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YWCA Toronto- Manager of Advocacy

YWCA Toronto

Manager of Advocacy

YWCA Toronto transforms lives. As the city’s largest multi-service women’s organization, we help women escape violence,
move out of poverty and access safe, affordable housing. We work tenaciously to break down barriers that hold women back from achieving equality.

Internal and External Job Posting
Manager of Advocacy
Employment Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Work Hours: 35 hours per week (Per Management Hours of Work Policy)
Salary: $60,525 – $70,792 annually (M8), plus comprehensive benefits
Location: 87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON
Application Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020

We are seeking an experienced social activist to build on YWCA’s historic program of raising systemic
advocacy issues facing women and girls.

The Manager of Advocacy is responsible for implementing the Association’s advocacy priorities consistent
with the mission statement, strategic plan, and the program expertise of staff and agency participants. This
includes building the advocacy profile of YWCA Toronto, as well as awareness of and support for the
Association’s programs. This management position contributes to the overall development and achievements
of the Association, and participates as a member of the Management Team.

YWCA Toronto strives to uphold anti-discrimination practices and anti-oppression principles to ensure that
the rights of all individuals are respected and protected. We work to promote a climate that is welcoming of
all women and individuals who identify as trans, intersex, non-binary, agender, and/or Two-Spirit.
We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people from all races, ethnic origins, religions,
abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence,
secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of
housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ and family
programs. We also engage in systemic advocacy.

• Develop and implement strategies for promoting the advocacy priorities of the Association;
• Analyze government initiatives, legislative activities, party platforms and budget processes;
• Represent YWCA Toronto on community coalitions and issue-specific committees to advance social
policy work on issues core to the Association’s mandate;
• Provide advice to Senior Management on emerging social and policy issues;
• Manage research projects and develop strategies that advance women’s equity;
• Work collaboratively to support the voice of participants on policy issues.

• In depth knowledge of public policy and communications normally acquired though the completion of a
graduate degree in women’s studies, political science, journalism or a related field (Cases for
• 5 to 7 years of experience in the public policy including experience with the management and execution of
advocacy campaigns and communication and media strategies;
• In depth knowledge of the not for profit women’s sector with expertise in some of the following areas:
violence against women, poverty and income equality, housing and homelessness, or girls’ issues;
• Superior research, writing, editing, analytical and communications skills;
• Fluency on social media platforms as well as in-depth knowledge of media relations;
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to work in a high performing team and balance the needs of a number of stakeholders including
Board members, program participants, and Association staff;
• Knowledge of a second language is an asset.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé to: Jasmine Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and
Communications at Please quote JOB ID number ADVO0344 and your
name in the subject line.

Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to
hiring. YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is
not within the Bargaining Unit. Please indicate on your cover letter, if you are an internal candidate.
YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human
Rights Code. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people of all races, ethnic origins,
religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants
with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all
candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

YWCA Toronto is a Scent-Sensitive Workplace

Posting date: September 9, 2020