Special Projects Coordinator


1-year full-time contract position

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers legal services and representation, trauma-informed counselling and multilingual interpretation to diverse women (self-identified), non-binary, intersex, and Two-Spirit people who have experienced violence. We cultivate skills and resilience by fostering safety, dignity and equality and we amplify voices to create individual and collective change. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that create environments of violence and oppression.

The Special Projects Coordinator will play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the Schlifer Clinic’s #SHEcovery Project. The #SHEcovery Project is an Ontario-wide initiative that advances a more inclusive feminist recovery from COVID-19 and related public health measures through systemic change. Specifically, the project combines community-based research, outreach, and education to address barriers to gender equality experienced by survivors from underrepresented communities who risk being left behind in recovery efforts. This innovative initiative is both internally and externally facing, in that it seeks to build the Clinic’s internal capacity to advance a more inclusive feminist recovery while working collaboratively with community partners to foster coalition-building and knowledge exchange. This position will be part of Executive Office Team and will be supervised and supported by the Executive Director and Manager of Executive Office.


All duties and responsibilities will be carried out in accordance with Barbra Schlifer Clinic’s Mandate, Mission and Values Statements.



  • Establish an internal Special Projects (SP) Team at the Clinic to engage Clinic staff in reflecting on the impacts of COVID-19 and related public health measures on clients (including current, former, and prospective clients). Establish meeting schedule and terms of reference for the group.
  • Work closely with the Clinic’s evaluation and research consultant, engage the SP Team in identifying service barriers and promising practices for supporting clients impacted by COVID-19 and related systemic issues. Conduct background research to support the team’s work and write-up key learnings from the SP Team’s activities.
  • Work with the SP Team to produce resources, tools, and strategies for enhancing the Schlifer Clinic’s #SHEcovery efforts, with a particular focus on supporting high-need, high-risk, and harder-to-reach communities under COVID-19.
  •  Provide one-on-one coordinating support to individual projects of the SP Team:
    • Review and support project implementation and work plans in light of COVID-19 and the continuation of services.
    • Meet regularly (bi-weekly or monthly depending on needs) with 3 special projects and case managers to support meeting deliverables, producing reports, and pivoting for COVID-19.
  • Identify training needs of the team (as it relates to enhancing the Clinic’s recovery efforts) and develop or coordinate training as needed.


  • Facilitate seamless integration between internally-focused activities and the externally-focused research, outreach, and education activities of the project.
    • Coordinate the work of external consultants to ensure that project deliverables are being met as planned.
    • Ensure that all deliverables and reports are completed.
  • Work as part of the project’s research team to design and conduct consultations with clients (current and former) measuring the impacts of COVID-19 and related public health measures as well as promising practices for a feminist #SHEcovery. Ensure that all consultations apply a trauma-informed and feminist intersectional approach.
  • Working in consultation with the Clinic’s Executive Director and Evaluation Consultant, establish the Clinic’s province-wide #SHEcovery Coalition Steering Committee (CSC). Support the CSC to meet its objectives by coordinating meetings and timelines, communicating with partners and other stakeholders, minute-keeping, and drafting content for the CSC’s deliverables.
  • Work as part of the project’s research team to develop and deliver training for service organizations to address systemic barriers and enhance supports for high-need, high-risk, and harder-to-reach survivors in the post-COVID reality.


  • Attend and participate in Clinic committees and all general staff activities and organizational processes relating to the overall operations of the Clinic, as may be determined from time to time
  • Any other related tasks may be assigned
  • Occasional flex hours and evening work
  • Participation in orientation, training and ongoing professional development programs
  • Participation in ongoing supervision and periodic performance evaluations


  • Background in social work (BSW or related degree; MSW preferred).
  • Previous experience coordinating multi-stakeholder projects.
  •  Strong knowledge of trauma-informed, feminist intersectional (GBA+), and anti-oppressive frameworks for service delivery and/or research.
  • An effective communicator with strong organizational and report-writing skills.
  • Able to work independently to achieve project objectives; strong capacity to engage and motivate teams, prioritize work and multi-task effectively.
  • Commitment to principles of equity and diversity,
  • Fluency in a language other than English is an asset


  • Commitment to working collaboratively with and supporting diverse survivors of gender violence within the context of a diverse agency,
  • Engagement in a self-reflective, ethical and collaborative practice that is non-judgmental and empathetic and reflects the vision and mission statements of the Clinic,
  • Incorporation of principles of diversity and equity in responding to the service needs of clients,
  • Commitment to working toward removing systemic barriers to the independence and wellbeing of women and marginalized communities,
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management and problem-solving skills, written and oral communication skills,
  • Ability to work and support others in the context of a diverse environment,
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment,
  • Be a self-starter, creative and highly motivated,
  • Share ideas and differences in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation,
  • Commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

SALARY: $61,500 annually. The position includes a comprehensive benefits package offered through a group plan as part of our United Way membership following a successful probationary period.

DURATION: 12 months


HOW TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume by email in ONE attachment to [email protected] with the subject line of Special Projects Coordinator. Please indicate where you found our job posting.
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes candidates from equity-seeking groups and is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require accommodation due to a disability during any aspect of the recruitment process, and we will work with you to address your needs.
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.