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[CLOSED] Job Posting – Training and Curriculum Developer


Position Title: Training and Curriculum Developer
Organization: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Position Type: External
Term: Full time, 12 month contract, possibility of extension
Salary Range: $40,000 – $50,000 annual, plus benefits
Career Level: Intermediate Level
Reports To: Director of Research, Policy and Development
Location: Toronto
Application Deadline: 6 PM, Sunday, January 17, 2016
Organization Description

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) is a national charity promoting human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity through research, education and community engagement. Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression, so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

In support of our mission and vision, Egale leads numerous national projects:

  • Safer and Accepting Schools: Empowering students, parents and educators to form peer networks and establish LGBTQ2S safer spaces in schools, Egale has delivered professional development workshops to over 10,000 teachers and educators.
  • LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention: Egale has twice hosted Canada’s LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, gathering experts and community members from across North America to talk about LGBTQ2S youth suicide, to share best practices and to advance strategies for the creation and implementation of concrete recommendations.
  • Egale Youth OUTReach: LGBTQ2S youth are overrepresented in the homeless population, with over 20% of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S, compared to 3.5% of the general population. Many LGBTQ2S youth report feeling unsafe or being re-victimized in the current shelter system. Egale operates a crisis intervention and housing support centre for LGBTQ2S youth in order to mitigate these challenges.

Egale’s work is grounded in anti-racist and anti-oppressive (ARAO) practice. While striving to compile, produce and communicate the best-available evidence, we recognize that the production of knowledge is always intimately connected to power, privilege and oppression. Often, it is those with the least power to produce and shape knowledge who are most in need of services, leaving them under-served or ill-served. As such, Egale undertakes to balance both academic and experiential knowledge, privileging community-based participatory practices in conducting research; developing and reviewing policy, resources and curricula; and providing services to clients, community organizations and individuals. In everything we do, Egale recognizes the necessity of taking an intersectional perspective in order to reflect and respond to the needs and experiences of the full diversity of LGBTQ2S communities.

Department Description

The Research, Policy & Development (RPD) Department compiles, produces and communicates the best-available evidence, information and tools for promoting and fostering the human rights and equitable inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) people throughout all aspects of society.

The Department serves both the organization, internally, as well as external partners and clients by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

  • Conducting environmental scans of emerging research, best practices, resources and issues relating to LGBTQ2S people in Canada and abroad.
  • Conducting and publishing original research, valuing equitable partnerships and a community-based participatory approach.
  • Consulting with LGBTQ2S communities, leaders and allies across Canada.
  • Developing policy guidance and position statements from which to ground the organization’s intentional, strategic and coordinated approach to promoting LGBTQ2S human rights and equitable inclusion.
  • Conducting policy review, consultation and development for external partners and clients, such as school boards, employers and public policy makers.
  • Developing innovative an evidence-based resources and curricula for use in the Programs & Services Department’s training and facilitation initiatives.
  • Developing resources and curricula for external clients.

The Department’s ongoing priorities include trans human rights and inclusion; youth suicide prevention and mental health promotion; youth homelessness; LGBTQ2S inclusion in sport; schools and education; hate crime prevention; workplace inclusion; equal families; seniors’ health and well-being; intersex human rights; and international engagement.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Research, Policy and Development, the Training and Curriculum Developer is part of a team responsible for the development, revision, evaluation and refinement of Egale’s LGBTIQ2S-inclusion training and facilitation curricula for a wide range of audiences, including educators, law enforcement and corrections professionals, union representatives, employers, social service workers, and healthcare providers. The Developer also shares responsibility for developing K-12 in-class lesson plans, in collaboration with other staff and external stakeholders. The Developer assesses learning needs and learner styles, defines learning objectives, and creates content material suitable to a variety of learning environments.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Programs and Services Department, as well as external partners and consultants.
  • Evaluate existing curricula and resources and recommend improvements, when needed.
  • Conduct needs assessments to determine training/resource requirements of the Programs and Services Department.
  • Develop the structure, content and learning objectives of new training curricula and classroom lesson plans.
  • Develop teaching materials and other resources to support the organization’s programs and services.
  • Develop print and online resources, such as webinars and e-modules.
  • Engage in ongoing consultation with LGBTIQ2S community members, working to ensure that the voices and experiences of the full diversity of Canada’s LGBTIQ2S communities are reflected in the organization’s inventory of resources and training curricula.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise and contemporary understanding of youth and adult learning methodologies, LGBTIQ2S equity and human rights.
  • Additional duties as assigned, in support of the mandate and responsibilities of the department.


Required Qualifications

  • An understanding of and demonstrated commitment to Egale’s mission and vision.
  • Strong familiarity with LGBTIQ2S communities and LGBTIQ2S human rights and inclusion more generally.
  • Graduate degree in education.
  • Minimum two years’ experience in instructional design, educational resource development and/or program evaluation with a variety of different learning methodologies.
  • Detailed understanding of and ability to produce educational materials relating to gender identity, gender expression, gender variance and trans communities more broadly.
  • Strong understanding of adult learning principles and concepts.
  • Strong understanding of intersectionality and anti-racist/anti-oppressive (ARAO) practice, with a demonstrated ability to embed ARAO into curricula and resources.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to assess and adapt to diverse audiences and learning styles.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience developing and implementing webinars and other internet-based learning tools.
  • Social science research experience, including community-based and participatory research methods.
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit, LGBTIQ2S community and/or social justice environment.
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis and reasoning.
  • High degree of resourcefulness, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Robust organizational skill set, including project management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing learning.
  • Bilingualism (English/French) preferred.

Application Process

Interested candidates must submit a resume and covering letter, in a single pdf document, by email to D. Ryan Dyck, Director of Research, Policy and Development, by 6:00 pm Eastern on Sunday, 17 January 2016. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

D. Ryan Dyck
Director of Research, Policy and Development
416-964-7887 ext. 7201

Employment Equity and Diversity

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is committed to ensuring that members of traditionally marginalized groups, from a broad range of communities, feel empowered to apply for positions within the organization. We encourage qualified applicants to consider work and volunteer opportunities with Egale as we recognize that a diverse work force and volunteer base are critical to accomplishing our mission. The organization is dedicated to taking proactive steps to overcome historical patterns of discrimination in our society which have created barriers of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, language, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression for some individuals and have resulted in the denial of their full participation in society.