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DEADLINE EXTENDED! OPIRG Toronto Is Hiring a Programming Coordinator!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! OPIRG Toronto Is Hiring a Programming Coordinator!

OPIRG Toronto is hiring a new Programming and Engagement Coordinator! The Programming and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for directing and coordinating our programming, events, and community engagement, activism, and education programs in a way that aligns with OPIRG Toronto’s mandate.

The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of intersectional anti-oppressive, anticolonial, and anti-capitalist/revolutionary politics. Individuals with grassroots and community movement organizing experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have an outgoing and approachable demeanor enabling them to connect with and motivate others who are both new and experienced at social and environmental justice work.

The selected candidate will need to address ongoing priorities and campaigns for the organization including, but not limited to, the continued development of Police/Prison Abolition Resources, mutual aid programming, furthering our support for Indigenous sovereignty movements, planning for a future relaunch of in-person programming, building and fostering connections between campus and broader Toronto communities, developing and nurturing relationships between grassroots social and environmental groups (both on and off campus) and OPIRG Toronto, and be able to carry out large scale effective campaigns.

All of our staff are responsible for actively engaging in the collective work of deepening our analysis of racial capitalism, settler colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, sexism, ageism, etc. from an anti-oppressive intersectional perspective. As a team, we will provide ongoing support for one another to continue to do better and show up in meaningful ways for the communities we are accountable to. 

OPIRG Toronto welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites Indigenous 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 one page statement on their views of power and oppression within community mobilization work and they’re role therein.

Interested applicants must submit their statement, CV and resume no later than 12:00pm March 14th to opirgtorontohire@gmail.com


This part-time position is a two-year term contract, at 25 hours a week with a starting wage of $24.64 an hour unionized with CUPE 1281. As such the successful applicant will receive a full health and benefits package for the duration of the position as entitled under the Collective Agreement with 1281, with the exception that they cannot grieve the end of the contract.

COVID SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONS: Please note that all staff, Board members and volunteers are and will continue to work remotely until COVID infection numbers drop well below current (February 28th) levels. All staff, Board members and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated (with the only exception being those who are medically unable to be so) and abide by the organizations COVID safety protocols.


JOB DESCRIPTION – PROGRAMMING AND ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Programming

  • Create an annual programming strategic plan in collaboration with Board and other staff
  • Search out and foster new programming initiatives and community partnerships 
  • Coordinate DisOrientation Week or some other form of welcome week programming series
  • Coordinate and support ongoing community and mutual aid programming
  • Assist in connecting volunteers to current programming opportunities, action groups, or programming committees
  • Orient interested volunteers to programming and collectives meetings, office and resource library orientations
  • Work to foster community between OPIRG-Toronto volunteers, volunteers at other PIRGs, allied groups, and city and campus-based coalitions and campaigns
  • Provide ongoing support for volunteer skill development within collectives and projects
  • Support the Organizational and Comms Coordinator coordinating intra-PIRG/OPIRG Provincial collaborative programming initiatives 
  • Sit on Tools for Change coordinating committee and assist in coordinating relevant workshop series

Resource Library

  • Participate in joint committee with the Centre for Women and Trans People for promotion and resource purchasing for the library
  • Assist in managing the Dr. Chun Resource Library and supervising it’s volunteers in conjunction with the coordinating committee and Library Coordinator

Action Groups

  • Work with Action Groups to develop new programming and provide support
  • Connect interested volunteers with Action Groups
  • Orient new Action Groups to OPIRG Toronto, our policies, resources, general operations and provide access/connect them with the office and resource library
  • Provide guidance to Action Groups in accordance with OPIRG structure, policies, procedures, etc.
  • Provide ongoing support via promotions, advertising and networking opportunities for Action Groups
  • Encourage Action Groups to maintain the integrity of the organization, understand and adhere to OPIRG’s policies and procedures
  • Provide ongoing assistance in booking rooms, processing invoices and receipts and other operational matters between OPIRG and its Action Groups
  • Assist Action Groups in the production of posters, pamphlets and outreach materials

Free Store 

  • Maintain free store alongside board, volunteers, and placement students and audit bimonthly to ensure goods are appropriate and fit for use
  • Coordinate dropoffs for free store supplies

Internal administration 

  • Attend Board meetings and committee meetings 
  • Provide brief report on staff activities at Board meetings
  • Sit on committees and relevant working groups as needed 

Placement Supervision

  • Direct and orient placement students and other temporary/placement staff in programming related or specific roles (ie: Library Coordinator or Free Store Coordinator placements)
  • Supervise CSJ student placements in collaboration and with support from other staff

Shared Responsibilities

It is understood that occasionally other staff may need assistance and support with their duties. As such the Organizational and Comms Coordinator will;

  • Support Organizational and Programming Coordinators in representing OPIRG-Toronto to University Administrative bodies and committees
  • Answer/respond to email and phone inquiries, forward inquiries responsibly
  • Respond to media inquiries
  • Participate with other staff and volunteers in the maintenance of regular office hours, cleaning, maintenance, and improvements

Workflow and load

It is understood that OPIRG Toronto’s programming calendar fluctuates based on peaks and lows within the year. The duties and workload of the position therefore fluctuate in relation to the various priorities and demands of the organization throughout the year. Duties listed within this description as such will fluctuate in priority and consistency, and occasional overtime may be required.