Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change Project Coordinator: Breaking Down Barriers by Racialized Communities

Contract: 14 month Full-time position from February 2022 – March 31, 2023 (based on 35 hours a week, flexible weekly hours, including some weeknights and weekends)

Pay Rate: $50,000 per annum

Start date: February, 2022

Project Description

The Project is “Breaking Down Barriers by Racialized Communities Through Building Community Research and Knowledge Capacity”, and is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Develop and deliver a project to:

a. Collect evidence and data for change– Work with Community Organizers and Researchers in Toronto, Durham Region, Peel Region, York Region, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor and Thunder Bay to conduct community based research looking at barriers to employment and social participation by racialized communities.

b. Build community capacity– Work with Community Organizations to increase their capacity to tackle systemic barriers to employment and social participation.

c. Organize a knowledge sharing conference to look beyond problems and identify solutions to break down barriers through collaboration across communities as well as with the public and private sectors.

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) is a network of 14 organizations and individuals across Ontario working to build concrete strategies, tools, initiatives and community-based capacity. Through this approach, individuals, groups, and organizations (especially those reflective of the affected racialized communities – both Indigenous Peoples and peoples of colour) can begin to develop coherent shared action plans and effective coordinated strategies for collaborating with mainstream policy analysts and institutions, anti-poverty and social justice advocacy groups, governments, funders, and the media. Through this collaborative, we work together to address and redress the disturbing and growing structural and systemic ethno-racial inequities.

Job Requirements
  • Using an equitable anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive framework, work with the Project Advisory to deliver all project activities and tasks to completion on time.
  • Work with approved budgets and provide financial accounts on a regular basis.
  • In coordination with the Project Advisory conduct all research, communication, promotion, reporting and logistics for the project.
  • Engage with community organizations and community members to build and maintain partnerships and positive working relationships for the project, and with subject matter experts relevant to the project.
  • In coordination with the Project Advisory outreach and recruit participants and volunteers for various aspects of the project.
Key Qualifications
  • Experience working with community members and community organizations and groups to address issues faced by racialized communities.
  • Sound understanding and experience working within an equitable anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive framework.
  • Demonstrated project management and implementation skills, including planning, logistics, narrative and financial reporting, communication, recruiting and working with partners, and meeting project deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience in community-based or community-centered, participatory action social sciences research is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience with developing web based and social media content, and social media promotion across various platforms is an asset.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the Truth & Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action, the 231 Calls for Justice of the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – as well as other racial justice relevant international and domestic human rights instruments and mechanisms.

Remote work is possible while COVID-19 related public health advisories are in place. The successful candidate must be willing to travel – on occasion and if necessary, and subject to health advisories – to the Ontario communities named in the project description above. Please note that the COP-COC office has a mandatory vaccination policy.

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change is committed to employment equity. While voluntary, we encourage you to indicate in your application if you are an Indigenous person, person of colour; your gender identity; sexuality or sexual orientation; or if you are a person living with a (dis)ability.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position through this link

Deadline for application – January 28, 2022 at 5pm

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

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