, projects, and campaigns operating under OPIRG York’s umbrella
  • Plan and coordinate relevant events and programming, such as DisOrientation Week, guest speakers, workshops, networking events, conferences, or other programming relevant to OPIRG’s mandate and strategic plan
  • Network and maintain relationships with relevant campus and community organizations on behalf of OPIRG York
  • Participate in strategic planning and organizational decision-making processes

Required qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing demands
  • Ability to be self-directed and work well independently and with initiative in a loosely structured and dynamic work environment with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a consensus-based environment and navigate non-hierarchical spaces
  • Ability to de-escalate, manage and work through disagreements and conflict in a way that centres equity and intersectionality
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in volunteer coordination, campaign and event planning with ability to coordinate both short and long-term projects.
  • Demonstrated experience related to anti-oppressive work, social movement organizing, and/or environmental justice activism, whether in paid or unpaid roles, is required.
  • Experience with popular education (workshop design and facilitation) and activist mentorship is a major asset
  • Ability to work with and/or create websites, social media, and promotional materials is an asset
  • Experience with consensus decision-making, meeting facilitation, and strategic planning an asset
  • Prior experience with OPIRGs is an asset
  • Knowledge and familiarity of the York University campus and surrounding community is an asset

Please send your resume, cover letter, three references, and a brief statement (approx. 250 words) on power and oppression by the application deadline of Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:59pm to the attention of the OPIRG York Hiring Committee at:

Please no phone calls.

We thank all interested applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that all interviews will be held between November 1 and November 12, 2021.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 7 2021    ID: 61550