Job Posting: Trans Advocate and Public Educator

The Centre for Gender Advocacy is committed to employment equity as an ongoing process. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized groups, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. When candidates do not differ significantly in merit, and one such candidate belongs to a historically marginalized group, Employment Equity requires that the member in this group will be selected.

Accessibility:
The Centre for Gender Advocacy recently underwent an accessibility audit. We are currently working on implementing the recommendations arising from the audit. The Trans Advocate and Public Educator will work at the office located at 2110 Mackay (there is a second office at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, suite 404). The 2110 Mackay office is on the ground floor. There is a ramp outside leading to the front door that is suitable for use with wheelchairs and other mobility aids, however the front door itself is not automated. Please ring the doorbell located to the right of the door to have someone open it for you. The front door measures 31” / 78 cm and it is the narrowest door in the office. Once inside, the space is wheelchair accessible. There is a large gender-neutral washroom measuring 9’5” x 6’11” / 2.87 m x 2.10 m with 2 grab bars next to the toilet.

About the Centre for Gender Advocacy:
The Centre for Gender Advocacy (the Centre) is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promoting gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities. This mandate is achieved through ongoing programming, campaigns, resources, services, advocacy and a commitment to accessibility.

Job Purpose Summary: Offer frontline services to trans populations, advocate for their rights and educate the public on trans issues and realities.

Key Responsibilities include:

Trans Advocacy
• Support and help to trans and nonbinary people, their family and friends (in person, by phone, or by email)
• Strategic accompaniments with Centre’s users on different discrimination issues (school, work, family)
• Act as Commissioner of oaths for name and gender marker change
• Tailored workshops and guest speaking (schools, universities, community orgs, etc) on trans inclusivity
• Advocacy and support letter writing
• Continuous work with Concordia University on gender and sexual diversity inclusion
• Policy brief writing and representation at the government level
• Binder ordering, inventory control and distribution

Public Education
• Tailored gender and diversity workshops and guest speaking (schools, universities, community orgs, etc)
• Answer requests for interviews (newspapers, radio and television), especially pertaining to issues facing trans communities
• Collaborate with students and researchers to discuss ethical standards in research

Community Outreach
• Community outreach and networking (trans, feminist, POC and LGBTQ orgs)
• Representing the community on advisory boards for research projects (as requested)

Administrative Tasks
• Physically staffing the Centre
• Managing the Trans Advocacy budget in collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator
• Safer sex and harm reduction material ordering, inventory control and distribution
• Communications management (50-60+ emails per week, phone calls, etc.)
• Working with other staff to maintain clean, organized and welcoming spaces

Shared Tasks

All permanent staff are expected to:
• Self-educate around the Centre’s Mandate and Vision
• Respect their co-workers and foster a supportive environment that allows for each coordinator to carry out their jobs to the best of their abilities
• Seek feedback from other staff members, board members, and Centre volunteers on a regular basis
• General outreach and community building
• Complete timesheets and staff reports regularly in a timely manner
• Participate in annual staff evaluation process (and other evaluation processes as deemed necessary by the Board/staff)
• Attend board meetings whenever possible
• Attend AGMs & SGMs where possible and applicable.
• Assist board of directors with their training(s) if requested
• Participate in committees as required

Required skills and qualities
• Lived experience of issues faced by trans and/or non-binary communities in Quebec and/or Canada
• Critical thinking skills
• Demonstrated understanding and performance of the theory and practice of intersectionality in feminist and anti-racist organizing
• Public speaking experience
• Workshop facilitation experience
• Excellent budget management skills
• Excellent active listening skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Able to work well both independently and collaboratively in a non-hierarchical, feminist, anti-racist environment.
• Self-motivated, resourceful, and organized with excellent time management skills
• Familiarity with the Centre for Gender Advocacy, and its priorities, principles, and activities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in French
• Concrete strategies for self-care
• An active sense of humour!
• Love unicorns and other mythological creatures!

Assets
• A creative mind
• Familiarity with Concordia University
• Third and fourth language skills

Contract Duration: This is a one-year contract, with possibility of a one-year extension, with a 3-month probation period.

Salary and Benefits: $19.48/hr for 25 hrs/week until May 2018, then $19.48/hr for 35 hrs/week from June 1, 2018. 4 weeks of paid vacation and
 health benefits after the 3 month probation period.

Application Deadline: Please send cover letter and CV by November 24th, 5 PM to 
hiring[at]genderadvocacy.org with “Trans Advocate Application” in the subject line. Cover letters can be addressed to the Hiring Committee

Expected Start Date: December 8, 2017 (negotiable)

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