Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion

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Placement Organization: Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion
Position Title: Communications Assistant
Number of Possible Placements Available: 1
Working Site’s Location: 2070 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Toronto


Company Bio:

York University’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) promotes and builds a respectful, equitable, diverse and inclusive university community. We strive to be a leader in providing accessible, impartial, non-adversarial, and confidential programs and services that uphold human rights, facilitate equitable access to opportunities, and champion diversity and inclusion.

Job Description:

The Centre for Human Rights Equity and Inclusion has in 2019 embarked upon a renewed Communications Strategy that would be supported by the Communications Assistant Role through:

  • Enhancing REI’s visibility across camps and increasing the relevance of REI communications to the York community through developing information and communication media (webpages, flyers, brochures, clips, etc.)
  • Leveraging communications channels to position REI as a thought-leader in the area of human rights, equity and inclusion, including trends impacting post-secondary institutions.


The Communications assistant would support these and other goals through a range of activities which could include:

  • Develop approaches to supporting the #YUBelong campaign’s goals through targeted and diverse social media approaches.
  • Research trends across academic institutions and report on trends and lessons learned with the goal of advancing the REI’s presence in the York community.
  • Support long term success through performance measurement, potentially through the use of analytical tools.


  • A good understanding of human rights, equity and inclusion principles.
  • Ability to succeed in a setting that embraces diversity.
  • Ability to research and summarize research findings clearly.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team towards a common goal.
  • Political acuity, recognizing that the REI is a pan-university organization with diverse partners across the institution.
  • Proficient in both their oral and written communication;
  • Punctual and professional in their approach to the work assigned;
  • Willing to experiment with new approaches to communication and media.

Additional Assets:

  • Previous experience developing and posting materials for a small or large organization.
  • Some understanding of performance measurement principles and tools (e.g. Google Analytics), or the desire to learn independently.