3 ways to get involved

Join Start Proud in a skilled-based volunteering role! These roles are filled on an ongoing basis with open positions posted below.
Need something with lower commitment? Look out for temporary volunteer opportunities to assist with the logistics and execution of our events!
More experienced professionals may consider applying to our Board of Directors. Please email the Chair of the Board directly.

Why Volunteer

Springboard your professional development by gaining valuable experience as part of a national non-profit in a functional area you are looking to grow your skills in. We are here to develop you, even if you have little experience.
Make an impact in our organization and the community we serve! We are growing and evolving very quickly, so there is lots of opportunity to make a difference.
Build your network with friendly and supportive LGBTQ+ students and professionals that are eager to support and mentor each other.

I have had the privilege to work closely with corporate sponsors who are diversity champions as well as a cross-functional team of incredible people who are there to help me grow. Through various OOBS initiatives & team socials I have built great friendships and met many amazing career/life mentors. It's truly a rewarding experience and I would recommend any LGBTQ+ & Ally students seeking learning & leadership opportunities to apply and become a OOBS volunteer!

Amy Yu, Undergraduate CommerceAssociate, Women's Events '16

My experience working with Out On Bay Street has been equally fun and rewarding. I attribute landing a competitive job out of business school directly to the network, skills and confidence I was able to gain through my involvement.

Tony Giannopolous, Master of Business AdministrationExecutive Vice President '17 / Vice-President, Student Outreach '16 / Associate, Student Outreach '15

Taking on a leadership role within OOBS has allowed me to gain exposure to other functional groups within the organization. I became more self-aware of the skills and value that I brought to the table, and this in turn has allowed me to gain more insight into the direction I wanted to take in my own professional career. Together, we creatively find solutions to help give Canadian LGBTQ students the tools for success. If this is a cause you feel passionate about, I would strongly recommend volunteering with us!

Julian Liao, Master of Financial EconomicsVice-President, Marketing '16 / Lead, Toronto Initiatives '15 / Associate, Marketing '14

Open Opportunities

See below for current opportunities to volunteer with Start Proud.

Please be advised that the online application requires Google login. If you do not have a Google account, please forward your resume to human.resources@startproud.org stating your position(s) of interest.

Events

Associate, Toronto Events

As Associate, Toronto Events you are responsible for assisting the Vice President in planning and successfully executing on Start Proud’s Year-Round events. Including but not limited to Monthly Socials, Quarterly Women’s Events, and industry specific events, this works out to approximately 12 events per year that you will be involved in planning.

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Leaders To Be Proud Of (Toronto)

Associate, Event Coordination

You will coordinate all details of the awards reception, working closely with sponsor to ensure the objectives of both parties are being achieved. Every detail must be considered for a high-profile event such as Leaders To Be Proud Of and we must be continuously seeking ways to make the evening memorable. This role requires managing bi-weekly touchpoints with the sponsor where you will create and execute a detailed workplan.

Associate, External Communications

You will coordinate the nomination process and guest communications. This will include careful management of awards nominations, invitations, RSVPs, and professionally handling support requests from our guests. You will also support efforts in public relations and the recruitment of nominees. This role offers a great transition into the VP role in the subsequent year upon a satisfactory performance appraisal.

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Marketing

Associate, Content Strategy

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram are your domain. Typing out captivating copy is your secret superpower. As an Associate, Content & Strategy, you will be responsible for managing all social media channels on behalf of Start Proud and managing our mailing lists. This involves working with portfolio heads, VP, AVP Marketing, CD and Manager, Content & Strategy to write copy according to the marketing plan for these events that drives attendances and increases awareness of our events and organization.

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Mentorship (Toronto/Ottawa)

Program Manager, Mentorship (2 open positions, Toronto/Ottawa)

Working directly with the President and Director of Mentorship you will be responsible for the successful execution of one of Start Proud’s provincial mentorship programs. The program curates highly personalized mentor/mentee relationships whose aim is to identify and achieve individual professional goals and help the mentee work towards their full potential.

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New Precedent Conference (Toronto)

Vice-President, New Precedent Conference

As the Vice President, New Precedent Conference you are responsible for the successful planning and execution of Start Proud’s newest flagship event. You will work closely with Executive Vice President to ensure all aspects of the New Precedent Conference are successful for participants and sponsors.

Associate, Content Development

As Associate, Content Development your role is to develop the New Precedent Conference program to ensure that it stays relevant and interesting to our student delegates. In this role you are tasked with ensuring that the content is appropriately reflective of the diverse needs of law students who may be interested in diverse fields of the law.

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Ottawa

Start Proud Ottawa

Located in the nation’s capital, Start Proud Ottawa partnerswith both public and private sector organizations, departments, and companies to support Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ community! Some of our previous events have included a networking reception with Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ+ Issues, a panel on the state of HIV progress and visibility, and a conversation about Transgender Reality in 2019.

The executive team is looking for the following positions to be filled:

  • Event Associates (2)
  • Francophone Relations Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Creative Director

For more details, please click below for more information.

How to Apply
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Please send us a letter of interest and resume. In your letter, we want to know:
  1. What are your passions? What excites you about the LGBTQ+ community in Ottawa or what would you like to see change or evolve?
  2. What are you studying or where are you working and why have you chosen your area of study or profession?
  3. Why do you want to get involved with Start Proud Ottawa? Have you previously volunteered within the LGBTQ+ community before?
  4. What position would you like to take on? What skills and talents would youlike to bring into the Start Proud Ottawa team?
Applications are due by February 16th 2020. Please send your application, and direct questions, to kent.evans@startproud.org. We thank you for your interest and will contact candidates selected for an interview.
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Out On Bay Street Conference (Toronto)

Vice-President, Out On Bay Street Conference

As the Vice President of the Out On Bay Street Conference you are responsible for the successful planning and execution of one of Start Proud’s Flagship event. This conference is the annual focal point for the LGBTQ+ student community and our corporate sponsors. This is a high commitment position but is also high-profile and a rewarding one. You will have support from your team and the rest of the organization, but you are the one who is ultimately responsible for ensuring the success of the conference.

Assistant Vice-President, Out On Bay Street Conference

As the Assistant Vice President of the Out On Bay Street Conference you serve in a general executive role for the Out On Bay Street Conference supporting the VP in any tasks they require assistance on. This could include sourcing speakers and workshop topics with the Associate, Content Development or planning the events prior to the conference (Pre-conference recruitment event, Pre-conference workshop, Case Competition Webinar) This is a general role that is good for people who want to take on a larger role in the organization but aren’t ready to commit to the demands of a VP level position. Due to the conference wide visibility of the role it serves as a successor role to the VP should he or she be unable to fulfil the duties of the role.

Associate, Case Competition

As Associate, Case Competition & Community Outreach you will be responsible for the successful development, planning and execution of the Case Competition and Community Outreach Initiative taking place during the Out On Bay Street Conference.

Associate, Content Development

As Associate, Content Development your role is to develop the New Precedent Conference program to ensure that it stays relevant and interesting to our student delegates. In this role you are tasked with ensuring that the content is appropriately reflective of the diverse needs of law students who may be interested in diverse fields of the law

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Out West Conference (Vancouver)

Please note the following positions are based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Associate, Sponsorship

The Associate, Sponsorship has overall strategic and operational responsibility for establishing and managing new client relationships so as to ensure mutually beneficial relationships that embody the win-win philosophy.

Associate, Logistics

The Associate, Logistics has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the development, planning, execution, and of all Out West Conference work related to venue, hotel, volunteers, registration, A/V, and all other ad-hoc items. Their bread and butter are all the details that go into event planning.

Associate, Student & Community Outreach

The Associate, Student & Community Outreach is responsible for the planning and development of the Out West Conference student and community outreach strategy. Their efforts help to raise brand awareness within the student and broader community to ensure the conference’s overall success.

Associate, Content Development

The Associate, Content Development has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the planning and development of the Out West Conference programming to ensure that it stays relevant and topical to our LGBTQ+ delegates.

To apply, please click on the button below to send an email to human.resources@startproud.org indicating your name, contact information, the position(s) of interest, along with a copy of your resume.

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Sponsorship

Relationship Managers (7 open positions)

As a Relationship Manager you are responsible working with legacy client relationship to renew their involvement for future events and conference, finding ways to upsell sponsors on mutually beneficial sponsorship opportunities, and working to bring in new sponsors into the organizations.

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Web & Information Technology

Manager, Data Operations

Be accountable for Start Proud’s data environment and support the development of new resources for data analytics. You will ensure the stability and security of the organization’s databases.

Web Developers

As the Web Developer you will be planning and delivering on web applications across multiple platforms.

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