We’re Hiring! Conflict & Diversity Researcher & Facilitator

Conflict & Diversity Researcher & Facilitator

About COCo:

The Centre for Community Organizations (COCo) is a provincial non-profit that works to nurture 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.

The Project:

COCo recently received funding from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (MEES) for a project called Conflit à l’oeuvre to explore the links between diversity and conflict within the nonprofit sector in Quebec. We are hiring a researcher and facilitator to coordinate the project.

The Opportunity:

This research and facilitator position is an 8-month contract ideally starting at the beginning of June 2018 going through January 2019. The position will be for 18 hours a week position at an hourly rate of $30.17. Other benefits include working in a flexible, horizontal and non-traditional work environment.

COCo’s 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. If you have specific questions relating to the accessibility of our space, please email Emily at emilyyc@coco-net.org

Tasks and Responsibilities :

Project outcomes include but are not limited to:

  • Review existing research and identify key challenges to addressing the links between diversity and conflict.
  • Lead a collaborative research project potentially including surveys, interviews and focus groups.
  • Develop and facilitate a series of workshops and trainings aimed at increasing skills around conflict resolution and diversity.
  • Create relevant pedagogical tools and information sheets for public use.
  • Write a final report highlighting key learning and offering concrete recommendations on how to address issues relating to conflict and diversity in the non-profit sector.
  • Participate in COCo’s collective office management and administration through its horizontal and consensus-based decision making structures.

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • A passion for training, facilitation and popular education practices
  • An understanding of anti-oppression frameworks and a proficiency in integrating these ideas into their work and responsibilities
  • Willingness to support COCo’s commitment to amplifying marginalised voices in the community sector
  • Ability to work 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 organised, creative, prioritise tasks and be flexible


At COCo, we recognize the value of both paid and unpaid work. We encourage applications from candidates who meet some or all of the following qualifications, including language skills:

  • Research experience and/or the ability to collect, analyse, and synthesize a wide range of information
  • Experience in workshop design and facilitation with adult learners, including the development of pedagogical tools
  • Understanding of barriers experienced by racialized and other marginalized communities in Quebec
  • Experience with Quebec’s nonprofit sector, including an understanding of the role of  conflict resolution in this context
  • Interest and/or experience in mediating conflict in the context of nonprofit and community organizations
  • Project management experience and/or event organization experience
  • Oral and written communication abilities in French and English

To Apply:

All candidates are asked to fill out this form, in English or in French, instead of a cover letter. The form will also ask you to include your resume in a PDF format. You can edit your responses after they have been submitted until the deadline of 11:59 pm, April 29th, 2018. If you have any problems with the form, please email Homa at info@coco-net.org.

Our Hiring Process:

We evaluate all applications anonymously, to ensure a higher degree of objectivity in our selection process. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted in both English and French and should take place at the beginning of May.

If you wish to be considered for employment equity:

COCo 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, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQI, 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. Please note that it is not required that candidates explain why they would like to be considered for employment equity.