Work-Study Job: Peer Support Program Facilitator


Job Opportunity at The Centre for Women and Trans People

Work Study Position: Peer Support Program Facilitator

Number of Vacancies: 1

Application Deadline: Apply ASAP. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Positions are being filled on a rolling basis.

Start date: September 29, 2011 (and must be available for training on Saturday October 1st, 10am – 6pm)

Position Description:

This position will allow a well-organized student with an interest in community care, mutual support, counseling and/or social work the opportunity to facilitate Peer Support Programming at the Centre for Women and Trans People (St. George campus). The Peer Support Programme at the Centre for Women and Trans People is designed to provide women and trans students with support, advocacy and referrals from their peers on campus and in the community within a group meeting format on such issues as: violence and abuse, relationships, sexual health and sexuality, alcoholism and substance abuse, immigration, colonization, depression and suicide, poverty, single parenthood, ableism and disabilities, adjustments to student life, and concerns of mature students. The role of the Peer Support Programming Facilitator will be to coordinate and promote fall/winter Peer Support Programming at the Centre. The tasks of the Peer Support Facilitator include:

-Coordinate training for peer support volunteers within an anti-oppression framework.
-Work closely with trained peer support volunteers to implement and promote the peer
support groups at the Centre.
-Assist trained peer support volunteers with group process(es) and familiarity of resources around the specific group topics.
-Liaise with other groups on campus and in the community who offer services used in the Centre’s referrals.
-Promote the Centre’s Peer Support Programme to the University of Toronto and the wider community by using alternative media and social media, designing and distributing flyers and posters.

The individual will have the opportunity to work independently in a collective environment with the support and supervision of staff and Collective members. They will gain experience in programme coordination, including building organizational, networking, communication and community development skills. They will also acquire a deeper understanding of issues surrounding peer support, referrals and counseling.



Program of Study:



Management & Leadership

How many hours of work are available:


Specify any special features about the hours of work:

– Must be available for training on Saturday October 1, 2011 from 10am-6pm
– The Centre for Women and Trans People is open Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm
– Occasional evenings may be required

How To Apply:

Please mail, e-mail, fax or drop off your resume, cover letter and one-page personal statement (details below) directly to The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T c/o Hiring Committee. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your application.

All applications must be accompanied by a one-page personal statement on “Community organizing and working through oppression and privilege.” This statement is intended to give the Hiring Committee a bit of an idea of your understanding of community organizing, the work you’ve done and how you understand yourself in that work.

· Mail
The Centre for Women & Trans People at U of T
c/o Hiring Committee
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100
North Borden Building
Toronto ON M5S 2J7
· Fax: (416) 978-1078
· Email: thecentre.hiring AT gmail DOT com
· In person


The Centre believes that those who are on the margins are often in better positions to understand how systems of oppression, power and privilege work and are maintained. We especially encourage people who are surviving racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply for paid positions, as well as to volunteer in action groups and to join The Centre’s Collective.