Anti-Oppressive Practice Workshop Development Specialist

Anti-Oppressive Practice Workshop Development Specialist
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Shelter Movers Toronto
  • Advocacy / Campaigning
  • Mediation / Facilitation
  • Teaching / Tutoring
Short term (Less than 6 months)
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto

Shelter Movers Summary

Shelter Movers provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse. We are the only organization of our kind in Canada, and our volunteers are no less exceptional. Every year, in collaboration with community partners, our volunteer teams contribute over 15,000 hours to support people transitioning to lives free of violence and abuse.

Position Summary

We are currently seeking an Anti-Oppressive Practice Workshop Development Specialist for a 3 month Training Series Project. This position starts the middle of July and ends on August 30, 2019. Piloting of the Training Series Project will be held towards the end of September beginning October at our head office located in downtown Toronto. Interviews will be conducted throughout July. 

The Training Series Project consists of 5 training workshops which are 1) Violence against Women 2) Anti-Oppressive Practice 3) Rethinking Masculinity, 4) Shelter Movers Moving Process and 5) Trauma-Informed Practice. The training workshops are meant to provide our 300+ volunteers with knowledge on topics that affect our clients.


The ideal candidate will have experience designing workshops and has either a professional, educational, volunteer or lived experience background or a combination thereof in Anti-oppressive Practice Frameworks (AOP) as well as some knowledge of Violence against Women (VAW.)

Core Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for designing a half day, 5-hour workshop with a focus on writing workshop content on AOP and its connection to Violence against Women (VAW). Along with designing the workshop there must be notes written for each slide to guide facilitators and allow them to become familiar with the experiential learning activities in the workshops.

The workshop will include a 30 minute lunch break and two 15 minutes coffee breaks. Minus the lunch and coffee breaks, in total the actual workshop will be 4 hours and 30 minutes.

This is a work-from-home position with frequent check-ins from the Training Development and Facilitation Project Manager, who will provide guidance and support as needed. There will be 3 check-in team meetings held in our head office downtown Toronto, with the first meeting at the end of July, and the remaining two meetings in August. 

The first draft of the workshop content will be due on August 19, 2019 followed by the final draft on August 30, 2019. 

To guide you in designing the workshop, the learning outcomes of the workshop should be as follows:

  1. Volunteers should understand what anti-oppression frameworks and principles are.

  2. Volunteers should understand that various forms of oppression and Violence Against Women overlap and are not mutually exclusive.

  3. Volunteers should understand anti-oppression from multiple feminist theories' perspectives.

  4. Volunteer should be able to practice AOP in their work as volunteers and potentially in their own lives.


  • Network with other professionals in the social services field for professional opportunities.

  • Experience designing an AOP workshop as part of a Training Series Project.

  • Supporting the movement to end Violence Against Women by educating volunteers about anti-oppression and its relationship to VAW.

  • An honorarium will be provided.

  • References will be provided once the project has been completed.


To express your interest in this role, please email Nada Johnson, Training Development and Facilitation Project Manager with your cover letter and resume at