QPIRG is hiring a Community-University Research Exchange (CURE) Summer Coordinator

We are currently seeking applications for the position of  Co-coordinator of the Community-University Research Exchange (CURE). CURE is a core project of QPIRG Concordia. This is a grant-based contract position for full-time students (any campus). Please see eligibility requirements below.

ABOUT CURE: The  Community-University Research Exchange (CURE) is a database by which students can integrate their academic research with the work of local movements and activist organizations. Through the administrative infrastructures already in place at McGill and Concordia University, students may complete a CURE research project as an independent study course, internship, or thesis advised by a departmental professor, or as a term project for an upper-level class. By connecting students to non-profit community groups with limited resources, we hope to encourage and support academic research that is socially relevant. For more information about CURE, visit: www.curemontreal.org

ABOUT QPIRG: The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
– Working in collaboration with a CURE committee, comprised of members of QPIRG Concordia and McGill, to coordinate the CURE project during the summer.
– Updating the CURE website and database.
– Outreach and communications with Concordia departments and faculty to raise awareness about CURE
– Working specifically with Concordia and McGill professors to integrate CURE into their curriculum.
– Organizing a schedule of classroom visits on the Concordia campus for September
– Helping to plan a CURE awareness-raising event in August/September
– Co-facilitating a review of current CURE projects
– Undertaking community outreach to raise awareness about CURE and soliciting new proposals.
– Working with community groups in developing CURE projects
– Working collaboratively with staff and board of QPIRG Concordia to meet short and long-term goals for the project
– Submitting a final report detailing work completed to the QPIRG Concordia Board of directors at the end of the contract

– Knowledge of Montreal-area community groups
– Knowledge of QPIRG Concordia and QPIRG McGill, including their mandates and projects
– Experience with the structures of academia and academic research, specifically at Concordia University
– Strong website skills (including good knowledge of wordpress)
– Comfort with computers in Mac and PC environments
– Ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds
– Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
– Ability to take initiative and work independently
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
– Good oral communication skills in French
– Creative problem-solving skills
– Commitment to social justice and to QPIRG’s mandate to counter discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, religion, colour, dis/ability, size, and class

Please note that this job is open to any student in high school, university, CEGEP, or in a vocational or technical program anywhere in Canada who meet the following eligibility requirements:
– Have been registered as a full-time student (in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP, vocational or technical program) in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
– Be between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
– Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
– Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY: QPIRG Concordia recognizes and welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply.  We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to QPIRG Concordia in their cover letter or resume. Please indicate clearly in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for Employment Equity.


CONTRACT DURATION: 7 week contract, beginning on June 25, 2012 (for full salary and hours details contact the hiring committee at the address below)

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a CV, cover letter and a clear indication of your eligibility to hiring@qpirgconcordia.org with “Summer CURE Coordinator” in the subject line; OR you can drop off the same information at our office during business hours (Monday to Thursday, 12-6pm, at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204).

You can contact QPIRG-Concordia at (514) 848-7585, email us at hiring@qpirgconcordia.org or visit us at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204. Please note that only applicants who are short-listed for interviews will be contacted by the hiring committee.

For more information about QPIRG Concordia, visit www.qpirgconcordia.org and for more info about CURE visit www.curemontreal.org

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