Reports To: Manager, Community Development
Hours: Full-time (14 hours/week)
Location: Remote/possibly community sites when safe/permitted
Salary: $28 per hour
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 newcomers to Canada, 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 communities.
At NYCH, we pride ourselves on working collaboratively and creating a supportive environment. 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, grow and innovate 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? NYCH is seeking an experienced community organizer to coordinate the Our Strong Neighbourhood (OSN) project in the Lawrence Heights, Lotherton and Neptune neighbourhoods.
Working closely with fellow NYCH Community Development team members, this role will build on existing collaborative neighbourhood development opportunities including the Lawrence Heights Social Development Plan (SDP), Mutual Aid Networks, and other initiatives relating to neighbourhood planning and development. The aim of these opportunities is to ensure residents have a greater say over local spaces and economies; strengthen networks and partnerships; and support resident capacity building, leadership and action. The role will have a specific focus on engaging residents in the Lawrence Heights and Neptune communities. 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.
Main responsibilities include
Coordinate leadership capacity building opportunities for residents to engage in community development and community organizing around pressing needs identified by the community.
Develop a thoughtful resident engagement strategy that fosters trusting and accountable relationships between NYCH and residents in the community.
Design and facilitate workshops and events that respond to the needs and interests of local residents participating in civic engagement work
Research and stay abreast of current and emerging issues of interest to the communities, needs, gaps, services and opportunities
Collaborate with NYCH staff, residents and other key stakeholders to design, coordinate and facilitate knowledge exchanges and community learning opportunities
Collaborate with fellow Our Strong Neighbourhood(OSN) staff to develop and build upon existing tools with the aim of helping residents and stakeholders understand neighbourhood planning processes
Work with residents, grassroots groups and agency stakeholders to engage residents in the Lawrence Height Social Development Plan (SDP)
Provide mentorship and support to resident leaders carrying out mutual aid projects, neighbourhood grant projects, and other resident led initiatives
Attend and actively participate in the Lawrence Heights Interorganizational Network (LHION) sub-committee meetings
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
Provide verbal and written reports to the agency, 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
3 years’ experience working in community-based non-profits and working in community development/ community organizing/ or community driven neighborhood planning
3 years’ experience coordinating community led/ community driven initiatives such as leadership training and knowledge exchange programs and supporting local campaigns
3 years’ experience building and maintaining strong relationships with residents, partner agencies and other stakeholders in under-served neighbourhoods
Knowledge and experience working in communities going through neighbourhood revitalization in Toronto, and/or knowledge and experience of impacts of development on Lawrence Heights and surrounding communities
Anti-oppression – Demonstrated experience working with Black communities, Indigenous communities,2SLGBTQ+ communities, and people living with low income. Additionally, experience working with other equity seeking groups that have historically been left out of neighbourhood planning processes, and demonstrated commitment to addressing systemic oppression and barriers to civic engagement.
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
Works 4 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. A successful clearance of criminal record verification will be required for this position.
Please submit cover letter and resume by April 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
OSN Coordinator, Lawrence Heights – Hiring Committee, North York Community House
Please click on this link to apply: https://nych.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=45
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.