Now Hiring:

Research & Policy Coordinator


Black Lives Matter–Canada is a platform upon which Black communities across Canada can actively dismantle all forms of anti-Black racism, liberate Blackness, support Black healing, affirm Black existence, and create freedom to love and self-determine. Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism was birthed by BLM-Canada artists and activists who recognized the need for enduring community space to cultivate the grounds of Toronto’s diverse Black communities. Black Lives Matter-Canada and Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism are projects of M4BJ, which is a Black-led not-for-profit, charitable organization. 

M4BJ is a community and arts service organization that primarily engages in serving the needs of Black communities. In order to effectively support these communities and provide opportunities for historically marginalized people, candidates who have lived experience will be strongly considered.

At M4BJ, we are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment, and will work with you to meet your access needs. Requests can be made at any phase of the recruitment process and should be emailed to opportunities@blacklivesmatter.ca if you require accommodations. 

We are currently seeking a Research & Policy Coordinator, who will report to and be supervised by the Executive Director.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide recommendations to the Research and Communications Committee about suggested research priorities for the organization, BLMCA Chapter campaigns, and/or public audiences.
  • Manage all research materials relating to policing, abolition, anti-Black racism and any other areas of study that are relevant to our programmes and services. 
  • Support with the development of training materials and workshops for Staff, Black Arts Fellows, BLMCA Chapters and other members of the BLMCA/Wildseed network.  
  • Complete the creation and maintenance of a Black Canadian Policy Platform.
  • Conduct self-directed and Board-directed research regarding the state of Black communities in Canada and/or other organizational priorities.
  • Write and edit public-facing reports based on research projects.
  • Maintain and regularly update a list of victories Black people have secured as a result of struggles against anti-Blackness across the country.
  • Respond to research requests from Black Lives Matter Canada Chapters on an as needed basis.
  • Present research to Black Lives Matter Canada Chapters and other relevant parties on an as needed basis.
  • Apply to research grants as needed (grant writing experience is an asset).
  • Complete final reporting to granting officers for research grants.
  • Supervise contracted research staff.
  • Present new research opportunities to the Research and Communications Committee, and supervisor for approval.
  • Collaborate with Communications Coordinator on the creation of factsheets and talking points on new legislation affecting Black people as they arise, for organizational spokespeoples’ use.
  • Assist in the development of the Research & Policy pillar of M4BJ.
  • Support with the development and creation of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism’s Archival Room. 
  • Establish and maintain work priorities and ensure deadlines are met and procedures are followed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

JOB TYPE: 12-month contract, part-time position with possibility of extension.

CONTRACT START: March 24, 2022. 90 day probationary period.

PAY: $30-$35 CAD. Paid biweekly. 

LOCATION: Dependent on the work: virtual, remote, or at Wildseed Centre. Wildseed is fully compliant with all municipal, provincial, and federal COVID-19 guidelines. Remote work is a possibility.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to Black Lives Matter — Canada, apply by submitting your resume and one-page cover letter in a single PDF by March 10, 11:59 PM ET to:

To: Research & Policy Coordinator Hiring Committee

Email: opportunities@blacklivesmatter.ca

Subject: Research & Policy Coordinator Application

Note that we have extended our deadline. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.