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Posting ID : 2458
Apply By : 5/6/2013
Position Title : Program Officer, Inside-Out Canada
Department : Inside Out-Faculty of Social Work
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Kitchener
Reports To : Co-ordinator, Inside Out & Administrative Manager, FSW
Position Summary : Inside-Out Canada is a new national educational program, home-based and recently launched at WLU FSW. Utilizing the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program model, Inside-Out Canada offers post-secondary courses in prisons and jails, with classes comprised of both incarcerated and university-enrolled students, working together as classmates. Courses, offered in many fields, emphasize dialogue, critical thinking, experiential learning and collaboration. I-O C has an institutional/regional capacity and a national capacity. Locally, I-O C runs a program at Grand Valley Prison, with course offerings from FSW, FOA (upcoming) and neighbouring universities. Additional correctional and community partners will likely emerge. Nationally, we will offer 60-hour summertime Instructor Trainings each year that will draw faculty from around the country; we will also offer ongoing regional co-ordination, support and networking. Inside-Out Canada is strengthened by the presence of the Walls to Bridges Collective (W2BC), a think tank that meets regularly at Grand Valley, comprised of selected students, both inside and outside, who have taken at least one Inside-Out course. W2BC offers public education workshops and will be part of the Instructor Training team.

The Inside-Out Canada program officer will help to build the foundation for this new program, both locally and nationally, by supporting work in the following areas:
• alumni activity and outreach
• regional co-ordination
• research and evaluation
• communications
• the Instructor Training Institute
This position reports to the Administrative Manager with day-to-day supervision provided by the Co-ordinator and Assistant Co-ordinator: Inside-Out Canada.
Accountabilities :
Community Development and Networking
  • Co-ordinates local and national alumni working groups and networks
  • Takes a lead role in coordinating activities of alumni group at Grand Valley Institution
  • Launches and manages alumni blog
  • Networks with Inside-Out alums in the USA
Regional Coordination 
  • Helps co-ordinate emerging regional I-O programs
  • Provides information about the I-O program and conducts information sessions, upon invitation, at universities, correctional facilities, and community organizations
  • Consults with various stakeholders, assisting them with launching their own IO programs across the country
  • Conducts site visits
  • Facilitates Inside-Out Canada networking opportunities (connecting different I-O initiatives)
Program Evaluation 
  • Data collection related to national and local programming
  • Development of survey and interview questions for program evaluation
  • Develops comprehensive data base for program evaluation
  • Assists with media messaging, funder relations and community-building
The Instructor Training Institute
  • Supports the curriculum development for Canadian Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute
  • Supports the co-facilitators in delivering the Instructor Training
Qualifications :
  • Minimum BA/BSW plus two (2) years related work experience
  • Some experience teaching, assistant teaching and/or workshop facilitation
  • Community organizing or outreach experience
  • Experience conducting program evaluation surveys and interviews
  • Experience with Inside-Out or a parallel community-based learning program
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with individuals from a diverse academic and cultural background; ability to work collaboratively with academic and administrative staff, students, community members and correctional administrators.
  • Capacity in MS Excel and Adobe
  • Ability to write research and funding reports
  • Ability to adhere to Social Work code of Ethics in regard to confidentiality, conflict of interest, dual relationships and other ethical imperatives.
  • Experience working in the criminal justice system
  • Proven initiative, resourcefulness, and demonstrated ability to solve problems
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and willingness to travel for events and regional coordination
Grade : WLUSA-07
Salary : $28.06-$33.01
Salary Notes : This position is currently under review.

*This is a full-time, limited term role up to a duration of twelve (12) months from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

Hours of work: This position will be 24.5 hours per week from Monday to Friday. However, flexibility in hours will be required to accommodate evening meetings, community meetings, special events or site visits.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


Please submit a cover letter and resume.



Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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