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Application Due January 1, 2023


The I AM Research Lab (Identity, Advocacy, and Mental health) is looking to hire two group facilitators. Working under the I AM Research Lab Director (Dr. Garrett-Walker) and the project coordinator, the group facilitators will be responsible for co-facilitating 8 focus groups with Black queer people in Ontario.

The Black 2SLGBTQ+ well-being during COVID-19 study is a community-based research study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. This qualitative study is a multi-sector partnerships between Black-led organizations like the Black Queer Youth Collective, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, and Womens Health In Womens Hands alongside the Black Research Committee of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and the University of Toronto. The project seeks to understand the unique experiences of Black Queer and Trans individuals during the pandemic and will examine the sexual health and mental health needs of Black queer people living in Ontario during COVID-19.


●      Knowledge and/or experience regarding issues and concerns of Black 2SLGBTQIA+ people

●      Demonstrated ability to effectively handle confidential matters and materials

●      Proficiency and experience using digital recorders, Microsoft Office software, and zoom.

●      Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate clearly and effectively in person and by telephone; tact, diplomacy, and flexibility in dealing with research participants, research staff, and faculty investigators

●      Ability to learn and use training in policies and procedures

●      Deadline and detail oriented

●      Ability to follow directions reliably


●      Administers the study according to the research protocol and ensures that study records are maintained properly

●      Attend two-day training (6 hours total)

●      Co-facilitate 8 focus groups with Black queer people in Ontario

●      Lead debrief meetings after each focus group


To apply, please send your cover letter and resume/CV to Dr. J. Garrett-Walker at Please also provide the names and contact information of two references.

The subject line should be: Last Name – Group Facilitator Job. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. Black, African, and Caribbean and/or sexual and gender minority individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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