Full Time

Advocacy Lead

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies 5075 Yonge Street, Toronto ON


Reporting to: Director of Policy 
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Toronto (onsite) 
Position: Full-time
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

The Organization
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a non-profit human rights organization committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and education.

The Opportunity
We are seeking a mature self-starter who can work independently to document and deliver effective campaigns and programming on specific issues related to antisemitism and other forms of hate in Canada and abroad. Reporting to the Director of Policy, you will demonstrate your expertise in direct advocacy experience in the fields of community advocacy, politics, law and/or public relations

This role is based in our North Toronto office. We follow all necessary COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of our team.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct research, literature reviews and sector mapping to strengthen the advocacy team’s understanding of the systems we are working to influence and the leverage points within them.
  • Design from concept to execution innovative advocacy-oriented programming, with a particular focus on university students, that provides meaningful, authentic opportunities to confront antisemitism as well as other forms of hatred and intolerance.
  • Monitor national and international policy trends and analyze policy options on a range of topics.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Canadian and international policy experts, think tanks, academic institutions, and researchers.
  • Provide support and advice to those who have been subjected to antisemitism and assist them as they navigate the channels available to them in having their grievances addressed.
  • Represent FSWC and network actively with stakeholders, staying abreast of the work of other organizations, government initiatives and policies, and actively participate in key events, workshops, and forums.

You are someone with:

  • Familiarity with issues which impact the Jewish community including the Holocaust, antisemitism, and anti-Zionism.
  • Experience and interest in supporting Israel as the ancestral home and locus of self- determination for the global Jewish community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the current climate and circumstances on Canadian university and college campuses pertaining to issues concerning Jewish students.
  • Creative and extensive program design and development experience.
  • Effective stakeholder consultation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationship; demonstrated success working on cross-functional teams
  • Creative and communicative in generating new ideas and resolving problems.
  • Ability to problem solve and manage projects from creative development through final delivery on time and on budget using appropriate tools
  • Self-starter/high level of internal motivation
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and growth environment

What you bring:

  • +5 years of experience in advocacy work in the fields of community, politics, law and/or public relations.
  • A proven track record in the design and execution of successful advocacy programming.
  • Demonstrable experience in research and persuasive written communications.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resumé to Carla Dal Mina
at: carla@dalminahr.com. Please reference “Advocacy Lead” in the subject line.

FSWC welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage applications from individuals within the employment equity categories. FSWC is committed to equity and diversity, and to a positive, supportive working environment. Please let us know should you require accommodation during any part of this recruitment process.