CLEO Connect Director

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) is seeking a creative leader for the position of CLEO Connect Director. If you are ready to inspire and lead CLEO’s team in developing programs that support and train community workers from across Ontario to build their legal capacity, this role is for you.

About CLEO

CLEO is an independent, community‐based, public legal education and information (PLEI) organization dedicated to serving people in Ontario, particularly those who face barriers to participating in the justice system. Since 1974, CLEO has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Through CLEO Connect, CLEO supports community organizations in providing effective legal information and support to their communities.

CLEO Connect offers training, resources, and tools for adult educators, community workers and other trusted helpers who provide law‐related assistance to Ontarians. It participates in select PLEI‐related research projects and carries out innovative projects to support community and justice workers. See to learn more. CLEO has recently received three‐year funding to continue to build CLEO Connect.

Job Purpose

CLEO is looking for an energetic, strategic, and collaborative Director to lead CLEO Connect, helping it to build and deliver on key program areas. This is a new position.

The CLEO Connect Director is responsible for leading the development, growth and implementation of effective programs and services, working collaboratively with community and justice sector partner organizations. Working with the Executive Director and as part of CLEO’s senior management team, the Director collaborates across CLEO’s programs and contributes to sound and sustainable organizational and financial operations.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Management of CLEO Connect

  • Build and manage core CLEO Connect programs, including assessing and moving forward on programs in a more virtual (post‐COVID) environment and considering production in other formats (for example, video).

  • Identify community needs, and seek funding for and implement new projects that support the capacity of Ontario’s community sector to help people with their law‐related needs.

  • Oversee the day‐to‐day operation of CLEO Connect, including managing, mentoring and building capacity in CLEO Connect staff, and ensuring staff receive ongoing performance management.

  • Build and oversee CLEO Connect’s applied and community‐based research, enabling CLEO Connect to lead or partner on key research, such as on effective strategies for public legal education and information, the role of community workers and other trusted helpers in access to justice, and the role of digital literacy in meaningful access to justice.

  • Oversee CLEO Connect’s relationships with funders, applying for, reporting on, and otherwise liaising with existing and new funders.

Organizational Leadership and Strategy

  • Support the ED to provide ongoing leadership, and strategic and operational planning and implementation.

  • Take a leadership role in supporting improved collaboration with, between and among organizations doing public legal education and information (PLEI) in Ontario.

Job Skills, Experience, and Competencies

CLEO seeks a candidate who has the ability and drive to succeed in a leadership position in the nonprofit sector. Qualifications include:

  • Legal education generally provided by a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Minimum of three to five years of senior level experience in organizational management, including strategic, operational and program planning and management, and staff supervision
  • Experience in community outreach and engagement
  • Strong social policy/ academic research background, ideally from graduate study in social sciences field
  • Experience with adult education and/or training (a strong asset)
  • Proven creative and dynamic leadership skills and experience in collaborative teamwork
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an understanding of the needs and challenges faced by low‐income and disadvantaged communities
  • Well‐developed oral and written communications skills in English; fluency in French is an asset
  • Experience in the non‐profit sector (an asset)

Salary range: $95,000 ‐ $105,000 plus a benefits package, commensurate with experience.

CLEO is committed to equitable employment and hiring practices and embraces diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from people from racialized and Indigenous communities, and from other historically disadvantaged groups. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request and treat all information confidentially.

Those interested in this opportunity can forward a cover letter highlighting your interest and experience, plus resume to PDF format is preferred. Please use the subject line: “CLEO Connect Director application”. Applications will be accepted until end of day, Dec 3, 2021. Thank you to all applicants for your interest in the position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note:

  • CLEO requires all new employees to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 (with accommodations provided as set out in Ontario’s Human Rights Code).
  • Since March 2020, CLEO employees have been working remotely. Prior to that, all employees were required to work at the office. We expect to require all employees to work from the office on a regular basis, to be more fully defined, as conditions improve.