MCC Poverty Program Coordinator

Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario) | Kitchener, ON

Posted Date 7/16/2020

This salaried part-time position (30.0 hours per week) will provide leadership and oversight for an interim basis to the MCC Ontario Poverty program including planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and budgeting.

This includes overseeing significant direct service poverty work, supervising staff, and seeking to have the voices of marginalized peoples shape our work.

The Poverty Program Coordinator will take the lead in the anti-poverty efforts of MCCO and will be the key contact for partner coalitions and networks seeking to reduce poverty in Ontario. The Coordinator is responsible for conducting ongoing needs assessment and program development in light of the program’s role and MCC’s strategic plan.

The Coordinator supervises Poverty program staff and works with MCCO Communications staff to promote the program and engage constituency. As well, the Coordinator will encourage the MCC constituency to faithful living out a Biblical vision of responding to poverty and advocating before our governments.

This position provides leadership to MCCO’s anti-poverty advocacy efforts to address systemic issues. The Coordinator supervises MCC’s poverty programs in Ontario including: Circle of Friends, Toronto Ontario Opportunities for Learning and Service (TOOLS), The People’s Action Group, The Raw Carrot Soup social enterprise and various anti-poverty efforts. The Coordinator also represents MCCO in and provides leadership to the living wage movement in Ontario.
This position is one of several provincial Coordinator positions at Mennonite Central Committee Ontario. The Coordinator is an active member of MCCO’s PMER (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting) Team and Program Team. The Coordinator supervises staff and volunteers involved in the Poverty program.


All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

Program development and leadership:

  • Demonstrated capacity for program coordination, supervision, leadership and administration
  • Proven ability to provide leadership in a collegial environment, engaging the talents of volunteers, constituents and staff
  • Strong program planning, monitoring, budgeting, evaluating and reporting skills

Field expertise:

  • Solid understanding of poverty issues in Ontario along with an ability to recognize how legislation and policy that impact poverty in the province
  • Knowledge of issues of marginalization and other issues known to contribute to poverty, such as: mental health challenges; low pay and poor working conditions; structural issues; and having been impacted by the justice system

Communications expertise:

  • Ability to explain the Biblical understanding of God’s call to economic justice and caring for the poor and marginalized in our communities. Demonstrated ability to preach, teach and write on these themes.
  • Willingness to work with sensitivity within a diverse cultural and theological milieu
  • Ability to communicate in an articulate, engaging manner with tact and diplomacy when speaking with either government or constituency
  • Ability to relate well with a wide range of people and be comfortable communicating with MCCO constituency, MCC personnel in Canada, the US and International programs, government and ecumenical circles

Work and Organizational skills:

  • Initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Excellent organizational and relational skills
  • Solid reading, writing and analytical skills
  • University degree in a related field
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize a wide variety of tasks required
  • Free to travel domestically, especially within Ontario
  • Respect for and discretion in dealing with confidential material required
  • Willing to work within and promote MCC’s Operating Principles
  • Ability to work non-standard hours required, including evenings and weekends, as necessary
  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs
  • Valid ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license
  • Police vulnerable sector check (required upon hire)

Legally able to work in Canada

  • Experience in policy advocacy
  • Relevant experience and/or education in an Anabaptist organization/institution an asset
  • Masters degree or equivalent

Key Responsibilities

Poverty Program Oversight
• Provide vision and overall direction for MCCO’s Poverty programs
• Lead Poverty Program planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) development including project plans and annual plans – working within MCC’s strategic plan and operating principles
• Actively participate in MCCO Program Team and PMER Team to collectively work at program planning and development within the MCC system, strategic plan and operating principles
• Develop appropriate budgets within MCCO budgeting system and cycle
• Monitor Poverty program success according to indicators identified. Develop reports that not only track indicators but also include engaging stories to share insights into the program
• Recruit, engage, supervise and support staff (Circle of Friends, TOOLS, Raw Carrot, People’s Action Group and Advocacy). Conduct regular staff check-ins and monitor implementation of annual plans
• Assist in the development and implementation of next steps for The Raw Carrot social enterprise.
• Ensure that volunteers are appropriately recruited, engaged, supported and trained
• Act as liaison to and develop proposals and reports for outside funding bodies according to their schedules and requirements
• Collaborate with other MCC and church-related poverty work including relevant MCC networks
• Represent MCCO on appropriate and related poverty advocacy groups/coalitions. Work in collaboration to ensure the ongoing presence of poverty issues on the political agenda
• Provide leadership to MCCO’s Anti-poverty efforts. Connect with other MCCO staff to garner input on priorities for anti-poverty efforts and share information back about campaigns, successes, etc.
• Develop relationships with relevant individuals in government in order to build a deeper understanding of government's positions, and create a space for our voices to be heard, both formally and informally
• Facilitate MCCO's communications to government on provincial poverty issues by drafting or assisting others to prepare letters and submissions as may be needed
• Ensure that all advocacy activity will be conducted within MCCO Board policy, and that any MCCO submissions to the government have approval from the MCCO Executive Director or Board

Program Promotion and community/constituency engagement
• Work with Communications staff to effectively promote program – develop an array of tools for diverse audiences for promotion and engagement purposes
• Respond to requests for information and presentations in a timely manner. Develop and deliver effective and engaging presentations
• Participate in public speaking engagements - lead devotions, preach and teach from a biblical basis, with commitment to MCC's values and mission
• Develop and/or provide poverty resources to constituency groups
• Model and teach biblical peacemaking through the MCC constituency and through active participation in a local church

• Ensure employees adhere to company policies and legal regulations
• Ensure staff on your team comply with the risk management policy and procedures and foster a culture where risks are identified and mitigated.
• Ensure the support and direction necessary for the effective implementation of MCCO’s health and safety program are provided and, health and safety policies, procedures and regulations are enforced.
• Perform other job related duties as assigned
• Participate in MCCO orientations, provincial meetings, Peace Conference and Staff Development Day
• Participate in a local faith community, being willing to use personal gifts within this community and model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful interaction with others
• Maintain a high level of integrity, reflecting Christian respect and Christ's unconditional love to those with whom you work, including colleagues, partner agencies, the homeless and marginalized
• Answer inquiries about MCC from constituency and general public; communicate MCC's values, articulating the importance of MCC's criteria for workers, all of whom serve as representatives of the Mennonite and Be in Christ churches which support MCC
• Model nonviolent peacemaking through respectful daily interactions with staff and the public

This posting closes on July 31, 2020


Salary45696.00 Annual
Ministry Focus
Employment Status

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