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Project Director, MY Regent Park

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 20, 2009

Job Number: 09-C&Y-19

Dixon Hall
Management Position

Posting Date: November 11, 2009
Closing Date: November 20, 2009

Job Title: Project Director, MY Regent Park

Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Children and Youth

Salary Range: $58,000 to $65,000
Classification: Management

Hours of Work: 35 hours weekly, including some Evening/Weekend Work

Job Description

Dixon Hall, founded in 1929, is a multi-service, multi-population agency committed to its vision of creating strong healthy communities through the development of good jobs, good health, safe shelter and vibrant cultures. Dixon Hall works as a community partner to create opportunities for people of all ages to dream, achieve, and to live full and rewarding lives. Dixon Hall seeks a seasoned and enthusiastic individual to bring leadership as Project Director, to the implementation of a youth gang prevention and intervention project funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre of Canada as the Project Director.

Summary of Job Functions

The Project Director will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the MY Regent Park (Mobilizing, Mentoring Youth in Regent Park) project from November 2009 to March 31, 2013. The organizing framework for our project is the Spergel Model used by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). We chose this model because of its community focus which supports the strong foundation of a collaborative action that Regent Park agencies and institutions already model. The project is focused on youth ages 11-18 who are at risk of becoming involved in gang activities, or who are involved in gang activities. Dixon Hall is the lead agency in a partnership with 5 other agencies serving Regent Park: Toronto Christian Resource Centre, Salvation Army, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, and Regent Park Community Health Centre. Reporting to the Executive Director, Dixon Hall, the Project Director will work closely with senior management of the partner agencies, local schools, 51 Division, key community leaders, and other members of the Steering Committee to ensure the effective implementation of the project.

Duties will include:

  • Development of memorandums of understanding between agencies
  • Development of inter-agency agreements that delineate how information can be shared between service providers and the intervention team
  • Development of policy for community based work with gang involved youth (research best practices)
  • Coordination of regular meetings of the Steering Committee and the Intervention Team
  • Provision of support and training to effect a strong, effective, cohesive intervention team
  • Supervision and coordination of members of the Intervention Team comprised of employees from partner agencies
  • Liaise with other relevant committees and the Regent Park Social Development Plan Stakeholder Table
  • Ensure communication tools are in place and accessed so as to facilitate communication between community agencies, residents and resources
  • The Director will be responsible for integrating appropriate support for the intervention team and to bring forward issues of concern on an as needed basis
  • The Director will identify training needs for project staff, and will organize and coordinate training forums for community partners

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 or more years’ management experience, Graduate Degree or equivalent, background in Social Services, Business Administration, Project Management or Community Development field
  • Strong influence, change management and team building skills. Ability to build strong relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders internally and externally
  • Experience in program planning and evaluation, program supervision, and program/revenue development
  • Strong community development focus, with the ability to operate effectively in a constantly changing environment
  • Proven ability to formulate and develop creative and sound operational policies, procedures and strategies compatible with a unionized environment
  • Preferred expertise with/knowledge of Youth and Gang behaviours
  • Experience working in a unionized environment an asset
  • Ability to guide, coach and motivate managers and employees
  • Strong project management and organizational skills

This is a contract position to March 31, 2013. Please forward your application by November 20, 2009 to humanresourcesdept@dixonhall.org or submit in person to:

Kate Stark
Executive Director
Dixon Hall
58 Sumach Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5A 3J7

Dixon Hall is an equal opportunity employer.