Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

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Project Manager ? Women and Youth Housing Rights

Dec 12, 2018
$49,867 - $55,397
Toronto, Ontario
Early Career

Project Manager – Women and Youth Housing Rights

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is hiring a Project Manager to deliver its projects related to women’s housing rights and youth housing rights.

CERA is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions and ending housing discrimination across Ontario. CERA was founded in 1987 as the only organization in Canada with a primary focus on promoting human rights in housing. We use human rights tools to combat housing insecurity and homelessness across Ontario. We work with tenants, housing providers, community partners and the public to build awareness about housing rights, and to build the capacity of Ontarians to recognize and defend their human rights.

Our model for change-making involves the following interventions, which we accomplish through time-limited project funding and donor support:

  • Unique Services for Tenants: Our direct service model is primarily phone-based and serves 1,200-1,500 marginalized renters per year. Our intake services are fast and responsive, and we engage clients as team members in creative problem-solving as we work to prevent homelessness and overcome discrimination.
  • Creative Public Engagement and Education: Our innovative outreach approach responds to real needs across Ontario. CERA knows that partnerships make us stronger, and we work closely with groups across the province to reach those in need of our unique services.
  • Legal Initiatives that Challenge the Housing Status Quo: In addition to on-the-ground supports for individuals and communities, CERA engages in litigation to improve housing policy and set legal precedents that advance housing rights and the right to housing.

About the Projects

The Project Manager – Women and Youth Housing Rights will have responsibility for delivering the following projects:

Youth Housing Rights 

This project uses popular education and the arts to engage youth with legal information about housing rights and encourage them to develop skills that will allow them to act as self-advocates within the housing system. This initiative includes delivering engaging and peer-facilitated workshops at youth shelters and drop-in centres, providing ongoing training and supports for a team of peer facilitators, as well as case management human rights supports for youth facing discrimination in housing.

Toronto – A Place to Call Our Own: Empowering Women To Take Action for Affordable Housing

This project is a collaborative initiative led by CERA, the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, and the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society. The initiative convenes Indigenous, refugee women and women with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities – including gender non-conforming people and trans women who identify as members of these populations – to identify and deepen the city of Toronto’s understanding of the diverse systemic barriers that result in these groups’ experiences of homelessness, unsafe housing and housing insecurity. This project aims to provide a space for grassroots, front-line housing service providers specific to these populations of women to work with community-based organizations, the private sector and social housing advocacy experts to develop a strategy to address the lack of access to affordable housing in Toronto, as well as what is needed to keep these populations of women housed.

About the role

The Project Manager – Women and Youth Housing Rights is responsible for the overall delivery, management and implementation of the two abovementioned projects in accordance with funding agreements and CERA operating procedures. They are responsible for establishing collaborative and effective working relationships with partner organizations to ensure that project activities are planned and implemented effectively and will represent CERA with donors, partners, and other stakeholders. The Project Manager will also have responsibility for policy, communications and fundraising related to the program areas of the projects.

Primary Responsibilities of the Project Manager include:

  • Managing and delivering projects in accordance with the project agreement, including, but not limited to:
    • Training youth facilitators to deliver workshops about housing rights and co-delivering the workshops with the youth facilitators.
    • Coordinating the implementation of the Action Plan to address the lack of access to and number of affordable housing options in Toronto for women, in conjunction with six partner agencies in the sector.
    • Managing and administering the project budgets.
    • Monitoring and adjusting the project timelines.
    • Preparing financial reports and reporting on outcomes for the funder as needed.
    • Managing and directing staff assigned to the projects.
    • Facilitating regular (virtual and in-person) work planning, coordination and review meetings with partner organizations. 
  • Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of the policy and political landscape as it relates to the subject matter of the projects.
  • Contributing to the development of briefing notes, position papers and policy interventions related to the areas of the project.
  • Preparing communications and documentation about the projects for funders and relevant external audiences.
  • Assisting with the preparation of grant applications and pursuing funding opportunities for the continuation of the projects beyond the current funding agreement.
  • Identifying and leveraging opportunities for coordination / knowledge sharing with key stakeholders.

Qualifications of the Project Manager:

  • University degree or College diploma in a related field.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of project management experience, including sound knowledge of work planning, budgeting and financial control, results-based management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Knowledge of barriers facing equity-seeking groups in housing, including but not limited to marginalized women and youth.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate directly with diverse service users, the general public, and prepare narrative and financial reports for project donors. 
  • Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in training, coaching and facilitation.
  • Knowledge of public policy processes, understanding of and experience in developing, implementing and/or evaluating policy, drafting briefing notes and/or position papers.
  • Demonstrated track record in securing funding for charitable or non-profit organizations through project or grant applications, foundations, corporate partnerships or personal relationships.
  • Political acumen, diplomacy, discretion, good judgement, cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to work well both independently and cooperatively in a small interdisciplinary team.
  • Flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities.
  • Working proficiency in languages other than English is an asset.

Working Conditions and Environment

  • CERA is a small, dynamic, open-concept office environment, requiring good communication and collaboration among all staff. 
  • This position is based in Toronto, Canada, requiring occasional irregular work hours. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada. CERA cannot cover relocation costs.  

Hours and Compensation

  • The hiring range for this position is $49,867 - $55,397. This is a term contract ending December 31, 2020 with the possibility of an extension.
  • CERA will also consider applicants from individuals interested in the position on a part-time basis for part or all of the duration of the contract (minimum 0.5 FTE), with salary pro-rated accordingly. 

To apply for this job

Please submit a resume and cover letter in English, quoting the position title in the subject line to:

Hiring Committee

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

427-192 Spadina Avenue Toronto ON M5T 2C2

Email: cera@equalityrights.org

If you would like to be considered for the position on a part-time basis, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Please note that interviews for the position will be held on December 17 and 18, and the start date for the job will be between January 2 and January 7, 2019.

CERA welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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