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Administrative Assistant, Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)

Brief History of TDRC

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) is a committee which formed in May of 1998 to develop a campaign that homelessness be considered a national disaster. The committee is structured with a Steering Committee which oversees the direction of TDRC work. The committee is supported by a general membership, a network of agencies, and alliances both within Toronto and across the country.

TDRC's work focuses on local emergency and relief issues in Toronto as well as provincial and federal advocacy efforts to alleviate and end homelessness. The balance and focus of this work varies throughout the year. TDRC plays a central role in the National Housing and Homelessness Network which coordinates work nationally on our lobby campaigns for a national housing programme.

Job Responsibilities

1. Administrative Support

* extensive communication by phone, mail, email and fax rsponding to queries about TDRC regarding homelessness/housing issues

* some fund-raising related work

* minute taking for TDRC Steering Committee, general membership and subcommittee meetings

* keeps TDRC materials updated and accessible

* some bookkeeping, bill payment

* filing and general organizing/archiving of materials

2. Communication and Outreach

* facilitates communication between Steering Committee members, subcommittees and general membership

* enables participation in TDRC by developing a volunteer base, provides support and guidance to newsletter coordinator, speakers bureau, web site manager and sub-committees

* develops outreach materials to support campaigns (flyers, posters, etc.)

* clear houses relevant information to Steering Committee, membership and networks

* maintains an up to date data base for email communications, media contacts

3. Advocacy and Campaign Work

* develops and supports involvement of other sectors (faith, student, labour) on housing/homelessness campaigns

* networks with community to support diversity within TDRC

* monitors relevant policy decisions at all levels of government and assists with development and implementation of lobby efforts, locally, provincially and nationally

* support for TDRC media conferences and events

Experience/skills required include

* Knowledge of issues related to poverty, homelessness, housing.

* History of social activism and community development.

* Advanced computer skills.

* Strong organizational skills.

* Self-directed and independent style with commitment to inclusiveness and involvement of the community.

* Experience with fund-raising.

* French language an asset

Terms of the contract

This is a 6 month contract that may have the possibility of renewal. It is a 4 day per week job (30 hours). Up to one day per week will be focused on national work. Flexibility in hours required which may include some evening and weekend work. Negotiable flex time. Pay rate starts at $18. per hour plus 4% in lieu of vacation.

Application process

Please send resume by mail or deliver to

The Hiring Committee


6 Trinity Square

Toronto, ON M5G 1B1

Applications by email or fax will not be accepted. Onlyapplicants receiving an interview will be contacted.

Closing date: Friday, May 4, 2001