Current Opportunities

Project Manager, Community Safety Network Project

Internal/External Job Posting 

7-month, full-time, contract position from November/December 2022 to June 2023 

Social Planning Toronto is a nonprofit, charitable community organization that challenges inequity in our city — through knowledge generation, debate, civic engagement, advocacy, and collaboration  to spark social and policy change. We work towards an equitable, inclusive, and accessible Toronto — shaped by the diversity of its residents and rooted in social and economic justice. SPT is a United Way "Anchor Agency." We also receive core funding from the City of Toronto. 

We are looking for a full-time Project Manager for an initiative that runs from November/December 2022 to June 2023. The ideal candidate has experience in community development, co-design processes, and community grant administration. This position will lead a community co-design and consultation process — one that is resident-centred and community-led — with 26 Networks across Toronto that will result in a refreshed model for Local Safety Networks supported by the City of Toronto. These Networks play a vital role in engaging residents and building community capacity to prevent violence and enable local safety and well-being initiatives.  

The Project Manager will also administer small grants to the local Safety Networks, along with related supports. They will also work closely with the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Response Program (CCRP).    

This position reports to the Executive Director and supervises one unionized position. 

Responsibilities and job duties include: 

  • Responsible for overall project leadership and management of the Community Safety Networks Co-design and Safety Grants project 
  • Develops and leads the project implementation plan, collects project-related data, and oversees the development and implementation of an evaluation framework 
  • Supervises all project staff
  • Works collaboratively with and oversees the work of any consultants and contractors hired for the project
  • Prepares all program reports and oversees and monitors program expenditures 
  • Coordinates all project-related virtual and in-person meetings, both internal and external 
  • Develops and implements a process for engaging local Safety Networks in the granting opportunity, through to selection and distribution of Safety Network grants, including overseeing the agreements made with trustee organizations 
  • In consultation with the City’s CCRP, and working with SPT colleagues and an external consultant, develops and implements a process to co-design a community-led governance model for City–supported Local Safety Networks  
  • Supports Safety Network members' participation in the project, including overcoming accessibility and equity barriers 
  • Problem solves and troubleshoots issues that arise while implementing the project 
  • Leads ongoing project-related communications with the City’s CCRP, including regular update meetings 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director 

 Qualifications/Skills  

  • A skilled and experienced project manager with demonstrated experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders and budgets over $100K, with a minimum of five to seven years' experience in project management in a community setting 
  • Experience and knowledge of community safety and wellbeing issues, particularly in low-income communities and the inner suburbs 
  • Experience in community-centred co-design processes in a community setting 
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in social policy, planning, and/or community development or equivalent experience in the field 
  • Experience with community granting 
  • Demonstrated stakeholder and community engagement experience, including in the use of innovative and virtual processes and tools 
  • A highly effective communicator capable of building working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including volunteers 
  • Demonstrated skills at resolving conflict and solving problems as they arise 
  • Proven organizational abilities to manage complex projects and experience working under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • Brings a system and assets approach to community development and understands community building principles, acquired through related experience and training 
  • Familiarity working in communities across racial, social, cultural, geographic, and economic differences in various Toronto neighbourhoods 
  • Experience in managing staff and contractors, preferably within a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite 
  • Lived experience of systemic oppression and discrimination is considered an asset, including Black, Indigenous, racialized, trans, and gender-diverse residents who have experienced racism and/or gender-based violence  
  • Strong oral and written English skills; knowledge of a second (or more) language and culture is an asset 

Annual salary range: $80,000–$85,000 plus benefits  

In addition to salary, SPT has an excellent employee benefits package that includes sick leave, vision care, dental, hospitalization, drug plan, long-term disability, group life insurance, and pension plan. SPT also offers 15 vacation days in the first year of employment (pro-rated), 11 official statutory holidays, as well as time off between December 24 and January 1 each year. 

Why join SPT? 

  • Get paid to do systems change work and help set the direction and priorities for an organization whose mandate centres addressing inequality in Toronto 
  • Work with smart, passionate, engaged people who care about social, economic, racial, and gender justice and work from a community-centred approach 
  • Work at an organization with over six decades' of experience collaborating with partners and communities to advance equality 

Working Conditions 

This is a full-time, 7-month, contract position working 35 hours/week, with occasional evening and weekend work. This position is based in Toronto, Ontario. Our team is currently working remotely, but plan to return to some in-person work soon. 

To apply

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on November 13, 2022Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how they meet the above criteria, to:  

Maria Serrano, Director of Operations 
e-mail: [email protected] 

 

SPT is committed to reflecting the full diversity of Toronto and to nurturing a respectful and inclusive work environment for all. We encourage qualified applicants representing the full diversity of Toronto to apply. Candidates invited for an interview are encouraged to inform us in confidence of any accommodation needs. 

We thank everyone for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

SPT has a mandatory vaccine policy that is available for review upon request.

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