We’re Hiring!

As part of the Canada Summer Jobs program, SBA is proud to announce that we are hiring two researchers for the 2020-2021 school year. The application deadline for each position is August 7th, 2020 and each position pays $15.00/hour for 135 hours of work. Other information about each posting can be found in the links and attachments provided below. As a result of Canada Summer Jobs funding requirements, applicants must be between 15-30 years of age and be legally entitled to work in Canada. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

General Information

Workplace Environment: Working with a unionized staff and volunteer board of directors. Note: This position will begin remotely, and may transition to in-office, depending on Public Health guidelines. While we are able to make accommodations, the Researcher should have access to a computer or tablet, and have an internet connection. 

How to Apply

SBA prioritizes applications from people who identify as part of the disabled/mad community. We welcome and encourage applications from disabled/mad identified folks from marginalized communities and invite Indigenous people, Black people, people of colour, LGBTQ2SIA identified folks, working class people, and single parents to apply for this position. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letters, which will be kept confidential and shared among members of the hiring committee for hiring purposes only.

Please note: due to the funding requirements of the Canadian Summer Jobs grant, we can only hire applicants who are 15-30 years old, and are either Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or people to whom Refugee status has been conferred.

To apply, send the following information by August 7th. 

  1. A 1-page cover letter which answers the following question: What brings you to disability justice and community organizing?
  2. Resume

Please submit this information to sbahiringcommittee@gmail.com

Note: Interviews will be conducted August 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

SBA welcomes inquiries about the application process by email only, until July 28th, 2020. Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only successful applicants will be contacted. For more information about SBA or our programs, please visit www.uoftsba.com

Campaign Researcher: Responses to COVID-19 

Position Type: Part-time, with flexible scheduling 

Hourly Wage: $15/hour

Application Deadline: August 7th, 2020

Interview Dates: August 22nd, 23rd and 24th

Starting Date: Late September to early February, 135 hours of work

About the Position

The Researcher will investigate the ways other post-secondary institutions are supporting their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to online learning. They will review surveys and reports published by other institutions to produce a literature review which can be used as the foundation for future advocacy. The Researcher will also consider these results within a disability justice lens, and make recommendations for SBA’s future programming. 

Qualifications

Please note that volunteer experience will be considered as equally as paid work.

  • Demonstrated expertise and commitment in working from a disability justice, trans-positive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework
  • Understanding, through either academic study or lived experience, of systemic, historical, and everyday barriers that operate within academia and society at-large
  • Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups/communities is an asset
  • Experience organizing on a university campus or with student groups is an asset
  • Previous experience reading and analyzing reports or essays within an anti-oppressive framework
  • Communication skills

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Researcher will work with SBA’s Advocacy and Finance Coordinator in development of our Communities of Care campaign. This campaign seeks to build a culture of care and support within our own community. They will investigate current student support as it relates to online learning and consider how these programs can be adapted within the framework of disability justice. The literature review will help SBA advocate for better student support during this time. Additionally, the report can help efforts to ensure that newly-developed student support exists in a post-pandemic future. 

Specific job tasks include: 

  • reading pandemic-related reports from government agencies, national student associations, and other post-secondary institutions;
  • conducting a literature review;
  • creating a list of references;
  • drafting a brief report of their findings or presenting their findings in an alternative format;
  • identifying areas where SBA can support students in future advocacy campaigns or programming;
  • assisting with other Communities of Care Campaign-related tasks, as assigned

Campaign Researcher: Responses to Student Mental Health

Position Type: Part-time, with flexible scheduling 

Hourly Wage: $15/hour

Workplace Environment: Working with a unionized staff and volunteer board of directors. Note: This position will begin remotely, and may transition to in-office, depending on Public Health guidelines. While we are able to make accommodations, the Researcher should have access to a computer or tablet, and have an internet connection. 

Application Deadline: August 7th, 2020

Interview Dates: August 22nd, 23rd and 24th

Starting Date: Late September to early February, 135 hours of work.

About Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA)

Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto is a student-led, volunteer-driven, non-profit which advocates for intersectional access, equity and inclusion. We advocate for disability justice, and all of our programming and advocacy is shaped through this framework. 

SBA holds free, skill-building workshops for members that build our community’s expertise, while also giving members the ability to learn skills transferable to many workplace settings. At this time, SBA is working to support members virtually, with movie nights, workshops, and a food-sharing program. On campus, we run a community drop-in center where members can enjoy a respectful, social, political and creative space. 

About the Position

The Researcher will investigate the ways other post-secondary institutions and communities are dealing with student mental health. They will look into the efficacy of these programs for different marginalized identities, and will consider how they can be adapted to the University of Toronto context. This work is part of our Student Mental Health Campaign, which seeks to understand the needs of students with disabilities and the barriers they face in accessing support and services. The campaign aims for the removal of these barriers.  

Qualifications

Please note that volunteer experience will be considered as equally as paid work.

  • Demonstrated expertise and commitment in working from a disability justice, trans-positive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework
  • Understanding, through either academic study or lived experience, of systemic, historical, and everyday barriers that operate within academia and society at-large
  • Previous experience in organizing with marginalized groups/communities is an asset
  • Experience organizing on a university campus or with student groups is an asset
  • Familiarity with understanding language in institutional policy is an asset
  • Communication skills

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Researcher will work with SBA’s Advocacy and Finance Coordinator. They will investigate programs implemented in other post-secondary institutions and communities to support student mental health. The researcher will not conduct any formal interviews, but may have to connect with other student organizers during the course of their research. They will learn the history of mental health organizing on the U of T campus, and will use their research to make recommendations for SBA’s future advocacy campaigns. 

Specific job tasks include: 

  • liaising with student unions and groups – both at U of T and in other universities – to investigate their practices;
  • researching institutional policies around student mental health and best practices in post-secondary institutions and community settings;
  • conducting a literature review;
  • creating a list of references;
  • drafting a brief report of their findings or presenting their findings in an alternative format
  • assisting with other Student Mental Health Campaign-related tasks, as assigned
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