The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking a full-time employee (35 hours / week according to the work schedule specified in the chart below). OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week Coordinator contract begins July 1st 2019 and ends on August 30th 2019. OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student directed volunteer organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.

Work Period

Time Commitment

July 1st to August 30th

35 hours/week

The role of the OPIRG Project Coordinator will be to work alongside other OPIRG staff to organize and carry-out OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week, as well as coordinate the activities of the Learning Garden throughout the Summer. The ALT 101 week will take place at the beginning of September.

Alternative 101 is a radically different and politically progressive 101 week option for students and community members to start off the school year at the University of Ottawa in September.  Our events allow people to discover the radical side of campus and the city. The week is open to students from absolutely every faculty. We do our best to ensure that all of our events are accessible to everyone, and strive to create safe spaces for all our participants. In the past, we have organized concerts, spoken word nights, book fairs, potlucks, trivia nights, various DIY workshops and a bunch of other fun events. The week is accessible, queer positive, totally green, 100% awesome and open to all! ALT 101 has been organized by OPIRG every September since 2005.

The Learning Garden is a volunteer-run space at the University of Ottawa main campus open to all people interested in learning how to grow food, medicine and plants in general. The Learning Garden plots can be found in two locations: on the south end of the lawn between the Morrisset and Fauteux buildings; and behind the Leblanc residence, where we share space with other community-run gardening projects. For the last three years, the Learning Garden is run under the supervision of OPIRG. This year, the main project at the garden will be to set up an Indigenous garden featuring the culture and techniques of native people whose land we are on.


• Working with other OPIRG staff, action groups, and other partner organisations to organize, coordinate, and promote events

• Training and coordinating all volunteers, including managing the OPIRG week organizing committee (including staff, board, and volunteers)

• Coordinate and contribute to the promotional material for ALT 101

• Recruiting and outreaching to new and returning students

• Other tasks relevant to organizing OPIRG’s ALT 101 week

• Other general office duties

• Creating a report with reflections and on how the week was organized to be submitted at the end of the contract

• Participate in the coordination of the Learning Garden


• Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in both English and French

• Strong organizing and coordination skills or experience

• Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills

• General computer skills

• Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts

• Some knowledge of consensus decision-making

• Personable attitude

• Capacity to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks

• Experience in planning events, particularly on-campus events, and/or experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers

• Knowledge of OPIRG-Ottawa and our action groups

• Some knowledge of uOttawa campus and community, including student unions, clubs, and other associations


• Strong writing skills in both English and French

• Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within a anti-oppressive framework


Salary: $ 15/hr

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experience they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.

Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter.

All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment. In particular, explain the importance of creating an anti-oppressive OPIRG Orientation Week.

Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.

DEADLINE for applications: Thursday June 20th, 2019 at 5 PM

Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:

1) CV

2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the 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 OPIRG’s Alternative 101 Week.

Hiring Committee – OPIRG 85 University Private, UCU 215D

Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

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