3 ways to get involved

Join the Organizing Committee in a Skilled-Based Volunteering role! These roles are filled on an annual basis every September. See what’s available (link).
Active on campus and need something with lower commitment? Join our National Ambassador Program and win prizes by promoting our initiatives on campus. Contact studentoutreach@startproud.org to get involved.
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 LGBT 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

Organizational Overview

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Board of Directors, provide oversight and governance
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Executives, keep our operations aligned with strategy and facilitate organizational collaboration
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Vice Presidents, collaborate across functions and mentor their teams to success
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Managers, take on cross-functional projects and sometimes leads associates

Take on a portfolio that has a larger scope and impact and requires a bit more commitment or experience to handle. You will also lead a small team to achieve larger goals. (Great for experienced students and young professionals)

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Associates, focus on manageable but important pieces of a project (Great for Students)

Take on a portfolio under of of the VPs or Managers. This is a perfect role to start in the organization where you receive training and mentorship by more experienced volunteers.

Out On Bay Street Conference

This team produces the largest careers conference for LGBT post-secondary students in Canada. In 2008, this organization was founded solely to produce this conference that brings together over 40 sponsors and 400 attendees together for a 2-day conference every September.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Out On Bay Street Conference

80%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Assistant Vice-President, Out On Bay Street Conference

50%

5-10 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Associate, Logistics

50%

5-10 hr/week, double hours in Aug/Sept

Associate, Content Development

20%

0-5 hr/week, 15+ hr/week Aug/Sept

Associate, Case Competition & Community Outreach

20%

0-5 hr/week

Associate, Scholarship

20%

0-5 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President/Assistant Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Associates application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

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, Logistics

As Associate, Logistics you will be responsible for the planning and execution of all Out On Bay Street Conference work related to venue, hotel, volunteers, registration, A/V, and other ad-hoc items. Your bread and butter are all the details that go into event planning.

Associate, Content Development

As Associate, Content Development your role is to develop the Out On Bay Street Conference program to ensure that it stays relevant and interesting to our student delegates. In this role you are also tasked with ensuring that the content is appropriately reflective of the needs of Business and STEM students.

Associate, Case Competition & Community Outreach

As the 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, Scholarship

As Associate, Scholarship your role is to administer the Scholarship and Bursary for the Out On Bay Street Conference program in collaboration with our executive team. You will evaluate student applications to ensure money is distributed equitably based on need and other objectives of the bursary program.

Venture Out Conference

In March 2017, this team produced Canada’s first entrepreneurship/tech conference for LGBTQA+ post-secondary students. This highly entrepreneurial team’s brand new initiative was a hit, and are looking for new members who are highly driven and passionate about entrepreneurship and diversity in the workplace to continue the success!

Average Time Commitment

Chair, Venture Out Conference

80%

10-15 hr/week, 15+ hr/week Jan-March

Associate, Content & Programming

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Logistics

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Sponsorship

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Student Outreach

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Tech Special Projects

50%

5-10 hr/week

 


Positions for 2019 have already been filled for Venture Out.  Stayed tuned here for more opportunities as they become available.

Brief Descriptions

To be announced.

Law Conference

In May 2019 Start Proud will be hosting Canada’s first conference dedicated for LGBTQ+ law students. This is a great opportunity for law students and members of the legal community to get involved in launching an exciting new initiatives that will make the legal community more diverse and open.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Law Conference

80%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Associate, Moot Court Competition

80%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Associate, Logistics

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Content Development

50%

5-10 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Associates application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Law Conference

As the Vice President, Law 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 Law Conference are successful for participants and sponsors.

Associate, Moot Court Competition

As Associate, Moot Court Competition your role is to develop the Moot Court Competition for the Law Conference program in collaboration with our corporate sponsor for the event.

Associate, Logistics

As Associate, Logistics you will be responsible for the planning and execution of all Law Conference work related to venue, hotel, volunteers, registration, A/V, and all other ad-hoc items. Your bread and butter are all the details that go into event planning.

Associate, Content Development

As Associate, Content Development your role is to develop the Law 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.

Vancouver Conference

In September 2019 Start Proud will be hosting it’s first conference outside of Toronto. This conference will be dedicated to LGBTQ+ students and young professionals in the Vancouver area. The conference is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with diverse employers and be involved in launching an exciting new initiative.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Vancouver Conference

80%

10-15 hr, frequent urgent requests 


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: October 20, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Vancouver Conference

As the Vice-President, Vancouver Conference you are responsible for the successful planning and execution of Start Proud’s first conference outside of Toronto. This conference aims to be the annual focal point for the LGBTQ+ student community and our corporate sponsors in the West coast. 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.

Regional Initiatives

The organization was initially founded in Toronto but we have recently started expanding our initiatives to other cities in Canada. We are looking for highly entrepreneurial volunteers to lead the regional initiatives outside of Toronto. Initiatives within Toronto will require someone that is able to juggle many different events happening at one time as event planning will occasionally overlap.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Toronto Initiatives

80%

10-15 hr

Associate, Toronto Events

50%

5-10 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Associate application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Toronto Initiatives

As Vice President, Toronto Events you are responsible for the planning and successful execution of 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 responsible for planning.

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.

Positions for 2019 have already been filled for non-Toronto Initiatives.  Stayed tuned here for more opportunities as they become available.

Leaders to be Proud of Awards

Leaders to be Proud of, founded in 2011, is a series of awards for very successful senior professionals in business that also happen to identify as LGBTQA, culminating in a high-profile private event attended by winners, past winners, and other members of the community to celebrate their professional successes and serve as inspirational role-models to LGBTQ students across Canada.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards

80%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Associate, Logistics

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Communications

50%

5-10 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Associates application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards

As the Vice President of the Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards you are responsible for the successful planning and execution of Start Proud’s annual awards ceremony that recognizes leaders in the LGBTQ community.

Associate, Logistics

You will coordinate all details of the awards reception, which is normally held in an upscale event hall. For an event of this calibre every detail must be considered and we must be continuously seeking ways to make the evening a memorable one. You will work closely with the Vice President, Leaders To Be Proud Of and the presenting sponsor of the awards to ensure the event runs successfully.

Associate, Communications Coordinator

As the Associate for Leader To Be Proud Of Communications you will coordinate guest and VIP communications, which 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.

Marketing

Our impact depends directly on how effective our Marketing team is at driving brand awareness through effective marketing campaigns for each initiative. Brand management and communications are important skills volunteers develop in this team. This is a team that collaborates significantly with other teams in the organization.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Marketing

100%

15-20 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Assistant Vice-President, Marketing

70%

10-15 hr/week, occasional urgent requests 

Creative Director

70%

10-15 hr/week, occasional urgent requests

Associate, Graphic Design

50%

5-10 hr/week

Manager, Content Development

70%

10-15 hr/week

Associate, Social Media

50%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, Newsletter Campaigns

20%

0-5 hr/week

Associate, Public Relations

20%

0-5 hr/week

Manager, Student Outreach

70%

5-10 hr/week

Associate, STEM & Arts Programs

20%

0-5 hr/week

Associate, Business Programs

20%

0-5 hr/week

Associate, Graduate Programs

20%

0-5 hr/week

Associate, Law Programs

20%

0-5 hr/week

Manager, Out On Bay Street Conference Marketing

70%

10-15 hr/week

Manager, Regional Initiatives Marketing

70%

10-15 hr/week 


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President/Assistant Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Managers/Associates application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Marketing

As the Vice President of Marketing you work with the Executive Vice President to build awareness and a positive brand image of the organization both internally and externally. You will accomplish this by setting a clear marketing strategy and supporting your team to achieve that goal. Your portfolio includes the organization-wide brand and two conference micro-brands. While you will be able to draw assistance from your team, ultimate accountability rests on you for marketing all organization initiatives.

Assistant Vice-President, Marketing

As the Assistant Vice President, Marketing your role is to work with the Vice President to ensure the smooth operations of the department. This could include assisting Managers in developing marketing plans for their initiatives, helping the Creative Director develop brand guidelines, or drafting copy for a social media post. Due to the department wide visibility of the role it serves as a successor role to the Vice President should he or she be unable to fulfill the duties of the role.

Creative Director

As Creative Director you lead a team of graphic designers to develop visual content for all Start Proud events and initiatives across Canada. You will be responsible for managing your team’s timelines, ensuring that project expectations are met and ensuring that all branding requirements and style guide requirements are being followed. You will also work closely with the Vice President, Marketing to develop the Start Proud brand guidelines.

Associate, Graphic Design

You work with other members of the marketing team to create compelling images that will be used to promote Start Proud’s events and programs to students and professionals across Canada. You will be responsible for ensuring that the branding you create is in-line with the style guide as well as the brand requirements.

Manager, Content Development

As the Manager, Content Development you are responsible for leading a team of associates who will execute on marketing plans established in collaboration with the event and conference marketing managers. You will manage the flow of information being communicated externally through our core channels.

Associate, Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram are your domain. As the Associate, Social Media, you will be responsible for managing all social media channels on behalf of Start Proud. This involves working with event marketing managers and event Vice Presidents to write copy according to the marketing plan for these events that drives attendances and increases awareness of our events and organization.

Associate, Newsletter Campaigns

As the Associate, Newsletter Campaigns you will be responsible for managing all newsletter campaigns on behalf of Start Proud. This involves working with event marketing managers and event Vice Presidents to write copy according to the marketing plan to drive attendance and increases awareness of our events and organization to people already on our distribution lists while also growing our subscriber base.

Associate, Public Relations

As the Associate, Public Relations you will work closely with the event Vice Presidents and the Executive Vice President to develop Start Proud’s Media strategy. Prior Public Relations or media experience would be helpful as we begin to develop our organizations media engagement strategy.

Manager, Student Outreach

As Manager, Student Outreach you are responsible for leading a team of associates that execute on our student marketing strategy. You will develop these strategies and resulting campaigns to expand Start Proud’s presence on campuses across Canada and drive event and conference attendance. You will accomplish this by working with marketing managers to develop the collateral you require and supporting your team in delivery.

Associate, STEM & Arts Programs

As Associate, STEM & Art Programs you are responsible for our campus outreach strategy across Canada for STEM and Arts programs. To do this you will recruit and manage a team of campus ambassadors who will work on their campuses to market Start Proud to students.

Associate, Business Programs

As Associate, Business Programs you are responsible for our campus outreach strategy across Canada. To do this you will recruit and manage a team of campus ambassadors who can work on their campuses to recruit students.

Associate, Graduate Programs

As Associate, Graduate Programs you are responsible for our campus outreach strategy across Canada. To do this you will recruit and manage a team of campus ambassadors who can work on their campuses to recruit students.

Associate, Law Programs

As Associate, Law Programs you are responsible for our campus outreach strategy across Canada. To do this you will recruit and manage a team of campus ambassadors who can work on their campuses to recruit students.

Manager, Out On Bay Street Conference Marketing

As Manager, Out On Bay Street Conference Marketing you are responsible for developing a marketing strategy that will sell conference tickets and develop brand recognition of the conference in the student and business community.

Manager, Regional Initiatives Marketing

As Manager, Regional Initiatives Marketing you are responsible for assisting regional Vice Presidents and their marketing teams in developing marketing plans for their events. This will encompass approximately three events per city for a total of sixteen events throughout the year. Your primary role is to serve as a conduit between Toronto based marketing teams and the regional teams.

Sponsorship

Our ability to fund our initiatives and continue operations is based mostly on sponsorship. Client relations, sales, and negotiation are all important skills volunteers develop in this team. This is a team that collaborates significantly with other teams in the organization.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Sponsorship

100%

15-20 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Manager, Sponsor Operations

50%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Manager, Out On Bay Street Sponsorship

50%

10-15 hr/week, 15+ hr/week Aug/Sept

Relationship Manager, Out On Bay Street

20%

0-5 hr/week, 10 hr/week in Aug/Sept

Manager, Law Conference Sponsorship

50%

10-15 hr/week

Relationship Manager, Law Conference

20%

0-5 hr/week

Manager, Business Development

50%

10-15 hr/week

Relationship Manager, Business Development

20%

0-5 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Managers/Relationship Managers application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Sponsorship

You work closely with the executive team to determine the sponsorship goals for the organization. In addition to renewing and maintaining current sponsorship partnerships you will actively work to identify new areas of expansion for the organizations.

Manager, Sponsor Operations

As the Manager, Sponsorship Operations you are responsible for assisting the Vice President, Sponsorship and the Relationship Managers with logistical issues needed to execute on our sponsorship agreements as major events approach.

Manager, Out On Bay Street Sponsorship

As the Manager, Out On Bay Street Conference Sponsorship you will lead a team of Relationship Managers who handle approximately 40 corporate sponsor relationships for the Out On Bay Street Conference.

Relationship Manager, Out On Bay Street

As a Relationship Manager, Out On Bay Street you are responsible for maintaining legacy client relationship, finding ways to upsell sponsors on mutually beneficial sponsorship opportunities, and working to bring in new sponsors into the organizations.

Manager, Law Conference Sponsorship

As the Manager, Law Conference Sponsorship you will lead a team of Relationship Managers who handle approximately 20 corporate sponsor relationships for the new Law Conference. As a new conference this role will require the candidate to work closely with the Executive team and the Vice President, Law Conference to ensure the first event is a successful one.

Relationship Manager, Law Conference

As a Relationship Manager, Law Conference you are responsible for relationship management of the newly launched law conference. This will involve working to maintain legacy client relationship, finding ways to upsell sponsors on mutually beneficial sponsorship opportunities, and working to bring in new sponsors into the organizations.

Manager, Business Development

As the Manager, Business Development you are responsible for working with the Vice President, Sponsorship and the executive team to manage a team of Relationship Managers who will source new sponsorship opportunities for the three Start Proud brands.

Relationship Manager, Business Development

As a Relationship Manager, Business Development you are responsible for sourcing new sponsors for the organizations three brands. You will work closely with the organizations leadership to find and develop prospective sponsors by focusing on the positive impact Start Proud can provide them and their companies.

Web & Information Technology

The demands on our web capability have been increasing as we must serve distinctive user types to ensure that our strategic goals are met for sponsors, students, general audiences, and volunteers. This team helps us stay on top of technology changes and develops solutions for unmet needs of our complex user base.

Average Time Commitment

Vice-President, Web & Information Technology

70%

10-15 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Manager, Web Content

50%

5-10 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Associate, Web Content

20%

0-5 hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Solutions Developer

20%

0-5 hr/week


Apply now by clicking here.

Vice-President application deadline: September 28, 2018

Manager/Solutions Developers/Associates application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Vice-President, Web & Information Technology

As the Vice President of the Web & Information Technology department you ensure that our technology infrastructure is able to meet the needs of a growing organization. In addition to overseeing a team of volunteers who manage ongoing website and IT needs you will work with Executive team and leadership teams to predict future organizational needs and develop a strategy and plan accordingly.

Manager, Web Content

As the Manager, Web Content you will oversee a team of associates to implement website changes for the four Start Proud websites. Your role will involve working with leadership team to translate their needs into an actionable work schedule for your associates to execute on.

Associate, Web Content

As the Associate, Web Content you are responsible for processing change requests from the businesses for our main conferences. You will have an eye for design and the user experiences and interfaces of the websites to ensure they are useful and productive at achieving their goal.

Solutions Developer

As a Solutions Developer, you will work closely with the Vice-President of Web & IT to ensure our technology infrastructure is able to meet the needs of a growing organization. You will need to implement software solutions to automate various processes within the organization. When presented with problems that our team is facing, we must engineer a solution to enable the team to execute to their fullest extent.

Executives

As the leaders of the organization, our executive members hold the dual role of ensuring Start Proud is able to successfully deliver on its programs while also keeping an eye to future opportunities that will help the organization grow.

Average Time Commitment

President

100%

15-30+ hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Executive VP

100%

15-30+ hr/week, frequent urgent requests

Manager, Data Analytics

50%

5-10 hr/week

Mentorship Associate

20%

0-5 hr/week, occasional urgent requests


Apply now by clicking here.

Manager application deadline: October 12, 2018

Brief Descriptions

Manager, Data Analytics

As the Manager, Data Analytics you will work with the Executive Vice President and the organizations leadership team execute on our data and analytics strategy. This will involve working cross-functionally to help people in implementing the strategy according to their teams need.