The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for immigrant and refugee-serving organizations and coordinates response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. OCASI’s membership is comprised of over 220 community-based organizations in Ontario.
The overall purpose of the Accessibility Initiatives is to support and build the capacity of immigrant and refugee serving sector to better serve immigrants and refugees (including newcomers) who are Deaf and/or persons with in/visible disabilities in Ontario.
The Bilingual Coordinator, Accessibility Initiatives is responsible for delivering Accessibility training workshop (in person and online). In addition, the Coordinator implements an outreach and promotion strategy that strengthen relationships with and amongst organizations that serve Francophone newcomers with in/visible disabilities across the province, and support the development of regional networks to bridge the gap between the disability and settlement sectors and address systemic barriers through round table discussions.
- Deliver in in-person workshops, online facilitated training and webinars on newcomer accessibility issues to settlement sector workers
- Develops project work plans, timelines and implementation strategies; Proactively coordinate the Accessibility Initiatives and acts as central point of contact for Francophone stakeholders, including contractors/consultants, partner organizations, advisory committee members, and networking contacts
- Implement an outreach and promotion strategy that strengthens relationships with and amongst organizations that serve Deaf newcomer and/or newcomers with in/visible disabilities across the province to encourage regional dialogue and creation of Accessible Spaces networks
- Determine project priorities and manage projects tasks accordingly
- Plans, facilitates and conducts meetings
- Prepare, monitor and track progress of project deliverables and timing, identifying issues and providing advice on project progression
- Ensure that project deliverables meet OCASI’s standards, are clearly understood by project partners /contractors, and are executed in a manner that contributes to OCASI members’ learning and best practice development
- Develop and maintain on-line Accessibility Initiative resources
- Coordinate all aspects of the project: monitor budget, write reports, prepare documentation to secure project funding, draft contracts with consultants and contractors; liaise with community stakeholders
- This is a bilingual position, therefore, Excellent English and French written and verbal communication skills including strong editorial skills is a requirement
- 3-5 years of experience as a coordinator working in a non-profit or community-based agency
- Relevant post-secondary diploma or degree (e.g. social science, social work, community development, disability studies, immigration & settlement studies)
- Demonstrated success in adult education: facilitating/training groups varying in size regarding disability-related topics: inclusion, diversity, legislation, accessibility, barriers to inclusion, etc.
- Designing and updating curriculum. Key skills include: identifying learning objectives (in consultation with intended audience), designing activities to meet those learning objectives according to a variety of different learning styles, experience with adult learners and popular education models, time management, incorporating an ARAO framework throughout, identifying or creating supplementary and take-home resources, etc.
- Knowledge of current and relevant legislation affecting the lives of Deaf newcomers and/or newcomers with in/visible disabilities
- Experience working with people with various disabilities and service agencies in the immigrant and refugee sector through paid or volunteer work and (ideally) personal experience
- Familiarity with the immigrant and refugee serving sector in Ontario
- Excellent presentation, facilitation, group process skills in order to deliver effective training in a dynamic, interactive and enthusiastic manner
- Highly developed skills in listening, observing, interpreting and evaluating audiences engaged in learning activities
- Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and flexibility in various situations
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience in program coordination, including program planning, developing work plans, priority setting, keeping track of expenses, writing reports to funders, and evaluation
- Good computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications
- Connections with the Francophone non-profit sector is an asset
- Ability to work independently is important
- Excellent attention to detail
- Strong communication skills and ability to work with partners, users, and internal teams
- Ability and willingness to travel across Ontario
This is a full-time position.
Compensation: $50,000 / year plus benefits package
How to apply:
Send cover letter and resume by Friday, April 20, 2018 to:
Hiring Committee, OCASI
OCASI is committed to Employment Equity.
Thank you to all applicants for applying. However, we regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.