Volunteer Posting 311

Board Members
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Toronto Metro area, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 to 4 hours per week
closes in 6 days (Fri, 14 May)

CERA Board Recruitment


The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is seeking candidates for a number of positions on its voluntary Board of Directors, beginning in September 2021. Directors serve two-year terms.


About CERA:

CERA is Canada’s leading not-for-profit charity in advancing the right to housing through advocacy, education, and empowerment.



We advance the right to housing for all

CERA has been at the forefront of national and international discussions to advance the right to housing since 1987, earning widespread respect for its work. We believe that by working with partners and communities across the country, our research, advocacy and strategic litigation can influence the development of progressive, rights-based housing policy.

We transform lives through education and empowerment

CERA reaches thousands of individuals, service providers and housing providers across Canada each year, informing them about the right to housing and what they can do to advance it. We believe in the transformative power of education and empowerment and know that understanding rights and how to activate them is a necessary first step to building a culture of human rights in housing.

We speak up when we see injustice

CERA fights for the right to housing across Canada by advocating unapologetically on behalf of the people and communities we serve. We bring attention to issues of housing injustice and believe in the power of human rights law and rights-based advocacy to advance housing justice for all. 


Board of Directors Search

CERA is currently recruiting for a number of qualified and committed Board members who are willing to contribute their time and expertise to our dynamic and dedicated team. As an organization, CERA is expanding its strategic focus and adapting to meet the demands of housing rights head on.

Professional Skills

For several of the positions that CERA is recruiting for, the Board is prioritizing candidates who have one or more of the following:

  • Experience in finance / small business accounting (e.g., knowledge of financial reporting and accounting principles; an accounting designation is not required, but would be an asset)
  • Experience fundraising for growing charities, foundations or civil service organizations
  • Experience and knowledge of not-for-profit operations and management

and who are excited to take on leadership roles within the Board and/or its committees (e.g., Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair).

General Skills

In addition to the above professional skills, CERA welcomes candidates who demonstrate:

  • A strong interest in CERA’s mission and objectives
  • A prior track record of dedication to board work
  • A commitment to supporting CERA’s fundraising activities
  • Knowledge of board governance
  • Financial acuity


CERA is committed to having a board that reflects the diversity of the clients we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on bases including but not limited to race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family/marital status, disability, socio-economic background and ethnicity, as well as individuals with lived experience of homelessness or housing precarity. 



CERA’s Board meets on a monthly basis, with the exception of July and August, and the AGM is held in September.

Board meetings are presently held on the first Wednesday of each month for 2-2.5 hours via video and audio conferencing. Directors not based in the Toronto area can generally continue to participate in this manner when meetings resume in person in the future.

Directors are expected to serve on one of CERA’s monthly standing committees (finance, governance and fundraising) and contribute to ad hoc committees that are formed from time-to-time on an as-needed basis. Directors are also expected to contribute to CERA’s fundraising initiatives and to draw upon their networks in support of the organization’s work.

The total average monthly time commitment is 5-10 hours, depending on a Director’s position.

New directors will be expected to participate in Director orientation, which will include an overview of CERA’s strategic plan.


How to Apply


Interested candidates are welcome to apply by submitting a CV and a statement of interest that describes the key attributes they would contribute to the CERA Board.


Applications should be submitted before 12 p.m. on May 14, 2021 via email to  with the subject line “CERA Board of Directors”. More information can be found at: https://www.equalityrights.org/join-us/volunteering-opportunities.


Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by early June 2021, with interviews held in the first half of the month in the evenings.


CERA is committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the application process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

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