We are hiring 1 Local Engagement Lead for Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne

Many Faces of Urban and Rural Displacement
12 Month Contract – 15 hours per week 

Position Summary

This position is part of the Many Faces of Urban and Rural Displacement Project – Ontario Tenants Organize and Speak Up, hosted by the Social Planning Network of Ontario and funded through the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation Community Building Tenant Initiative (CBTI). The project will take place in 4 distinct communities across Ontario: Cornwall and Area, Kingston and District, Oxford County and the Region of York. The Social Planning Network and participating communities will engage and work alongside tenants with lived experience of precarious housing, collecting the narratives of those who have been impacted in both urban and rural settings and mapping instances of eviction and displacement. Displacement represents the loss of home, community, access to services/family and other natural networks when people are removed from where they have been living. Additionally, the project will contribute towards solutions-oriented activities and tenant organizing.

The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area is seeking a Local Engagement Lead to collaborate with the local community in order to forward the project goals.  This includes engaging with tenants and renters with lived experience of displacement to recruit participants and gather stories around eviction and displacement in York Region.  Additionally, the Local Engagement Lead will collaborate on resident leadership development and action plans to advance organizing and advocacy work for tenants to increase access to safe and affordable housing options.   


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent listening skills.
    Bilingualism is a strong asset
  • Familiarity with interview techniques. Experience collecting qualitative data is an asset.
  • Excellent outreach skills: ability to engage sometimes hard to reach individuals.
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Being able to work independently. Also works well as a member of a team.
  • Strong motivational skills. Willingness to advocate.
  • Interest in community change, housing, and tenants’ rights.
  • Lived experience with displacement is an asset.
  • Travel may be required.

Education and Experience

A mix of work experience and/or relevant education such as a college diploma or university degree in social services, community development, outreach, research and an understanding of housing issues and tenant organizing. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify, engage, and build authentic trust with the local tenant and renter community and those with lived experience of eviction and displacement.
  2. Involve tenants and renters in the core work of the project, including tenant engagement and leadership development.
  3. Work with the local team and the Mapping Displacement Project Coordinator to establish how the project will be implemented, including development and adaptation of tools for data collection.
  4. Facilitate the recruitment of study participants and collect stories of eviction and displacement from local tenants and renters.
  5. Facilitate leadership training for tenants. Engage tenants in solution making activities including collaborating with and/or establishing local organizing efforts.
  6. Work with the local team to establish an evaluation framework for local leadership and community capacity building projects.
  7. Work with the local team to find ways to sustain the project and any tenant organizing activities longer term.
  8. Performs other duties as required.


Anyone that meets the skills and qualifications is encouraged to applyThis is a part time contract position of 15 hours per week over 12 months. The schedule can be designed/determined collaboratively based on the position requirements and the candidate’s availability.  Ideally this position will start August 15, 2022.  The position will be paid at a wage of $20 per hour. This position reports to The Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area and the Mapping Displacement Project Coordinator.

Submit resume and cover letter to the attention of Carilyne Hébert, Executive Director, via email at [email protected] no later than 4:00 PM on July 22nd, 2022. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

To learn more about the SDC please visit www.sdccornwall.bedrockwp.com.