The South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre (formerly the Dalhousie Women's Centre) is seeking a new part-time Outreach Coordinator!
About South House
South House (SoHo) was founded in recognition of women’s common and diverse needs. South House recognizes that you cannot work for a society free of sexism and patriarchy without also working for a society free of all forms of oppression. South House supports women and all people dealing with oppression on the basis of sexuality and gender. South House believes in working together for the creation of a society that is vibrant, life-giving, and safe for people of all genders.
South House is a student-funded, volunteer-driven resource centre that seeks to address and advocate for anti-oppression issues within a feminist framework. South House consciously recognizes that struggles against all forms of oppression are feminist issues. We are first and foremost a resource centre which provides resources and support for students, faculty, staff, and community members on such issues.
South House aims to provide resources and referrals to the University and broader Halifax community, as well as a safe space for people to organize. South House also offers free meeting space to woman-positive and anti-oppression groups at the discretion of the Board.
Outreach Coordinator Responsibilities
- Work with External Communication Coordinator (board member) to liaise between the SoHo and provincial, local, and campus media, and to maintain a social networking presence for the centre. This may include writing press releases, commenting on current issues, and facilitating the voices of the SoHo through editorials and letters to the editor, as well as maintaining the Facebook group, Twitter feed, and other online presences as necessary.
- Update the SoHo mailing list, bulletin boards, and website.
- Take responsibility for miscellaneous communication (e.g. letters of support or protest, petitions, thank-you cards, etc.)
- Ensure that all material in and being released by the SoHo is in keeping with the constitution.
- Plan and coordinate the year's events and campaigns at the SoHo, including: Orientation Week events, Take Back the Night, the Purple Ribbon Campaign, a December 6th memorial, the Vagina Monologues, and International Women’s Day celebrations
- Promote and advertise SoHo events within the University and the broader community
- Evaluate the need for training or programming groups outside the centre and spearhead the creation of those events
Collaboration and Outreach
- Recruit volunteers and members to take leading roles in events at the SoHo, and communicate with groups that presently work with the SoHo on events or have taken part in the past
- Communicate and build coalitions between the SoHo and other groups in regards to advocacy
- Coordinate with volunteer/admin coordinator to find volunteers suitable to issues and campaigns that need assistance
- Identify new campaigns the SoHo could be involved with
- Build solidarity between the SoHo and other community organizations working toward social justice
- Maintain regular discussions, both formal and informal, regarding the current and future aspirations of the SoHo as part of the university, Halifax, and feminist communities
Shared Responsibilities of Coordinators
- Maintain open hours of the centre (M-F, 9 am – 5 pm during school year and reduced hours during the summer months) by coordinating with one another, board members, and volunteers.
- Basic maintenance of the centre (cleaning, dishes, answering phone calls and voice mails, checking the email account) while present in the space.
- Co-draft any centre-wide policy as required along with Board Governance Committee
- Plan and execute collaborative projects for fundraising, both for the SoHo (as needed) and other worthy institutions in the HRM.
- Attend board meetings and report to the board on activities
- Participate actively in SoHo endeavours
- Support and coordinate with one another
- Define and coordinate advocacy work at the SoHo, ensuring that it is in line with the SoHo constitution, liability, and the capacity of the centre
- Update and expand upon referral service
Other unforeseen responsibilities may be divided between coordinators, board members, and volunteers according to ability, availability, and expertise.
Hours & Compensation
The Outreach Coordinator is expected to work 20 hours/week with a salary of $18,000 per year. Medical, dental, and life insurance benefits are provided through Dalhousie.
The South House welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to the organization, and invites aboriginal women, women of colour, queer women, trans women, single mothers, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and women with disabilities to apply. Male-identified and nonbinary-identified people are also welcome and encouraged to apply, particularly from communities such as those listed above who are often underrepresented. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they as individuals would bring to the SoHo, in their cover letter.
How to Apply
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 16th at 5:00 pm. Applications should include a resume and cover letter, and may be submitted via email to DWC[at]dal.ca, or mailed or dropped off in person to 6286 South Street, Halifax NS, B3H 1T8 (open 9-5 Monday-Friday). Interviews will take place the following week, with a projected start date of employment in late January.