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Project Coordinator, Niagara Centre for Independent Living

St. Catharines, Ontario
Deadline April 1, 2016

Niagara Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) is a non-profit organization and registered charity, run by and for, persons with any disability. Our resource centre promotes the Independent Living philosophy which supports consumer choice, flexibility and control. Independent Living Centres are founded on 4 principles. These principles are: consumer control, cross disability, full participation and integration of all persons with disabilities; and community based. The majority of our Board of Directors and staff are persons with a disability.

NCIL is looking to hire a Project Coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations of a new project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation- Disabled Youth Working Together: Activating Participation and Cultivating Leadership. This 3-year project will engage and empower 30 disabled youth in the Niagara Region through a comprehensive leadership program. The program focuses on providing youth, who consistently face barriers, an opportunity to connect with mentors, build partnerships with like-minded and engaged youth, develop strong and practical leadership skills, and take an active role as volunteers in their communities.

For more information about NCIL and our programming, please visit


  • 2-3 years minimum experience working within the disability community as an advocate and researcher;
  • 2-3 years minimum experience as a qualitative researcher (narrative data); quantitative data analysis an asset;
  • Life and/or work experience or equivalent post-secondary degree in Social Services, Disability Studies or related field;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands;
  • Excellent facilitation skills and experience in developing community workshops, training and other events;
  • Experience working with varied communities;
  • Experience training and supervising volunteers and staff;
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues within disability communities;
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to use PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Tech savvy with experience using a variety of social media platforms
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team working with Project Leads and consultant.


  • Supervise and oversee the work of the research assistant
  • Coordinate various aspects of the project; e.g. organizing workshops, the content of the workshops, the locations, etc.
  • Reporting and working with the Project Leads, and consultant
  • Recruit participants and engage them throughout the duration of the project;
  • Recruit mentors from different parts of Ontario;
  • Arrange and organize the use of iPads and assistive software;
  • Research and develop a comprehensive toolkit about youth engagement and disability;
  • Organize and develop a webinar;
  • Organize and develop a community showcase;
  • Organize travel for participants
  • Conduct and collect participants evaluations of various aspects of the project
  • Assist in the writing of the final report

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2016

Position: 28 Hours per Week, occasional evenings and weekends. This is a three year contract.

Salary: commensurate with experience (includes benefits) Start Date: May 2, 2016

How to Apply

NCIL practices equity hiring. We strongly encouraged disabled people and members of other equity-seeking groups to apply. Please send in your resume/CV and cover letter by April 1st, 2016.

Complete applications can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at:

Niagara Centre for Independent Living
122 Queenston Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 2Z3
Tel: (905) 684-7111
Fax: (905) 684-1199
TTY: 905‐684‐0420

Be sure to reference the position and project title in your submission.

No phone calls please. Only successful candidates will be contacted.