CERA is Hiring: Administrative Coordinator 

Application Deadline:  Friday,  December 13, 2019 

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is hiring a full-time Administrative Coordinator.  

CERA is a not-for-profit charity that is committed to advancing the right to housing in Ontario. Our model for advancing the right to housing includes:  

  • Serving clients to help them stay housed: CERA provides free services to tenants facing eviction and human rights violations in their housing, and we are experts in these fields. Each year we provide services to over a thousand tenants and we are highly effective in ensuring that some of the most vulnerable Ontario renters remain in their homes.
  • Providing education and training about housing rights: CERA provides intensive training sessions on housing rights and human rights in housing to diverse groups across Ontario, reaching approximately 1,000 people annually. We work with community partners to train individuals and communities about their housing rights and how to assert them, and we engage with landlords to educate them about their obligations as housing providers.  
  • Advancing progressive housing policy: CERA advances progressive housing policy through research, policy development, advocacy and litigation. Notable achievements include setting a legal precedent preventing landlords from discriminating against renters who receive social assistance, launching a constitutional challenge against the federal government for failing to take action against homelessness, and leading the Right to Housing Toronto Campaign (R2HTO).  

Your responsibilities will include: 

Assisting with the day to day operational and administrative needs of the organization, in particular with communications, finance, human resources, events, project tracking and managing workflows.  Administrative tasks include scheduling and making arrangements for meetings, assisting with correspondence, managing calendars (i.e. complex calendar management, taking minutes, preparing agendas and supporting materials) and routine administrative tasks such as filing, scanning and copying. Financial tasks include tracking expenses and assisting with managing budgets, processing expense reimbursements and charitable tax receipts, supporting budget planning, audit and charitable return processes, and supporting CERA’s bookkeeper by providing documents and responding to requests. Communications tasks include monitoring email and social media accounts for correspondence and ensuring timely responses, and supporting the development and distribution of CERA communications products. Human Resources tasks include supporting the Operations Manager in managing and monitoring staff attendance and leave planning, supporting recruitment and onboarding of staff. Performing other administrative tasks as required to support the organization, Executive Director and Board of Directors. 

Qualifications: 

  • University degree or College diploma in a related field (e.g. Administration, Social Sciences, Human Resources, Communications) or acceptable combination of equivalent experience 
  • Minimum of five years of relevant professional administrative experience working with organizations in a legal, policy or advocacy-related environment 
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, thrive in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, adapt quickly to change, and develop new skills 
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills 
  • Experience supporting working groups and committees (i.e. scheduling meetings, calendar management, minute taking and preparing agendas) Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team  
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  
  • Experience in self-managing tasks and workflow  
  • Knowledge of the housing and social sector is an asset. Working proficiency in a second language other than English also an asset. 

What we offer 

An opportunity to work with an innovative, mission-driven, entrepreneurial non-profit organization working to advance the right to housing in Ontario, and the opportunity to contribute to shaping the direction of the organization as we continue on our growth trajectory.  

 Salary range for this position is $18 – $23 / hour based on a 35-hour work week. A generous benefits package will be made available following the end of the three-month probationary period.  

CERA offers flexible hours, a 35-hour work week, the opportunity to work remotely (on a part-time basis following a three-month probationary period), and with a diverse group of talented staff who are committed to advancing the right to housing in Ontario. 

Our office is located at the Centre for Social Innovation (Spadina location), an exciting shared workspace with 250 other non-profits and social innovators across three locations in downtown Toronto. It is accessible by transit and offers substantial opportunities to network with like-minded people and participate in a mission-driven, innovative community through community events. 

To apply for this job: 

Please submit a resume and cover letter as one PDF document, quoting the position title in the subject line to: 

Hiring Committee 

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation 

427-192  Spadina  Avenue Toronto ON M5T 2C2  

Email:  cera@equalityrights.org 

CERA welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

December 2, 2019

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