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CERA Board Recruitment

The Centre for Equality Rights in
Accommodation (CERA) is seeking candidates for a number of positions on its
voluntary Board of Directors, beginning in September 2021. Directors serve
two-year terms.

About CERA:

CERA is Canada’s leading not-for-profit charity
in advancing the right to housing through advocacy, education, and empowerment.


We advance the right to housing for all

CERA has been at the forefront of national and
international discussions to advance the right to housing since 1987, earning
widespread respect for its work. We believe that by working with partners and
communities across the country, our research, advocacy and strategic litigation
can influence the development of progressive, rights-based housing policy.

We transform lives through education and

CERA reaches thousands of individuals, service
providers and housing providers across Canada each year, informing them about
the right to housing and what they can do to advance it. We believe in the
transformative power of education and empowerment and know that understanding
rights and how to activate them is a necessary first step to building a culture
of human rights in housing.

We speak up when we see injustice

CERA fights for the right to housing across
Canada by advocating unapologetically on behalf of the people and communities
we serve. We bring attention to issues of housing injustice and believe in the
power of human rights law and rights-based advocacy to advance housing justice
for all.

Board of Directors Search

CERA is currently recruiting for a
number of qualified and committed Board members who are willing to contribute
their time and expertise to our dynamic and dedicated team. As an organization,
CERA is expanding its strategic focus and adapting to meet the demands of
housing rights head on.

Professional Skills

For several of the positions that CERA
is recruiting for, the Board is prioritizing candidates who have one or more of
the following:

Experience in finance / small
business accounting (e.g., knowledge of financial reporting and accounting
principles; an accounting designation is not required, but would be an asset)

Experience fundraising for growing
charities, foundations or civil service organizations

Experience and knowledge of not-for-profit
operations and management

and who are excited to take on
leadership roles within the Board and/or its committees (e.g., Treasurer,
Fundraising Committee Chair).

General Skills

In addition to the above
professional skills, CERA welcomes candidates who demonstrate:

A strong interest in CERA’s mission
and objectives

A prior track record of dedication
to board work

A commitment to supporting CERA’s
fundraising activities

Knowledge of board governance

Financial acuity


CERA is committed to having a board
that reflects the diversity of the clients we serve. We welcome and encourage applications
from diverse individuals who self-identify on bases including but not limited
to race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family/marital status,
disability, socio-economic background and ethnicity, as well as individuals
with lived experience of homelessness or housing precarity.


CERA’s Board meets on a monthly
basis, with the exception of July and August, and the AGM is held in September.

Board meetings are presently held
on the first Wednesday of each month for 2-2.5 hours via video and audio
conferencing. Directors not based in the Toronto area can generally continue to
participate in this manner when meetings resume in person in the future.

Directors are expected to serve on
one of CERA’s monthly standing committees (finance, governance and
fundraising) and contribute to ad hoc committees that are formed from
time-to-time on an as-needed basis. Directors are also expected to contribute
to CERA’s fundraising initiatives and to draw upon their networks in support of
the organization’s work.

The total average monthly time
commitment is 5-10 hours, depending on a Director’s position.

New directors will be expected to
participate in Director orientation, which will include an overview of CERA’s
strategic plan.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by submitting
a CV and a statement of interest that describes the key attributes they
would contribute to the CERA Board.

Applications should be submitted before 12 p.m.
on May 14, 2021 via email to with the subject
line “CERA Board of Directors”. More information can be found at:

Candidates selected for an interview will
be contacted by early June 2021, with interviews held in the first half of the
month in the evenings.

CERA is committed to full compliance with the Human
Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act,
the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable
legislation. We will provide accommodation during the application process upon
request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be
addressed confidentially.