The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) helps voluntary sector (nonprofit and charitable) organizations to build and sustain their volunteer programs and services through resources, networking, and skill development opportunities.
ECVO is a member-based nonprofit organization serving voluntary sector organizations in Metro Edmonton.
To strengthen the public service voluntary sector in Metro Edmonton by:
- Leading in the voluntary sector
- Building capacity within the voluntary sector, and
- Giving voice to issues that impact the ability of the voluntary sector to be effective
A strong, vibrant community strengthened by an effective voluntary sector working with government and business.
- We serve Metro Edmonton in all its’ diversity and strive to be as inclusive as possible in our relationship building and issue championing.
- We aim to be a collective voice by working collaboratively through partnerships, alliances and working agreements.
- We are committed to strong working relationships with the nonprofit sector, business and government.
- We do not duplicate the services provided by our members and partners.
- We operate in a way that is socially, financially and environmentally responsible
ECVO seeks a Maternity Cover position - 10 months November 2021 - August 2022
The Community Capacity Building and Engagement Specialist will enhance The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organization’s work by by working closely with member organizations, civil society agencies, and communities to identify key strategic opportunities and innovative strategies in the area of collective action. More specifically, the Engagement and Equity specialist will lead and develop anti-oppressive/equitable approaches within a number of new and existing collaboratives, networks, and programs.
Internally, the Community Capacity Building and Engagement Specialist is an integral member of the Strategy and Innovation Team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Capacity Building and Engagement Specialist will be expected to directly contribute to the outcomes of the Strategy and Innovation Team, while working closely with the Learning and Development Team.
Externally, the Community Capacity Building and Engagement Specialist is responsible for sustaining and growing ECVO’s reputation, relationships and advancing key initiatives aimed at sector level change. This includes responding to the diverse needs of members, stakeholders and the Metro Edmonton voluntary sector.
This position requires skill in the following areas:
Systems Thinking: This work is part of a larger integrated and interrelated capacity building ecosystem. The Community Capacity Building and Engagement 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 Community Capacity Building and Engagement 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 Community Capacity Building and Engagement 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.
The Capacity Building & Engagement Specialist will to identify key strategic opportunities and innovative strategies in three key areas of collective action:
- Edmonton Local Immigration Partnership (ELIP)
- Support the work of the shared secretariat by providing leadership, insight and oversight of key activities.
- Support the identification of main deliverables for the ELIP Secretariat.
- Maintain regional and national LIP networks and distilling information for the shared secretariat and ELIP Community.
- Facilitate and provide leadership to key initiatives with the ELIP community.
- Monitor external environment for research, trends, and issues related to the newcomer community and actively guides the ECVO strategic influence through a broad well-informed perspective in the areas of leadership development, strategic adaptation and collective action.
- Support collaborative work with other voluntary sector organizations on issues of shared interests relating to the newcomer community, research and issues of sector importance.
- Support the design of an effective engagement process for ELIP and convenes key stakeholders to discuss emerging issues.
- Ethno-Cultural Capacity Builders Collaborative
- Build and participate in inter-agency and inter-sector networks in Edmonton to take a co-capacity approach in working with ethno-cultural communities.
- Identify opportunities for formal and informal collaborations in order in order to advance a coordinated capacity building eco-system within Edmonton’s ethno-cultural communities.
- Actively support the development of pilot approaches with newcomer communities aimed at building co-capacities across organizations.
- Develop a relationship-based process to collect stories, build bridges to deeper appreciation and understanding of community realities and resource needs.
- 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.
- 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.
Education and Experience:
- A University degree in human services or a related field is desirable, equivalent experience will be considered;
- 5 years 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;
- Ability to motivate, influence and optimize working relationships with senior leadership, 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.
- 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 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 Community Capacity Building and Engagement Specialist will;
- Report directly to the Executive Director;
- Frequently consult with, and provide support to, other members of the Strategy and Innovation Team and Learning and Development Team;
- 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 workweek of 37.5 hours, over 5 days, flex-time is available. Some additional work outside the regular work day is expected for evening and weekend meetings and attendance and participation at special events.