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OPIRG Provincial is Hiring a Provincial Coordinator

OPIRG Provincial is Hiring a Provincial Coordinator

OPIRG Provincial is Hiring a Provincial Coordinator 

Ontario OPIRG (OPIRG Provincial/OPIRG Network) is hiring for a a part-time contract, management position for a duration of just over one year, with the possibility of renewal. This role, broadly, assists in Network-wide communications, administration, and support task. Please read the below sections for further information

The Organization:

Established in the 1970s, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is a provincial charitable non-profit corporation whose membership is comprised of eleven campus-based chapter PIRGs in Ontario. Each campus-based PIRG operates independently in promoting campus and community-based research, educational activities, and action on a variety of social justice and environmental justice issues. As the formal network to which all local PIRGs belong, the purpose of OPIRG is to provide training, support, and foster cooperation between PIRGs on these issues.

Employment Term:

Proposed starting date — January 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
Location: Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Ottawa, or Kitchener-Waterloo ON (or nearby community with ability to travel).

Job Specifics:

This is a part-time contract, management position for a duration of just over one year, with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement and the completion of a performance evaluation. The contract includes 450 hours of work over the course of the year, with on average 30 hours per month. The rate of pay will be in accordance with the base starting salary for all OPIRG staff, at $22.29. A small budget for expenses associated with the work including office supplies and transportation is also provided.

The Provincial Coordinator reports directly to the Provincial Supervisory Committee but ultimately to the OPIRG Board of Directors. The Provincial Coordinator is expected to provide their own computer, phone and workspace in order to carry out the duties of the position. Some expenses, including long distance phone charges are eligible for reimbursement. Some evening and weekend work is required, specifically attendance at the AGM and Provincial Board meetings, which typically occur in October and February in Toronto. Travel to other meetings and to PIRG chapters may be required.

Roles and Responsibilities: 

The Provincial Coordinator has a range of responsibilities to the network. It includes components of administration, coordination and communication. On an annual basis, the Provincial Coordinator will develop with the Supervisory Committee a work plan with timelines and evaluation measures for the priority activities agreed upon for that year. It is also understood that the skills and background of the Provincial Coordinator will be considered when developing the work plan to maximize the conditions for success of the employee and the network.

Coordination roles (60%): 

  1. Coordinate, and provide support to, the Network’s committees between Provincial Meetings.
  2. Supporting Chapters by providing access to resources such as information about organizational development, funding opportunities, and campaign and referendum organizing techniques.
  3. Research and share the best practices and innovative approaches from Chapters with others in the Network.
  4. Develop a strong familiarity with the OPIRG by-laws, policies and any Operating Manuals to assist in adherence to them at meetings of the Provincial Board, its committees, and to OPIRG chapter Boards and Chapter Staff when applicable.
  5. Develop a strong familiarity with the OPIRG and CUPE 1281 Collective Agreement to assist OPIRG Chapter Boards, as requested by the chapters, and Provincial Board Council.
  6. Provide coordination and logistical support for the Network’s Public Interest Schools, and Board Training School and Networking Meetings.

Communication roles (20%): 

  1. Be the first point of contact for the Network; responding to email queries and all other correspondence.
  2. Ensuring all members of the OPIRG Board of Directors can access the OPIRG wiki and all important documentation related to network activities.
  3. Monitor and participate as needed in the OPIRG Provincial Board email listserv.
  4. Assist Portfolio holding chapters with OPIRG website and listservs

Administrative roles (20%): 

  1. Attend at least one day of each of the Provincial Meetings (PBM and AGM), provide reports to these meetings as appropriate and provide administrative support while in attendance, primarily by documenting meetings and taking minutes.
  2. Work with the Chapters hosting the AGM and PBM to help coordinate required meeting materials.
  3. Meet monthly with the Supervisory Committee to report on activities, problem-solve challenges, and maintain and submit to the Supervisory Committee a record of hours worked.
  4. Maintain the OPIRG wiki site Google Sites-hosted wiki and assist with archiving activities related to the wiki.


  • Experience with the OPIRG Board of Directors or equivalent knowledge based on experience as a PIRG Chapter member is a major asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the OPIRG mission, policies and structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work without direct supervision to create priorities and accomplish tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience with administration and governance in a non-profit setting and unionized environment
  • Experience with campus and community organizing, and knowledge of grassroots activism.
  • Proficient in the use of email, wiki pages, and word processing.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently over email.
  • Ability to summarize and simplify complex ideas and documents in order to communicate them in writing or verbally.
  • Ability to develop relationships by electronic and phone communications.
  • Ability to travel to Provincial meetings as required (Meetings usually occur in Toronto during the months of October, February and May)
  • Proficient in taking accurate and clear minutes for Board meetings.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) is an asset.


Interested applicants should email their application to Brad Evoy at OPIRG Guelph (organizational@opirgguelph.org) by 11:59 PM on 23 November 2016.
We intend to start interviews on and during the week of 28 November.

Please submit applications only as DOC/DOCX (Microsoft Word) or PDF (Adobe) documents. Pleas include a resume, a one page statement on power and oppression, and a one page cover letter stating your experience and qualifications, as well as two references with contact information.

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites indigenous people, people of colour, women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans people, intersexed people, working class 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 OPIRG in their cover letter.

No phone calls please.