The Canadian CED Network is inviting applications for a Public Policy Coordinator in our Winnipeg office to guide our public policy and advocacy process. The right candidate will have a unique blend of skills and experience in facilitation, writing and collective action as well as a keen interest in social and economic change. They will have some familiarity with common research and evaluation methodologies. They’ll join a dynamic team of organizers and capacity builders aligned with our organizational values and committed to fostering and responding to member-leadership. They will be curious and passionate about community development, poverty reduction and social economy enterprises and will want to bring people and ideas together for stronger collective action.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN CED NETWORK
The Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) is a values-based, non-profit organization working to build local economies that strengthen communities and benefit everyone. We have several hundred members throughout Canada working at the grassroots level in a wide variety of settings and with a range of communities. The Manitoba regional network is strong and active with a wide-ranging public policy mandate. As a staff team, we are guided by members and are focused on strengthening skills and knowledge to build capacity, growing and using the Network’s collective voice to engage with the public and governments, and connecting community economic developers to each other and needed resources.
Reporting to the Manitoba Regional Director, this team member will:
- Take the lead on coordinating the annual Policy Summit. This includes:
- Motivating members to consider new or amended resolution proposals;
- Assisting members with information gathering and drafting policy resolutions;
- Preparing and facilitating a half-day members Policy Summit;
- Finalizing and sharing a policy package compiling all active resolutions.
- Coordinate action with the Regional Director to advance the approved policy mandate through:
- Preparing written communications products tailored to different audiences on CCEDNet Manitoba’s policy priorities and research activities including briefs, letters, budget submissions, website texts, and newsletter submissions;
- Promoting CCEDNet Manitoba’s policy priorities and research findings at events, meetings with politicians and/or civil servants, hearings and media events;
- Representing CCEDNet Manitoba and occasionally providing operational support at various collectives, coalitions or campaigns;
- Convening working groups and other committees to support CCEDNet led advocacy;
- Networking and building relationships with a wide variety of other stakeholders so we can better identify opportunities for partnership, collaboration or supportive advocacy.
- Provide staff support to the National Policy Council when required, and support national policy action as requested by CCEDNet’s Executive Director.
- Build capacity for public policy analysis and advocacy in members through facilitating workshops or meetings on related topics, providing direct service to support campaigns or other actions as appropriate.
- If required, execute research projects based on an established timeline, budget, deliverables and reports to funders or partners.
- Knowledge of and commitment to community economic development (CED) principles, social justice, poverty reduction, and community development approaches
- Proven experience facilitating meetings, small and large group discussions with a focus on consultation and collective decision making
- Working knowledge of the public policy environment in Manitoba, including how relevant government departments are organized, typical policy change and legislative processes and the non-governmental stakeholders actively advocating on social and economic issues
- Strong written and oral communication skills that can be adapted to various audiences, formats, and styles including government briefs, news releases, presentations, and online communications
- Ability to work well within collaborative structures and coalitions
- Post-secondary college or university degree or demonstrable experience in a related field (politics, economics, public administration, sociology, etc.)
- Detail-oriented, independent, professional, and able to work in a flexible, open-office environment on an area with multiple priorities
HOURS AND PAY
This is a permanent position at 30 hours / week, with possibility of negotiation or increase to full time dependent on available funding. Some evenings and weekend hours may be required, reconciled with time off when operationally feasible. The schedule can be flexible. Starting wage is $22.76 / hr.
This position is based at our Social Enterprise Centre office. However, this space is not currently fully accessible and we don’t want this to be a barrier. Please contact us if you are considering applying and require accommodation.
Send resume and cover letter by July 2, 2018 to sleesonklym at ccednet-rcdec.ca with ‘Public Policy Coordinator’ in the subject line.
CCEDNet is an equal opportunity employer and strives for a fair, cooperative, respectful and safe environment that protects and promotes the human rights and affirms the dignity of all persons. CCEDNet is committed to the principle of equal access to employment and term-specific contractual opportunities and welcomes applications from diverse backgrounds. We encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter.
We appreciate all applications. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.