Employment Opportunity: Project Co-ordinator (ANC Mount Dennis) Contract Position

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization that works to improve equity, social justice and quality of life in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is looking for a full-time Project Co-ordinator (35 hours per week).

The Project Co-ordinator (ANC Mount Dennis) is responsible for leadership and coordination of an Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) neighbourhood development project in the Mount Dennis area. The project co-ordinator will engage residents and facilitate their leadership and participation in on-going initiatives to strengthen the neighbourhood and create a better environment for all who live there. The project co-ordinator will build and maintain good working relationships with agencies, organizations and groups serving the community. These include public, private and voluntary organizations. Integral to this task is facilitating supportive connections between these organizations and residents of Mount Dennis.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the ANC project and its goals within the Mount Dennis community.
  • Maintaining focus on project end goals and ensuring that project activities are guided by these goals and tangibly advance their achievement.
  • Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, placement students and community animators.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with residents and representatives of organizations and groups serving the community, including government agencies and business groups.
  • Promoting and facilitating community capacity building.
  • Monitoring and reporting on community issues and progress achieved in building a stronger neighbourhood.
  • Facilitating research on local community needs and issues.
  • Organizing community forums, meetings and special events.
  • In consultation with Social Planning Toronto research staff, developing an evaluation framework.
  • Problem-solving and trouble-shooting on issues that arise in implementing the project.
  • Contributing to community development planning and learning through both Social Planning Toronto staff forums/workshops and ANC cross-site meetings.
  • Taking lead responsibility for a number of administrative functions associated with similar field operations of Social Planning Toronto staff; 

Qualifications/Skills

  • A minimum of five years experience in community development work, including at least two years’ experience in project co-ordination;
  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in social policy and/or community development or equivalent experience in the field;
  • Highly developed communication and relationship-building skills - demonstrated capacity to build good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, voluntary and private sector organizations;
  • Demonstrated skills in conflict resolution and solving problems as they arise;
  • Understanding of government programs operating at the community level;
  • Understanding of citizen engagement as a vehicle for effective community change;
  • Demonstrated skill in using a systems and assets-centred approach to community development;
  • Ability to work in, and respond to, a dynamic and changing environment;
  • Strong negotiation and facilitation skills, with experience in leading and motivating volunteers;
  • Sound working knowledge of the human services sector in Toronto;
  • Good understanding of basic learning and knowledge management technologies;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office and Power Point;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Knowledge of one or more un-official language and related culture - an asset.

Social Planning Toronto is committed to employment equity and welcomes applicants from the full diversity of the community. The successful candidate will become a CUPE 1777 member.

Salary range $46,694.00 - $63,998.00 plus benefits.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter outlining how they meet the above criteria to:

Maria Serrano

Director of Operations

Social Planning Toronto

1001-2 Carlton Street

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3

Fax: (416) 351-0107

e-mail: mserrano@socialplanningtoronto.org

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 11th at 5:00 p.m.

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