Special Advisor

Date Posted: Jun 09, 2021
Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2021
Start Date: Jun 28, 2021

Salary From: 75K To 80K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

ACTRA Toronto

ACTRA Toronto is the largest branch of ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the union representing performers in the film, radio, television and new media industries.

It is the largest organization of cultural workers in Canada. ACTRA Toronto’s jurisdiction includes all of Ontario outside the National Capital Region, and represents over 15,000 of ACTRA’s 27,000 members.

Job Description

ACTRA Toronto, as part of its commitment to addressing and preventing harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Special Advisor. This is a two-year contract position (with the possibility of renewal) working under the direction of the Director, Member Services.
Position responsibilities:
• Handling harassment complaints and referrals, developing and reviewing related policies and procedures, mediating disputes, and providing support to ACTRA Toronto Members, leadership, and staff.
• Developing and maintaining resources (e.g., sexual harassment resources, mental health support services, HAVEN Helpline, info guides and Best Practices) to ensure they are relevant, accurate and accessible.
• Training and education – Developing educational materials and conducting trainings for members and staff. Includes learning in classroom-type settings, online and at Member Conferences.
• Providing support as needed to other departments on harassment related issues, including the Member Discipline Process as set out in ACTRA’s Constitution and By-Laws.
• Providing support to ACTRA Toronto Council and Committees, such as organizing meetings and guest speakers, facilitating discussions and implementing feedback.
• Assist in developing ACTRA Toronto’s anti-harassment workplan, provide updates to Council, and draft reports as needed.
• Outreach to community and industry organizations to establish partnerships, build consensus and collaborate on initiatives.
• Keep up to date on relevant current issues and industry practices.
Must be able to:
• Work independently and collaboratively with other ACTRA departments.
• Be available to work flexible hours in case of emergency and urgent situations.
• Work with a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in difficult and emotionally charged situations.
• Model kindness, empathy, and compassion


• Training and experience in social work, gender-based violence, counselling, and mental health.
• Training and experience in anti-oppression education and trauma-informed practice.
• Experience in handling harassment complaints and referrals. Knowledge of laws and resources on harassment, discrimination, and human rights related issues.
• Experience working in a trade union and community organizing in a progressive environment.
• Industry experience working with ACTRA, in audio and screen-based industry (e.g., commercials, film, television, videogame, animation, and digital production), with performers or in the arts sector.
• Strong communication, writing and presentation skills.
• Computer literacy: Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Zoom.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter & resume to the attention of Nicole Valentin, Director, Member Services, ACTRA Toronto: nvalentin@actratoronto.com.

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