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Position Title: Campaigns and Research Assistant: Financial Resources for Students with Disabilities  
Position Type: Part-time casual employee, with flexible scheduling, 12 hrs/week
Hourly Wage: $20/hour for up to 192 hours of work
Workplace Environment: Working with a unionized staff and volunteer board of directors. This is a unionized position with Local 2837 of the Workers United Canada Council. 
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: May 13th, 2021
Interview Dates: May 19th to 21st, 2021 (after 5 PM)
Starting Date: June 9th, 2021, 192 hours of work

About the Position:
The Campaigns and Research Assistant will work closely with SBA’s Center Coordinator on the Scholarship and Bursaries for Disabled Students Campaign. This campaign seeks to support the financial needs of disabled and mad students by helping them navigate the scholarships and bursaries available for students with disabilities. The goal of this campaign is to inform the organization, its members, and the wider community of the various financial supports available and provide access within the University of Toronto community. This position will be funded by the Canada Summer Jobs grant, with additional support from the Center for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto.

The following is outlined on the government site, and copied here for convenience.
To be eligible, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

*The applicant must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.

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
  • Familiarity with finance or governmental policy language is an asset
  • Previous experience reading and analyzing reports within an anti-oppressive framework
  • Communication skills

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific job tasks include: 

  • Researching the BSWD, OBSD, ODSP as well as and other scholarships and bursaries that are available for mad and disabled post-secondary students in Canada
  • Conducting a review of the educational funds for disabled and mad students
  • Creating a list of funding options across various provinces, with an emphasis for Ontario institutions
  • Working with the Center Coordinator to conduct a webinar about their findings for financial services and supports for students with disabilities 
  • Other duties as assigned to support ongoing campaigns, initiatives, and research efforts of the organization 
  • Participate in Disability Justice training and Active Listening training, which will be provided by the organization. 
  • Draft and submit an exit report

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.

To apply, send the following information by May 13th, 2021. 
If possible, PDF files are preferred.

  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 hiring@uoftsba.com

Note: Interviews will be conducted May 19th to 21st, 2021. 

SBA welcomes inquiries about the application process by email only, until May 7th, 2021. Be sure to reference the position in the subject section of the email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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