Job Description – Education Programs Coordinator

About the JCCF:

The Justice Centre is the place Canadians turn to when their fundamental freedoms are undermined and infringed by state entities – freedoms such as expression, conscience, religion, association and peaceful assembly. Founded in 2010, the organization’s mission is “to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education.”

The Justice Centre fights for a free society where governments uphold human dignity by respecting fundamental rights and freedoms, and where Canadians can realize their potential and fulfil their aspirations.

Job Description and Purpose:

The Education Programs Coordinator oversees planning, research, writing, editing, and release of research papers, columns, presentations and related material along with production of educational videos and live workshops consistent with advancing the Justice Centre’s charitable purposes.

Reporting:

The Education Programs Coordinator reports to the Director of Communications.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports a public education strategy around the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, landmark precedent-setting court cases in Canadian legal history, and the philosophy of law and government, in order to inform and engage the Canadian public.
  • Overseeing the planning, research, writing, editing, and release of research papers, columns, presentations and related materials as required.
  • Works with existing communications staff to prepare, film and produce educational videos including a NEW series on Charter rights and important Canadian case history. The length and format of this new series is to be determined but may take inspiration from the PragerU example.
  • Assists communications team with the planning and recording of “on the street” public opinion interviews.
  • Works with existing communications staff to create and develop a NEW live monthly Zoom “Workshop” that informs and engages Canadians on their Charter rights and freedoms.
  • Oversees the creation, development and distribution of a NEW educational program built around the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, landmark precedent-setting court cases in Canadian legal history, and the philosophy of law and government.
  • Works with other Justice Centre staff, as well as external guests and contractors to complete tasks such as filming, contract research and development of new education programs as needed.
  • Meets with and networks with leaders of other pro-Charter organizations and stakeholders in relation to advancing education programs undertaken.
  • Attends events, meetings and conferences representing the Justice Centre’s education programs.
  • Keeps assigned programs and related materials and postings updated at all times;
  • Works with the Development Director to strategize education fundraising appeals that capitalize on both small dollar (direct mail) and major gift opportunities;
  • Works closely with the Communications Director and Campaigns Director, ensures that education-related materials are accurate and up to date.
  • Conscientiously develops and nurtures a contact base of stakeholders that help advance education program goals.
  • Handles correspondence with supporters and donors generated by educational program activity.
  • Support other communications assignments, such as working with podcasts, as assigned from time to time by the Communications Director.

Working Conditions/Expectations:

  • The Education Programs Coordinator is full-time and salaried. The Coordinator has flexibility as to when she/he works provided the work is done and deadlines are met;
  • This position is new to the Justice Centre, so it is both expected and understood that the Coordinator will identify and put forward new ideas and practices;
  • The Education Programs Coordinator may be required to travel to support educational programs and events;
  • In consultation with the Communications Director is encouraged to attend conferences and events, and to participate in professional development opportunities;
  • The Coordinator is expected to be well-informed and up-to-date on all Justice Centre litigation and activities (not just specific education programs as assigned) as well as current news and events related to public policy, politics and legal matters;
  • The Coordinator must be self-motivated and prepared to work independently and take initiative; and
  • All pre-authorized work-related expenses are covered, as are approved training and professional development expenses.

Performance Measurement and Reporting:

  • Once protocols are established, the Coordinator will be required to submit regular reports that measure activity and progress; and
  • After an initial six-month review, a comprehensive job evaluation will be undertaken and discussed with the Coordinator every two years.