The Sector Leadership and Engagement 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. The Sector Leadership and Engagement Specialist will also support and develop social justice approaches within a number of new and existing networks, and programs.
Reporting to the Director of Learning & Development, the Sector Leadership & Engagement Specialist will advance key initiatives in the areas of organizational and sectoral leadership development, collective action, strategic adaptation, and Organizational Management. As an integral member of ECVO, the Sector Leadership & Engagement 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 Sector Leadership & 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 Sector Leadership & 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 Sector Leadership & 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.
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
- Create spaces for strategic conversations and development in areas such as:
- Strategic Adaptation
- Collective Action
- Support the development and delivery of communities of practice and networking opportunities, maximizing the ability of nonprofit leaders to be adaptive, transformative, and
- Support effective communication with ECVO members and stakeholders to ensure offered training opportunities are timely, relevant, and
- Designs effective engagement processes and convenes key stakeholders to discuss emerging issues.
- Actively supports program development and improvement; contributes to the ECVO’s strategic learning process through a series of required evaluative
- Supports the ECVO in reporting to key
- Establishes different methods of communicating key initiatives (e.g., promotions, reports) for the purpose of informing and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.
- Other duties as required.
Education and Experience
- University degree (or equivalent experience) in a related field with at least 4 years of relevant work experience;
- Thrives working in a hybrid 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;
- Excellent writing and editing skills, with proven experience in presenting complex ideas and concepts;
- Experience 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
- Cultural awareness, sensitivity, and flexibility, with a knowledge of principles, methods, and tools of diversity &
- Knowledge of social justice approaches to collective action, program development, and project
- Demonstrated ability to apply evidence and research to their work;
- Ability to synthesize and distill key information for broad consumption by the nonprofit sector;
- Demonstrates strong 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
Key Relationships and Accountabilities
As a team member, the Sector Leadership and Engagement Specialist will;
- Report directly to the Director of Learning and Development;
- Frequently consult with, and provide support to, other members of the ECVO 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
- Engage in activities that support the growth and development of
- 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 Executive Director to provide insight and expertise in the areas of capacity building and community
- Ensure that the program and engagement portfolio of ECVO is supported by evidence-based research and
- Support the implementation and evaluation of ECVO’s strategic plan and communications plan.
This position is a full-time position, with a standard workweek of 37.5 hours, over 5 days. Some additional work outside the regular workday is expected for evening and weekend meetings and attendance and participation at special events. Currently, this is a hybrid position.