Position Title: Campaigns & Research Assistant
Position Type: Full-time, 30hrs/week, 9-week contract
Hourly Wage: $15.00/hour, occasional evenings and weekends
Workplace Environment:Working with a unionized staff and volunteer Board of Directors
Application Deadline: June 2nd, 2019 11:59 P.M.
Interview Dates: June 10, 11, & 12, 2019
Starting Date: June 24, 2019
This is a Canada Summer Jobs Funded Position
About Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)
Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto is a student-funded, volunteer-driven, non-profit that challenges ableism and sanism, and advocates for equity, access, and inclusion. SBA recognizes disability as intersecting with other identities and experiences and ensures that all programming and advocacy is shaped through a disability justice framework.
SBA runs a community-based drop-in centre where people can use accessible technology, share food, connect with others, and enjoy a respectful, social, political and creative space. The organization holds free skill-building workshops for our members, with the view of not only building community capacity, but also providing our members with the opportunity to gain skills that are transferable to various workplace settings.
About the Position
We are looking to hire a Campaigns and Research Assistant. The role of the Assistant is to research and assist in developing two campaigns. The Assistant will work closely with the Advocacy and Finance Coordinator in carrying out these responsibilities while maintaining the integrity of the organization, supporting SBA members, and ensuring that we challenge ableism.
Qualifications (relevant volunteer experience will be given the same priority as paid work):
- Demonstrated experience and commitment in working from a disability justice trans-positive, anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework
- Understanding of systemic, historical and everyday barriers and oppressions that play out in academia and in the community-at-large
- Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups/communities is an asset
- Experience with program and event outreach
- Some experience with MailChimp, WordPress, email and other social media
- Previous experience conducting research and writing essays, papers or short reflection pieces is an asset
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Campaigns and Research Assistant will work closely with SBA’s Advocacy & Finance Coordinator on two campaigns; the Communities of Care Campaign and the Student Mental Health Campaign. The Communities of Care Campaign seeks to build a culture of care and support within our community and to provide a thriving peer support program for SBA members. The Student Mental Health Campaign seeks to understand the needs of students with disabilities and the barriers to accessing supports and services they experience, with the goal of informing SBA on how to better advocate for the removal of these barriers to access.
Specific job tasks will include:
- researching mental health supports and best practices in post-secondary institutions and community settings,
- conducting a literature review,
- creating a list of references,
- drafting a brief report of the research findings,
- liaise with community partners and attend events organized by community partners
- tabling at community fairs
- aiding in disseminating information about SBA Campaigns
How to Apply
SBA prioritizes applications from people who identify as part of the disabled/mad community. We welcome and encourage applications from disabled/mad identified folks from marginalized communities and invite indigenous people, black people, people of colour, LGBTQ2SIA identified folks, working class people, and single parents to apply for this position. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letters, which will be kept confidential and shared among members of the hiring committee for hiring purposes only.
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
To apply, send the following info by June 2nd, 2019 11:59 P.M.
- Cover letter which specifically answers the following question: What is your experience with disability justice and community organizing?
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: interviews will be held on June 10 & 11 & 12
SBA welcomes inquiries about the application process by email only until May 23, 2019.
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