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Black Student Engagement Coordinator

University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021

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Black Student Engagement Coordinator

Date Posted: 07/13/2021
Req ID: 7621
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Office of Student Experience & Wellbeing
Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operate on their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an exciting campus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

The Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing's Student Life & International Student Centre offers exciting programs, cultivates strong communities and provides opportunities that enhance the student experience outside of the classroom while committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Through our work and partnerships, every student will have the opportunity to actively participate in university life; find connection, community, and friendship; encounter new ways of thinking and being in the world; and experience leadership, independence,
and success.

Your opportunity:

Working with a dynamic team and reporting into the Imani Program Team Lead, you will be dedicated to the enrichment of the co-curricular life of the campus, focused on developing programming to support Black-identifying students on campus.

As the Black Student Engagement Coordinator, your role will consist of developing, coordinating and evaluating the department’s prominent community-engaged co-curricular experiential learning opportunity, with an emphasis on Black student development and Black student success. This will involve fostering an open and inclusive world view environment; organizing and facilitating student development workshops; recruiting and training work-study students; and developing innovative programming that celebrates the Black-identifying diaspora present at UTSC. Your work will involve extensive partnerships and communication with campus, tri-campus stakeholders and external community partners.

In addition to building strong community partnerships, you will work closely with the other positions within the Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing, as well as other campus partners such as Academic Advising & Career Centre, Health & Wellness, Community Partnerships and Engagement, and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office. Your work will be informed by relevant research, anti-Black racism knowledge, and community engagement principles, and will consult with a broad range of student groups and student services.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and implementing components of curricular and/or co-curricular programs and activities
  • Planning and overseeing the implementation of an evaluation framework for programs and initiatives
  • Promoting experiential learning opportunities
  • Facilitating educational workshops and seminars
  • Screening and making referrals to academic advising and learning skills programs and other resources or services
  • Developing content for marketing and/or promotional materials
  • Developing strategies that maximize outreach to students (e.g. develop programming and initiatives to promote and support UTSC's Black students such as Black UTSC Student Welcome, First-Year Learning Communities, Black Professionals Networking)
  • Training and coaching student life staff and student leaders

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in higher education or leadership or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have formal training and/or education in community development in higher education or anti-oppression and equity.
  • Must have a minimum of four years of working experience in student life, student development, community development, and program development, preferably within a post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, outreach and using principles of equity and anti-oppression, understanding of student issues, advising, and transition
  • Must possess the ability to relate to students in a manner which builds trust and confidence and be able to demonstrate the ability to implement programs
  • Must be comfortable working independently and in a team environment
  • Must have excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills as well as presentation skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to sensitively handle individuals who are in distress and refer them to appropriate resources
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Must have strong demonstrated knowledge and understanding of anti-oppression and equity frameworks, societal and systemic barriers and experiences faced by students of African descent
  • Must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Preference will be given to Black candidates (which include but is not limited to candidates of African, Canadian or Caribbean descent) who have lived experience as a Black person
  • Experience working with community-led organizations

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Perceptive
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful
  • Team player


A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office.

Closing Date: 07/27/2021, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 12 -- $70,427 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $90,064. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Student Services

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


U of T is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
U of T is one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.


Are you looking for a challenging, meaningful career in a supportive and diverse environment?

Work where the world comes to think.

Work where the world comes to discover.

Work where the world comes to learn.


Opportunities exist for people from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced senior professionals.

We offer challenging work within an open environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Our focus is on creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains excellent employees through a combination of competitive compensation, favourable working conditions, opportunities for career growth and development and a unique organizational culture.

Employees have access to:

  • Excellent health and dental benefits;
  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
  • Generous paid time off;
  • Support on equity and diversity issues;
  • On-site child care;
  • University Pension Plan;
  • Subsidized athletic facility membership;
  • World-renowned libraries;
  • Confidential counselling services;
  • Parking and TTC Metropasses;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan;
  • Continued health benefits for pensioners.


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