Opportunity: Community Planner (4–5 month contract position)

Social Planning Toronto (SPT) is an independent social planning organization. SPT challenges inequity in our citythrough knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaborationto spark social and policy change.

We are looking for a Community Planner (28-35 hours/week, with flexible work hours) with expertise in gender equality and experience working with diverse women, girls, trans, Two-spirit, and non-binary residents and the agencies that work with them to implement a consultation and community-based research process from October 2021 to March 2022.

The Community Planner will lead extensive community consultations to help shape the City of Toronto’s Gender Equity Strategy, which will incorporate an intersectional gender-based lens into City policies, programs, and services. The general responsibilities of the position include working with organizational and grassroots partners, recruitment and training of peer leaders, and leading the engagement of diverse women, girls, trans, Two-spirit and non-binary people from across all parts of Toronto in conversations about their needs, challenges, and their recommendations to address gaps in City programs and services on topics such as housing, gender-based violence, recreation, childcare, youth, transit, and more.

The consultations will include meaningful engagement with residents and communities that are (but not limited to) Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, seniors, newcomers, persons living with disabilities, and from all areas across the city. Consultations/stakeholder engagement will be conducted remotely. The consultations will result in collaborative data collection and analysis and culminate in a final report. The Community Planner will work closely with the City of Toronto, partners in the gender justice sector/community, and other SPT staff.

Key skills required

  • Knowledge of the issues facing women, girls, trans, Two-spirit, and non-binary residents and strong ability to integrate an intersectional gender equity lens into community engagement and daily work
  • Knowledge of networks and organizations that work with diverse women, trans, and non-binary residents in Toronto
  • Project coordination and stakeholder engagement experience, including virtual processes and tools
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-based, collaborative environment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Conflict resolution and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Qualifications required

  • Post-secondary education in social policy, social work, and/or community development preferred
  • 35 years of experience working on gender equality
  • Experience in community-based organizations, including coordinating projects
  • Community-based research skills a strong asset
  • Experience working with diverse women, girls, trans, Two-spirit, and non-binary residents, including Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, seniors, newcomers, and people living with disabilities
  • Experience working with community partners 
  • Proven organizational abilities and experience working under pressure and to deadline

This position is a member of CUPE 1777. Annual salary range: $48,705.58$66,754.93 plus benefits

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: [email protected]

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, October 27, at 5:00 P.M.

(This posting will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted)

Social Planning Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from the full diversity of our community.

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