For almost 30 years, North York Community House (“NYCH”) has been working with new immigrants and residents in northwest Toronto, providing the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their goals. We believe that everyone has the potential to lead a successful life in Canada and can play a role in building strong, resilient neighbourhoods – they just need the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections. This is the support North York Community House provides; this is where community lives.
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? NYCH is seeking an experienced community organizer to coordinate the Our Strong Neighbourhood (OSN) project in the Lawrence Heights, Lotherton and Neptune neighbourhoods. The aim of the OSN project is build collaborative and sustainable neighbourhood development opportunities for communities to have greater say over local spaces and economies; strengthen networks and partnerships; and support resident capacity building, leadership and action. 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.
- Lead the development, delivery and evaluation of community learning opportunities for residents in the Lawrence Heights, Lotherton and Neptune Neighborhoods
- Coordinate leadership opportunities for residents to engage in community development and community organizing around pressing needs identified by the community
- Develop and maintain effective relationships and liaise with community residents, the City, developers, landlords, and other community organizations and stakeholders
- Maintain and foster positive relationships with funders, elected officials and government agencies
- Monitor and maintain the OSN project budget and other related community grants
- Recruit, train, and supervise community animators, project volunteers and placement students
- Provide verbal and written reports to the agency, community/stakeholders and funders
- Coordinate the OSN project’s publicity and outreach strategy using a diversity of communication platforms
- Work with community and stakeholders to explore innovative, community-led models to build neighbourhood infrastructure projects and local economic opportunities. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the project, which may include overseeing a small office/community space located in one of the communities
- The minimum level of education required is a post-secondary degree in community development, social work, social sciences, urban planning or related field, and or equivalent community development experience
Experience, Competencies & Skills:
- Three to five years’ experience working in community-based non-profits, and working in community development/ community organizing/ or community driven neighborhood planning
- Three to five years’ experience coordinating community led/ community driven initiatives such as, leadership training and knowledge exchange programs, community asset mapping activities, and supporting local campaigns
- Knowledge and understanding of local issues in Lotherton, Lawrence Heights, and Neptune communities (and or communities in the north/northwest part of Toronto), and experience working with Toronto Community Housing, schools, and other neighborhood organizations
- Knowledge and/ or experience working in revitalization neighborhoods in Toronto, and or experience working in NIA’s or Emerging Neighborhoods
- 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
- Stay Informed- up-to-date on latest research, new practices, changes in legislation pertaining to position; share with team, demonstrated commitment to continuous learning
- 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
- Anti-oppression – Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities and commitment to equity, inclusion and anti-oppression, ability to identify areas within scope of position where anti-oppression work can be improved and bring forward to senior/management any recommendations for training, policies or procedures; model anti-oppressive behavior and adhere to anti-oppression policies
- Works a flexible 35-hour per week schedule (to be determined with supervisor), with some evening and weekend work required. Some travel required within the GTA
- esponsible for carrying/caring for a laptop and cell phone. A successful clearance of criminal record verification will be required for this position
Start Date: January 2020
Reports To: Manager, Community Development
Annual Salary: $52,000-$54,000
Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Location: 109 Lotherton & 255 Ranee Ave., North York
How to apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume by: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m to:
Innovation and Design Facilitator – Hiring Committee
North York Community House
700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 350
North York, ON M6A 3B4
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 immigrants, refugees, women, Indigenous and black people, people of colour, people with disabilities, and those who are LGBTQ2S+.
NYCH is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace, and will provide accommodation as required throughout the interview and employment process. If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Thank you to all applicants for applying; however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.