Director of Human Rights (FT)

The Metropolitan Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto)

Toronto, ON

Full time

US$85-95k (annually)

Human Resources

Jun 6

About the job

Position Title: Director of Human Rights

Hours: Full Time (40 hours per week), 3-year contract with potential for renewal.

Summary Of Position

The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) is seeking a full-time Director of Human Rights to join our Staff Team. The successful candidate will set the strategic direction for the organization’s human rights ambitions, direct our human rights centre, and support existing as well as expand human rights programing. The Director will supervise the human rights staff team and will report to the Senior Pastor.

Compensation

Salary range of $85,000 – 95,000 per year to commensurate with experience, with vacation and benefits after a 3-month probationary period. Also included is a 4% RRSP matching program after 1 year of service.

Note On Human Rights And Spiritual Community

MCC Toronto is both a spiritual community and human rights organization rooted in the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies, and the Christian tradition. We do human rights work not to grow our faith-based services, but rather to put our faith into action and ensure there are human rights for all. Our human rights work, as well as this position operate in a secular milieu as part of a broader spiritual community and is open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The position is intended for a lay person, but religious leaders and practitioners are welcome to apply.

Organizational Overview

MCC Toronto was established in 1973 as part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches – a denomination and global LGBTQ2+ Christian movement. Today, MCC Toronto is a vibrant, inclusive, and progressive faith community and human rights church. With an average of 400 people attending worship every Sunday for three unique services in Non-COVID times and with a highly regarded Online Service during the COVID-19 pandemic; we have over 2,000 adherents who participate in a myriad of mid-week programs.

We are the spiritual home to people of many different religious backgrounds and beliefs, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, racial and cultural backgrounds, countries of origin, socioeconomic realities, and abilities. MCC Toronto is rooted in the Christian tradition and the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies, and is growing into a nexus of inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality. Our community includes people who identify as Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic and Protestant and when we say, “all are welcome” we really mean it!

MCC Toronto is also home to several human rights initiatives like The Triangle Program; North America’s longest running LGBTQ2+ High School in partnership with the Toronto District School Board since 1995. Our signature social justice initiative is the LGBTQ2+ Refugee Programs which serves 800+ asylum seekers every year and has also sponsored over 70 refugees with the help of sponsorship teams as Canada’s only LGBTQ2+ exclusive Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Federal Government. Our ambition is to significantly expand our Human Rights Programing for both in-person and online audiences as we push for equality and human rights for all.

MCC Toronto is an exciting place to work and worship. Our mission is to build bridges with a vibrant spirituality that transforms lives and transforms the world, and our vision is to be a growing, inclusive, spiritual community that creates a just, kind and loving world for all.

Purpose Of Job

The Director of Human Rights is an integral part of MCC Toronto’s staff team and part of its executive leadership team. The Director of Human Rights will:

  • Set the strategic direction for the MCC Toronto’s human rights centre and programing.
  • Expand our human rights work with an intersectional approach while maintaining our core as an LGBTQ2+ and allies rooted, faith-based organization.
  • Develop partnerships and strategic alliances to advance our human rights goals.
  • Develop and launch MCC Toronto’s Youth Empowering Youth human rights program by hiring and managing a team including a Program Developer and Youth Mentors.
  • Develop and launch a Leadership Development Program to train community activists and advocates in human rights.
  • Develop and launch new human rights programing including speaker series, movie nights, workshops, etc.
  • Develop a Human Rights Award with accompanying lecture-style event.
  • Create and Chair a Human Rights Advisory Committee to oversee the organization’s human rights work.
  • Engage with our Director of Development to explore funding and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Encourage an anti-oppression framework at MCC Toronto and lead our internal diversity and inclusion work including the Healing Racism Initiative, Accessibility Committee, etc.
  • Lead in the engagement of congregants and the wider community in social justice, advocacy, and activism to maximize MCC Toronto’s contribution to human rights dialogue locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Work with the Director of the Refugee Program to ensure MCC Toronto’s signature social justice initiative achieves its objectives.
  • Act as the staff liaison to The Triangle Program High School operated in our building by the Toronto District School Board under the financial support of MCC Toronto.
  • Ensure the long-term financial viability of MCC Toronto’s Human Rights work through strategic prioritization, grant applications, and donor development in partnership with the Director of Development and Communications.
  • Participate in Staff Meetings as required and sit on the Executive Leadership Team.

Knowledge And Skill Requirements

  • Experience in working towards human rights and social justice with knowledge about intersectional advocacy are required.
  • Proven track record of hiring, training, supervising a staff team and volunteers is required.
  • Experience in program development and community organizing is essential.
  • Extensive experience in leadership, facilitation, mentorship, and team building.
  • Willingness to work within a progressive faith community is required, though no faith affiliation is required.
  • Experience in working with LGBTQ2+ communities, racialized communities, disability communities, socio-economic diversity, and other diverse populations is required. Training in diversity and inclusion is a bonus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and experience in dealing with conflict.
  • Working knowledge of technology including Microsoft Office computing tools. (Word, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Alignment with MCC Toronto’s vision, mission, core values and bedrock beliefs. Signature of Code of Conduct is required. (see MCC Toronto – What We Believe).

Additional Information

MCC Toronto is both a Church and Human Rights Centre and we seek to walk the walk as much as we talk the talk. As such, we are an equal opportunity employer that takes systemic barriers into consideration in its interview and hiring process. We encourage applicants to apply and provide life experience in place of formal experience as is appropriate.

For example: a person who had theological training, but was denied ordination due to sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression; or a racialized person who has experienced systemic racism in previous work experiences limiting advancement, or a disabled person who has experienced systemic barriers and requires accommodation for employment, etc.

The application deadline is June 10, 2022, at 5 PM. Confidentiality in the application and interview process is assured. Please include a CV or resume and cover letter as to why this position interests you by email at: office@mcctoronto.com.

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