Who:

Led by OCASI, in partnership with Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Rexdale Community Legal Clinic and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario.

What:

The project will conduct research into the barriers faced by racialized Ontarians in accessing administrative tribunals, and how these barriers affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the administrative tribunals; develop a tool and policy concerning the collection of disaggregated data with respect to the users of the tribunals; review policies from multiple jurisdictions that support access to tribunals for racialized and other disadvantaged individuals.

Goals:

To advance access to justice for racialized Ontarians by identifying barriers to accessing tribunals and proposing policy and practice solutions to eliminate barriers
Identifying good practices and resources from other jurisdictions that can improve access to tribunals.
Position Summary:

The Access to Justice Project Coordinator will work with guidance from the Project Steering Committee, to undertake research into the barriers that racialized Ontarians face in accessing administrative tribunals, using a variety of approaches including literature review, legal research, user survey and key informant interviews; develop policy and practice recommendations to address barriers; develop a tool and policy to facilitate the collection of disaggregated data; and identify good practices and policies in use in other jurisdictions that can improve access to tribunals.

The Project Coordinator will work from an inclusive anti-racist, feminist, pro-choice, and anti-oppression framework encompassing all the inequities caused by race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, class, violence, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language, disability, immigration status and socio-economic circumstances.

This project is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario as an Access to Justice Grant.

The employer is OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.

Responsibilities:

Research barriers that racialized Ontarians face in accessing administrative tribunals, using a variety of approaches including literature review, legal research, user survey and key informant interviews, and develop policy and practice recommendations.
Develop a tool and policy to facilitate the collection of disaggregated data.
Research good practices and policies in use in other jurisdictions that can improve access to tribunals.
Develop and maintain social media presence for the project, including for report dissemination.
Coordinate all project activities including with project partners, steering committee and reports to funder.
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:

Education:

Minimum undergraduate degree is required, ideally in social sciences or humanities, or public policy, political science or geography
Legal degree or training is an asset
Graduate degree is an asset
Research training is an asset
Experience:

Minimum 1 year experience working with a public policy, or legal, or community research mandate preferably in a community or non-government organization environment.
Experience in working with racialized communities, working on issues that impact on racialized communities, or in an anti-racism environment is a strong asset.
Skills:

Demonstrated skills/ability in the following areas:

Working within an anti-racism, anti-discrimination framework
Legal or academic research, and community-based research
Working with a database
Oral and written communication in English
Work independently as well as in a team environment
Analytical, problem solving, attention to detail
Multi-task, set priorities, meet tight deadlines
Professionalism, tact, sensitivity and diplomacy in engaging with multiple stakeholders
Flexibility, self-directed, initiative, creativity
MS Office, web-based applications such as Google docs, webinars, online surveys, e-communications and social media
Hours: Part-time, flexible hours and days
Duration: Immediate until August 1, 2018
Compensation will include benefits package

How to apply:

Submit electronic resume and cover letter indicating the position applied for in the subject by 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2017 to:

Hiring Committee – OCASI Access to Justice Project Coordinator

E-mail: copc@ocasi.org

OCASI is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

Thank you to all applicants for applying. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

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