Full-Time Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Financial Administration and Communications

Job Opportunity at The Centre for Women & Trans People at U of T:

Coordinator, Financial Administration and Communications

The Centre for Women & Trans People at the University of Toronto is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free, drop-in space for all women and trans people on campus as well as in the community. The Centre is a student-funded, volunteer driven, non-profit campus and community organization governed by our Collective. The Centre provides support, referrals, resources and advocacy on issues of poverty, food security, health, violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism, ableism and ageism, through our programs, events and workshops. The Centre is dedicated to creating an anti-oppressive environment, and promoting space for community organizing and the sharing of life experiences. The Centre’s programming is designed based on the needs and interests of the people we serve. The Centre welcomes ideas for building solidarity and a strong sense of community both on campus and in the wider community.

The role of the Coordinators is to provide continuity and stability within a continually changing environment. The Coordinators carry out responsibilities that maintain the integrity of the organization, support students and clients through peer support, workshops and training as well as referrals, assist with volunteer development and provide connections to the community.

This is a unionized position with CUPE, Local 1281.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2011 by 6:00 PM

Position Status: Full-Time Permanent, 30 Hours per week, occasional evenings and weekends

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 6pm

Starting Salary: $20.00 per hour + benefits

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T practices equity hiring and believes that those on the margins are often in better positions to understand how systems of oppression, power and privilege work and are maintained. We strongly encourage people who are surviving racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply for paid positions, to be a member of the Collective or to volunteer at The Centre.

Qualifications and Essential Skills:

-Life and work experience or equivalent post-secondary degree social sciences, social work or a related field
-Strong interpersonal & oral communication skills, writing, analytical and organizational skills
-Ability to be self-directed, and work well both independently and in groups a must; experience working in a collective setting an asset
-Ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands
-Experience working with varied communities
-Knowledge of women, trans and gender issues
-Understanding of and experience working within an anti-oppression framework
-Excellent group facilitation, supervisory and staff management skills
-Experience writing grant applications and proposals
-Experience and knowledge in financial management and accounting; experience with QuickBooks an asset
-Outreach, coalition building, media and communications experience
-Excellent computer skills; computer networking skills an asset
-Experience in website maintenance and development
-Experience in graphic design an asset
-Knowledge of food security issues; an interest in food preparation is an asset
-Knowledge of community/campus issues an asset
-Knowledge of sexual health issues an asset
-Experience with policy and policy development an asset


Financial Management and Fundraising
Manage all financial aspects of The Centre including:
-Design and update budget to present to Collective and funders
-Bookkeeping, Banking, preparing for the audit for The Centre
-Payroll and Purchasing for The Centre
-Write all grant applications, including Work-Study, special projects, and summer career placement grants
-Coordinate other fundraising initiatives

Outreach and Communications
-Act as a liaison between neighbouring gender equity/women’s centres, campus and community groups, U of T Administration and Student Governments, and allied organizations
-Represent The Centre at various meetings and coalitions; respond to media inquiries
-Maintain website, bulletin boards, displays and tables
-Compile and send out e-Newsletter
-Correspondence (email and phone)
-Design promotional material, annual report, press releases and other printed material
-Conduct general outreach for The Centre

Food Security Program
Responsible for the overall operations of this program including:
-Coordinate the Community Cupboard and the Good Food Box
-Coordinate “The Spice” (a community cooking program)

Collective Support
-Work with The Collective to ensure Collective meetings engage in consensus decision-making and effective, collective-style meeting facilitation
-Assist The Collective in scheduling and preparing for Collective meetings
-Follow-up on decisions made in Collective meetings
-Co-organize orientations of new Collective members
-Administration support to The Collective

General Duties
-Maintain office hours and attend Collective meetings
-Maintain room bookings and act as a liaison with outside groups who use the space
-Liaise with campus, community groups, U of T Administration and Student Governments
-Hire and supervise part-time positions including Work-Study and HRSDC students
-Participate in training initiatives that are relevant to your duties at The Centre
-Ensure the general upkeep and cleanliness of The Centre

How to apply:
Applicants must provide a résumé, cover letter, and single spaced, one page statement. If writing a statement poses an obstacle due to a disability or issues around language, please advise The Centre prior to the deadline and we will develop an alternative. The one page statement is based on the following question:

You have been given a large grant to start up a university-based centre for women and trans people. What essential elements (programming, space usage, policies, etc.) do you think are necessary to include in your Centre?

Complete applications can be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped off at The Centre:

The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T
c/o of the Hiring Committee
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100
Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
Email: thecentre.hiring AT gmail DOT com
Fax: 416-978-1078

Interviews will be held during the last week of October, 2011.
No phone calls please. Only successful candidates will be contacted.