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October 9, 2020

Call for Applications: Research Centre Coordinator

Hosted by Centre for Global Disability Studies (CGDS)

Deadline to apply: October 9, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.


Research Centre Coordinator
Centre for Global Disability Studies (CGDS)
University of Toronto Scarborough

The Centre for Global Disability Studies has one position available for the period October 19, 2020 to February 26, 2021. This position is governed by the Collective Agreement for the “Casual” Bargaining Unit between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and the United Steel Workers (USW).

Posting Date: September 24, 2020
Salary: $29.44 per hour + 4% vacation on all hours worked.
Hours of Work: 14.5 hours per week

To be mutually agreed upon, flexibility in scheduling of hours is required in order to meet operational needs. This position is primarily remote.

Working under the general direction of the Director, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Establishing and maintaining core operational processes for the Centre, including monitoring email accounts; proofreading and editing Centre documents for consistency and excellence;
  • Maintaining and updating content for digital platforms; identifying and pursuing maintenance for digital platforms; maintaining and updating the CGDS listserv;
  • Representing the Centre when attending to internal and external inquiries; fostering cooperative working relationships with internal and external partners
  • Providing logistical and administrative support for all aspects of event planning and hosting, such as photocopying, advertising, managing catering reservations, and accessible travel support for visiting speakers and attendees;
  • Providing financial support and accounting to the Director and the unit, including preparing expense reimbursements, payment of invoices, tracking of expenses and account reconciliation, and maintain ongoing communication with financial managers in the Office of the Dean;
  • Tracking and maintaining timelines for Centre programming, especially overseeing timelines and processes for small grants administered by the Centre, including: incoming grant applications, communicating with Director and other CGDS team members on grant committees regarding timelines; acting as the point of contact for prospective and successful grantees; assisting the Director and other CGDS team members in maintaining the Centre’s administrative records, archives, budget, and preparing reports; assisting the Director and other CGDS team members in compiling, proofreading, and preparing applications for funding.
  • Supporting the Centre’s mission to contribute to an anti-ableist, collaborative scholarly community that furthers accessibility and intersectionality as part of disability studies research.

Education: University degree in an arts and humanities or social science field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Educational background in critical disability studies, and/or other equity and social justice related academic fields an asset.

Experience: Experience with academic research, with the administration of academic units, or with equity and social justice advocacy projects. Proficient with computer programs such as Microsoft 365 (Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel), Zoom, Adobe Acrobat, WordPress, and shared cloud-based filing systems are essential. Experience with software and standards for creating and using accessible texts and media, and knowledge of disability access practices is an asset. Must have financial experience processing expenses and reconciling accounts. Experience with content management for websites and/or social media OR experience learning new software platforms are desirable.

The ideal candidate will have lived experience with disability and/or previous experience working in accessibility, but neither is strictly required.

Skill: Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Must be a self-starter.

Other: Knowledge of or experience with University of Toronto policy is an asset. Must be a strong team-player and committed to quality service. Must be prepared to work remotely; no on-campus work is planned for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.

Please submit a covering letter and resume including references, no later than October 9, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. to Professor Cassandra Hartblay, Director, at cgds.utsc@utoronto.ca, with the phrase Research Centre Coordinator in the email subject line.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.