OPIRG Peterborough Coordinator (Full-Time) JOB POSTING
Ontario Public Interest Research Group Peterborough www.opirgpeterborough.ca
Date of Notice: November 27, 2012 Start date: January, 2013 Location: Peterborough ON, Canada
The Organization
OPIRG works to create and sustain student and community based engagement through research, education and action on social justice and environmental issues. OPIRG-Peterborough employs consensus decision-making processes and endeavours to foster a non-hierarchical and an anti- oppressive working environment.
The Position
The OPIRG Peterborough Coordinator position is a full-time contract position (to fill a leave of absence from January 2013 – May 2015). This position alternates between 40 hours per week (Sept 1st- April 30th) and 30 hours per week (May 1st-August 31st). Candidates must be able to work flexible hours including some evenings and occasional weekends for meetings and events. Work time allocated in each of the areas of the Coordinator’s responsibility will vary greatly depending on the time of the year and the term.
Employment Terms
This position begins as soon as possible with a pay rate of $20.63/hour, plus health and dental benefits. This is a unionized position under CUPE Local 1281, with a six-month probationary period. We regret that although the OPIRG office is currently wheelchair accessible, the ability to go up and down stairs is necessary to access other areas of the building where OPIRG programs are run.

The Role of Permanent Staff
OPIRG Peterborough has a high turnover in volunteers; therefore permanent staff provides a much needed continuity and stability in this ever-changing organization. The Coordinator is accountable to the Board of Directors of OPIRG Peterborough, reports to them, and works with them to carry out critical basic tasks that maintain the integrity of the organization. The Coordinator also works cooperatively with part-time staff and volunteers. The work environment has little day to day supervision.

Responsibilities Volunteer, Board and Staff Co-ordination:
The Coordinator will work with Board and staff to:
– Recruit, orient, train, place, support, and supervise volunteers as required and/or appropriate.
– Provide support and maintain ongoing communication with volunteers (including working groups, Free Market & Food Cupboard volunteers, coop students/interns and others).
– Help organize annual volunteer and staff appreciation.

Board of Directors
The Coordinator will assist the Board to:
– Recruit & orient new board members (help lead weekend-long board retreat, prepare board kits etc.)
– Arrange and/or provide Board training (consensus, facilitation, anti-oppression and financial management)
– Provide administrative support (attend board meetings and assist the Board in policy making and decision making)
– Help organize the Annual General Meeting and annual elections for OPIRG Peterborough

The Coordinator will assist the Board to:
– Recruit, hire, orientate, train, place, and support OPIRG staff
– Maintain staff records, paperwork and payroll as needed.
– Provide support, guidance and supervision to part-time staff as required and/or as deemed appropriate by Board.

Office and Financial Administration:
Office Administration
Coordinator will work with Board and staff to:
– Maintain information flow (including: email, phone, mail).
– Maintain regular office hours.
– Update the web page and social media sites.
– Maintain office function (including: computer systems, copier, supplies and other equipment).
– Assist volunteers and staff in accessing equipment and resources in the office.
– Respond to the needs of volunteers, members and other visitors to the office.
– Establish, implement and maintain systems that support organizational learning and memory, such as overall filing systems.

Financial Administration
Coordinator will work with Board to:
– Manage day to day finances of the organization, including: bookkeeping using QuickBooks, banking, payroll, and fundraising.
– Work with Board to apply for grants and administer them.
– Provide financial reports to Board as requested.
– Work with Board to establish budgets and to allocate resources.
– Develop year-end financial report and prepare for annual financial review by Chartered Accountant.

Projects, Programming, Networking and Provincial:
Coordinator will work with Board and staff to:
– Develop and implement organizational projects and events.
– Establish goals and policies and participate in their implementation.
– Assist in the development of research projects and their implementation.
– Create and distribute promotional resources (including pamphlets and posters). – Prepare the OPIRG Annual Report prior to the annual general meeting.
– Write press releases and work with local media.

Ongoing Programming
Coordinator will work with Board, staff and volunteers to:
– Operate the “Free Market” (Free Store and related programming), OPIRG’s Food Cupboard, and the Green Dishes Project.
– Maintain good relations with our community partners (Kawartha Food Share, Sadleir House and many more).
– Ensure safe, clean and organized operations and sustain the delivery of these community services in a manner consistent with our values and mission as an organization.
Update monthly statistics for Food Cupboard into Excel.
Coordinator will work with Board, staff and volunteers to:
– Establish and maintain good working partnerships with other organizations/activists in both the local community and at Trent University.
– Collaborate with other organizations on campus and in the community to plan event and campaigns and participate in coalition and solidarity work, based on OPIRG priorities.
– Keep up and improve visibility of OPIRG on campus, in the community and online.
– create and implement various communication strategies and opportunities for involvement with the Peterborough and Trent communities (in part to heighten the profile of OPIRG in the local community).

– Maintain contact with other PIRGs and participate in OPIRG’s provincial Board, including attending Board meetings and participating in Provincial initiatives.
– Attend provincial staff meetings.
Education and Work Experience:
  • ?  A minimum of a post-secondary degree in community development, international studies or related field OR equivalent paid work experience.
  • ?  A minimum of 2 years employment experience within a non-profit organization.
  • ?  Knowledge, expertise and experience in community activism/engagement (paid or unpaid).
  • ?  Proven competency with office and financial administration/bookkeeping.
    Essential Knowledge and Values:
    • ?  Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to anti-oppression theory, as well as a developed analysis of the political, social and legal aspects of oppression.
    • ?  Understanding of and experience with consensus based decision-making.
    • ?  Interest in and understanding of social and environmental justice issues.
      Communication and Collaboration Skills:
  • ?  Excellent written and verbal communication skills (fluency and excellent skills in using the English language are essential in order to function effectively in the campus and Peterborough communities and to be able to deliver the services and programs as required).
  • ?  Excellent interpersonal skills (sensitivity to others, ability to work respectfully and cooperatively within a diverse group of people).
  • ?  Ability to effectively and confidently represent the organization in a variety of public forums.
  • ?  Ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • ?  Willingness to act as a resource and mentor to others in the organization (including the Board of
    Directors, who are mostly students).
  • ?  Ability to resolve conflict constructively and appropriately.
  • ?  Good understanding of group dynamics and commitment to working towards achieving shared
    Computer Skills:
    • ?  Proficiency and skills with various media and a range of information and communication technologies (computer software, internet, social media, etc.).
    • ?  Experience designing promotional/public education materials using design software.
    • ?  Experience with accounting/bookkeeping software (especially Quickbooks accounting software).
      Coordination and Organizational Skills:
    • ?  Proven ability to prioritize work and manage numerous tasks simultaneously within an unstructured and unsupervised work environment.
    • ?  Ability to locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems (filing)
    • ?  Proven ability to think strategically, especially in relation to budgeting and planning. Experience and expertise coordinating a large number of projects and events.
    • ?  Skills in program and policy development (including planning, implementation, co-ordination and evaluation)
Complex problem solving abilities
? Must be highly motivated and self-directed with exemplary organizational, administrative and time management skills. Proven ability to network with different stakeholders (i.e. University administration, professors, community, staff, food cupboard visitors and Board of Directors).
Experiential Assets:

  • ?  Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors, an OPIRG, or a similar non-profit organization
  • ?  Experience working with post-secondary students and/or youth approximately 19-25 yrs of age
  • ?  Knowledge of Trent University campus and local NGOs, social and environmental organizations
    and community organizations an asset.
  • ?  Experience with facilitation of engaging adult education workshops
    Application Process
    Interested applicants should deliver a resume, cover letter, a minimum of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) and a one-page essay that addresses any of the following topics: a) the relevance of anti-oppression work to social change organizations, b) the most pressing issues facing our communities today, c) the role of public interest research in society, or d) the role of students in social change.
    Applications should be sent as a single PDF document, with “OPIRG Peterborough Coordinator Position” as the document title along with the applicant’s name. “OPIRG Peterborough Coordinator Position” must be in the subject line as well. Applications must be sent to opirghiringcommittee@gmail.com by 5pm, December 18th. No phone calls please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more info: www.opirgpeterborough.ca
    OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people, transsexuals, intersexed people, working class people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization, in their cover letter.