Job Posting Organizational Development Coordinator--CMLA, Muslim Legal Support Centre

The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA), a Toronto-based not-for profit association of Muslim lawyers, is seeking a part-time Organizational Development Coordinator for its Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC) project.

The MLSC project (funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario) is an access to justice initiative that aims to connect a diverse cross-section of the Muslim community in the GTA with culturally appropriate and accessible legal services, including legal education workshops, summary advice and referrals. The project is supported through funding provided by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The Organizational Development Coordinator will be responsible for:

A. Developing the administrative processes necessary for ensuring the organizational sustainability of the MLSC project, and

B. Creating the strategic roadmap for the MLSC’s long-term planning initiatives.

Job Summary:

The Organizational Development Coordinator will lead the administrative and strategic planning tasks related to the sustainable development of the MLSC project.

The Organizational Development Coordinator will be responsible for three main areas:

  • Organizational Structure and Governance Plan: The Coordinator will undertake research and propose a plan and structure of the MLSC including the optimal governance model.

  • Fund Development: The Coordinator will prepare a 3-5 year fund development plan to support the legal services provided by the MLSC as well as assist with immediate fundraising to help sustain the MLSC.

  • Administrative Processes: The Coordinator will refine the administrative processes initiated during the MLSC pilot project. These will include payroll and accounting systems, file retention systems, human resources systems, data and office management, general policy development as well as oversee design and content of a MLSC website.

The Organizational Development Coordinator’s duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conducting research on corporate structure and governance, particularly in the area of not-for-profit organizations, to understand best practices, including organizational design and governance, strategic planning, fundraising and other matters as they arise.

  • Drafting reports and organizational plans based on best practices to inform the organizational structure and governance plan for the MLSC project.

  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders, including a wide range of community stakeholders to inform project planning.

  • Coordinating and leading planning sessions on matters related to organizational structure and governance.

  • Developing and managing administrative processes, including payroll, accounting and file retention/storage processes.

  • Developing a strategic vision plan.

  • Developing a fundraising strategy.

  • Managing the development of the MLSC website, including liaising with the website developer and overseeing project workflows.

  • Responsible for coming up with a tracking structure that can be used to assess community needs for a more permanent structure.  


Candidate must have a post-secondary degree in law; business management (not-for-profit specialization); social work or other relevant areas of study.


  • At least 2 years of demonstrated experience in the sustainability, planning and organizational development of community-based projects.

  • Demonstrated experience working with Muslim communities in the GTA is an asset.


  • Knowledge of best practices for the management of not-for-profit organizations.

  • Knowledge of best practices for legal clinics or practice management.

  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, research, written and analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, prioritize and manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team based environment.

  • Clear and methodical approach to work and strong organizational skills.

  • An understanding of the legal issues and/or access to justice challenges facing Ontario’s Muslim communities, including anti-black racism and Islamophobia.

  • A strong understanding of, and commitment to, anti-oppression principles and an awareness of the various intersections of social identities.

  • Proficiency in at least one language spoken in the Muslim community (e.g. Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Urdu, Farsi etc.) is an asset.

Salary and Contractual Term:

This is a 5-month part-time position starting July 15, 2020 which may be structured as part-time employment or a consulting contract if appropriate, with the possibility of an extension.

Salary will be commensurate to experience and based on available funding at the time.

Interested applicants may send their applications including a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) references (resume maximum 2-pages) to contactcmla@gmail.com

We appreciate all those who apply, however we will only be in contact with those candidates that we intend to interview.

We are an equal opportunity employer. If you are an individual who requires accommodation to apply to this position, please email us at contactcmla@gmail.com

The deadline to apply for this position is June 26, 2020

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