OPIRG is hiring! Full time! Permanent! With benefits!

JOB POSTING: Full-time Permanent Coordinator of OPIRG Kingston

Submission Deadline: August 17, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.


THE POSITION: OPIRG Kingston is looking to hire someone to fill the position of Coordinator of OPIRG. The terms of employment are for a permanent position at 30 hours per week (subject to change). The position is expected to begin on September 18. Because OPIRG Kingston works with students from Queen’s University, the job follows the cycles of university life – two busy four-month terms (Sept-Dec and Jan-Apr) and the slower spring and summer terms (May-Aug.) Work time allocated in each area of the Coordinator’s responsibilities will vary greatly depending on the time of year.  The Coordinator will be a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281.  The base wage is $20.63 per hour. Each unionized OPIRG staff person has health and dental benefits, and pays into a long-term disability insurance plan. This position is subject to a 6-month probationary period.


JOB DESCRIPTION: The coordinator of OPIRG-Kingston works with the board and volunteers to promote awareness, understanding, and action on a variety of social justice and environmental issues.  Because the position of coordinator is OPIRG’s primary staff position, the coordinator is responsible for maintaining all of the organization’s operations. As OPIRG-Kingston has a high turnover of volunteers, who are mainly students, the coordinator provides continuity and stability to an ever-changing organization.



Volunteer Coordination

General volunteers – Support all OPIRG working groups and volunteers through administrative support, assistance with event planning, training, and access to resources.  Recruit and train new volunteers, specifically in the areas of anti-oppression, consensus decision-making and facilitation, group goal planning, event planning, and evaluation.

Board of Directors – The Coordinator is ultimately responsible for the orientation and training of Board members (including, but not limited to, consensus, facilitation, financial management, and anti-oppression).  Provide administrative support.  Maintain the organization’s records.  Attend Board meetings.  Assist the Board in creating policy, budgets and annual reports, and in planning decisions using a consensus process.


Office and Financial Management

Office Administration – Maintain regular office hours.  Respond appropriately to phone messages, E-mail, mail, and drop-ins.  Ensure that the office, its resources, and equipment are “user-friendly” for volunteers, visitors, and other staff.  Ensure that the web page is functional and up-to-date, and oversee the weekly events E-mail, “Ear to the Ground.”  Maintain office functionality, including computer systems, photocopier, supplies, and other equipment.

Financial Administration – Manage the day-to-day financial needs of the organization, including working with the bookkeeper and auditor, banking, paying expenses, project and grant funding, fundraising, record keeping, and working within a set budget.  Work with the Board to apply for and administer grants.  Work with the bookkeeper to create monthly and year-end financial reports.  Work with the Board to establish budgets and to allocate resources.


Programming, Networking, and OPIRG Provincial

Programming – Work with the Board to develop and implement organizational programming.  Work with the Board to establish anti-oppression goals and participate in their implementation.  Assist the Board in the development of research projects and their implementation.  Create and distribute promotional pamphlets, newsletters, and posters.  Write press releases and work with the local media.


Networking – Participate in coalition and solidarity work with other Kingston and Queen’s organizations and/or activists.  Seek out opportunities to work with other local organizations, provide information and support to community groups and individuals.


OPIRG Provincial – Maintain contact with other PIRGs and participate in OPIRG’s provincial Board, including attending Board and Staff meetings, committee/portfolio work, and participating in Provincial initiatives.



Essential Skills

  • Ability to prioritise work and manage numerous tasks simultaneously
  • Self-direction and ability to take initiative in a largely unstructured and unsupervised work environment
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience working with non-profit or non-governmental organizations
  • Ability to work cooperatively with volunteers and co-workers
  • Basic computer literacy (comfortable using email and office programs on a PC)
  • Experience in office and financial administration
  • Ability to use consensus decision-making in small group settings
  • Demonstrated interest in social and environmental justice issues
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, anti-oppression work
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, consensus decision making


Other Assets

  • Experience coordinating projects and events
  • Experience designing promotional and/or public education materials and workshops
  • Related relevant experience in a similar non-governmental, non-profit organization
  • Experience working with students
  • Advanced computer skills (using a variety of programs) and web-design
  • Experience working with or on a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of social and environmental issues
  • Experience working in coalitions or networks of organizations or political activists
  • Experience as a volunteer or political activist



Applicants must provide a resume with 3 references, a cover letter, and a one-page (one-sided) statement or essay that addresses any of the following topics:  the relevance of anti-oppression work to social change organizations; the most pressing issues facing our communities today; the role of public interest research in society; or the role of students in social or environmental change.


The deadline for submissions is 4:00 p.m. on August 17,  2017

Any submission received after that time will not be considered.  Please deliver via email to hiring@opirgkingston.org.


Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  Interviews will be conducted shortly after the application closing date. For more information about OPIRG Kingston go to: www.opirgkingston.org


OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites individuals from the following groups though not limited to: Aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities to apply.

We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter. 

And we are hiring for the summer!

OPIRG Kingston is happy to share that we will again be hiring two summer student positions through the Canada Summer Jobs program! Check out our two job postings and please share them widely!

The details for the Orientation Planning Coordinator can be found here. The details for the Social History Research Coordinator can be found here.

Interested applicants are expected to apply by 4pm on June 26 by sending a resume and cover letter to hiring@opirgkingston.org. The positions are expected to start Tuesday July 4. For questions and clarification applicants should email info@opirgkingston.org.

Schedule for Saturday March 18 – First Day of the Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right

Please find the full, utterly-and-totally-set schedule for the first day of our upcoming Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right

Accessibility details of Grant Hall can be found here. During the course of Saturday we will be provided free refreshments throughout the day (coffee, coffee, coffee, tea, delicious food snacks), if you have dietary requirements (we already have vegans and vegetarians covered) if you would be willing to send an email to info@opirgkingston.org we will ensure to provide.

Forum on the Rise of the ‘Alt Right’

Slowly, day by day, one meeting at a time, here at OPIRG we have been planning our next labour of love a Forum on the Rise of the Alt Right.

As a result we are excited to invite members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities, as well as organizers from across the province to our upcoming Forum on the Rise of the ‘Alt Right’ and their ever increasing work on our campuses and in our communities. This forum seeks to be a space where campus and community organizers from across the province share experiences, stories and tactics in challenging the rise of the so-called alt-right while also building the skills and analysis to contest their organizing.

Join us on Saturday March 18 (noon-6pm, Grant Hall at Queen’s University) while we focus on learning about how the alt-right is building their movement on a foundation white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. Further we will hear from campus and community organizers from across Ontario on how the alt-right is organizing, demonizing work for justice, and how progressive organizers are challenging their efforts.

On Sunday March 19 (930am-2pm, in Kingston Hall) the day will start with workshops, skill shares, and opportunities for in depth discussion about tactics and strategies for contesting the alt-right.

This forum is free and open to all. For more information, or to get involved, reach out to info[at]opirgkingston.org. Full forum details, including workshops, guest speakers, and all the sorts will be released in the next few days. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. If folks have any accessibility requests please send them along to info[at]opirgkingston.org.

Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality in Universities

OPIRG is extremely excited to release our first of the year Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality at Queen’s and in Post-Secondary Education.

With this Call for Research Proposals OPIRG is hoping to inspire and ignite a conversation, and action, about how we account for and address racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and all form of marginalization within our discussions and actions around mental health. Check out the full proposal, deadline, and suggested areas of discussion here.

OPIRG encourages all folks at Queen’s to consider applying; research is not something best left to academics and graduate students, it is something everyone should participate in. We strive to ensure that we root our research endeavours in the principles of community-based research. Further, OPIRG encourages collaborations between activists and academics, as well as between undergraduate and graduate students.

Any questions should be sent to info@opirgkingston.org.



And that is a wrap for Alt Frosh 2016

And that was an awesome week!

With ten events over seven days, we’ve danced the night away, raised some funds, discussed and unpacked colonialism and the relationships between settlers and indigenous folks, talked about the importance of language, celebrated the work of feminism at Queen’s and planned for the work still not yet done.

Thank you to the amazing group of volunteers who tabled, shared, reached out, and help folks find out about this amazing week. Thank you to the great groups we worked with since July to make this week possible. And thank you to all those came out and made it such a tremendous success!

In January OPIRG will be hosting an open meeting to talk about how to can plan for Alt Frosh 2017, how we can continue to make the week an ever growing success, and to hear input and feedback! Keep tuned to fine out more details as the month approaches!

Welcome to Alt Frosh 2016!

It is finally here! After two months of planning, more than 10 campus clubs and groups (and a few community organization too) are proud to release the 2016 Alt Frosh Calendar!

This year’s events range from celebrating the work done, planning for the work that still needs to be addressed, and welcoming new folks to the work still unfolding.

The events are:

Feminist CookoutCome join organizers, activists, academics, feminists, and folks from all corners of the campus for a cookout in Breakwater Park – right on the lake just across from the Queen’s Residences!

Celebrate all the great work feminist organizations and organizers have brought to Queen’s and the Kingston communities while mourning the closing days of summer. Get a chance to meet some of the amazing feminist organizations on campus, mingle with soon to be new friends and enjoy some delicious foods. The food is free, and we strive to meet as many dietary restrictions as possible – there will be halal, vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and gluten free options available!

Time: 530-730pm
Location: Breakwater Park, right across from Queen’s residences.

What is Anarchism What is Anarchism? It may not be what you think it is! In this interactive workshop, members of AKA Autonomous Social Centre will discuss some key principles of anarchism. Together, we will explore how anarchism can apply in the here and now and what it has to do with some of our core values like freedom, justice and consent. All Welcome! No prior experience with Anarchism necessary! Bring your curiosity and questions! Refreshments provided. Childcare available upon request. Contact germinations(at)riseup.net for questions, childcare, accessibility or other info.

Time: Tuesday September 13, 6:30pm
Location: Autonomous Social Centre, 75 Queen St, Unit 1 (up the ramp)

Choosing Inclusive Language: Building Relationships Across Difference –What’s in a word?  A label?  A name?  Words carry a history and power with them. Who uses what words and why can often go uninvestigated and create spaces where certain identities and voices are marginalized. The everyday choices we make around language can shape our resistance to injustice and build communities in which everyone is able to participate fully, equitably and with dignity.  Join OPIRG and the Queen’s Human Rights Office for a participatory workshop on language and power.

Time: Tuesday, September 13, 11am-1pm
Location: Mac-Corry B503

Blanket Exercise – This experiential workshop hosted by the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will have you “walking” in the shoes of Indigenous peoples prior to European contact. You will learn about the history of Indigenous peoples from their perspective and how contact impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. This workshop will bring an awareness to present day issues and how history has had an impact on those. An experience you will not regret or forget!!

Time: Wednesday September 14, 12-2pm
Location:  The Red Room, Kingston Hall

Screening Under the Stars: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things –Screening Under the Stars is free film screening jointly hosted by Reelout Arts Project and OPIRG. This year we will be screening ‘Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things’ a brand new documentary, directed by Queen’s alum Michael Yerxa, film just released.

Film description: As a small group in Nunavut prepare for a seminal LGBT Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

For folks who have never been to the Screening Room before, or would like to walk over as a group from Queen’s campus; we will be meeting at the Grey House (51 Bader Lane) at 8:30pm to head over jointly – the walk will be less than 20 minutes.

Time: Wednesday September 14, 9:15pm
Location: the Screening Room, 120 Princess Street

Take Back the Mic: featuring Niambi Leigh! Take Back the Mic is an open-performance space where we seek to give time and attention back to folks who have historically been kept away from the stage – queers, performers of colour, indigenous folks, people with disabilities, and so many others.

This event is being hosted by OPIRG and the AMS Social Issues Commission, and will feature Niambi Leigh: Born in Jamaica, Niambi Leigh is a Peterborough based poet whose work explores the intersectionality between race, gender and mental illnesses. Their work is lyrical, deeply felt and rooted in storytelling. Niambi is a poet who reminds you that even the act of breathing is an expression of strength. They are the current individual Peterborough slam champion, and went on to represent Peterborough at the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver in 2016. They are a three-time member of the Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, and traveled with the team to perform at the Canadian Festival of Spoken word in Victoria in 2014 and in Saskatoon in 2015 and Winnipeg in 2016, where they distinguished themselves as a poet on the rise.  

There will be coffee, tea, snacks and delicious food provided by the Tea Room!

Time: Thursday September 15 6:30-8:45pm
Location: the Tea Room, 45 Union Street in Beamish-Munro Hall

Friday Reading Group – RacismJoin in a passionate and engaging discussion with folks from across campus as we come together to read and share our thoughts in three different articles exploring and unpacking Islamophobia and racism. Coffee, tea and some snacks will be provided!

Time: Friday September 16 11-1pm
Location: Grey House Living Room

Soul Shakedown – Celebrate the return to Queen’s and dance the night away with some awesome music and beats from DJs EfE eMe (Latino), Tomatillo (Middle East Pop-Dance, Balkan Ska-Punk) and Inflated Powers (hip-hop, disco, electro, funk, dancehall, and oddities).

Soul Shakedown is a semi-regular show of sounds from across the world that helps raise funds for local causes – and this show’s cause is to help OPIRG Kingston raise some funds to pay some artists for our Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets Series!

Doors and music at 9pm. Admission is $8, $10 after 10:30pm

Time: Saturday September 17 from 9pm-2am
Location: the Grad Club, 168 Barrie Street

Really Really Free Market – A Really Really Free Market is a place where all things are free! Bring stuff to give away (not necessary), take stuff you need.

The “free market” benefits big corporations. The “really, really free market” benefits the rest of us. All are welcome, please invite your friends! Note: we encourage you to take home your items that are not taken if possible. For more information email rrfmkingston@riseup.net.

Time: Sunday September 18 from 12-3pm.

Location: Doug Fluhrer Park, at the north end of Wellington Street, rain location will be 75 Wellington Street