Bilingual Coordinator, Policy – Journeys to Active Citizenship – Two-Year Contract

Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 6, 2023 - 5:00pm
Job terms: 
Full-time contract


Bilingual Coordinator, Policy – Journeys to Active Citizenship – Two-Year Contract
OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Toronto, Ontario

Who we are:

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants acts as the collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations in Ontario, and coordinates response to shared
needs and concerns. Our mission is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian life. OCASI was founded in 1978 and
now has 240 member agencies across Ontario.


Journeys to Active Citizenship (JAC), is a 5-year collaborative project to build a more inclusive Canada where immigrants and refugees are empowered to play a greater role in
shaping their communities, and where the immigrant and refugee serving sector is equipped with curriculum and tools to promote civic engagement.

Led by North York Community House (NYCH), in partnership with OCASI, Journeys to Active Citizenship is entering year four (4) of the project. The aim of the JAC project is to develop civic engagement program models and curriculum tools, with the ultimate goal that they be shared and used by settlement agencies to continue fostering active citizenship amongst newcomers across Canada. 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a dynamic bilingual (French and English) organizer with a commitment to help newcomers to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections they need to play a strong, active role in civic areas. This position is eligible for some remote work.

What will the Bilingual Coordinator, Policy – Active Citizenship do?

The Bilingual Coordinator, Policy - Journeys in Active Citizenship with guidance from the Project Management Team, will:
● Assist and provide guidance to the different components of the project for year 4 and 5.
● Lead the adaptation of the English curriculum into French and the engagement of relevant and diverse stakeholders in the immigrant and refugee serving sector.
● Manage online community groups related to the project on the sector Community of Practice (CoP)
● Support the collaboration and co-design/development of an Active Citizenship program that can be used by immigrant and refugee-serving agencies across Canada
● Work in cooperation with the NYCH Project Manager and other team members to provide information and other types of support to the Project Management Team
● Develop project work plans, timelines, implementation strategies and plans for OCASI
● Support partners in other key project components including evaluation framework and curriculum development as well as outreach and engagement of sector and stakeholders
● Coordinate regional meeting(s) / virtual meetings and assist in the development of the program annual training plan for piloting sites; identify staff training needs, plans
training logistics
● Support prototyping and piloting agencies to test curriculum and program models
● Dissemination of materials and products to members and other stakeholders through OCASI communication platforms
● Coordinate all project activities including stakeholder meetings, periodic reports to the advisory and stakeholders, interim and final report to the funder, track project finances, knowledge dissemination of project findings and recommendations
● Work with the partner agencies to provide a documented summary of the evaluation and learning from the five years of the project.

What skills and qualifications do we need:

● Relevant post-secondary diploma or degree (e.g. social science, social work, communications, community development, immigration & settlement studies) or the equivalent acceptable combination of education and experience working in the non-profit sector.
● Minimum of 2 years of experience working as a coordinator in a non-profit or community-based agency in the immigrant services sector or other relevant community services sector.
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both French and English including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and influence decision-makers.
● Experience in community-based research, collaborative co-design & innovative methods
● Experience, whether professionally or as a volunteer, with politics, civic engagement, and community organizing.
● Extensive knowledge and understanding of immigrant and refugee sector issues, settlement processes/issues, barriers and information needs of newcomers
● Strong relationship building and networking skills as well as the ability to establish rapport with members, partners, staff and volunteers
● Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines and demanding schedules
● Good judgment, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
● Proficiency with computers and Internet including demonstrated experience utilizing social media tools to promote projects/campaigns

Details:Salary is $51,220 plus benefits, unionized with Unifor Local 87M
Don’t Meet Every Requirement?
If you’re excited about working with OCASI but your past experience doesn’t quite align with every qualification of this posting, we encourage you to apply. You just might be the right candidate for this or other roles. We are always looking for great talent to join our team. We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from members of equity deserving communities, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, women, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations.

How to apply: 

Please share your resume and cover letter with the subject line: Bilingual Coordinator, Policy – Active Citizenship by July 06, 2023 to: Hiring Committee, OCASI at
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