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Community Developer, Neighbourhood & Children's Services, City of London

London, Ontario
Deadline July 7, 2011

12 month contract position with chance of renewal
Contracts available:  

  • 2x fulltime, 35 hrs. / week
  • 2x part time, 17.5 hrs. / week

The primary purpose of the Community Developer positions is to support the development of Neighbourhood Child and Family Centres within designated neighbourhoods in London. Using a strengths and assets based community development approach, Community Developers will foster community leadership, innovation and collaboration.

Community Developers will: 1) strengthen local leadership by providing a variety of capacity building supports to local community members, 2) assist them in developing a local vision for their Neighbourhood Child and Family Centre, and 3) foster long-term ownership of their Neighbourhood Child and Family Centre.

Reporting

Because there are multiple partners involved with this work, one part-time position will report to the YMCA of Western Ontario, one part-time position will report to London Children’s Connection and the two full-time positions will report to Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre. All of the Community Developers will receive mentorship from the Community Development Co-ordinator of Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre and will be located in their assigned neighbourhood.

The Community Developers will also work closely with a group of professionals that support the Child and Youth Network. They will also be responsible for providing regular status updates to the London System Reengineering Implementation Committee as well as the Child and Youth Network.

Key Responsibilities

  • Become oriented to the assigned neighbourhood and develop relationships with local community partners (i.e. residents, neighbourhood groups/ associations, faith, business, school, nonprofit, etc.).
  • Inventory and map the full range of programs, services and infrastructure that exists in the neighbourhood.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies that promote community engagement at the neighbourhood level as well as broader understanding of the Neighbourhood Child and Family Centres planning process city wide.
  • Be a conduit and reinforce that local leaders have an understanding of:oLondon’s Child & Youth Network
    • London’s System Reengineering Plan
    • ACE Communities approach and the Integration Assessment Tool
    • Early Learning Framework and other applicable frameworks
  • Support the development of a locally-driven and owned process that is collaborative in nature and focused on resident involvement to advance the development of a Neighbourhood Child and Family Centre.
  • Provide assistance to local leaders as they develop and guide the direction of their Neighbourhood Child & Family Centre.
  • Organize neighbourhood meetings, community consultations, and other neighbourhood-based special events.
  • Share local learnings, stories and issues with the London System Reengineering Implementation Committee and Child and Youth Network.

Skills and Abilities

Proficient knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Strengths and assets based community development;
  • Project management;
  • Program and strategy development;
  • Ability to deal with conflict and conflict resolution;
  • Ability to facilitate various community processes and meetings (for the purposes of engagement, planning, information, education, motivation);
  • Knowledge of community organizations and resources; and,
  • Understanding of social media and its role in community engagement.

Personal characteristics and skills that include:

  • A willingness to embrace inclusion, empowerment and transparency;
  • Creative, confident and enthusiastic;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision and make independent judgments based on a variety of situations;
  • Flexibility and openness in working with communities and local leaders at the readiness the community and leaders demonstrate

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in sociology, community development, recreation & leisure, or a similar program in the social sciences.
  • Minimum 5 years community development experience
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

Applications Details

Resumes with cover letter will be accepted by mail, email or fax until Thursday, July 7 at 5pm and should be addressed to:

Community Development Coordinator
Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
550 Hamilton Road
London, ON, N5Z 1S4
Fax: 519-642-7026
Email: neighbourhoods@london.ca

Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for a part-time position or a full-time position.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

London’s Child & Youth Network and its partners encourage applications from individuals reflecting the diversity of our community.