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National Inclusion Advisor

National Inclusion Advisor (Maternity Leave Contract)

For over one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. Our structured mentoring relationships result in improved educational performance, healthier behaviours, improved social and behavioural outcomes, strengthened relationships and improved resiliency. Mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers and community. Each time we pair a child with a mentor, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the National Office for 110 member agencies serving over 1,000 communities across Canada. We provide support, services, training and program development to our member agencies, which deliver quality mentoring programs to approximately 40,000 children annually.

Position Summary

The National Inclusion Advisor will report to the Vice President, Service and Organizational Development and be responsible for implementing “The Connections Project” funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The position will also advise Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and its member agencies on practical diversity and inclusion issues and strategies.

The contract term is October 11, 2016 to March 31, 2017, with the possibility of an extension based on funding. Preference is for this position to be based in either our Burlington or Toronto office or surrounding area; however, other location options in Canada will be considered.

Responsibilities

The Connections Project

  • Monitor funded member agency deliverables as per agreements
  • Monitor program development at each funded member agency site
  • Identify and recruit individuals for the Diversity Council; facilitate the meetings of the Diversity Council
  • Collaborate with funded member agencies to develop inclusive processes for program delivery
  • Provide opportunities for funded member agencies to connect to share successes and challenges
  • Update the project work plan and coordinate activities to achieve project objectives
  • Ensure completion of regular program evaluation with all parties to assess the outcomes of the program
  • Liaise with evaluator to ensure evaluation is on track and reports are prepared on time
  • Ensure funded member agencies are reporting accurately as per IRCC guidelines
  • Monitor budget spending, liaise with accounting, and make recommendations for changes where required
  • Report, on time, to IRCC as per the Contribution Agreement.
  • Liaise with IRCC, as necessary, to clarify agreement and ensure program is tracking as per Contribution Agreement
  • Communicate, proactively, with all parties, to solve issues
  • Create efficient templates (in particular, for reporting) for use by funded member agencies

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

  • Critically review National Standards and other resources through an inclusion lens; make recommendations to strengthen where necessary
  • Advise member agencies on practical strategies for creating a more inclusive service
  • Recommend training opportunities for member agencies which will help support integration of newcomer youth.

Other

  • Participate in a yearly performance appraisal
  • Provide regular updates on development of projects
  • Actively participate as a member of the National staff team
  • Positively contribute to the attainment of the values and culture of the staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
  • Perform other assigned duties and responsibilities as required

Requirements

  • University degree in a human services related field
  • Some years of experience working with newcomer youth or a related field
  • Strong understanding of newcomer settlement issues from an asset based approach
  • Commitment to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in French is a strong asset
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Diplomatic, confident and patient
  • Able to make decisions within a defined framework and structure
  • Possess strong work ethics and values with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships
  • Ability to build relationships with people of all cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
  • Experience working as a team member

Application Process

Interested and qualified applicants may apply by submitting a resume and an accompanying cover letter no later than Monday, September 26, 2016 to bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘National Inclusion Advisor – [insert your name]’. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.