Position Title: Programming Coordinator
Position Type: Part-time contract.
Hourly Wage: $22.50/hour
Number of Hours: 20 hours per week
Workplace Environment: Working with a unionized Staff Member as well as a volunteer Board of Directors. Note: This position will begin remotely, and may transition to in-office, depending on Public Health guidelines. While we are able to make accommodations, the Programming Coordinator should have access to a computer or tablet, and have an internet connection.
Application Deadline: September 9th, 2022
Interview Dates: Sep. 12th – Sep. 16, 2022
Starting Date: Sep. 26th, 2022
End date: April 2022
About Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)
Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto is a student-led, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization which advocates for intersectional access, equity and inclusion. We advocate for disability justice and all of our programming and advocacy is shaped through this framework.
SBA holds free, skill-building workshops for members that build our community’s expertise, while also giving members the ability to learn skills transferable to many workplace settings. At this time, SBA is working to support members virtually, with movie nights, workshops, and a food-sharing program. On campus, we run a community drop-in center where members can enjoy a respectful, social, political and creative space.
About the Position
The Programming Coordinator will work with the Board and SBA Staff to create and facilitate community-based events which further SBA’s mandate. They will be coordinating ASL events that SBA offers, including organizing and facilitating the ASL club. The ASL club is intended for those who have learned beginner ASL from instructor Tamyka Bullen and want to continue practicing their ASL skills. The purpose of the ASL club is to allow people with basic ASL skills to continue building on and practicing skills they have already learned. This club also offers a space for those who communicate or wish to communicate through ASL to build a community with one another. This community can allow for people to have conversations around disabilities.
Lead responsibilities will include involve registering new members, sending reminders to the participants, and corresponding with participants and facilitator Tamyka Bllen. The Events Coordinator will attend the sessions every week. The number of participants will range between 5-10. The Programming Coordinator will also create surveys for participants of the ASL club and generate a report measuring the success of our ASL club sessions.
In addition to the above, the Programming Coordinator will be expected to coordinate or facilitate other forms of SBA programming as appropriate, including moderating virtual social events and workshops.
Alongside other SBA staff members and the Board, the Programming Coordinator will also be expected to oversee and provide services within the SBA drop-in centre when the centre re-opens. This includes maintaining the drop-in centre as an accessible and inclusive space for members, answering questions, offering referrals as needed, etc. The duties of overseeing the centre will adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Programming Coordinator will be required to participate in Disability Justice training which will be provided by the organization.
The successful candidate will be required to work 20 hours per week. This position is unionized with the Workers United Canada Council.
Please note that volunteer experience will be considered as equally as paid work.
● Demonstrated expertise and commitment in working from a disability
justice, trans-positive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework
● Understanding, through either academic study or lived experience, of systemic, historical, and everyday barriers that operate within academia and society at-large
● Passion for advocacy around issues that affect students with disabilities
- Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups/communities is an asset
- Previous experience reading and analyzing reports within an anti-oppressive framework
● Strong communication skills – Active Listening, Crisis Intervention or Peer Support training is an asset but is not required
Specific job tasks include (training will be provided):
- Community outreach to members, students on campus, student unions, student groups, and groups that serve people with disabilities to promote and discuss events, including ASL events
- Meeting with board members and staff to plan the scope and format of events, as well as evaluating programs
- Establishing and monitoring budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events
- Working with the Administrative Coordinator to organize for accessibility and logistics at events.
- Organizing registration of participants, prepare programs and promotional material, and publicize events
- Attending ASL sessions every week
- Working with the Campaigns Coordinator to create surveys for participants of the ASL club and generate a report measuring the success of our ASL club sessions
- Participating in mandatory trainings provided by the organization including Disability Justice training
- Providing and maintaining a welcoming space at the SBA centre for members
- Providing students and members with support including resources, answering questions, and making referrals as needed
- Familiarizing and assisting students with accessible technology at the centre
- Maintaining supplies and other materials at the centre such as snacks, arts and crafts, safer sex supplies, etc.
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.
To apply, send the following information by September 9th, 2022
1) A one-page cover letter which answers the following question: What brings you to disability justice and community organizing?
Please submit this information to email@example.com.
SBA welcomes inquiries about the application process by email only, until September 9th, 2022. Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only successful applicants will be contacted. For more information about SBA and/or our programs, please visit www.uoftsba.com.