The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective Society (EMHC) is launching a new Community Response-Driven Accessibility Project focused on engaging diverse groups of the GBTQ2S+ community to explore what accessibility looks like to different segments of our community. It is EMHC’s goal for GBTQ2S+ men and masculine identifying folks to feel they are able to engage with the EMHC’s education, programming, and services in a safe, inclusive, and meaningful way regardless of the additional intersecting marginalizations they might experience.
Date of posting: Jan. 30
Interviews will begin: Feb 11
Anticipated start date: March 1
Project Title: Belonging: Community Driven Responses to Enhance Accessibility
Position Title: Accessibility Coordinator
Position Location: Edmonton & area
Compensation: $25/hr for a total of up to 50 hours
Term: March 2019 – September 2019
About the EMHC:
The EMHC is a grassroots health organization run by and for gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and two-spirit (GBTQ2S+) men and masculine identifying folk. The EMHC’s vision is for all GBTQ2S+ men to have equitable opportunity to experience positive health and well-being. We achieve this through community education, capacity-building, and support; provider training; and community-based research.
About the project:
Since its inception, the EMHC has been engaged in ongoing, critical reflection regarding how it can be
more accessible to and representative of GBTQ2S+ individuals and communities who experience multiple intersecting identities This may create barriers for engagement with the EMHC’s education, programming, and services due to the impact of intersecting forms of stigma and oppression, such as cis-sexism, heterosexism, racism (specifically anti-indigenous and anti-black racism), ableism, and xenophobia.
The EMHC will strive to achieve this through:
- Implementing a series of consultation groups to explore what accessibility looks like to different segments of our community;
- Define accessibility in a tangible way through the development of a robust accessibility policy and action plan;
- And implement accessibility enhancements which break down barriers, enhance overall accessibility to services and programs, and create a sense of belonging.
Some specific groups which have been identified through discussions at this time include GBTQ2S+ individuals who also identify as:
- indigenous and/or two spirit;
- people with disabilities;
- LGBTQ newcomers;
- people belonging to racialized communities;
- trans and non-binary
The Role of the Accessibility Coordinator:
The Accessibility Coordinator will also facilitate the creation and engagement of a GBTQ2S+ advisory group. This advisory group will be comprised of key people belonging to the initial consultations. The advisory group will help determine the direction of an accessibility policy and action plan through ongoing consultation.
Together, the EMHC, the Accessibility Coordinator, and the advisory team will review the input from consultation groups and collaboratively develop:
- An accessibility policy which will set out clear, actionable, and binding requirements for the EMHC’s educational resources, programming, and services, to ensure that they are accessible for all members of the communities the EMHC serves;
- An accessibility action plan that includes tangible, time-bound actions the EMHC can take to enhance its accessibility for the communities it serves, thus enhancing their sense of belonging – as defined by members and leaders within those communities.
Key Responsibilities and Deliverables include:
- Attending and assisting in organizing community consultation meetings
- Note-taking and Summary Development from community consultation meetings
- Note-taking & Summary Development from advisory team meetings
- Developing the First Draft of the Accessibility Policy and Action Plan
- Development of Second Draft of Accessibility Policy and Action Plan
- Development of Final Draft of Accessibility Policy and Action Plan
- Attend a series of internal EMHC meetings as determined
The Accessibility Coordinator will report to the EMHC Project Manager and may be given the opportunity to present the above deliverables in Team or Board Meetings.
Some post-secondary level education in a related field required,
Training in research dissemination and / or policy writing is an asset.
Lived experience as a member of additional intersecting identities to GBTQ2S is welcomed.
*such as (but not limited to): GBTQ2S people who are indigenous, racialized, living with disabilities/disabled, trans, non-binary, gender diverse, or newcomers
Experience providing research and facilitation in qualitative methods (i.e. interviewing, focus groups, etc.) is considered an asset.
Paid, volunteer, or training experience in the fields of GBTQ2S+ men’s health, accessibility and inclusion, intersectional advocacy, and anti-oppression is desired.
Community Engagement: The Accessibility Coordinator will be required to engage meaningfully with a diverse range of community members. Demonstrated experience effectively engaging individuals in a variety of settings, with tangible results (responsibly representing different perspectives in the project deliverables) is an asset.
Network & Relationship Building: The successful candidate will be required to establish and maintain relationships with key partners. Previous experience developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of stakeholders will be an asset.
Time Management: The successful candidate will enjoy a flexible work schedule. However, they must be able to manage their time so that they are able to meet an ambitious schedule of deliverables. Demonstrated ability to execute responsibilities on a tight timeline in flexible work environments with minimal supervision is an asset.
Conflict Resolution: We are all human. And where there are humans, there will be conflict. At some point throughout the program, conflict will emerge. The successful candidate should identify opportunities for conflict and address them before they emerge. When conflict does emerge, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to address it in an effective and sensitive matter so that all parties feel supported and are able to move forward in relationship with one another.
Equity: Some sexual and gender minority individuals also experience additional intersecting identities which can result in increased experiences of stigma and discrimination. In turn, this can result in some individuals facing additional barriers to health and wellbeing, as well as barriers to participation in programs and services. The successful candidate should have a working knowledge of the concepts of equity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression and be able to apply them in a way that benefits the experience of all program participants. Demonstrated experience applying these principles will be an asset.
$25/hr for a total of up to 50 hours
March 2019 – September 2019
(Timeline may be subject to change as needed)
Anticipated start date: March 1
This project has a total amount of 50 hours. Hours are flexible as this project is more based on the deliverable. The Accessibility Coordinator and the EMHC will agree on a timeline upon hiring.
Hours are flexible; some evening and weekend work required
Some months will require more time than others. Largest concentration of hours will be dedicated to research summation and policy writing (between June and September).
How To Apply:
Thank you for your interest in working with us.
Applicants should send both a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should clearly articulate the applicant’s suitability for/interest in the role, with specific attention to:
- How the candidate has demonstrated some of the desired competencies in their current or previous roles
- How the candidate’s combination of work, education, volunteer history, and lived experience meet the qualifications as set out and
- Their relationship to/experience working with the priority population(s) (GBTQ2S+ individuals and other intersecting identities)
- Why they want to work for the EMHC/do this type of work
Applications can be addressed to the EMHC Hiring Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 11 but will continue to be accepted until the successful candidate is found.
Interviews will begin the week of February 11, with an anticipated start date of March 1.