The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill University (QPIRG-McGill) is a student-funded non-profit organization that conducts research, education, and action on a variety of social justice and environmental issues at McGill and in the Montreal community.
We are looking for a dynamic, approachable, and resourceful person committed to social and environmental justice to fill a one-year renewable 30-hour/week position as Community Research and Working Group Coordinator.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Initiation, coordination, and development, alongside other core staff, of QPIRG-McGill’s annual event series (Culture Shock, Social Justice Days, Study in Action, etc.), other popular education activities (workshops, film screenings, etc.), and other events, and in particular taking responsibility for event logistics (room bookings, equipment rentals etc.), and fundraising as needed.
- Liaising with QPIRG-McGill working groups, including coordinating the working group callout and selection process, coordinating working group training, updating working groups regularly on their finances, providing event support, and seeking other opportunities to provide working groups with resources and training.
- Serving as the primary coordinator for QPIRG-McGill’s community research programs, including the Community University Research Exchange (CURE), the Convergence Journal, and Radoca; Research Daus.
- Providing administrative support for the QPIRG-McGill Board, including preparing documents for Board meetings and taking a primary role in coordinating the Annual General Meeting.
- Sharing responsibility for conducting hiring processes, supervising and training summer staff and part-time staff alongside other coordinators and Board of Directors.
- Participating in collective office management and administration.
- Sharing responsibility for organizing training for Board and volunteers, offering support to the Board of Directors.
- Fulfilling QPIRG’s mandate to function as a resource center by providing resources, referrals, information, training and workshops to QPIRG working groups, and allied student and community organizations.
Successful candidates will possess the following:
- Good understanding of the structure and day-to-day operations of non-profits and/or community organizations (ie. board, staff and volunteers);
- Excellent knowledge and awareness of political, social, economic and environmental justice issues
- Commitment to the principles of QPIRG-McGill’s mandate and its realization;
- Experience in and commitment to consensus/anti-hierarchical decision-making;
- Anti-oppression analysis and proficiency in applying this to all levels of decision-making and organizing;
- Ability to work with a broad range of people and political perspectives;
- Ability to work both autonomously and with others in a highly collaborative work environment;
- Ability to multi-task and to prioritize tasks in a busy and demanding work environment
- Experience in community organizing, mobilization and activism (paid or unpaid)
- Experience in coordination, project management, and event planning
- Demonstrated experience and/or interest in grassroots community-based research
- Experience working with student and community groups
- Demonstrated organizational and communication skills
- Excellent time-management skills
- Proven experience facilitating workshops and meetings
- Fluent in English, with excellent ability to write in English
- Familiarity with QPIRG-McGill and the PIRG network
- Ability to work under pressure and high levels of stress
- Experience with consensus-based decision making processes.
- Spoken French and excellent ability to write in French
- Grant-writing experience
- Knowledge of finances and budgeting
- IT and computer skills
- Experience writing and revising organizational policy
- Knowledge and participation in community organizing in Montreal
- Familiarity with McGill University, its institutions, and the campus milieu
- Experience with conflict resolution and mediation
QPIRG values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBT*QI, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage applicants to describe other experiences of marginalization. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and complicate their experience. We encourage these individuals to apply for this position, and to describe their unique contributions and perspectives in their applications. Work experience at QPIRG is not a pre-requisite for the position, nor will it privilege your application. Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to be considered for employment equity (full hiring policy available upon request).
In order to encourage a diverse range of applicants, QPIRG-McGill is committed to providing training for this position. We encourage anyone with many of the qualifications, even if this does not include all, to still apply.
We regret that the QPIRG-McGill office is not currently wheelchair-accessible.
Wage: 30 hours/week, $21.92/hour (+ benefits); 1-year contract, renewable; some evening and weekend work will be required
Application Deadline: June 13, 2019
Start Date: June 24, 2019
To apply, send CV and cover letter to:
QPIRG-McGill Hiring Committee
3647 University, Montreal, QC H3A 2B3
Fax: (514) 398-8976
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with “For Community Research and Working Group Coordinator Hiring Committee” in subject line.
If you have questions please email us or call (514) 398-7432.