Unit Director, Community Economic Strategies

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
West Neighbourhood House
  • Management / Executive
  • Program / Project Evaluation & Development
  • Social Work
  • Supervision / Team Leader
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-07-092019-07-26

West Neighbourhood House is a multi-service, neighbourhood-based agency that has served the diverse communities of downtown west Toronto since 1912.  The mission of West Neighbourhood House is to enable less-advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and community.  Our programs are delivered to approximately 16,000 people of all ages annually by a dedicated team of approximately 235 staff and 1,000 volunteers. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Community Economic Strategies is responsible for leading the development and management of programs and activities that strengthen the economic participation of diverse low-income adults.  This position is part of the collaborative senior management team of West Neighbourhood House. 

This new position is a 12-month contract with a possibility of renewal.


  • Develops and implements a vision and plan for Community Economic Strategies that respond to community needs in accordance with West Neighbourhood House’s mission, strategic directions, and resources;
  • Supervises and supports staff of the Community Economic Strategies Unit, including selecting new staff, setting work priorities and performance objectives, conducting performance reviews, responding to grievances, and facilitating staff development;
  • Represents West Neighbourhood House in sector networks and community groups and liaises with government officials and interested parties about issues affecting community members and West Neighbourhood House;
  • Works with Program Coordinators (direct reports) and staff to plan, monitor and evaluate programming in the Unit, including ensuring data quality;
  • Ensures program service quality and regulatory and contractual compliance in program operations through staff training and support, supervision as well with clear policies, procedures and standards;
  • Identifies and cultivates new sources of funding, liaises with funders and develops funding proposals in consultation with the Resource Development Manager;
  • Prepares the Unit budget, monitors income and expenditures, and prepares financial reports in consultation with the Finance team;
  • As part of the senior management team:
  • represents the House externally to diverse stakeholders;
  • advises the Executive Director on the operations, programming and strategic priorities of the House;
  • monitors the potential impacts of current or emerging social, environmental or legislative changes on the community and House;
  • provides support and assistance to the Board of Directors as delegated;
  • provides back up to the Executive Director and other members of the senior management team as needed.


  • Commitment to the mission, guiding principles, and strategic priorities of West Neighbourhood House;
  • Master’s degree in community economic development, social work, or related field or equivalent education and training. This includes the ability to research, critically analyse, and synthesize information from diverse sources in order to develop thoughtful solutions;
  • Minimum 3 years or practical experience at management level, including experience supporting and supervising staff teams;
  • Experience applying critical analysis, creativity, innovation and change management methods, and strategic thinking to transform programming;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to work with disadvantaged adults as represented in the catchment area, including people experiencing unemployment, poverty, abuse, racialization, colonization, discrimination, and social isolation;
  • Experience in community development, developing public policy recommendations, and advocacy;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and written communication skills with diverse stakeh0lders;
  • Computer literacy in an Office 365 environment;
  • Ability to travel between different local locations;
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends (irregular); and
  • Ability to speak a second language relevant to the catchment area is an asset.

Status:  12 Month Contract (non-bargaining unit) with possible renewal

Start Date:  ASAP                                   

Hours:  35 hours per week (including some evenings and weekends)

Immediate Supervisor:  Executive Director

Closing Date:   July 26, 2019

Note:  West Neighbourhood House provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities.  Please make your needs known to us in advance.

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