Students for Barrier Free Access, University of Toronto hiring Programming, Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator

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Current Opportunities:

Position Title: Programming, Peer Support & Volunteer Coordinator

Position Type: Full-time, 25 hours per week

Starting Wage: $20.00 per hour plus benefits and vacation, occasional evenings and weekends, with a 3 month probation period.

Workplace Environment: Union, Workers United -

Starting Date: June 2018

Application Deadline: April 9th, 2018 – 11:59 PM

About Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto is a student-funded, student and volunteer led non-profit that advocates for equity, access, and the rights of graduate and undergraduate disabled students.  SBA operates a drop-in centre with bookable study rooms, a computer lab with accessible software (Dragon, Kurzweil, Jaws, ect.), and a social space for students and community members. SBA works from a disability justice framework. Through our campaigns, programming, workshops, and events we challenge systemic ableism and barriers to accessing post-secondary education.

Statement of Intent

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) is looking to hire a Programming, Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator. The Coordinator responsibilities involve supporting SBA members through peer support, programming, and volunteer coordination. They must be committed to working from a disability justice, trans-positive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework. They will require an understanding of systemic, historical, everyday barriers and structural oppression that exist within academia [post-secondary institutions] and in the community-at-large. However, a post-secondary degree or diploma is not required for this position.

SBA requires individuals with previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups and communities, prefers individuals who have experience volunteering or working with a volunteer student led board of directors with limited time and capacity, openness to being trained in providing referrals to resources and services (both on and off campus), and the ability to simultaneously maintain long term (peer support groups) and short-term (volunteer appreciation party) projects. This position reports to a volunteer student board of directors where day to day supervision is not possible. Please mention all relevant experience including volunteer experiences which will be given the same priority as paid work.


    Ability to coordinate multiple short-term & long-term projects simultaneously
    Ability to be self-directed and work with minimal supervision
    Experience with volunteer coordination
    Experience coordinating, facilitating, and developing programs, workshops and events
    Experience with program and event outreach
    Experience providing peer support
    Working knowledge of Windows OS, Mac, MS suite, email, internet research tools and social media

Job Duties and Responsibilities:


    Plan Annual General Meeting, Board of Director (BOD) elections, and provide administrative support for BOD meetings
    Maintain day-to-day operations of the computer lab and help with troubleshooting
    Become familiar with adaptive technologies in the SBA computer lab and coordinate technology updates and trouble-shooting with the ATRC technician

Committee Support

    Coordinate programming, outreach and volunteer committee.


    Coordinate and facilitate the Centre programming
    Support volunteers and board members with goal setting and programming initiatives
    Liaise with campus groups for planning joint activities and coalition building for programming


    Conduct outreach for SBA programming, events, and peer support groups, including SBA open house
    Maintain website, newsletter, social media accounts, bulletin boards, and displays and tables

Drop-in Peer Support/ Referrals/ Groups 

    Provide drop in peer support and referrals
    Develop and maintain peer support groups

Volunteer Management

    Facilitate/coordinate orientation and training for volunteers, including anti-oppression training
    Meet and interview new volunteers
    Maintain SBA Co-Curricular Record volunteer program
    Provide reference letters for volunteers as needed
    Maintain and update training and volunteer manuals and other text-based training resources


How to Apply

SBA only considers applications from people who identify as part of the disabled/mad community. We welcome and encourage applications by disabled/mad identified folks from marginalized communities and invite indigenous people, black people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, ACE spectrum people, queer people, transgendered people, transsexual people,  intersexed people, working class people, single parents, immigrants to apply for this position. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letters, which will be kept confidential and only shared among members of the hiring committee for hiring purposes only.

In your cover letter please include responses to the 4 questions below with no more than 250 word responses to each of the questions. You are welcomed to submit your responses in alternative format such as a video or audio response.

Students for Barrier-free Access recognizes that we work on the territories of Mississauga of New Credit First Nations, the Haudenosaunee, the Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and the Huron-Wendat. We are here because of historical and ongoing colonial occupation. SBA works within disability justice framework that acknowledges our colonial present, respects indigenous people as stewards of this land and honors our responsibilities to the land as we are all treaty people.

    How do you imagine centring a disability justice framework into (a) programming initiatives or (b) a volunteer program?

    What do you feel is the relationship between disability justice and anti-colonial organizing work?

    What are some skills/ experiences [paid and unpaid] you bring to SBA.

    What do you hope to gain from this opportunity?

To apply, please submit the following info by April 9th, 2018 11:59 P.M.

    Cover letter which includes a response to all four questions listed above