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Facilitator - Community Research & Engagement, South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline: June 6, 2011
Facilitator: Community Research & Engagement
Contract for 360 hours.
Time allocation negotiable
South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service centre that provides primary health care, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion to residents of Riverdale and South East Toronto.
South Riverdale Community Health Centre has entered into a partnership with WoodGreen Community Services and the Massey Centre for Women to conduct a community based research project in the geographic area referred to as NoDa (North of the Danforth).
The goal of this 9 month project is to better understand the health and social needs of the people living in this area. The many newcomers living in this area who live in dense, high rise apartment buildings.
  • Review research grant and develop workplan for community based research within budget and project objectives.
  • Coordinate the recruitment, assessment, training, orientation, evaluation and ongoing mentoring of peer researchers.
  • Establish relationships and work with staff and relevant service delivery organizations and agencies to ensure effective project delivery.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to support the project.
  • Develop and implement a community outreach strategy.
  • Responsible for ongoing evaluation, survey/questionnaire development, data entry, collection of statistics, analysis and preparation of reports for funder.
  • Responsible for ongoing evaluation, data entry, collection of statistics and preparation of reports for funder.
  • Share project resources, findings and learnings with a range of stakeholders using a variety of formats.
  • Participate in Team and Centre activities to promote the NoDa project.
  • Review the Occupational Health and Safety program of the Centre and function within the standards set out by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2008.
  • Function effectively within the various teams at SRCHC and work professionally, collaboratively and respectfully with all colleagues in the Centre.
  • Develop and manage the NoDa project.
  • Coordinate and participation in community based research involving community outreach, peer recruitment and development, relationship building, focus group creation and implementation, qualitative research analysis and report writing.
  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized university in planning, health, social science, adult education, or a combination of undergraduate degree and significant experience.
  • Research and outreach experience in a community setting.
  • Solid understanding of principles and theories of community based research, engagement, development and mobilization.
  • Excellent communication and group facilitation skills, experience and knowledge of health promotion.
  • Demonstrated ability to locate and synthesize primary and secondary research (formal and informal).
  • Understanding of issues faced by newcomers in an urban setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Prepared to work flexible hours as needed to reach community.
  • Proven experience in community based research and outreach.
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds from an equity perspective.
  • Direct experience working with volunteers, community members and a steering committee with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to speak and write other language(s), especially Eastern European ones, in addition to English.

The deadline for applicants is Monday June 6, 2011

Please send your resume in confidence to:     
The Hiring Committee
Facilitator: Community Research & Engagement
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 3P3
No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please
South Riverdale Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer.  We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment.  Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc) while at the Centre.