The Regional Councils of Southwest Ontario of The United Church of Canada and Five Oaks Centre are seeking an individual to fill the role of Minister, Social Justice/Partner Program Director on a full-time basis for a two-year term. This position reports to both the Regional Council Executive Minister and the Executive Director at Five Oaks Centre.

The Minister, Social Justice equips and connects individuals and communities of faith to put faith into action. They work with the Minister, Social Justice and Right Relations to support the comprehensive work of The United Church of Canada, creating a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and partnership, both within and across units and regions to live into the church’s commitment to be justice seeking, peace-making, inter-cultural, anti-racist and affirming. The main areas of focus will be to:

  • Encourage and equip communities of faith;
  • Engage with existing social justice networks and foster the formation of new ones; and
  • Work collaboratively with the Minister, Social Justice and Right Relations and the Minister, Faith Formation

The Partner Program Director will work with the program coordinator and leaders to curate and develop programs and initiatives for the diverse communities which Five Oaks serves and seeks to serve. These include the Indigenous community (primarily at Six Nations) and the Muslim community (primarily in Brantford and the GTA). The main areas of focus will be to:

  • Animate Interfaith/Intercultural Programs and Partnerships;
  • Facilitate Retreat Opportunities; and
  • Administrate Program Work
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The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.

  • Undergraduate university degree or equivalent life experience; graduate studies in theology would be an asset.
  • 4+ years of experience designing and delivering programs and events;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous traditions, culture, values and rights, in particular of the Nations within what is now called Ontario, with appreciation of Nation-to-Nation diversity and history and treaty relationships between First Nations and the Crown;
  • Knowledge of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Royal Proclamation, the Indian Act, the Doctrine of Discovery and the fiduciary responsibilities of the Crown(s);
  • Familiarity with interfaith work, and with Muslim faith principles, communities, issues and concerns;
  • Meaningful engagement with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities;
  • Alignment with the vision and values of The United Church of Canada; Membership in The United Church of Canada and experience working within the structure and policies would be considered an asset;
  • Motivated self-starter capable of identifying needs and taking action in cooperation with volunteer leadership and other staff;
  • Solid planning, organizational, attention to detail, project and time management skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other members of the staff team and with volunteers;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A solid understanding of and experience in program development and implementation with the ability to design, write, edit, produce, interpret, analyze and update;
  • Group facilitation and leadership development skills and experience;
  • Knowledge of experiential and adult learning principles and education with all ages;
  • Good judgement as responsibilities can be difficult and complex and recommendations can have long lasting effects; openness to consulting with supervisor when no clear advice available.
  • Mature decision maker and creative problem solver;
  • Ability to articulate the link between faith and ministry practice and to reflect theologically upon the same;
  • Competency with administrative and communication technologies (i.e., Office 365, Dynamics, SharePoint, One Drive, Teams, Zoom, and other social media and online platforms);
  • Adaptable and responsive
  • Recognition of personal and professional boundaries;
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the regional councils;

Our commitment is to all aspects of the principle of equity in employment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. In alignment with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with United Church of Canada, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.

Working Conditions:

The United Church of Canada has adopted a hybrid workplace model and thus providing flexibility for this position. The incumbent will work from a home office and from Five Oaks Centre, and as required from the Regional Council office at 1552 Hwy. 6, Hamilton. The incumbent will be provided, for work purposes, use of secure devices and must be available by email, phone, teams or zoom during regular office hours Monday to Friday. Sitting and viewing a computer screen for long periods, keyboarding/ using voice recognition software, intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing and being on the phone for long periods of time will be required. Five Oaks will require some weekends and/or holidays per month, based on business and program demands and occasional on-call as negotiated. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required for the Minister, Social Justice portfolio.


Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the category 7 position with an annual salary range of $66,193 to $88,257. Pension and group benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out this compensation package.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number to Human Resources, e-mail: Internal applicants, if interested, please advise your immediate manager of your intentions.