Director of Education (1-year, Maternity Leave Coverage)
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has been Canada’s leading freedom-fighting NGO since 1964. Along with the ACLU, CCLA is part of a global network of civil society groups, called INCLO. CCLA intervenes in the courts, testifies before legislatures, advocates through all media, and engages in activism and outreach across Canada.
Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a charity focused on public civil liberties education and research. Each year CCLET reaches over 10,000 elementary to graduate level students, teaching at a wide range of public, separate, and private educational institutions. Through the Civil Liberties in the Schools and the Teaching Civil Liberties Programs, which are funded by the CCLET and the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO), the organization provides (free) critical-thinking workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, engaging people in lively discussions to help them understand their rights and freedoms.
You have proven hands-on teaching experience. You thrive in an environment where every day is different; you’re a team player; you can handle multiple priorities; you are detail-oriented; reliable; and can jump into “all hands on deck” mode, when needed. You are a superior educator with a comfortable grasp of civil liberties and human rights principles. You ideally have a demonstrated ability to distil often complex and controversial topics into engaging workshops and resources using language that is accessible to a wide range of learners. You will be reporting to the Executive Director (the organizational lead) but you’re primarily autonomous, working closely with the Education Coordinator and will be part of a team of 10 staffers and many volunteers.
As the public face of CCLET, you will maintain the organization’s decades-long reputation as a national leader in civil liberties and social justice education while engaging with community members, funders, partners and program participants using a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy and tact. You can be relied upon to promote and deliver CCLET’s educational programming in educational institutions across Ontario and ensure that the terms of all grants supporting CCLET’s education initiatives are fulfilled on time. You will be home for dinner most nights, but about 6 times a year overnight travel may be required.
Salary commensurate with experience
Programs used: You’re functional in Google Suite, Slack, and MS-Office Suite. Intermediate knowledge of MS-Excel and working knowledge of Final Cut Pro, WordPress, and Adobe Illustrator are assets but not required.
Teaching and Resource Development
- Working closely with the Education Coordinator, you will adopt CCLET’s Socratic teaching methodology and deliver Civil Liberties in the Schools and Teaching Civil Liberties workshops in high schools, elementary schools, and Faculties of Education across Ontario (plus one trip out of province for a couple of days).
- Correspond with existing program participants to arrange presentations and share CCLET updates and resources. You will also take advantage of your own networks in education to expand CCLET’s program outreach to new communities and educational institutions.
- Hold periodic staff meetings/training opportunities for CCLA program directors and articling fellow to refresh their knowledge/practice of CCLET’s teaching strategies and provide opportunities to discuss new civil liberties cases to be developed for use in classroom workshops and resources.
- Maintain and update existing online resources and develop new resources/lesson plans for teachers and students.
Grant Management, Reporting and Fundraising
- Oversee active CCLET grant agreements/projects to ensure all deliverables and requirements are fulfilled on time: monitor budgets and maintain adequate expense records/documentation; prepare required activity and financial reports; plan and execute launches/project dissemination strategies etc.
- Relationship building/maintenance with funders: communicate with granting organizations/funders to advise of project updates; attend funder meetings and events as requested (e.g. Law Foundation of Ontario ED Network meetings); invite funders to CCLET events showcasing how their funding is being used etc.
- Propose new projects and initiatives to expand CCLET’s range of program and resource offerings and identify/apply for new funding with prior approval from the Executive Director.
Staff/Volunteer Supervision and Management:
- Provide oversight and direction to all staff and volunteers involved in delivering CCLET education projects (in particular the Education Coordinator, volunteers and pre-service teacher practicum placements)
- Plan, develop and direct projects
- Ensure office policies and guidelines are followed
- Provide opportunities for professional development, assessment and feedback
- Lead staff and volunteers to meet the organization’s expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment.
Research and Communications
- Work with CCLA Communications team members to ensure CCLET program activities are highlighted to CCLA members, supporters and the general public in board reports, newsletters, and social media accounts.
Event Management (annual/community events)
- Coordinate and execute special CCLET community events and launches including CCLET’s annual Fundamental Freedoms Conference in Toronto and the Alan Borovoy Fundamental Freedoms Conference (likely in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Secure and collaborate on the following: venue, vendors, speakers or honourees, event registration and ticketing, event logistics, graphic design, promotional and social media materials, and event follow-up.
- A passion for teaching and for civil liberties.
- The ability to think critically and understand more than one point of view.
- Good knowledge and understanding of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Valid Ontario Driver’s License
- Can accommodate overnight travel up to 5 times over the year.
- The ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse community of learners
- Cultural sensitivity, LGBTQ+ positivity
- Exemplary planning, multi-tasking and time management skills; you are punctual and meet all deadlines
- Discretion and confidentiality
- High level verbal and written communication skills
- French language fluency an asset.
Please email your cover letter and C.V. to Rayna Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of Director of Education Mat Leave.
Deadline for applications is Monday October 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
2019-2020 Articling Position Available (application deadline is July 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST)