Position Title: National Coordinator, Life Worth Living

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is the national movement supporting the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families for inclusion. CACL leads the way in helping Canadians build an inclusive Canada by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities into places where everyone can belong. Founded in 1958, CACL is a national federation of over 40,000 individual members, 400 local associations, and 13 Provincial/Territorial Associations for Community Living.

CACL is developing a platform and campaign to encourage the adoption of robust safeguards in Canada’s developing medical assistance in dying (MAiD) regime. As part of this initiative, we are currently recruiting for a National Coordinator, Life Worth Living (one-year contract position). This National Coordinator will provide strategic leadership and operational management in rolling out CACL’s national platform. It will be an excellent opportunity to build awareness and support for a leading national organization and a moment to participate at the forefront of a social change movement.


Research & Analysis:

  • Provide policy analysis on trends and developments in Canada’s MAiD regime using human rights framework.
  • Proactively monitor and research relevant news, policy, and issues related to MAiD.
  • Develop and recommend policy positions and statements for CACL.

Partnership Development & Engagement

  • Assist in the development, coordination, and organization of advocacy activities and MAiD specific government engagement plan.
  • Identify strategies to engage CACL’s provincial and territorial members and partners in policy input, campaigns and government relations.
  • Develop and guide public and stakeholder engagement and strategy on CACL’s Life Worth Living (LWL) platform.


  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with key media and communications partners and continuously monitor, measure, and improve the effectiveness of communication initiatives.
  • Provide direction to CACL’s Senior Communications Officer regarding the LWL/CACL website, social media accounts, print, and other communication tools.

Qualifications and Experience of the Successful Candidate

  • Dynamic, organized and motivated self-starter with demonstrated knowledge and skills in policy analysis, partnership development and communications
  • Experience in working independently and contributing to a small team and small office environment with a willingness to participate in collaborative office and remote office duties
  • Experience in working in a relevant field and the ability to apply skills across a range of research and policy-related activities
  • Superior writing skills with the ability to translate complex issues into a level appropriate for the general population and policymakers
  • A degree or accreditation from a post-secondary institution
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills as well as strong interpersonal skills including a professional manner and good judgment
  • Experience analyzing policy
  • Demonstrated ability to assess current priorities, workload, and resources, and establish an action plan ensuring that immediate needs are met while longer-term strategies, plans, and actions are developed
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, motivate, and leverage stakeholders both internally and externally and the ability to connect, build and maintain a broad range of relationships
  • A passion for social justice and equality issues, including but not limited to the inclusion movement with an extensive knowledge of NGOs and particularly the disability sector is an asset
  • Understanding of complex strategic planning in non-profit and government environments
  • Positive outlook and personal energy
  • Fluency in both French and English is an asset

Application Process

Anticipated start date: October 1st, 2018
Location: CACL’s head office is located in Toronto, Ontario. However, qualified applicants will be considered from all of Canada.
Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume no later than 5pm EST, September 12th to:

Canadian Association for Community Living
Attention: Krista Carr, Executive Vice-President
By email: hr@cacl.ca

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Canadian Association for Community Living will provide accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities.

CACL supports diversity, equity, and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.