Sudbury Worker's Education and Advocacy Centre - Greater Sudbury, ON

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Full-time - Two Year Contract

The Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) is an organization of workers, students and community volunteers committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment. Our centre delivers support and education on worker’s rights, provide community spaces for workers to share and learn together, and ensure that all workers have a voice at work and are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.
We are currently seeking a Director to build our centre’s capacity, financial sustainability, and raise awareness of workplace issues experience by vulnerable workers in our community.

Summary of Work Areas

  • Provide intake support through our phone line, drop in and outreach efforts to provide

information to workers on work-related issues, in particular Employment Standards, Employment Insurance and Human Rights;

  • Assist workers with the development of strategies in resolving workplace problems;
  • Work with the organization to development and deliver appropriate supports for workers through information sessions, workshops and support clinics at SWEAC and at community organizations throughout the city;
  • Coordinate the training and support for students, volunteers and members of SWEAC who participate in the delivery of support programs to workers;
  • Facilitate the involvement of workers interested in becoming volunteers of SWEAC;
  • Assist with community capacity building, volunteer development, and growth of SWEAC within the community;
  • Provide supervision and mentorship to students and interns.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Sudbury's diverse labour force, current labour market trends and issues confronting workers in low wage and precarious employment;
  • Strong knowledge and advocacy skills, especially in the areas of Employment Standards, Employment Insurance and Human Rights;
  • Enhanced knowledge of government services, community supports, First Nations resources, immigrant services and resources across the Greater Sudbury Area;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, board members, staff, volunteers and students;
  • Demonstrated experience providing information, referrals, and support to a diverse range of workers including low wage and vulnerable workers;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of workplace legislation, especially in the areas of Employment Standards, Employment Insurance and Human Rights;
  • Experience delivering educational workshops, training and presentations –working with clear language skills and a popular education approach;
  • Demonstrated ability to access funding through foundations, grants, government opportunities, fund raising and the organization of events;
  • Ability to develop work plans, meet deadlines and work collaboratively with staff, a board and volunteers;
  • Strong English-language writing and presentation skills;
  • Fluently bilingual in English and French;
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collectively;
  • Background in labour organizing an asset;
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle an asset;
  • Evening and weekend work is a requirement of the job.
  • Ability to work flexible hours essential.

Contract period: Projected start date September, 2014

Submit cover letter and resume by mail or email. All applications must be received by 5 pm, MONDAY, August 25, 2014 to:

Hiring Committee
Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre
109 Elm St. Suite 209
Sudbury, ON P3C 1T4

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, but we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

SWEAC encourages applications from women, people of colour, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities and other equity seeking groups.
SWEAC is committed to a working environment and community free from racism, discrimination, harassment and violence.