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Position Available
Resource Centre Coordinator
The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Resource Centre Coordinator.  OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student-directed volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental and economic justice. 


Resource Centre:

  • Managing OPIRG’s resource centre, cataloguing all incoming material and keeping the database up to date, as well as signing out and lending materials to members and tracking them
  • Maintaining, developing and purchasing new materials to ensure that OPIRG’s resource centre is relevant to the University of Ottawa campus and Ottawa activist community
  • Publicizing the resource centre and OPIRG services on and off campus
  • Assisting resource centre visitors and recommending resources or directing them to the appropriate campus or community groups or services
  • Ensuring accessibility and bilingualism of OPIRG resources. 
  • General reception duties
  • Sharing in the preparations for the Annual General Meeting
  • Attending occasional Board Meetings
  • Assisting the Board as necessary
  • Participating in the organization and promotion of special OPIRG projects, as required


  • MUST be bilingual in French and English
  • Experience with library or resource centre management, including knowledge of library management software
  • Exemplary organizational, administrative and time management skills
  • Strong inter-personal and communications skills
  • Proven ability to be highly motivated, self-directed, flexible and adapt quickly to new and challenging situations, but also able to work and strive in a team environment while working under the direction of a volunteer board of directors
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of, and experience with social and environmental justice issues
  • Familiarity with the working environment of non-profit organizations
  • Being able to identify activist specific resources for campus and community based groups and members
  • Knowledge of University of Ottawa campus and local NGOs, social and environmental organizations and community organizations an asset
  • Experience with anti-racism and/or anti-globalization work also an asset 


·       Progressive unionized work environment and salary
·       Dental and health plan
OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented 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.
Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter. 
All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment.
Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.
We regret that the OPIRG office is not currently wheelchair accessible.
DEADLINE for applicationsMonday, February 20th, 2012 at 5:00p.m. The proposed start date is March 5th 2012.
Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:
1)    CV
2)    cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications,
3)    a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment
Hiring Committee – OPIRG
631 King Edward Ave., 3rd Floor
Ottawa ON K1N 7N8
Fax:  (613) 230-4830
or e-mail (pdf please) to: opirg.embauche@gmail.com