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Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator Position!

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-funded, volunteer driven, non-profit that advocates for equity, access, and the rights of graduate and undergraduate disabled students. SBA operates a drop-in centre with bookable study rooms, a computer lab with accessible software (Dragon, Kurzweil, Jaws, ect.), and a social space for students and community members. Through our programming, workshops, and events we challenge everyday ableism and systemically work towards eliminating physical, informational, and attitudinal barriers on campus as well as in the 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 SBA members through peer support, workshops, and training as well as assisting with their activism and networking.

This is a full-time position and is pending unionization.

Application Deadline: July 17th, 2015

Position Status: 35 Hours Per Week, occasional evenings and weekends. 12 month contract, with a 3 month probation period.

Starting Salary: $20/hr, plus benefits and vacation.

Start Date: August 12th, 2015

How to Apply

SBA practices equity hiring. We welcome the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-orientated people, transgendered people, transsexual people, intersexed people, working class people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and disabled people to apply. We strongly encourage people who are surviving ableism, racism, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, and sexism to send in their resume/CV, cover letter, and a single-spaced, one page statement by July 17th, 2015. The one page statement is based on the following question:

“How would you ensure that both the SBA Centre and SBA events provide an accessible space for everybody? Our members and allies include disabled students, students with various psychiatric differences or chronic illnesses, people who may be in the process of receiving a Learning Disability diagnosis, or people who do not necessarily identify with a disability but would like to learn more by engaging meaningfully with SBA.”

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

Students for Barrier-free Access:
c/o of the Hiring Committee
215 Huron St. Suite 924
Toronto, ON M5S 1A
E-Mail: sba@utoronto.ca

Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the SBA Centre or programs, visit www.uoftsba.com

Qualifications

  • Life and/or work experience or equivalent post-secondary degree in Social Services, Disability Studies or related field;
  • Experience in events and campaign coordination;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands;
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience in developing workshops, events and training;
  • Experience working with varied communities;
  • Experience training and supervising volunteers;
  • Knowledge and understanding of anti-oppression or the political dimension of disability framework /issues;
  • Knowledge of community/campus issues an asset;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and;
    Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Responsibilities

Advocacy Campaigns and Programming

  • Coordinate advocacy campaigns as determined by the board of directors, such as BSWD, TATP
  • Liaise with campus groups for planning joint activities and coalition building for campaigns
  • Coordinate annual events such as the Great Barrier Hunt, Reclaiming Our Minds and Bodies and Challenging Ableism

Outreach

  • Act as a liaison between neighbouring Access Centres , campus and community groups, U of T Administration and Student
  • Governments, and allied organizations
  • Maintain and facilitate communication with other groups on campus and in the community
  • Represent SBA at various meetings and coalitions
  • Conduct general outreach for SBA
  • Maintain website, bulletin boards, displays and tables

Volunteer Management

  • Organizing new members orientation meeting and SBA Open House
  • Maintain SBA Co-Curricular Record volunteer program
  • Meet and interview new volunteers
  • Provide reference letters for volunteers as needed
  • Facilitate/coordinate training for volunteers, including anti-oppression
  • Identify training needs and opportunities for volunteers
  • Provide ongoing support for board and volunteer skill development
  • Maintain and update training and volunteer manuals and other text-based training resources
  • Ensure that volunteers maintain the integrity of the organization, understand and adhere to SBAs policies and procedures
  • Encourage volunteers to provide ongoing feedback about the organization

Board support

  • Coordinate anti-oppression training
  • Attend board meetings
  • Assist board and committee initiatives
  • Follow up on decision in meetings
  • Identify training needs and opportunities for new board members

General duties

  • Maintain office hours
  • Participate in training initiatives that are relevant to your duties at the Access Centre
  • Ensure the general upkeep and cleanliness of the Access Centre
  • Assist Finance, Administration Coordinator