Hiring for the Volunteer and Programming Coordinator

OPIRG York, the Ontario Public Interest Group at York University, a student based social justice, environmental education and action organization is seeking a full time, permanent Volunteer and Programming

Start Date: As soon as possible, no later than September 28, 2015

Deadline for Applications: Monday August 31, 2015 by 5:00pm

Salary: $21.76 / hour (+ cost of living adjustments),30 hours / week & comprehensive healthcare plan

Hours of work: 30 hours / week, office hours 4 days a week, plus occasional evening & weekend work.

Terms of employment: Staff are employed by a volunteer Board of Directors and unionized under CUPE Local 1281, with a 6 month probationary period.

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, poor and working class people and those on social assistance, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people; transgender, transsexual, intersex and two-spirit people; single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people from non-academic backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter. All applicants are asked for a brief statement on their views of power and oppression.

We regret that the OPIRG office is not currently wheelchair accessible.


With the support of the Board of Directors and other staff, the Volunteer and Programming Coordinator is responsible for:

-   Networking with community / campus groups, maintaining email list-serves and managing OPIRG Yorks social media

-   Recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers and coordinate volunteer orientations & relevant trainings

-   Provide ongoing assistance to volunteers and OPIRG working groups and assist in the production of outreach materials.

-   Develop OPIRG programming and coordinate events, including Dis-Orientation Week, OPIRGs annual alternative orientation week.

-   Attend weekly Board and staff meetings, provide monthly staff reports to the Board of Directors and assist in policy development, policy implementation and planning using consensus-based decision making

-   Assist the F/T Administration and Information Coordinator with correspondence, office organization, grant proposals; maintenance and development of Resource Centre.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

-   Strong organizational and time management skills with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands

-   Ability to be self-directed and work well independently and with initiative in a loosely structured and dynamic work environment with minimal supervision. Experience with consensus decision making a benefit

-   Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

-   Experience in volunteer coordination, project and event planning with ability to coordinate both short and long-term projects. Experience related to anti-racist, social and environmental justice and political action a plus.

-   Familiarity working (paid or unpaid) within an anti-oppressive framework using consensus decision making. Experience with meeting facilitation and strategic planning a benefit

-   Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups / communities

-   Awareness of activism and anti-oppressive politics surrounding a broad range of issues, including (but not limited to): anti-racism, Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, sexism, environmental justice, student and workersrights, opposing corporate rule/government cutbacks, ableism, migrant justice, globalization, classism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression and discrimination

-   Experience creating promotional and public education materials

-   Experience in networking and community development with a diversity of groups, familiarity with local community centres, activist organizations and resources, especially with an anti-racist framework


The following qualifications are beneficial, however not necessary:

   Experience with Ontario Public Interest Research Groups

   Ability to research, design, and execute workshops for the purposes of popular education & information sharing

   Experience with website development and graphic design skills

   Experience with social media


Please send your resume, cover letter, three references, and a one page statement explaining your experience with community organizing, including your views on power and oppression byMonday August 31, 2015 at 5 pm to: opirgyorkhire@gmail.com. or by mail to:

ATTN: Hiring Committee
OPIRG - York
C449 Student Centre York University
4700 Keele Street
North York, ON M3J 1P3


Please no phone calls or faxes.

We thank all interested applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that all interviews will be held between September 8th and 11th.


Event Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 10:00am to Monday, August 31, 2015 - 5:00pm