This salaried part-time position (30 hours weekly) will be responsible for implementation and development of programs and events that provide for the social inclusion and integration of participants connected with the Circle of Friends program of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (MCCO). A key element to this positon will be working creatively in response to the COVID context to pivot established programs or pilot new events that will continue to meet program goals.
Working with the Circle of Friends Manager, and drawing on the gifts and abilities of the Circle of Friends team this associate will be responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of social inclusion programs and events. This Program Associate will ensure that the necessary support, information, documentation and resources are available for the successful implementation of events, workshops and programs to facilitate increased capacity for social inclusion. Key to this role will be the ability to develop community partnerships that will facilitate participant’s sense of inclusion toward integration into the wider community and platforms for engagement.
MCC is a charitable organization that partners with churches and community organizations worldwide to walk with people who are disadvantaged. MCC supports activities that provide emergency assistance, reduce poverty, and promote healthy communities, sustainable living and alternatives to violence. As an internationally recognized NGO, MCC currently serves in 57 countries with 716 partners, 1133 staff and 40,000 volunteers.
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.
This is a contract with an end date of March 31, 2021. Should funding become available an extension to the contract may be considered.
This position is based in the Kitchener Waterloo community. Due to COVID a significant portion of the work will be done remotely at a home based office. However, the candidate will need to be available for in person meetings and events in Kitchener and must be familiar with the Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge communities and systems connected with poverty and homelessness.
- Understanding of systemic social issues associated with poverty and homelessness including trauma, addictions and mental health.
- Degree/diploma in social work or equivalent human services education
- Demonstrated experience in counselling techniques, mediation, and group dynamics
- Demonstrated experience in event planning and facilitation for community development and inclusion.
- Skilled at communication and able to quickly establish rapport and engage with a variety of people (supervisors, colleagues, participants, volunteers, community partners)
- Experience in volunteering and knowledge of volunteer management best practices
- Ability and willingness to work as an effective team member within a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to act on new information and effectively contribute in a changing environment
- Ability to work independently and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate events and activities
- Exceptional computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and virtual platforms
- Be a model for volunteers and community to promote principles of healthy social inclusion
- Ability to support the shared values and principles embodied in the partnership between Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario), faith communities, and STEP Home (Support to End Persistent Homelessness)
- Police vulnerable sector check (required upon hire)
- Legally able to work in Canada
- Access to a vehicle and Valid ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license
- Experience recruiting, training and supervising volunteers of various backgrounds, lifestyles, beliefs and life experiences
- Experience in non-profit, social service and health agencies
Capacity Building for Social Inclusion Programs and Events
• Co-facilitate opening and closing circles; support staff to do by-annual circle check-in, transition from formal (staff led) to informal (volunteer led) facilitation of circle by volunteers, and set stage for successful closing of formal circle.
• Co-facilitate 1-2 circles by supporting the empowerment and engagement of volunteer base
• Provide support to staff and program participants on managing circle expectations and transitions, celebrations and long-term goals and expectations for program involvement.
• Using a strength-based model that promotes individual growth, independence and choices for community connection, provide positive opportunities for inclusion and capacity building
• Provide event oversight and COVID adaption of Healing Journeys cooking and art workshops and annual retreat.
• Shape regular monthly gatherings that provide opportunities for meaningful participation, positive social contacts and encourage new social roles
• Support the Peoples Action Group, identify and support meaningful contribution to the broader community during COVID
• Communicate and connect with participants and volunteers to encourage participation
• Identify and assist participants in accessing resources to dismantle barriers to participation
Volunteer & Community Engagement
• Prepare for, recruit, onboard and train potential volunteers to support programs and events
• Explore new points of connection that can utilized to develop COVID safe connections and community
• Develop partnerships with community agencies, organizations, businesses and constituency churches in order to create opportunities and partnerships for social inclusion
Program Monitoring and Reporting
• Work with Program Coordinator and the Circle of Friends Program Manager to monitor and evaluate events and programs in order to make appropriate changes to better fit the needs of the Program participants and realities of COVID
• Implement a system for assessment, implementation and evaluation of social inclusion markers.
• Ensure privacy and confidentiality of all participant and volunteer information is maintained
• Maintain and submit reports especially with regard to risk management of COVID i.e. attendance logs, qualitative and quantitative reports
• Complete administrative documentation including documentation, evaluation, outcomes, and updates for reporting purposes to MCC Ontario and Funders.
• Perform other job related duties as assigned
• Participate in MCCO orientation, 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 October 19, 2020