Director, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group
Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) is a cross-sectoral collaborative dedicated to the successful integration of newcomers into all aspects of community life in Peel through a coordinated and integrated community plan. The initiative operates as a project of the United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT). Funding support has been received from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Region of Peel and UWGT. Current funding supports this role until March 31, 2025, with the Director’s contract being renewed annually.
PNSG operates from the UWGT office located at 90 Burnhamthorpe Road West in Mississauga and can be found online at www.peelnewcomer.org.
PNSG’s 2020-2025 strategic plan has five pillars – mental health, healthcare, women and families, seniors, and youth – and the project has three strategic priorities:
- Services for newcomers are accessible, coordinated and sensitive to their needs
- Newcomers are employed similarly to non-newcomers
- Greater connections established between informal community supports and formal service providers
We are looking to fill the role of Director, PNSG for a one-year contract, with potential for extension.
The Director will work with PNSG’s strategic advisory, Central Planning Table (CPT) and other working groups – including a Service Delivery Network and a Refugee Resettlement Working Group – comprised of partners from the Peel community. The Director will provide leadership and mobilize key stakeholders, including settlement service providers; not-for-profit organizations; human and social services; community development and planning networks; all tiers of government; and other local stakeholders to support PNSG’s vision and mission.
PNSG is accountable to CPT, and the Director reports to UWGT’s Vice President, Community Opportunities & Mobilization.
The Director currently manages two full-time staff – a Research & Policy Specialist and a Service Integration Specialist – as well as a part-time Peel Immigration Web Portal Specialist.
- Carry out funding objectives, develop project work plans and manage project activities to support the implementation of PNSG’s 2020-2025 strategic plan
- Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of PNSG’s activities and deliverables, including the development and implementation of research, communication, engagement and capacity building strategies required to support PNSG’s work
- Secure adequate funding to maintain and expand PNSG’s capacity and sustainability
- Be responsible for the project’s fiscal management and administering a comprehensive budget inclusive of regular reports, progress updates on PNSG revenues and expenditures as well as operating within the budget and ensuring maximum resource utilization
- Measure, evaluate and communicate the impact of PNSG in the successful inclusion of newcomers in Peel
- Identify, assess, and inform CPT of internal and external issues that affect PNSG’s vision for newcomer settlement and inclusion as well as the settlement sector in Peel Region
- Foster teamwork and authentic partnerships among internal and external stakeholders
- Cultivate a positive, healthy and safe work environment and maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse team of quality people
- Lead organizational management with the ability to coach, recruit, hire and supervise staff as well as procure resources and consultant services with the right technical and personal abilities to help further PNSG’s strategic objectives
- Be responsible for the enhancement of PNSG’s image by being active and visible in Peel by establishing good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with settlement services providers, other community organizations, funders, elected officials, and businesses to help achieve PNSG’s goals and objectives
- A minimum of 7 years of progressive and relevant experience
- Post-secondary degree or diploma
- Understanding of priorities facing newcomers and immigrants through the lens of:
- Health and social service systems and planning
- Programs for newcomers and immigrants
- Government policies
- Community resources and community development
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Social determinants of health
- Economic, labour market and political trends
- Sound knowledge of the Peel community, immigration, refugees, newcomer settlement and other social services
- Experience working with diverse funding sources: federal, provincial, regional, community foundations, etc.
- Proven experience in collective impact, stakeholder relations, capacity building, program evaluation or community development
- Highly developed organizational skills in leading large-scale projects, prioritizing and meeting deadlines
- Demonstrated use of project management principles and change management tools and practices
- Excellent skills in decision making, consensus building, communication, interpersonal and making presentations
- Excellent writing skills
- MS Office
- Experience with online communications, outreach and creative tools an asset, including WordPress, Adobe, Zoom, MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, Eventbrite, etc.
To apply, please submit a resumé and cover letter no later than April 9, 2021 at https://www.unitedwaygt.org/career-opportunities. In your cover letter, please describe briefly how you would approach the following challenge:
The federal government announced aggressive immigrant admission levels in 2020, and Peel Region can expect to welcome almost 79,000 newcomers over the next three years, about 20% higher annually than before COVID-19. What are your top-three priorities if you become the next PNSG Director?