We’re Hiring an OPIRG Peterborough Coordinator

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Full-Time starting September 2017


Ontario Public Interest Research Group Peterborough

Date of Notice:August 17, 2017
Anticipated start date: September 11 , 2017
Location: Peterborough ON, Canada

The Position

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.

Employer Equity Statement


OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people; people of colour; poor and working class people and those on social assistance; women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people; transgender, transsexual, intersex and two-spirit people; single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people from non-academic backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter. All applicants are asked for a brief statement on their views of power and oppression.


Employment Terms

This position begins on September 11, 2017 with a pay rate of $22.38/hour, plus health and dental benefits. This is a unionized position under CUPE Local 1281, with a six-month probationary period. There is a wheelchair lift in the building (Sadleir House), but we regret that the OPIRG office is not currently wheelchair accessible.

The Purpose  of Permanent Staff

Due to the high number of student volunteers, OPIRG Peterborough experiences high volunteer turnover; therefore permanent staff provides a much needed continuity and stability in this dynamic 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.




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 volunteers, co-op students/interns, and others).
– Help organize annual volunteer and staff appreciation.


Board of Directors

The Coordinator will assist the Board to:
– Recruit and 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
– Facilitate and implement a strategic plan for the organization.



The Coordinator will assist the Board to:
– Recruit, hire, orient, 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) and the Green Dishes Project.
– Maintain good relations with our community partners (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.


Networking & Organizing

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.
– Maintain and improve the visibility of OPIRG on campus, in the community and online.
– Develop and implement strategies to communicate with the wider Peterborough and Trent communities in order to involve them within OPIRG’s activities, as well as to heighten the profile of OPIRG in the local community.
– Facilitate student organizing on social and environmental justice issues within the Trent community.



– Maintain contact with other PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) 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 post-secondary degree in community development, international studies or related field OR equivalent work or volunteer or life experience (paid or unpaid)
  • A minimum of 2 years 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).
  • Ability to resolve conflict constructively and appropriately.
  • Good understanding of group dynamics and commitment to working towards the achievement of shared goals.


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, and Board of Directors).


Experiential Assets:


  • Experience  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  experience of NGOs, social and environmental organizations and community organizations in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong  an asset.
  • Experience with design and facilitation of engaging adult education workshops
  • Experience as an organizer
  • Experience in event production
  • Experience with conflict mediation and/or facilitating challenging conversations
  • Ability to learn and refine communications, data and/or organizing systems, including building and navigating spreadsheets and online management systems
  • Ability to build relationships across diverse issue areas and identity groups
  • Comprehensive understanding of accessibility; experience producing events that are accessible to people with disabilities, non-english speakers, queer and transgendered people, parents, low-income people, and multiple age groups
  • Familiarity with Peterborough/Nogojiwanong social justice organizing and ability to draw connections between Peterborough/Nogojiwanong and other communities within the provincial OPIRG network


About OPIRG Peterborough

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. We invite you to take a look at our website and Facebook page for more information: http://opirgpeterborough.ca and www.facebook.com/opirg.peterborough

Application Process


Interested applicants should deliver in a single PDF document:

1) a resume
2) cover letter (OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring. Please  tell us in your cover letter if you identify with any marginalized communities),
3) a minimum of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) and
4) a one-page essay that addresses their views on power and oppression within any of the following topics:

  1. a) the relevance of anti-oppression work to social change organizations;
  2. b) the most pressing issues facing our communities today;
  3. c) the role of public interest research in society, or;
  4. d) the role of students in social change;


Applications should be sent 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 opirg.ptbo.hiring@gmail.com by Thursday August 31, 2017 at 5pm. No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.