RaBIT Organizers - Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and Downtown Action Team Leads

Volunteer Position - June to October 2016 (approximately 4 months), with possibility of extension. 5 -10 hours a week. 4 positions in Toronto, Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke.

Deadline For Applications: June 17

The Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT) is an independent, non-partisan, citizen-led, grassroots organization dedicated to realizing a more inclusive, positive, and representative government through the introduction of ranked ballots for municipal elections in the city of Toronto. RaBIT is working to accomplish this goal through advocacy, research, public education, capacity building, and community mobilization.

RaBIT has gathered support for its campaign from a wide spectrum of community and opinion leaders, provincial politicians, Toronto city councillors, Mayor John Tory, and most importantly, over 2000 citizen supporters. 59% of Torontonians support ranked ballot local elections, according to a recent Mainstreet-Postmedia poll.

After conducting a cross-province consultation process in summer of 2015, the Government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 181 (Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016), new legislation that will allow municipalities to adopt ranked ballots. The next step is to educate and inspire Torontonians in neighborhoods across the city, so when this debate returns to City Hall they can speak up in support of ranked ballots as informed and empowered citizens, and ensure this historic change is enacted.

This is where you come in: we are looking for motivated leaders that will organize our movement in four Toronto regions: Downtown, Scarborough, North York, and Etobicoke. Preferred candidates will reside in or have significant connection to the region they are responsible for organizing.

Join us, and play a central role in improving local democracy in Toronto.

Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to):

  • Attend and participate in RaBIT Organizer training sessions.

  • Devise a recruitment strategy in collaboration with RaBIT board members, and recruit and coordinate volunteers through social media, in-person, and other opportunities (per the RaBIT Organizer Training Guide). 

  • Organize and host an event attracting 30 Torontonians from your area of the city to learn more about and share support for ranked ballots.

  • Cultivate a strong foundation of community engagement for ongoing support. 

  • Identify potential future RaBIT volunteers from among event attendees. 

  • Connect and build relationships with relevant community organizations, local elected representatives and others about the support for ranked ballots in your area.

  • Coordinate with RaBIT Regional Organizers for troubleshooting, and to provide regular updates.

  • Provide feedback to RaBIT Regional Organizers on your experience and how this important work could be continued moving forward.

  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 5 hours/week. More time will be expected as the event draws closer. 


  • Commitment to RaBIT’s mission and objectives.

  • Ability to work positively and collaboratively with a non-partisan team.

  • Strong community ties or familiarity with one of the four main regions of Toronto (North York, Downtown/East York, Scarborough, Etobicoke).

  • Experience recruiting, leading, and communicating with volunteers; experience or familiarity with grassroots community organizing will be considered an asset.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 

  • Experience with issue advocacy campaigns and campaign strategies will be considered an asset.

  • High level of individual initiative, creativity, and ability to work with limited supervision.

  • Comfortable with digital tools and eager to learn new ones, including Facebook, Twitter, Slack, Trello, and Nationbuilder.

Location: Successful candidates will work from home or anywhere else they can perform their duties. 

Other Requirements: You will require your own personal computer/laptop and an internet connection to be able to successfully complete your duties.  

Interested? Questions?  Please contact [email protected] 

RaBIT is committed to equitable hiring practices that support and value the diversity that Toronto has to offer. We welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, people with disabilities and Aboriginal people.