Position Title: Community Engagement Worker, Lotherton Pathway
Contract start and end dates: April 2021 – March 31, 2022
Rate of Pay: $25.00/hour
Reports To: Manager, Community Development
Hours: Part-time (14 hours/week)
Location: Remote/possibly community sites when safe/permitted
Who We Are
North York Community House (NYCH) is a dynamic community agency that has been working with residents of under-resourced and low-income neighbourhoods in northwest Toronto for over 30 years. We are committed to helping people move out of poverty in order to build strong, vibrant communities. We support new Canadians, children, youth and their families, seniors and local residents in becoming active and engaged citizens, who are able to thrive and become leaders in their own lives and in their communities.
At NYCH, we pride ourselves on working collaboratively and creating a supportive environment. We are not perfect, but we recognize the work we need to do to improve and are constantly striving to do so. Our team has shown incredible adaptability, strength and dedication in serving our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we continue to learn and grow while dealing with the challenges of this new reality.
Do you care about building strong, thriving and inclusive communities where residents have a greater say over their lives and their neighbourhoods? Are you interested in working for an organization that values community leadership and engagement? Do you have a strong background in working with and engaging 2SLGBTQ, Black, Indigenous and other equity seeking groups? NYCH is seeking a passionate community organizer to provide mentorship and support to resident leaders in the Lotherton Pathway community, whilst also ensuring residents in the community are provided with access to information, resources and tools to address pressing needs. You will work alongside residents and stakeholders to map and vision collaborative and sustainable neighbourhood development opportunities for communities experiencing gentrification. You will be on a team of staff who work with adults, youth and families to build strong and thriving communities built on the principles of equity, inclusion, social justice and centering resident engagement, needs and interests.
- Coordinate and facilitate Lotherton resident meetings to support residents to collectively raise and address issues concerning the Lotherton Pathway community
- Provide mentorship and support for resident led initiatives, including mutual aid projects, neighbourhood grants, and other opportunities
- Provide 1:1 support and warm referrals for residents seeking information on housing, employment, government benefits programs, food security, mental health and well-being and other pressing issues
- Coordinate workshops and trainings for residents on topics including workers’ rights, condominium laws, financial resiliency, digital access and other relevant topics
- Collaborate with fellow Community Development staff to facilitate leadership opportunities for residents to engage in community development and community organizing around pressing needs identified by the residents of the Lotherton community
- Support resident access to food security initiatives, including the Lotherton Community Garden and Orchard
- Attend and participate in the Lawrence Heights Interorganizational Network (LHION) sub-committee meetings
- Develop and maintain effective relationships and liaise with community residents, the City, condo board & management, and other community organizations and stakeholders
- Maintain and foster positive relationships with funders, elected officials and government agencies
- Provide verbal and written reports to community/stakeholders and funders
The minimum level of education required is a post-secondary degree or diploma in community development, social work, social sciences, urban planning or related field, and or equivalent community development experience.
Experience, Competencies & Skills
- 2 years’ experience working in community-based non-profits and working in community development/ community organizing/ or community driven neighborhood planning.
- 2 years’ experience coordinating community led/ community driven initiatives such as leadership training and knowledge exchange programs and supporting local campaigns.
- Knowledge and understanding of local issues in Lotherton (and or communities in the north/northwest part of Toronto)
- Anti-oppression – Demonstrated experience working with 2SLGBTQ+ Communities, Black Communities, Indigenous Communities, and other equity seeking groups that have historically been left out of neighbourhood planning process, and demonstrated commitment to addressing systemic oppression and barriers to civic engagement
- Experience providing information and warm referrals to residents seeking supports on food security, housing, mental health, financial empowerment etc.
- Critical thinking skills – ability to see the big picture (e.g., systemic issues that impact clients), observe and analyze emerging/changing community needs, opportunities for new partnerships, use information from different sources/perspectives in decision-making
- Teamwork- Excellent collaboration, partnership and network building skills, act as a support and resource for peers
- Effective time management- plan, prioritize and organize tasks; juggle multiple responsibilities
- Written and verbal communication – active listener and ability to frame and communicate clear, concise and accurate reports, plans, proposals, presentations and stories to highlight community impact
A successful clearance of criminal record verification will be required for this position.
Works 2 days a week, (schedule to be determined with supervisor according to program needs), with some flexibility for evening and weekend work as required. Responsible for carrying/caring for a laptop and cell phone.
Please submit cover letter and resume by March 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to:
Community Engagement Worker, Lotherton Pathway – Hiring Committee, North York Community House
Please click on this link to apply : https://nych.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=42
Situated on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat and Anishinaabe, NYCH is committed to equity and creating a respectful and inclusive work place culture that reflects the broad diversity of communities we work with. This includes people who identify as immigrants, refugees, women, Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2S+ people of colour, and people with disabilities.
Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.