The Strategic Initiatives (SI) Specialist will enhance the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s work by working closely with member organizations, and civil society agencies to identify key strategic opportunities to support the development of innovative strategies, and provide organizations with required supports (e.g., sense-making, convening, distilling information) to ensure the execution and implementation of key strategies.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the SI Specialist will advance key initiatives in the areas of organizational and sectoral leadership development, collective action, and strategic adaptation. As an integral member of the Strategy and Innovation team, the SI Specialist is also responsible for sustaining and growing ECVO’s reputation, relationships; meeting the diverse needs of members, stakeholders and the Metro Edmonton voluntary sector; and working toward sector level change.
This position requires skill in the following areas:
Systems Thinking: This work is part of a larger integrated and interrelated capacity building ecosystem. The SI Specialist must, therefore, be able to take a holistic and systematic view of challenges and opportunities and make considerations for how work will be impacted in the short, medium, and long term by broader trends. The ability to connect seemingly unrelated dots is essential to the success of this position.
Networking and Partnership Development: The SI Specialist must be able to build networks, connections, and trusting relationships with member organizations, sector leaders, government and other stakeholders. They must also have the ability to design effective processes for stakeholder engagement in order to gather relevant and reliable information about the NPVS (e.g., trends, opportunities) and support strategic decision making at all levels of the ecosystem.
Personal and Organizational Adaptation: In addition to having an in-depth understanding the NPVS, the SI Specialist must have strong self-awareness and be able to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, and effectively work in a changing environment.
Strategic Learning: The SI Specialist must be able to support evaluative activities that contribute to strategic learning at an organizational level.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Identifies and advances key initiatives in the areas of organizational and sectoral leadership development, collective action, and strategic adaptation; all activities should be linked directly to a community or sector need.
- Monitors external environment for research, trends, and issues related to the nonprofit sector and actively guides the ECVO strategic influence through a broad well-informed perspective in the areas of leadership development, strategic adaptation and collective action.
- Supports collaborative work with other voluntary sector organizations on issues of shared interests, research and issues of sector importance.
- Designs effective engagement processes and convenes key stakeholders to discuss emerging issues.
- Identifies opportunities for formal and informal collaborations in order in order to advance ECVO’s mission and influence outcomes.
- Actively supports program development and improvement; contributes to the ECVO’s strategic learning process through a series of required evaluative activities.
- Supports the ECVO in writing funding applications and reporting to key funders.
- Establishes different methods of communicating key initiatives (e.g., promotions, reports) for the purpose of informing and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.
Education and Experience
University degree in human services or a related field; at least 5 years experience with capacity building, program implementation or social policy development is required.
- Thrives working in a team-oriented environment;
- Ability to plan, organize and make independent decisions for the benefit of the organization;
- Ability 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;
- Ability to motivate, influence and optimize working relationships with team members, stakeholders, and peer groups; ability to work with stakeholders to effect change.
- Cultural awareness, sensitivity, and flexibility, with a knowledge of principles, methods, and tools of diversity & inclusion.
- Knowledge of anti-oppressive/equitable approaches to collective action, program development, and project management.
- 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 Office 365 and an ability to learn and work in other software applications;
- A positive attitude
- A willingness to challenge convention and a desire to learn
- Strong personal motivation and work ethic
- Attention to detail is essential
- Capacity to think critically and creatively
- Enjoys working independently, in partnerships and in team environments
- Courageous and willing to take measured risks
Key Relationships and Accountabilities
As a team member, the Strategic Initiatives Specialist will;
- Report directly to the Executive Director;
- Frequently consult with, and provide support to, other members of the Strategy and Innovation Team;
- Communicate with and support the Learning and Development Team when required;
- Be able to articulate how all their activities directly align with ECVO’s strategic goals and activities;
- Follow established policy and procedure and contribute to new policy and procedure development;
- Act honestly, respectfully, and ethically in all relationships with other organizations, funders, government representatives and volunteers.
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 full Job Description for this position here.