About the Opportunity
Community Scale Social Development. While Canadian communities top many lists of desirable places to live, most still struggle with aspects of social development including inequitable access to the social determinants of health. After decades of focus on the physical infrastructure development of communities in Canada, we’ve seen a shift in the last few years to a growing awareness of social health and well-being needs within them. We recognize that it is the ties between people, the bonds and relationships between individuals, organizations, businesses, and institutions that ultimately lead to the community resiliency we all aspire to achieve.
At Urban Matters CCC, we believe that communities need supportive partners on their journey toward social development awareness, and we are developing a suite of processes, projects and initiatives to help them in doing so. To support this work, we are looking to find a Social Health and Well-Being Analyst who is early in their career and looking to expand their knowledge and contribute their diverse research and analysis skills to support our team and grow the Community Well-Being practice. This person will have a strong awareness of the social determinants of health and equity in the context of today’s complex community issues and be willing to jump in with both feet. They will also be detail oriented, and have the ability to distill large amounts of information into specific takeaways delivered through effective written and verbal communication skills. They will be willing to, and posses the humility required to, participate in and lead difficult and sometimes sensitive conversations around community issues.
The Social Health and Well-Being Analyst will support the team through:
Conduct Research and Analysis
The Social Health and Well-Being Analyst will be responsible for supporting our team with policy and plan development and implementation of activities to address priorities associated with social equity, cultural diversity, and community health and well-being issues in the communities we partner with and serve. As a result, a combination of either master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and work experience in the fields of human geography, sociology, public health, social planning, or community development is preferred. We are hoping for one to three years experience conducting research in the field applying a variety of methods, but experience is not mandatory. The position will work collaboratively with local First Nations, Health Authorities, community-based organizations, research groups, other levels of government and internal client departments. Experience with First Nations and Indigenous approaches is considered an asset.
The Social Health and Well-Being Analyst acts as a liaison to strengthen relationships in support of the social goals of clients; assisting in developing policies, plans, and initiatives to achieve equitable community and social health and well-being objectives across all areas of the social determinants of health, including but not limited to; poverty reduction, affordable housing and homelessness, education, employment, food security, mental and physical health, protection of the vulnerable, harm reduction, cultural diversity and social connectivity. A candidate with experience working with vulnerable populations and who understands trauma informed practice is preferred.
Ideally, you’re located in or willing to move to British Columbia, with a focus on the Okanagan region. You’re comfortable with being on the road and are willing to visit communities near and far from Vancouver Island to northern BC to central Alberta and beyond. While we have physical office locations, this job will be primarily done remotely. Because of this, you should be comfortable working independently – you’re a self-starter and take initiative to manage your time and priorities.
Urban Matters CCC is one of Canada’s new C3 social enterprises; a Community Contribution Company that is designed to address all elements of community development for our most vulnerable populations. We focus on achieving real impact in communities and do so through advisory services that link to on-the-ground results and supporting/launching new social ventures. With the heart of a community organization and the ethos of a business, we act as an implementation partner to local governments and First Nations to help make the big ideas happen.
Our specialized team of consultants bring together community development and social innovation competencies that include collective impact, change management, governance and social value capture, with technical expertise in professional disciplines such as engineering, community planning, and management consulting.
Our ambitions are to be impactful in the practical and applied sense. This is action-oriented, we use lots of verbs, we aspire to get things done and make change happen. We believe that great ideas that address many of our toughest issues are out there, and the challenge lies in scaling and implementation. If this describes your background, your skills, and your natural talents, please reply in confidence with your resume and cover letter to by 4pm PST on Wednesday, August 12th.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
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