The Capacity Building Specialist will enhance the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s work by supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of key programs and resources aimed at building capacity in the nonprofit sector in Metro Edmonton.
Reporting to the Director of Learning and Development, the Capacity Building Specialist is an integral member of the Learning and Development team and will provide leadership in the areas of programming, community engagement and resource development.
The Capacity Building Specialist is responsible for sustaining and growing ECVO’s reputation, relationships and capacity building portfolio. Working with a professional staff team, the Capacity Building Specialist provides key leadership to ensure the organization is meeting the diverse needs of members, stakeholders and the Metro Edmonton voluntary sector.
The Capacity Building Specialist will work closely with the Learning and Development team to enhance ECVO’s presence as a primary resource in supporting growth, resilience and transformation within Edmonton’s non-profit sector, with particular emphasis on the needs of newly formed ethno-cultural organizations and emergent communities. The Capacity Building Specialist will:
- Support the development and delivery of capacity building opportunities for non-profit board members and employees.
- Support the development and delivery of events and networking opportunities.
- Support effective communication with ECVO members and stakeholders.
- Foster and maintain relations and partnerships with key partners and stakeholders.
- Identify, develop and promote tools and guidelines for capacity building.
- Support the Learning and Development team to identify themes, trends and areas of growth to direct future programming.
The Capacity Building Specialist will take a lead role in supporting ECVO’s engagement and outreach activities to Edmonton’s nonprofit organizations. The Capacity Building Specialist will:
- Develop strategic networks and partnerships to improve the capacity building environment amongst Edmonton’s nonprofit community.
- Develop and maintain trusting relationships with key stakeholders to support capacity building efforts in Edmonton.
- Build inter-agency and inter-sector networks in Edmonton to take a co-capacity approach in working with ethno-cultural communities.
- Support ECVO’s role as a community convener by participating in the planning, development and delivery of communities of practice.
- Promote and raise awareness of ECVO’s brand with the nonprofit sector and amongst other stakeholders.
- Write/prepare/create resources (includes, but is not limited to, guides, e-books, workbooks, tutorials, checklists, templates, whitepapers, roadmaps, assessment forms, toolkits and case studies) in line with ECVO’s goals and audience.
- Work with ECVO teams to brainstorm resource ideas and needs.
- Research and analyze ideas, gather information from colleagues and/or work with subject matter experts to synthesize information.
- Distill (“sense-make”) and contextualize information for a non-profit audience.
- Write informative/educational blog posts for ECVO’s website.
- Engage in activities that support the growth and development of ECVO.
- Ensure that programs, events and initiatives are evaluated as per the ECVO evaluation framework.
- Work directly with the Director of Learning and Development and the Director of Strategic Communications to provide insight and expertise in the areas of capacity building and community engagement.
- Ensure that the program and engagement portfolio of ECVO is supported by evidence-based research and data.
- Support the implementation and evaluation of ECVO’s strategic plan and communications plan.
- Other activities as assigned.
Education & Experience
- University degree in human services or a related field with 3-5 years capacity building, community engagement or program development, experience is required ( Experience may be used as a substitute to a degree)
- Demonstrated ability in the development of learning and development activities;
- Experience of working collaboratively with others, both internally with staff and volunteers and externally with prospective partner organizations.
- Experience of building capacity in an inclusive way that proactively seeks to address any underrepresentation of disadvantaged groups.
- Thrives working in a team-oriented environment;
- Ability to plan, organize and make independent decisions for the benefit of the organization;
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and make decisions on the basis of a range of internal and external factors;
- Able to prioritize work and meet deadlines with a high degree of personal initiative;
- Exceptional writing and editing skills, with proven experience in presenting complex ideas and concepts;
- Skill in developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborative relationships;
- Demonstrated ability to apply evidence and research to their work;
- Ability to synthesize and distill key information for broad consumption by the nonprofit sector;
- Self-starter who takes initiative, can successfully prioritize, and managed a varied workload;
- Demonstrates exceptional facilitation, presentation and communications skills;
- Exhibits attention to detail and is committed to producing accurate and high-quality work;
- Adjusts to evolving business needs and directions with a high degree of personal initiative;
- Creative problem solving and judgement skills;
- High level of professionalism, integrity, confidentially and accountability;
- Advanced knowledge of MS Office and an ability to learn and work in other software applications;
This position is a full-time position, with a standard workweek of 37.5 hours, over 5 days. Some additional work outside the regular work day is expected for evening and weekend meetings and attendance and participation at special events.
You can read the detailed job description here.