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We are hiring! CERA is seeking an Executive Director

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization.

CERA was founded in 1987 as a province-wide, not-for-profit   organization dedicated to promoting human rights in housing. Our work is founded on a belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all people. It is in this spirit that we carry out all of our initiatives, which share the common goal of intervening in cycles of discrimination that disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized individuals in the housing market. Through public education, advocacy, and law reform CERA works to address barriers preventing individuals from accessing and maintaining housing. We are a leader in our field, using both domestic and international human rights law to address homelessness and poverty.

Duties and Responsibilities

Operations Management

  • Manage the planning, implementation and delivery of the organization’s projects and services
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Oversee the Human Rights & Housing Hotline, which provides free legal information and tenant advocacy

Financial Management

  • Oversee the financial health of the organization
  • Prepare budgets and regular financial reports for the Board of Directors
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget

Board Engagement

  • Communicate regularly with the Board of Directors about the operation of the organization
  • Serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities including the direction of the organization, its programs and services, and the financial health of the organization

Human Resources

  • Supervise and train staff, students and volunteers
  • Respond to employee grievances
  • Maintain a workplace environment free from harassment and discrimination

Policy Reform & Community Development

  • Lead policy reform efforts to improve housing regulation and policy, including participation in international, federal, provincial, and municipal processes
  • Engage in outreach and build community partnerships
  • Strengthen the organization’s presence in the community


  •  Oversee and engage in fund development strategies to raise revenue for the organization
  • Complete funding applications to secure ongoing funding for the organization

Qualifications and Experience

  • You understand human rights law and landlord and tenant law and have a thorough knowledge of housing and homelessness issues. It is a valuable asset if you are a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • You have experience developing and implementing creative funding strategies, managing projects, and forging and maintaining strong relationships with funding and partner organizations.
  • You have experience managing staff and volunteers and managing budgets.
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills.
  • As a leader, you understand how to juggle multiple priorities and expand on the talents of a small group of dedicated and diverse staff, students, and volunteers.
  • You maintain an open, positive, respectful and exciting work environment where staff, students and volunteers are valued.
  • You care about people facing discrimination and eviction in housing and believe it is important to help them.
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors is an asset.

Terms of position

This is a permanent full-time position that offers a competitive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply

All applicants are asked to submit the following:

1. A cover letter;
2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae; and 3. A professional writing sample.

Please submit your application by February 17, 2017 to:

Renee Griffin
Executive Director
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation 164 – 215 Spadina Avenue Toronto ON M5T 2C7 Email: renee@equalityrights.org

Applications submitted via email must be sent as a single PDF document with the subject line “Application for Executive Director”.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.