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2/12/2024 11:18:40 AM
Community social development officer-Project Director
Employer : The 519
  City : Toronto Job type :  Career
  Region : ON Hours :  Full-Time
  Country : CA Duration :  Permanent
  Deadline : 8/1/2024
  Education : University or above Experience :  5 years or above  
  Salary : $86,500 – $115,000
  Description :  
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9
Start Date ASAP
Union Status Management/Non-Union/Exempt
Salary Range $86,500 – $115,000/ year (wage grade 6)
Benefits Enrolled in health, dental, life and disability benefits after completing probation; Optional
enrolment in OMERS pension plan from day one.
Hours of Work 30 hours per week
Location Hybrid; 519 Church St. Toronto ON, M4Y 2C9 and remotely


Emergencies related to climate crisis are an increasing reality in our time. There are few moments in times in which issues of inequality and marginalization are made as obvious as in moments of large-scale environmental crisis. This is true in relation to acute events: one only needs to think of the experience and treatment of many low-income people of colour in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Initial research indicates there are virtually no resources or research that considers the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities including older adults, trans, BIPOC, people living with a disability during extreme weather events.

Our experience of working with and providing education training workshops to hundreds of organizations, companies, and government agencies has consistently shown that large-scale plans and programs, especially those created in moment of crises, often neglect the specific safety and wellbeing needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
Climate resiliency policy framework and crisis response plans need to adequately contemplate the specific needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities so that the systems of structural oppression and discrimination don’t further marginalize 2SLGBTQ+ communities during major climate emergencies events. This project intends to change that reality.


The Community social development officer-Project Director will utilize a community strengths-based model that draws on the inherent resiliency of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. A strong understanding, analysis and familiarity with the disproportionate impacts of major, large-scale crises on 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC, low-income communities and emergency management planning services will be crucial to the success of this project.

The Community social development officer-Project Director will represent The 519 at conferences, community meetings, and other events and will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders and relevant community partners, to ensure the development of resources and best practices, share information, collaborate, problem solve and maintain effective relationships. Experience with networking, partnership development, relationship-building and stakeholder engagement will be crucial to this part of the role.

This role will involve a significant amount of research, information tracking, report writing and resource development. Strong organization, research and writing skills will be essential to the role.

The Community social development officer-Project Director will report to the Executive Director and will be an active member of The 519’s senior leadership team. This includes engagement in cross organizational projects, including ensuring our work aligns with our strategic goals and guiding principles; supporting internal capacity building efforts and encouraging staff to engage, in training, professional development, employee resource groups and fostering inter-team collaboration. Senior management experience, effective communication and teamwork skills will be essential for this part of the role.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community social development officer-Project Director, will lead The 519’s project to consider the needs and experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the event of significant climate-related emergencies.


• Designs, directs and implements all aspects of the project including detailed multi-year plans related to research and community engagement strategies (internal and external) to inform the development of effective community resources/tool kits and community resiliency strategies that effectively considers the experiences and realities of diverse 2SLGBTQ+ people.
• Builds effective relations with a wide range of related key informants, stakeholders, community and partners to both inform planning and seek improved outcomes for 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the event of climate-related emergencies/disasters.
• Manages the design, development and dissemination of broad-based communications strategies and resources that will enhance 2SLGBTQ+ community resiliency including preparing position and issues papers, briefs, and funder reporting.
•Builds the knowledge and capacity of The 519 to understand community risks and establish risk mitigation strategies, approaches, and plans across current and future programs/ services.
• Examines the strategies and feasibility of establishing networks of community volunteers that may be mobilized in the event of climate emergencies and considers community vulnerabilities and resilience.
• Represents the Project and The 519 in a variety of public forums, including conferences, community meetings, partnership tables, and all levels of government, etc.
• Manages all aspects of project financial and funder reporting.
• Acts as supervisor under the definition of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, ensuring that adequate training, safety equipment, and safe work procedures are in place to develop a strong culture of health and safety.
• Ensures compliance with all applicable legislation including, but not limited to, Occupational Health and Safety legislation, Collective Agreements, The 519 and City of Toronto HR policies, the City of Toronto Public Service By-law and the Employment Standards Act.


1. Minimum 5 years’ experience in planning, developing and implementing community resiliency plans, public policy, and strategies related to climate emergencies including ability to evaluate and monitor project plans, progress and outcomes. International experience is considered an asset.
2. Minimum 5 years’ experience in the design, development of public policy including research, best practices, tool kits, frameworks and evaluation methodology to address human rights issues.
3. Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to this work and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience within the non-profit and/or the public sector.
4. Extensive knowledge of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities, anti-oppression and anti-racist frameworks, including current issues and trends, often gleaned through lived experiences.
5. Highly developed public speaking and presentation skills and experience.
6. Demonstrated experience working and supporting community relations objectives.
7. Proficiency in all social media platforms and a deep understanding of how to ensure a high level of engagement across various social media channels.
8. Highly developed relationship building and interpersonal skills to deal with a broad range of stakeholders, both internal and external.
9. Commitment to social justice principles and an understanding of the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and class; this position requires a commitment to and passion for social justice.
10. Ability to multi-task effectively to meet competing deadlines for internal and external partners.
11. Knowledge of applicable legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, relevant privacy legislation, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Collective Agreements, and City of Toronto/The 519 policies.
12. Strong strategic and lateral thinking skills in combination with strong research, analytical and problem-solving abilities.
13. Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites, databases such as Blackbaud and Salesforce.
14. Strong decision-making skills with a track record of results-orientated leadership and ability to work effectively within teams and independently.
15. Demonstrated proficiency in management competencies required in the City of Toronto including strategic orientation, leadership, political acuity, and fiscal responsibility.

Email your cover letter and resume as one document to Please quote Job #23-11 and your name in the cover letter and in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line write “Job 23-11 First Name Last Name”. Please also share which pronouns you would like us to use when corresponding with you (directly and within The 519) in your email or your cover letter.
Applicants are required to demonstrate in their resume that their qualifications match those specified in the job posting.
The 519 actively encourages applicants from all equity seeking groups. The 519 embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We thank all applicants. No agencies please.

Accommodation: The 519 is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request.

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