Community Development Manager

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Community Development Manager

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Author pmnationtalk
Date August 28, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Community Development Manager

Thunder Bay, Ontario

POSITION SUMMARY: The Ontario Native Women’s Association is currently accepting applications for a full time position of Community Development Manager in Thunder Bay.

The Community Development Manager will lead, coach, and support a group of employees within various programs while ensuring ONWA’s vision, mandate, objectives, and Community Member deliverables are met and aligned with ONWA’s Strategic Plan.

The Community Development Manager is responsible for ensuring all programs they oversee are implemented and managed according to the program standards and guidelines and work to facilitate achievement of the agreed program deliverables, to ensure that the office is a safe space for Indigenous Women, their families, and the community.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies, and/or Women’s Studies (Health Degree preferred) with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Supervisory or Management role.
  • Minimum 3 (three) years previous work experience in supporting and advocating for Indigenous women and families. Demonstrated experience and knowledge specific to mental health, youth, diabetes prevention, and addictions.
  • Demonstrated administrative management with the ability to supervise a team of staff.
  • Knowledge and experience with Indigenous culture, traditions, ceremony and connecting community members to cultural practices to support individual to community needs.
  • Awareness of the recent, historical, and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women, youth, and their families may have experienced, including the psychological, neurological, physiological, social, and spiritual impacts of trauma.
  • A demonstrated high level of written, oral, and interpersonal skills and experience in providing support and knowledgeable negotiation strategies with partners and stakeholders to find collaborative solutions for complex wellness and community issues.
  • Demonstrated stakeholder management skill set with the ability to establish and maintain credible relationships with senior management, community members, community organizations, and partners.
  • Experience with financial planning: to develop, implement, support planning processes, manage programs/projects, and program reporting including results-based planning and annual plans.
  • Working knowledge of Not-for-Profit organization program delivery and experience working with Indigenous governance structures and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and communities.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and their families and awareness of available community resources throughout the province.
  • Solution-oriented with proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of other service agencies with proven ability to build and maintain, strong and healthy relationships/partnerships.
  • Excellent networking skills, and the ability to establish and maintain these connections and partnerships.
  • Experience coordinating workshops, conferences, and community campaigns.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management, and presentation / facilitation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Creative, flexible, and strategic change focused.
  • Excellent decision-making skills to set standards and priorities and allocate time and resources.
  • Ability to prioritize programs and activities within budget and time considerations.
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access are required within this position
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.


  • Inter-cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work related deliverables.
  • Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  • To provide direct assistance to staff to increase and maintain capacity and competence in service delivery, program administration, and reporting, including:

o Mental health, health, diabetes prevention and education, addictions, suicide prevention and youth wellness
o To review monthly activity reporting – implement monitoring procedures
o To recruit / hire / evaluate staff in accordance with the Policy and Procedures of the ONWA.

  • Provide orientation and training to new program employees and facilitate or provide ongoing professional development.
  • Develop and implement new program initiatives that promote Indigenous culture and traditions.
  • Evaluate programs to ensure service delivery is aligned with ONWA’s strategic plan, vision, mandate, and objectives.
  • Ensure program deliverables are met and provide support and management of contribution agreements.
  • Compile data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals, and correspondence.
  • Collaborate with the ONWA Management team to successfully implement programs.
  • Collaborate with counterpart organizations at the provincial level to work towards system changes.
  • Develop a template for local collaboration protocols.
  • Develop ethics and confidentiality expectations for programs under your management, including consent forms and a code of conduct.
  • Design and finalize data collection, reporting and accountability processes including a performance measurement plan.
  • Collect, compile, and analyze program and community member data/statistics.
  • Expend, review, and analyze the program budgets and financials based on the program’s objectives and mandate. Monitor cash flows and projected expenses.
  • Prepare and submit program reports, briefing notes, and serious occurrence reporting.
  • Actively seek funding opportunities and write proposals to assist in the development of services regarding various socioeconomic issues that affect Indigenous women.
  • Carry out administrative activities associated with the position.
  • Plan, organize, direct control, and evaluate the operation of programs.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Complete monthly reports and submit to Director when required.
  • Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  • Complete reports to funders as required.
  • Complete and attend supervisions with Director on a regular basis.
  • Other reports or admin as assigned.


  • Promote the program within the community.
  • To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  • Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  • Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  • To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Maintain good communication.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  • Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.


To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description.


The Community Development Manager will be directly accountable to the Director of Community Development for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

Applicants are asked to apply in confidence through our website (

Indigenous Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.
A job description is available upon request.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

ONWA offers a very competitive compensation package including full benefits,
generous vacation allowance and savings plan.

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