Job Posting 87862

Community Development Worker
London and Middlesex Community Housing
London area
1299 Oxford Street, Unit 5C5, London, ON, N5Y 4W5
closed 9 days ago (Mon, 26 Sep)
full time  •  $29.73 - $33.82 per hour

WAGE RANGE: $29.73 - $33.82 per hour

POSTING DATE: September 9, 2022                    

CLOSING DATE: September 26, 2022

LOCATION: 1299 Oxford Street E., UNIT 5C5, LONDON, ON                      

COMPETITION NUMBER: 2022-24                  

HOURS OF WORK: 8:30AM - 4:30PM, MONDAY – FRIDAY

                       

THIS POSTING IS FOR ONE (1) PERMANENT FULL-TIME POSITION.

 

Who We Are: London & Middlesex Community Housing (LMCH) provides 3,282 housing units across 32 properties to more than 5,000 people. Those who call LMCH home are a diverse cross-section of individuals including families, seniors, adults, and new Canadians, all of whom are living with limited income.  At LMCH, we believe that housing is the foundation of a better tomorrow. 

 

Mission: LMCH provides and maintains homes in a safe and supportive environment to meet the needs of the people we serve in our communities.

 

Vision: LMCH envisions healthy homes and communities in London and Middlesex.  Leading by example, LMCH will help make a difference and positively impact lives using housing as the foundation.

 

LMCH Values:

 

                   Collaboration/Commitment

                   Accountable/Accessible

                   Respect/Responsive

                   Equity/Excellence    

 

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

 

We are searching for an innovative community development professional for this permanent, full-time unionized position, who will support and coordinate processes leading to strong communities where citizens are empowered to seek out opportunities to enhance their lives.  The successful candidate will work alongside citizens to expose and ignite their assets, inspiring them to make improvements in their LMCH community. This position will work to understand presenting issues, assess current living situations, and link assets to build community capacity to mitigate pressing issues.  This position and process is about building rapport with citizens to understand their individual and collective assets, needs, and aspirations through evaluation, consultation, and outreach processes, thus engaging citizens to actively participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a collaborative Community Development Strategy. 

 

The Community Developer will work as part of a Revitalization team, who will listen, invest, and mobilize community citizens to bring about social change and influence decisions that affect their quality of life.   The efforts carried out by the Community Developer and team will be in alignment with the Engagement, Economic, and Social Development goals and values of the LMCH Strategy, encased in the LMCH Strategic Plan.

 

KEY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Community Developer will work alongside the citizens residing in LMCH Communities to support citizen-led initiatives, reveal community assets and needs, and to collectively improve quality of life.  The Community Developer will assume the lead in Asset-based community development, while working collaboratively within the LMCH team.   The Community Developer will offer guidance and support to placement students engaged in collective community impact initiatives. The applicant must comply with all LMCH policies and WSIB regulations; actively participate in teamwork, staff development, and committee work as required; maintain and promote the confidentiality of citizen information and other data; work to strengthen, empower, and build stronger communities.

 

Community Development Duties:

  • Research and conduct community mapping of assets and needs to understand both the focal and surrounding community. Document, analyze, and interpret data gathered to inform community planning.
  • Engage and support community citizens and partners in developing, implementing, and evaluating collective community development strategies which will build individual and community capacities.
  • Work in partnership with community citizens, partners, and revitalization team to promote citizen ownership of decisions and social action.
  • Promote collegial and collaborative working relationships with LMCH staff, volunteers, and providers in the community.
  • Responsible for written documentation of Community Development meetings and process, relevant reports, and funding proposals.
  • Maintaining a high degree of confidentiality related to citizen, staff, and community agencies.
  • Participate on community agency and organization network tables to advance community development goals.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.

System Navigation and Community Coordination:

  • Promote an inclusive, comfortable, and safe environment where citizens feel valued and respected.
  • Commitment to and experience in asset-based community development principles of practice.
  • Collaborate with the LMCH team and community supports to determine what supports are required to enhance citizen identified and citizen-led initiatives.
  • Assist community citizens in the planning and implementation.
  • Work in a manner that protects confidentiality and seeks to minimize risk in keeping with LMCH privacy and confidentiality policies and procedures.
  • Act as a resource person to LMCH staff, citizens, and community members by sharing knowledge of how to access relevant community resources.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records in accordance with LMCH policies and procedures.
  • Refer and work in tandem with other LMCH staff on joint issues.
  • Ability to relate and interact with citizens, colleagues, and community representatives in a professional and purposeful manner.
  • Contribute to the work of LMCH by participating in staff meetings, staff training, etc.
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to citizens, colleagues, and key community partners.
  • Support front counter activities coverage when needed such as taking rent payment, answering phones, annual review support, answering and navigating general inquiries.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, & QUALIFICATIONS

 

Minimum of a completed College diploma in Social Services/Community Development or Bachelor’s degree in social work or an equivalent degree/diploma in a related discipline plus a minimum of three years of experience in social and community services.

 

Minimum of three years’ experience in a related field, demonstrating the following:

  • Working knowledge of asset-based community development values and principles.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proven interpersonal skills with an above average level of Emotional Intelligence.
  • Equal rights/social justice philosophy and non-judgemental attitude (i.e. gender, culture, race, sexual orientation, and other) thus practicing cultural competency and cultural humility.
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues related to poverty and violence.
  • Strong level of oral and written communication skills, ability to compose clear and concise written documents, and the ability to clearly articulate information.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Knowledge of collaborative decision-making models, as well as strength-based and empowerment-based philosophy of community development.
  • Strong knowledge of community-based services and resources.
  • Strong Computer literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Demonstrated experience with community engagement and community activities.
  • Experience in organizing, promoting, and facilitating special events.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and regularly on evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and/or academic background working in a community-based setting; experience in or resided in London-Middlesex Community Housing communities considered an asset.
  • Training in non-violent crisis intervention, de-escalation, and mental health first aid considered an asset.
  • Proficiency in additional languages commonly used by LMCH tenants considered an asset.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle and carry adequate insurance.

WE CARE PHILOSOPHY

The incumbent contributes and supports the overall culture and working environment of the agency by:

  • Working knowledge of cultural, social, and demographic patterns relating to vulnerable priority populations.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to harm reduction and low barrier service.
  • Committed to work in an interdisciplinary, diverse setting.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity towards the belief systems of other groups, the complexity of those facing poverty, and their individual unique strengths and needs.
  • Commitment to non-violent crisis intervention, de-escalation, and supporting citizens.
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and valuing of citizen’s life situation.
  • Working with diverse communities with sensitivity, creativity, innovation, language, and cultural understanding in a non-judgmental manner.

 POLICE RECORDS CHECK and VULNERABLE POSITION SCREENING

 

This position requires the successful candidate submit a current Police Records check and Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service. A current LMCH employee who is the successful candidate for this position must also provide this document unless it is already on file and not more than one year old.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS

 

Hourly rate range $29.73 - $33.82 with comprehensive health benefits and a defined benefit pension plan. Normal working hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday to Friday.

 

WHAT’S NEXT:

 

Once you apply, we’ll review your resume and cover letter to determine if your skills and experience match the qualifications for the role.

 

Only qualified candidates will be contacted for next steps. If you move forward, the process may include an interview, written/practical test, and reference check.

 

Here's your chance to bring your knowledge and expertise to our team and contribute to providing better homes and better neighbourhoods.  When submitting your cover letter and resume, be sure to tell us about your skills and qualifications that are a match to those specified in the job posting. 

 

A cover letter and resume must be received by September 26, 2022, at 4:30pm. Late applications will not be considered

 

London & Middlesex Community Housing (LMCH) is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free workplace that reflects the communities we serve.

 

We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities at all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Please advise if you require an accommodation during the selection process.

 

In keeping with our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, we require all employees to:

  • Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19; or
  • Provide a written attestation of a medical reason(s) or Ontario Human Rights Code reason(s) for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Thank you for your interest in London & Middlesex Community Housing!

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