The 519 – a City of Toronto agency, registered charity, and the largest LGBTQ2S community centre in Canada – is seeking an experienced and visionary law professional who will thrive in a community-based, fast-paced, collaborative organization and can skillfully develop and lead our efforts to increase access to the justice system and restorative alternatives for vulnerable members of LGBTQ2S communities. 

You will accomplish this through supporting direct service interventions, training and capacity building within our organization and across the legal sector, and through the development of effective community engagement strategies.

You bring demonstrated expertise and a diverse, strategic approach to your work in the legal field. You are a big picture, creative thinker who can effectively design, manage and leverage a range of legal, policy, organizing, public education and communications strategies to advance proactive, ambitious, and systemic change while balancing immediate responsive work.

You are a relationship-builder and willing collaborator with demonstrated success developing and maintaining key relationships internally as well as externally with community groups and leaders in the legal field. You have a commitment to social justice, a strong understanding of the complicated history and relationship between diverse LGBTQ2S communities and the justice system, and work from an intersectional analysis that will help you build strong partnerships with many different communities and organizations.

You are looking for an opportunity where you can help build something new and exciting alongside a diverse and experienced staff team within an organization that has a long history and a strong foundation. While an expert in the field of law, you want to contribute as a senior leader to a broader leadership vision and learn from the experiences of others.

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THE 519

The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ community. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect in Toronto and beyond.  Our unique three-pillared organizational model of service, space and leadership is present in every program, initiative and activity we undertake.


We respond to the evolving needs of the LGBTQ community, from counselling services and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming and senior’s support.


We provide free, accommodating and non-judgmental space where individuals, organizations and non-profit groups can meet, organize and work towards their goals.


We share knowledge and insight gathered on the ground through consulting and workshop services, best practice research and public engagement campaigns.

Additional Links

•   History - http://www.the519.org/about/history-timeline

•   Leadership Team - http://www.the519.org/about/team

•   The 519 Programs - http://www.the519.org/programs

•   The 519 Space - http://www.the519.org/space

•   The 519 Leadership - http://www.the519.org/education-training

•   Annual Report - http://www.the519.org/about/annual-reports

•   Newsletter - http://www.the519.org/newsletter-archive



  • Post-secondary education and law degree (LL.B or J.D) and a minimum seven years of related management experience in a government, public interest, education or legal setting.
  • Extensive experience in the planning, development, and implementation of community-based programming for marginalized and/or vulnerable communities including demonstrated expertise and experience integrating community development and social inclusion principles in program planning, development and delivery.
  • Experience managing in a unionized environment considered an asset.  Ability to effectively motivate, train, and supervise staff, students, and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of current legal issues and trends for LGBTQ2S community members;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends regarding immigration, anti-poverty, education, advocacy, community development, social housing, mental health, addiction, community funding, municipal trends, policies and related legislation.
  • Demonstrated experience managing administrative and financial activities associated with program operations including report and grant writing, well-developed budget and variance reporting experience.
  • Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills and ability to be flexible in approach and strategy.
  • Excellent leadership skills, strategic judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to originate and effect challenging campaigns.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing partnerships within and across sectors and integrating agency staff, community members and other stakeholders.



Email cover letter and resume to Careers@The519.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 4, 2019. Applicants must quote Job 19-01 in the cover letter and in the subject line of the email.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. 

If you choose, you may provide us with the pronouns you would like us to use in your email or your cover letter. We will respect these pronouns throughout the hiring process.

The 519 actively encourages applicants from all equity seeking groups.  The 519 embraces diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.  We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No agencies please.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.