We are looking to employ two people working 30 hours per week, for 9 weeks, as Community Outreach Coordinators under the supervision of the Healthy Transportation Coalition. The start date for the position is May 28th. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday, May 17th.
Background of the project:
The Healthy Transportation Coalition wants to ensure that improvements are made to the transportation network to make it healthier, so that low-income earners are well-served and transportation choices minimize environmental impacts. All residents of the national capital region should be able to access a healthy transportation network that prioritizes walking, cycling, other modes of active transportation, and public transportation. Improvements should be thought of from social, public health, environmental, and financial perspectives.
The goal of this project is to support vulnerable populations who are not well-served by a healthy transportation network of sidewalks, walking paths, multi-use paths, bike lanes and public transportation in Ottawa. It will support them in seeking improvements needed in policies, infrastructure, access and affordability.
The City of Ottawa will begin to update its Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan in 2019, and the Healthy Transportation Coalition is working to ensure that transportation equity is incorporated into those plans.
Given that cities are increasingly becoming unaffordable for many, we need to ensure that transportation related policies and spending addresses systemic barriers that people are facing. For example, if you live on a modest income, and have four children, the cost of paying for bus fares for your entire family can force hard decisions on whether to buy healthy food, pay to heat your home, or buy a bus pass. Our work hopes to address systemic barriers that people are facing, and to work with the City to ensure improvements are made to help people who have been historically disadvantaged. These people who have been historically disadvantage include, but are not limited to, people living on modest incomes, people living with disabilities, people who are recent immigrants.
Working with local residents in three lower income neighbourhoods in Ottawa, we will talk with public transit riders about needed improvements to the public transit system, and to the network of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in these neighbourhoods and across the city. There will be a focus of the work in the Vanier and Bay Ward areas of the city.
Given that the fossil fuel powered transportation sector has a major negative impact on the environment, anything we can do to encourage people to ride public transit, and cycle and walk more often can help to reduce emissions.
We will also attend local community celebrations, festivals, and cultural events city-wide to speak with people about our work, and to encourage them to get involved.
The Community Outreach Coordinator will:
- Perform outreach, including face to face, door to door, and talking with people at rapid transit stations – this will be a large component of the position.
- Data entry
- Develop outreach material
- Organize events to do neighbourhood and city-wide outreach
- Correspond with Healthy Transportation Coalition members to engage them in our activities
This is a position funded by the Canada Summer Student Program and as such the employee must meet the following requirements:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
- Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
- legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
* Foreign students are not eligible.
- Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in English (ability to communicate in French will be considered a strong asset)
- Strong organizing and coordination skills or experience
- Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills
- General computer skills
- Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts
- Some knowledge of consensus-based decision-making
- Personable, positive attitude
- Ability to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks
- Experience in planning events, particularly community events, and/or experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers
- Strong writing skills in both English and French
- A third language (such as, Arabic or Somali) will be considered an asset
- Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within an anti-oppressive framework
OPIRG takes Employment Equity into account throughout our hiring processes. OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites Indigenous people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, two-spirit, queer-oriented people, gender non-binary, transgender, asexual people, working class people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities and other marginalized persons to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences that they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter. Accommodations are available upon request throughout the hiring process. OPIRG is an accessible workplace.
Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:
1) your CV / resume
2) a cover letter explaining how you meet each of the job qualifications,
3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself and the work environment, as well as your understanding of OPIRG.
Send the documents (in PDF format) listed above to:
Hiring Committee – OPIRG
OPIRG/GRIPO-University of Ottawa
85 University Private, 215 D University Centre
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5
or E-mail to: HealthyTransportationott@gmail.com