Job Opportunity: Communications & Outreach Assistant

Position Title: Communications & Outreach 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 Communications and Outreach Assistant. The role of the Assistant is to research, develop and operationalize two campaigns. The Assistant will work closely with the Programming & Peer Support Coordinator in carry 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
  • Some experience with graphic design software such as Canva, GIMP

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Communications and Outreach Assistant will work closely with the Programming & Peer Support Coordinator to create outreach materials for upcoming events.

Specific job tasks will include:

  • working with the Peer Support & Programming Coordinator to develop a social media strategy for communicating about upcoming events, programs and peer support groups,
  • creating event posters using accessible graphic design principles (training will be provided)
  • liaising with community partners to promote SBA events
  • promoting SBA events, campaigns & programs at community events/tabling
  • updating the SBA website
  • archiving dated outreach materials                                                           


How to Apply

SBA prioritizes applications from people who identify as part of the disabled/mad community. We welcome and encourage applications form 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 only 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.

  1. Cover letter which specifically answers the following question: What is your experience with disability justice and community organizing?
  2. Resume

By email:

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

University of Toronto