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JOB POSTING: Coordinator and Community Facilitator (closed)


Job Offer: Coordinator and Community Facilitator

Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University

Two-year contract with possibility of renewal



Founded in 2006, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) is an award-winning interdisciplinary research unit within Concordia University. COHDS has more than 200 affiliated faculty members, students, artists, educators, partner organizations, and community members. In the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years, COHDS will be going through a period of transition in which one of the centre’s goals will be to build stronger links with Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts. To that end, we will be undergoing a major renovation within our space. Our priority is to support these changes while maintaining our primary commitment to our community of affiliates, by supporting their research, collaboration, creation, and use of our collection.



The Coordinator and Community Facilitator (CCF) is the primary staff member of COHDS and manages much of the day-to-day needs of this research unit. The CCF reports directly to the COHDS Co-Directors and Administrative Board, who decide on COHDS’s strategic vision and priorities.

We seek a candidate with initiative, who is well organized, who is capable of overseeing several dossiers at the same time. As the job title indicates, the CCF’s main responsibility is to support the work of the COHDS community, by: 1. facilitating our affiliates’ use of our space, resources, and collection, 2. facilitating our affiliates’ teaching and learning when these draw upon COHDS’s space, resources, and collection, 3. supporting the community’s interest in linkages with Fine Arts, and 4. sustaining the collaborative and collegial culture of COHDS by responding to and implementing the Board’s directives and policies.

The CCF’s core responsibilities include:

  • Acting as the “face” of COHDS: welcoming community members, supporting their requests for assistance, and facilitating their needs vis-à-vis our labs, technology, and collection
  • Greeting visitors and liaising with those interested in affiliation with COHDS
  • Managing the COHDS’s space, equipment, and other staff members, and being the main liaison between the collection, the Co-Directors, and part-time staff
  • Overseeing and administering the budget and, in consultation with the COHDS Co-Directors, maintaining financial control over COHDS’s operations
  • Report to the Administrative Board, organize its meetings and, when asked, serve as an ex-officio member, preparing the agendas and taking minutes

- In collaboration with the Communications coordinator, managing communications with COHDS affiliates via the bilingual COHDS newsletter, Facebook page and website

- Creating and managing the COHDS’s annual programme of events and workshops, as well as the annual “Emerging Scholars” symposium

  • Prepare reports for the Office of Research, including COHDS annual reports and other documents
  • Through regular programming, ensure that COHDS’ tradition of offering introductory oral history workshops continues, in English and French
  • Help to build upon and encourage the active community of paid and volunteer staff at COHDS
  • Liaise with the Co-Directors over any promotional or media activities
  • Post work-study positions, interview candidates and, in consultation with the Co-Directors, hire staff as needed/as the budget allows



  • The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to community work
  • Practical experience of oral history as a method will be considered a strong asset
  • Paid experience in a University arts environment will be considered a strong asset
  • Strong background in community-engaged art practice, or the study of that practice will be considered a strong asset
  • Bilingual (English and French, written and spoken) and excellent communication and writing skills are required (knowledge of additional languages will be considered an asset)
  • Experience with diverse populations, including, but not limited to, Indigenous communities will be considered an asset
  • A strong record of administrative expertise is required



  • 24 hours/week, for 50.5 weeks, including 3 weeks of paid vacation (1.5 weeks over the winter holidays are not paid)

- The salary is $22/hour, not including benefits

- Two-year contract: January 1st, 2018 to January 1st, 2020 (subject to University calendar)

- Please note: While this position begins in January, the applicant should be available in late November/early December for paid training



Candidates must submit their CV and a statement of interest by email to the attention of Cynthia Hammond, Co-Director: cynthia.hammond@concordia.ca. Please indicate in the object line of the email "COHDS CCF position"

Application deadline: Monday, November 6th, 2017

Interviews will take place in person on the morning of Thursday, November 16, 2017


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