Current Opportunities

Community Planner (one-year contract position)

(August 2022 - August 2023)

Internal/External Job Posting

Position Summary  

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit, charitable community organization that challenges inequality in our city through knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaboration, to spark social and policy change. SPT is a United Way "Anchor Agency." We also receive funding from the City of Toronto.

We are looking for a full-time, one-year contract Community Planner with expertise in community organizing, civic engagement and community capacity building. This position will cover a leave of absence from August 2022 - August 2023. This position reports to the Director, Engagement & Strategic Initiatives.  

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director, other Community Planners, Research & Policy Analysts and other staff and partners to shape and implement initiatives that advance social, racial, gender and economic justice, equitable policies and plans, and a just and equitable recovery/renewal
  • Work with residents, grassroots groups and organizational partners across Toronto, and organize events, support learning and leadership development, and enable greater participation in community and city-wide civic processes 
  • Participates in relevant committees, coalitions, networks, task groups and staff teams of the organization
  • Develops, implements and evaluates initiatives in response to community and city-wide priorities
  • Designs, coordinates, and facilitates workshops, meetings, events, and trainings on topics related to civic engagement, leadership, municipal government, equitable policy/advocacy, and social justice
  • Represents the organization and participates in city-wide, issue-based, or place-based meetings, coalitions and groups


  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in community development, community organizing and/or civic engagement;
  • Post-secondary education  in community development, political science, geography, planning, public policy, or social work preferred, or equivalent experience in the field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the inequalities faced by communities across the city;
  • Familiarity with grassroots and community organizing efforts across Toronto;
  • Excellent community engagement and coalition-building skills;
  • Demonstrated effective group facilitation skills, training skills and presentation skills;
  • Experience translating policy and research findings into community action;
  • Extensive experience working with diverse residents and communities across the city, including women, girls, trans, Two-spirit, and non-binary residents, Indigenous, Black, racialized folks, 2SLGBTQ+, seniors, immigrants, refugees, non-status residents, and people with disabilities;
  • Experience working with local service providers, community groups, advocacy groups, volunteers, networks and coalitions;
  • Capacity to link local issues to a city-wide agenda;
  • Proven organizational and multi-tasking abilities and experience working under pressure and to deadline;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience working with volunteers in advisory groups and committees;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

This position is a member of CUPE 1777.

Annual salary range: $49,436.17 - $67,756.24 plus benefits

In addition to salary, SPT has an excellent employee benefits package that includes sick leave, vision care, dental, hospitalization, drug plan, long term disability, group life insurance and pension plan. SPT also offers 15 vacation days in the first year of employment and 11 official statutory holidays as well as time off between December 24th and January 1st each year.

Why join SPT?

  • Get paid to do systems change work and work with partners across the city to address inequality in Toronto
  • Work with smart, passionate, engaged people who care about social and economic justice and work from a community-centred approach
  • Work at an organization with six decades of experience collaborating with partners and communities to advance equity

Working Conditions

This is a full-time, one-year contract position working 35 hours/week with occasional evening and weekend work. This position is based in Toronto, Ontario. Our team is currently working remotely, but plan to return to some in-person work in the fall.

To apply

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter outlining how they meet the above criteria to:

Attn: Maria Serrano
Director of Operations
[email protected]

The deadline for applications is July 31 at 5 PM.


SPT is committed to reflecting the full diversity of Toronto and to nurturing a respectful and inclusive work environment for all. We strongly encourage qualified applicants representing the full diversity of Toronto to apply. Candidates invited for an interview are encouraged to inform us in confidence of their accommodation needs.

We thank everyone for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SPT has a mandatory vaccine policy that is available for review upon request.

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