The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 220 community-based organizations in Ontario.
The Building Leadership Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence against Non-Status, Refugee, and Immigrant (NSRI) Women across Canada project is led by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) in partnership with four civil society organizations working across not-for-profit, education, and grassroots community-based sectors to address Gender-Based Violence(GBV).
The primary objective of this project is to build the leadership capacity of NSRI women to shape and inform policies and services addressing GBV. We recognize that NSRI women constitute a diverse group with intersecting identities across race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, gender identity, ability, etc. At the same time, there are structural barriers that NSRI women have in common, which impact their access to safety, healing, and freedom from GBV. Our approach engages NSRI women as leaders in developing solutions to GBV – solutions that address structural barriers while accounting for the diversity of NSRI women’s experiences and communities. To develop the leadership capacity of NSRI women, our project combines two promising practices currently being developed by our project partners:
- A peer champions program that uses popular education to build leadership capacity and
foster connections between NSRI women
- A community advocacy network (CAN) strategy, which establishes grassroots networks among NSRI survivors, service providers, and other civil society leaders, in order to build community capacity for developing survivor-led, evidence-based solutions to GB
The purpose of the position is to support the coordination of all OCASI activities relating to GBV, and to ensure the sector has the necessary strategies and tools to eliminate GBV through the development of resources and strategic partnerships within and outside the immigrant-serving sector.
- Lead and coordinate OCASI work related to GBV issues in collaboration with other OCASI Capacity team members
- Work with project partners, content experts, and consultants to develop curricula on topics related to GBV issues in educational formats that are accessible to the peer champions and community advisory networks
- Deliver on-line and in-person GBV trainings to service providers and NSRI women
- Develop and maintain on-line GBV resources
- Develop project goals, work plans, timelines, implementation strategies and related plans in collaboration and consultation with project partners and advisory group
- Coordinate the development and implementation of outreach, communications, and knowledge exchange strategy for the peer champions program and for the community advisory network
- Develop and implement strategies to encourage and obtain stakeholder involvement and partnership development across sectors
- Coordinate research, blueprint development, implementation, evaluation, and knowledge exchange activities of the project
- Facilitate planning sessions, focus groups, advisory meetings to gather feedback and collect information needed to develop, implement, and evaluate projects
- Provide implementation support, monitoring, and evaluation to identify needs, implementation challenges, develop solutions, and document lessons learned
- Develop project budget; administer project funds and monitor the budget
- Prepare cheque requisitions in accordance with set procedures for approval by the manager
- Prepare narrative and evaluative reports on project progress and final report
- Prepare presentations and research reports to disseminate findings and lessons learned at workshops, conferences, and other publications
- Provide support to Professional Development & Training Manager in hiring project staff and consultants, budgeting, developing new proposals, work supervision, coaching and mentoring, and leading special initiatives
- Contribute to a healthy and safe environment for oneself and others and comply with all safe working procedures and instructions including OCASI’s policies and procedures
- Uphold OCASI’s basic principles for the workplace environment including commitments to the needs, directions and concerns of immigrants and refugees and organizations' that serve them
- Embrace and actively uphold OCASI’s mission, equity, access, anti-racism and anti-oppression principles
- Acknowledge, appreciate, and encourage individual differences and value people for their skills, competencies, and contribution to OCASI’s continuing success
- Representation of the project at various tables and in the human services sector
- Other duties as assigned
- Completion of post-graduate studies in Women Studies, Education, Social Studies, Counselling, Immigration Studies or related or minimum 5 years of experience as a coordinator working in a non-profit or community-based agency with a focus on GBV issues
- Extensive knowledge of GBV issues, survivor-led projects, and challenges in the newcomer and refugee communities in Canada
- Demonstrated experience in project management, program coordination, including program planning, developing work plans, priority setting, keeping track of expenses, writing reports to funders, monitoring and evaluation
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in community-based education and research, research coordination, data analysis, and program evaluation
- Excellent written and verbal communication, including strong report writing skills
- Strong relationship-building and networking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including cross-sectoral collaboration, effective consultation, problem solving and analytical skills
- Ability to build commitment, mentor and coach individuals and build a sense of “team”
- Ability to work with newcomer communities and NSRI women and survivors in a trauma-informed, de-colonial, and respectful manner
- Strong analysis of power, privilege and positionality and how to ensure that oppressive power dynamics are not replicated through the program activities
- Ability to serve as a role model for other Coordinators in terms of professional/leadership skills as well as knowledge and expertise in the area of gender-based violence
- Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications
This is a full-time position.
Compensation: $55,000 / year plus benefits package
How to apply:
Send cover letter and resume by Friday April 12, 2019 before 5:00 p.m. (PDT) to:
Hiring Committee, OCASI
OCASI is committed to Employment Equity.
Thank you to all applicants for applying. However, we regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.