Term Position Ending December 2019 (possibility of extension)
About Communities United
Communities United is about building connections between neighbours, community organizations and local partners to strengthen the lives of individuals and families across five neighbourhoods in Edmonton’s northeast – Bannerman, Clareview, Fraser, Hairsine and Kirkness.
Four priority areas of focus include thriving youth, boosting household income, local economic development and community connections.
By working together, we will build inclusive communities where diversity is celebrated, people care for one another, and families live healthy, safe and financially-secure lives.
Funders include the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Community Foundation, and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. This position will be supported and supervised by United Way.
United Way provides its employees with a competitive total rewards package.
We are seeking an individual who is a self-starter and able to work independently as a strong team member. The person we hire will offer a demonstrated commitment to community development and community engagement and have the ability to work productively with diverse community members and cross-sectoral stakeholders. We need an individual who is dedicated to and passionate about doing, fostering, and supporting community economic development that reflects the needs and aspirations of the neighbourhoods in which we are working.
- Work with community residents and stakeholders in capacity building activities that benefit neighbourhoods economically.
- Foster and execute partnerships with governments, organizations, collaboratives, and community leaders that allow all involved to leverage talents, networks, and resources for the economic benefit of targeted neighbourhoods.
- Communicate proactively and effectively with steering committee members and the fiscal agent on the status of community engagement and relationship building activities.
- Communication required includes writing project briefs, documenting results of community engagement sessions, writing reports and proposals.
- Participate in the setting of community engagement goals and measures and determining how to assess the quality and impact of community engagement activities.
- Represent Communities United at community gatherings and at collaborative tables
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study and minimum 5 years of field experience in community economic development and community engagement.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Able to build and sustain productive relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Understanding of individual, community and systemic root causes of poverty
- Track record of results working with community.
- Ability to write and communicate effectively (listening, verbal and written).
- Skilled in social media use and communication.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Good judgment and decision-making skills.
- Works well under stress.
- Organized, with strong attention to detail, able to manage time and resources to achieve desired outcomes.
- Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a demanding environment.
- Ability to work well in a team-oriented, collaborative environment requiring strong internal coordination and communication.
- Strong knowledge of community engagement.
- Excellent facilitation and public speaking skills.
- Able to work flexible hours to accommodate community stakeholders and their schedules. This can include staggered shifts or alternative days off in order to accommodate evening or weekend engagements with community residents and stakeholders.
This position will be located in North East Edmonton and some travel will be required; method of transport will be required. Preference will be given to candidates who reside in the communities of Bannerman, Clareview, Fraser, Hairsine or Kirkness. This position reports to United Way and is accountable to the Communities United Steering Committee. This position will begin ASAP, ending in December 2019, with strong possibility of extension. This position will remain open until the right candidate is found.