Coordinator, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Coordinator, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

[Contract Position – March 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022]

Date: November 24, 2020
Reports to: Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Grade & FTE: USG 5.0 & 0.65 FTE (23 hrs/wk) (approx. $2,100/month)

Conrad Grebel University College

Conrad Grebel University College is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite church and affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The mission and programs of Grebel are rooted in and inspired by its Christian identity and its Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage. Grebel offers undergraduate, graduate, and community education programs in peace and conflict studies, music, theological and religious studies, and Mennonite studies. It also has a residence and apartment which house 174 university students, and is home to the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (hereafter CPA) is home to a variety of participants involved in the work of advancing peace. CPA participants include peace-oriented entrepreneurs and established organizations from the region's vibrant peacebuilding field as well as Grebel faculty. Participants in the Centre recognize the value of collaborative, inter-disciplinary, and multi-sector approaches to the advancement of peace.

General Scope

The CPA Coordinator will support the CPA Director in implementing the vision and mission of the CPA. The Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the CPA’s programs, as well as program development and support activities.

Departmental Data

The CPA’s annual program expenditures for 2020-21 were budgeted to be approximately $260,000. The CPA staff team consisted of the CPA Director and Coordinator, with additional support provided by occasional and part time roles, including University of Waterloo Co-op students. This team supported the efforts of a larger community of CPA participants, which, in 2019-20 included 70 staff (including 29 students) of the 5 affiliate organizations co-located at the CPA, and 9 peace start-ups in the CPA's incubator program. Over 1,600 community members were engaged in CPA events in 2019-20.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Program Coordination
    1. Participate in the development and evaluation of the CPA’s programs (Epp Peace Incubator, Core Collaborators, Grebel Gallery, and Student and Community Engagement), and coordinate each program’s respective activities as set out in the CPA’s annual program plan
  2. Program Development and Support
    1. Administration: Animate the CPA community through weekly e-mail updates and facilitating coffee breaks; help recruit, train, and give functional direction to students on the CPA team; coordinate room bookings and event logistics with CPA participants, partners, and Grebel staff (e.g., food services)
    2. Communication: Help develop and maintain a communications strategy for the CPA as a whole and for each individual CPA program, through mediums such as the CPA website, social media, and monthly e-newsletters; lead the development of promotional materials and outreach activities related to CPA programs
    3. Convening: Prepare agendas, minutes, and arrange other details for CPA program-related meetings (including the CPA Advisory Committee, Epp Peace Incubator Mentorship Circle, Grebel Gallery Team, CPA Research Hub, and the University of Waterloo’s Social Disruptors Group)
    4. Ecosystem-building: Help develop and coordinate the CPA’s strategy to engage key constituents (including students, faculty, and staff at Grebel, UWaterloo, and beyond, donors, potential participants, community members with an interest in peace advancement through artistic expression, social innovation, or other areas that fall under CPA programming, and current participants); respond to opportunities to participate in peace and social innovation-related activities on campus and in the wider community
    5. Funding: Support grant-writing initiatives to develop the CPA’s core program elements
    6. Contribute to a hospitable and collegial climate for all members of the CPA community
    7. Perform other duties from time to time as assigned by the CPA Director, including hosting or representing the CPA at student and community engagement events

Position Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree, preferably as a major or minor in one of Conrad Grebel’s academic programs, or equivalent experience, is required.
  1. Support for the identity, mission, values and programs of Conrad Grebel University College and the Centre for Peace Advancement in particular
  2. Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills to work productively and collegially with CPA participants, College faculty, staff, students, constituents and guests are required
  3. Experience in program design, monitoring, and evaluation is required
  4. Demonstrated initiative, with the ability to work by objective with minimal direct oversight is required
  5. Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to accuracy is required
  6. Full reliability in matters requiring discretion and confidentiality is required
  7. Experience in event coordination is required
  8. Experience in managing an agency’s communications strategy is required
  9. Familiarity with the landscape of peacebuilding organizations and the social innovation field, both in Canada and globally, is preferred
  10. Familiarity with University of Waterloo policies and procedures is preferred
  1. Strong competence in word processing (Microsoft Word), website maintenance (Drupal and Contribute), and spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel) is required
  2. Experience in professional writing and editing required

Working Relationships

  • The direct supervisor of the CPA Coordinator is the Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.
  • The CPA Coordinator will give functional direction to students on the CPA team, including:
    • CPA Communications Assistant
    • Map the System Campus Lead
    • PeaceTech Peer Leaders
    • Incubator Fellows
  • The HR Manager and Director of Operations of the College are responsible for matters related to contract, benefits, workspace, and equipment.

Application Details

Please apply by January 22, 2021 by sending your cover letter and resume to Mimi Browne, HR Manager at