Regional Sponsorship Coordinator

Position Title: Regional Sponsorship Coordinator

Hours: Fulltime (36 hours per week), 9 months contract with the possibility of renewal.

Summary of Position:

The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) is seeking a Regional Sponsorship Coordinator to join our Staff Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting MCC Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs in its efforts to increase capacity to privately sponsor refugees who are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). The Regional Sponsorship Coordinator will report to, and be supervised by the Director, LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs.

Compensation: $22.00/hr for 36hrs/week

Organizational Overview:

MCC Toronto was established in 1973 as part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches – a denomination and global LGBTQ2+ Christian movement. Today, MCC Toronto is a vibrant, inclusive, and progressive faith community and human rights church. With an average of 400 people attending worship every Sunday for three unique services in Non-COVID times and with a highly regarded Online Service during the COVID-19 pandemic; we have over 2,000 adherents who participate in a myriad of mid-week programs.

We are the spiritual home to people of many different religious backgrounds and beliefs, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, racial and cultural backgrounds, countries of origin, socioeconomic realities, and abilities. MCC Toronto is rooted in the Christian tradition and the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies, and is growing into a nexus of inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality. Our community includes people who identify as Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic and Protestant and when we say, “all are welcome” we really mean it!

MCC Toronto is also home to several human rights initiatives like The Triangle Program; North America’s longest running LGBTQ2+ High School in partnership with the Toronto District School Board since 1995. Our signature social justice initiative is the LGBTQ2+ Refugee Programs which serves 800+ asylum seekers every year and has also sponsored over 70 refugees with the help of sponsorship teams as Canada’s only LGBTQ2+ exclusive Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Federal Government. Our ambition is to significantly expand our Human Rights Programing for both in-person and online audiences as we push for equality and human rights for all.

MCC Toronto is an exciting place to work and worship. Our mission is to build bridges with a vibrant spirituality that transforms lives and transforms the world, and our vision is to be a growing, inclusive, spiritual community that creates a just, kind and loving world for all.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with increasing the quality of sponsor recruitment, training, mentorship, and systems by integrating and mobilizing promising practices across regions.
  • Help to improve LGBTQ+ refugee newcomers’ knowledge of resources, rights, and expectations for settlement in their new communities.
  • Develop resources and referral networks to assist sponsors, SAHs, and other community partners who support LGBTQ+ refugee newcomers.
  • Create opportunities for LGBTQ+ refugee newcomers and their sponsors to plan their settlement using informed support jointly.
  • Co-develop processes and systems for better coordination, planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Assist in coordinating refugee applications for private sponsorship, including interviewing refugees and supporting sponsorship teams in drafting submissions.
  • Maintain relationships with existing volunteers and recruiting new sponsorship teams
  • Coordinate necessary volunteer documentation required for private sponsorship.
  • Maintenance of regular contact with refugees both pre and post-arrival in Canada.
  • Upon arrival of newcomers, assist resettlement teams as needed, including troubleshooting for both sponsors and newcomers.
  • Other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Experience working with the LGBTQ+ immigrant and refugee communities, other vulnerable or minority communities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomatic tact and judgment, and network skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • High attention to detail and the ability to multitask.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
  • Willingness to work within a progressive faith community is required, though no faith affiliation is required.
  • Working knowledge of technology including Microsoft Office computing tools (Word, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Alignment with MCC Toronto’s vision, mission, core values and bedrock beliefs. Signature of Code of Conduct is required (see MCC Toronto – What We Believe).

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelors degree or equivalent is required; business degree and/or MSW degree is desirable
  2. A minimum of three years experience in refugee support role as staff or volunteer.
  3. Support of the beliefs, core values, mission and vision of this church is required.
  4. Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
  5. Acceptable background checks for criminal and credit history are required.

Additional Information:

MCC Toronto is both a Church and Human Rights Centre and we seek to walk the walk as much as we talk the talk. As such, we are an equal opportunity employer that takes systemic barriers into consideration in its interview and hiring process. We encourage applicants to apply and provide life experience in place of formal experience as is appropriate.

For example: a person who had theological training, but was denied ordination due to sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression; or a racialized person who has experienced systemic racism in previous work experiences limiting advancement, or a disabled person who has experienced systemic barriers and requires accommodation for employment, etc.

The application deadline is August 3, at 5 PM. Confidentiality in the application and interview process is assured. Please include a CV or resume and cover letter as to why this position interests you by email at: dkerr@mcctoronto.com.

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