Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion

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Ontario South (Greater Toronto)
Toronto, ON
Job description

The Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion will report to and work closely with the Team Lead, Advocacy and Community Engagement to establish and manage the Diversity Advisory Committee, develop and maintain community partnerships within the GTA and create Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility educational resources. The coordinator will also support the development and presentation of diverse community programs and projects. These programs will help the broader GTA community, people with vision loss and the CNIB foundation explore and address how sight loss intersects with issues of ethnicity, gender, race, religion, social class, national origin, sexual orientation and other multicultural issues.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

Assist the Team Lead, Advocacy and Community Engagement in the planning and development of diversity and inclusion programs

Collaborate with Diversity Champions (Volunteers) to build community, foster a sense of belonging, create a more inclusive environment and support people who are blind and partially sighted from diverse backgrounds and social identities

Facilitate multicultural education training, presentations and programs to explore and provide critical reflection on intersecting issues of culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, social class, national origin, sexual orientation and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity

Provide and develop educational tools and resources to support community partners and allies provide equitable services to people with sight loss from diverse backgrounds

Advise, and train staff and volunteers on Diversity and Inclusion issues

Work collaboratively with the coordinator, Ambassadors program and other program leads to recruit advisory committee members, diversity champion Volunteers and community partners

Collaborate with the Team Lead, Advocacy and Community Engagement, to assist with programs for outreach recruitment and retention of multicultural participants and community partners serving diverse communities

Conduct research on potential community partners and use various outreach methods either in person, via phone or email to build and maintain partnerships

Attend community events pertaining to inclusion and diversity for learning and outreach purposes

Provide support, training and resources to program participants, partners and other stakeholders on developing effective self-advocacy, in the area of diversity and inclusion to drive achievement and equality

Develop website, marketing materials, power point presentations and social media announcements

Conduct research, answer student questions, contact speakers and community experts for information

Collect and compile data on Diversity and Inclusion programs

Coordinate, plan, implement, and evaluate Diversity strategy related programs, projects and initiatives

Create and distribute communications to community partners, Diversity Champion Volunteers, Diversity Advisory Committee and staff across CNIB

Support the evaluation, development and perform best practices for assessing the Diversity Strategy

Serve on campus committees

Performs additional job-related duties as assigned


To be eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with sight loss and/or people from different social, cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Excellent community building; passion for advocacy, community engagement, inclusion and diversity; ability to relate well to diverse community groups, volunteers, staff and others from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • lived experience with sight loss and/or experience as a part of diverse/underserviced community group is an asset
  • self advocacy and/or advocacy experience
  • knowledgeable on inclusion, diversity and accessibility
  • strong interpersonal skills and amicable personality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound professional judgment and a strong sense of ethics
  • Ability to use personal computers for word processing and database management
  • Ability to work effectively and successfully in engaging in a global and multicultural climate
  • At least two years of related experience in developing or implementing programs and events focused on issues of accessibility, difference, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Able to work flexible hours.
  • Travel across the region will be required.
Application and contact information

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.