The Centre for Community Organizations (COCo)
The Centre for Community Organizations (COCo) is a provincial non-profit organization that works to build an inclusive, social justice-oriented Quebec community sector where grassroots organizations can thrive. We believe that is an important part of creating a more just and equitable society overall. To this end, COCo provides training, accompaniment, and technological support to small, ground-up, and social-justice focused organizations. We also use our research to steward dialogue and change on issues of inclusion and diversity in the Quebec non-profit sector.
About the Job
The person hired as ateliers/C Coordinator will hold the position for a 13 month parental leave replacement contract. They will coordinate the ateliers/C initiative, an event series that brings community organizations together in learning and skill development 10 to 12 times a year. In this role, the Coordinator will design and host events for the community sector that cultivate learning, organizational health, and social justice through an anti-oppressive lens. Now in its sixth year of operation, the project was developed in partnership with Centraide of Greater Montreal.
As a member of COCo’s highly collaborative team, the person in this role will actively take part in internal conversations on organizational development, participate in co-supervision and contribute to other collective management tasks.
|Application deadline: March 30, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Type and term of contract: Parental leave replacement. Thirteen months – May 8, 2022 to June 16, 2023.
Hours: 30 hours per week. Early morning, evening and weekend work may be required from time to time with advance notice
Compensation: $32.30 per hour
Benefits: Health insurance, pension plan, 4 weeks vacation and 2 weeks paid leave in December.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordination of the ateliers/C Project
- Develop annual programming on various organizational health and anti-oppression themes, taking into account the needs and requests of participating groups
- Establish contacts, training resource partnerships and/or develop workshop content on a range of organizational health topics
- Develop and facilitate workshops, as needed;
- Ensure event logistics: participants’ comfort and accessibility needs, both virtually and in-person; meals, room rentals, technical needs, etc.
- Take charge of promotions and communications related to the workshop series
- Ensure project management: maintain the partnership with the funder in close collaboration with the team, put in place and monitor the project’s annual finances
- Design and implement a project evaluation strategy and complete annual reporting
- Work in collaboration with a project coordination assistant
- Actively contribute to collective management discussions, as well as to COCo’s organizational development
- Provide human resources support and participate in co-supervision
- Participate in collective tasks including office and phone coverage and office maintenance
- Actively engage in critical reflection (both individually and organizationally) about anti-oppression, social justice and accessibility principles and their implementation in the workplace
What We’re Looking for in a Candidate
The ideal candidate combines creativity with a knack for planning ahead. They are also flexible and able to be spontaneous as needed when it comes to adapting workshop themes. They are passionate about learning and creating spaces that are accessible to a wide range of participants and integrating anti-oppression values and practices into their ways of working. They thrive when connecting with community organizations to support capacity building and to support them in their social justice missions. They love networking and will enjoy finding collaborators who will contribute to ateliers/C. They are enthusiastic about bringing out the collective intelligence that emerges when members of the community sector come together.
At COCo, we recognize the value of paid or volunteer work experience. We encourage applicants who meet all or some of the following criteria to apply. If you don’t have direct experience in some of these areas, we encourage you to let us know about any other experience that would fulfill these aspects of the position.
Skills and Experience
- Experience in creating learning spaces that are accessible to a wide range of participants
- Experience in and understanding of the reality of non-profit organizations in Quebec, and having an awareness of the pedagogical approaches to prioritize in this context
- Experience in project coordination and/or event organization within tight schedules, budgets and deadlines
- Strong oral and written communication skills in French. Functional oral and written skils in English
- Experience and interest in working in collaborative settings, including experience in collective decision-making processes and more horizontal working structures
- Experience in maintaining partnerships, including with funders
- Ability to translate anti-oppression frameworks into working methods
Qualities and Attributes
- Passionate about sharing, exchanging and learning
- Ability to work creatively with a broad range of people and perspectives
- Ability to work both autonomously and with others in a highly collaborative work environment
- Ability to be organized and to prioritize tasks
- Interest in fostering well-being in the workplace
- Desire to support COCo’s commitment to amplifying marginalized voices in the community sector
- An understanding of barriers experienced by racialized and other marginalized communities in Quebec
You will join a team of 8 staff members and a community of affiliated facilitators:
- Up until November 2021, COCo was collectively managed. We are currently in a moment of transition, having exploratory discussions as we seek to identify the ideal governance structure to best support our work. To create space for these reflections, an interim leadership structure has been put in place until November 2022. As a member of the team, you will be welcome to contribute to these reflections.
- A highly collaborative and non-traditional work environment with horizontal foundation
- A dynamic team that is comfortable working at different paces
- Currently, COCo is working remotely, collaborating across virtual platforms. We are working on a hybrid and collective return-to-work policy. We can share our thoughts on this during the interviews
- In regular times, COCo staff work out of an open office environment in downtown Montreal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang
COCo’s physical offices and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. As we are in a shared building, we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. However, we aim to have a scent-reduced space. We are still learning about online accessibility as it relates to our work from home practices. If you have specific questions relating to the accessibility of our work from home practices or our physical office space, please email Madeleine (email@example.com).
All candidates are invited to complete this form, in English or French, instead of a cover letter. The form will also ask you to include your resume in PDF format. Note that you cannot edit your responses after they have been submitted. If you have any problems with the form or if you need to make any adjustments, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Hiring Process
We evaluate all applications anonymously to ensure the highest possible degree of objectivity in our selection process. Only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted in both English and French and are expected to take place during the week of April 11, 2022.
If You Wish to be Considered for Employment Equity
At COCo, we believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQI2, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.
If you wish to be considered for employment equity, you can let us know in the application form.