Director of Community Engagement

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Living in Community
  • Consulting
  • Program / Project Evaluation & Development
  • Program / Project Management
Contract - Part Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Executive (Dept. head, director)N/A2019-10-082019-10-30

Overview of Living in Community

Living in Community is an innovative systems change initiative that has been working for 15 years across diverse stakeholders to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all community members in relation to sex work issues. Through training and education, shifting policies, changing culture and mindsets, and sharing their unique model of collaboration, Living in Community is changing the conversation about sex work, and the kinds of solutions that are being implemented.

This 4 day per week contract position offers an exciting opportunity to grow the work of Living in Community to other parts of BC and Canada in collaboration with a strong core staff team and dedicated steering committee. The role has the potential to grow into an Executive Director position.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Multi-stakeholder engagement & collaboration

  • Oversee facilitation of Living in Community’s 15-member steering committee
    • Facilitate effective processes to engage diverse voices and work towards consensus for action
    • Support consistency and effective working relationships between members to ensure effective functioning of steering committee 
    • Orient and onboard new members of the steering committee
  • Strategize with steering committee and other stakeholders to develop and enact plans to increase the impact and scale of the Living in Community model 
  • Oversee facilitation of SAFE in Cedar Cottage, a multi-stakeholder advisory group in Cedar Cottage that addresses the concerns about sex work in the neighbourhood
  • Ensure the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in all levels of decision making

Advocacy and Policy Engagement 

  • Develop relationships with government, business, residents, sex workers, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders to further implement strategic actions
  • Effectively engage three levels of government to keep sex work issues on relevant political agendas
  • Support for the adoption, implementation, and commitment to policies in community organizations, policing and government that support the health and safety of sex workers

Mentorship about the LIC Approach 

  • Share the Living in Community model with other municipalities
  • Train diverse stakeholders in a collaborative approach to sex work issues 

Network/Movement Building 

  • Create platforms for better collaboration and networking among diverse stakeholders 
  • Develop and host provincial networking and learning events 

Administration

  • Strategize and pursue funding to ensure sustainability of the work
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, write funding applications and reports 
  • Leverage relationships with funders to support the funding of steering committee members (e.g. sex work support organizations)
  • Develop and implement plan for Living in Community’s transition into a BC Society and Canadian charity
  • Work closely with the project evaluator to adapt and iterate the model and strategic actions 
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the issues of sex work and sexual exploitation, including understanding and adhering to a sex workers’ rights-based approach
  • Strong facilitation skills, including an ability to reconcile conflict and differing perspectives, develop consensus and secure cooperation among internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent ability to build effective, professional relationships and networks with diverse stakeholders with diverse viewpoints, from sex workers to police to government
  • Ability to be neutral. Being identified with or attached to one particular perspective over another will impede the development of a balanced approach which is key to the success of community development model and implementation
  • Familiarity with local sex work support organizations, service priorities and gaps
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with community development, systems change approaches and/or collaborative stakeholder engagement activities
  • Ability to provide direct assistance with LIC’s engagement with committees etc.    
  • Ability to work and deliver/report measurable outputs both independently with minimal supervision, and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage a budget, write grants and evaluate program effectiveness
  • Research and analytical skills 
  • Ability to plan and organize effectively
  • Familiarity with social media, WordPress, Word, Excel
  • A combination of experience and education in a related field, such as social work, gender studies, public health, social sciences

Indigenous folks, people of colour, & people of all genders, all identities, all ethnicities/cultures/races & all abilities are welcome & encouraged to apply. The wisdom, expertise & diverse perspectives that come from lived experiences relating to Living in Community's work are respected, valued & sought.

 

Contract position: 4 days per week (1 year renewable contract)

Salary range: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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