Volunteer Opportunity: Facilitator, Networking Programs
Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, Pride at Work Canada empowers employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation. We help create safer and more inclusive workspaces that realize the full potential of all employees and bring down barriers to employment. Our learning, networking and community events happen across the country, celebrating and connecting the most inclusive Canadian employers.
Pride at Work Canada was founded in 2008 by a group of dedicated volunteers with a vision to improve the climate of inclusiveness for LGBTQ2+ people in Canadian workplaces. The initial aim of the organization was to put the case for LGBTQ2+ inclusion on the mainstream business agenda by winning the support of employers that recognize the need to support LGBTQ2+ employees as part of their individual diversity and inclusion strategies. We now work with 200+ Proud Partners, employers that act as the organization’s members and support our mission, vision and values.
For more information, please visit http://www.prideatwork.ca.
The Facilitator, Networking Programs will be responsible for supporting Pride at Work Canada’s virtual networking programs. Reporting to the Leadership Programs Coordinator, the volunteer Facilitator will support our networking events that work to address barriers to LGBTQ2+ people in employment. These programs include:
- Rendez-Vous: Women x Non-Binary Digital Connect
Event exclusively open to women and non-binary facilitators and participants. Usually, this occurs twice annually in English and twice in French (during February and September/October).
- Matrices: Trans, Non-Binary & Agender Digital Connect
This event exclusively open to trans, non-binary and agender facilitators and participants. Typically, this occurs in English twice annually (during March and November, respectively) and aspires to happen in French in the near future.
- Fierté des Neiges / Winter Pride
A bilingual event open to people of all genders that occurs early in the year between February and April.
Other opportunities may be offered as Pride at Work Canada’s programs remain adaptive and continue to grow.
Terms and Commitments
This volunteer work will take place virtually. Each networking session lasts 2 hours, and an honorarium of $50 will be provided per session. A $50 honorarium for attendance at the initial training session will also be offered. Facilitators are expected to support at minimum two sessions per year.
Pride at Work Canada’s primary offices reside in Tkaranto/Toronto, which is the “Dish with One Spoon” territory. It is traditionally the home of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. Today, Toronto is home to Indigenous people from across Turtle Island.
Applications from all locations across Canada will be accepted and considered. We welcome francophone, bilingual, and anglophone applications.
- The Facilitator will support PaWC’s networking programs, including Rendez-Vous, Matrices & Fierté des Neiges during networking events by facilitating discussion in the breakout rooms
- Support PaWC staff to provide a safe environment for participants by moderating breakout rooms, intervening when necessary and taking initiative
- Ensure participants follow PaWC guidelines and help facilitate safer and braver spaces
- Attend PaWC training opportunities
- Facilitate at least two PaWC virtual networking sessions per year
Skills & Experience
- Demonstrated experience working with LGBTQ2+ communities
- Alignment with identities specific to networking event (see above for descriptions of events)
- Demonstrated experience in addressing anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-indigeneity, transphobia and ableism
- Ability to respond compassionately and call-in if an attendee is not inclusive in their language or actions
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Facilitation, mediation and/or trauma-informed practice skills and/or desire to develop these skills
Please submit an expression of interest, or, a cover letter and resume (and any support materials) in PDF format via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm EDT on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 5 pm EST. Please include your name in the subject line of your email. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Candidates who identify as Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQIA+ or are otherwise marginalized on the grounds of gender expression, gender identity and/or sexual orientation are strongly encouraged to apply. Lived experience as a member of any marginalized community is considered a strong asset.
If you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process please advise at any point and we will work with you to meet your needs.