Alberta College of Social Workers

Community Development Program Coordinator (Temporary, Full-Time)

Edmonton   |      March 09, 2018 12:00

Category:     SW Dip, BSW
Closing Date:     04/09/2018
Employer:     Bissell Centre
Title:     Community Development Program Coordinator (Temporary, Full-Time)
Address:      10527 96 Street
City:     Edmonton
Date Posted:     03/09/2018
Salary:     Offers a Competitive Salary

Through our vision of eliminating poverty in our community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, our work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. By addressing multiple needs, Bissell Centre provides a holistic approach to helping families and individuals.

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for the right individual to fill the position of Community Development Program Coordinator.  The key function of this position is to utilize community development principles to engage with and alongside participants who access Bissell’s Community Centre and other community stakeholders. The Program Coordinator will support the Team Lead of Community Development to develop, coordinate and implement arts, culture, recreation, wellness, Indigenous, and educational programs.

At present, Bissell Centre is undergoing significant renovations to its existing Drop-In space in order to implement a new community centre model. This model is based on the principals of empowerment and the commitment to create a space that offers programming and engagement opportunities that support participants and their strengths. This is an exciting opportunity to be an important part of a team, implementing a progressive new vision. 

Qualifications:     • Diploma or Degree in Recreation, Social Work, Education, Social Sciences, or other relevant education and/or experience.

• Minimum 2 years relevant employment experience.
• Minimum 1 year experience as a facilitator.
• Facilitation training an asset.
• Knowledge of Indigenous Cultural Resources, Ceremonies, and Protocols is an asset.

• Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core.
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, result oriented, good time management, strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
• A creative and innovative thinker, and able to work collaboratively.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required.
• Criminal Record and Child Welfare checks are required
• Valid Driver’s License is required and access to a vehicle would be preferred
Description:     Community Development:
• Help build a culture that supports and develops participants’ and the community’s strengths.
• Use community development principles and tools to develop new programs in collaboration with program participants and partners in the community.
• Gather participant input and feedback on the development and review of programs.
• Create opportunities for the wider community to be engaged with and participate in Bissell’s Community Centre.
• Seek out and support opportunities for participants to be engaged with the wider community.

Resiliency & Relationships:
• Develop opportunities and support an environment where participants can build support networks to be sustainably interdependent in their community.
• Employ Restorative Practices to create an inclusive and welcoming environment.
• Engage participants in intentional and purposeful conversations.
• Use facilitation skills to build relationships with and amongst the community.
• Develop connections within Edmonton’s Indigenous communities.

Program Delivery
• Animate the Community Centre space through coordination and facilitation of various arts, culture, education, and life skills programs to meet the needs identified by participants who access the Community Centre.
• Support the Team Lead of Community Development with the recruitment, hiring, scheduling, and supervision of contracted instructors for programs and workshops.
• Host facilitators from external agencies and contracted instructors to support them in the delivery of their programs.
• Work with contracted instructors to develop their programs, acquire materials needed, facilitate programming and ensure evaluation requirements are met.
• Liaise with external agencies regarding the development and delivery of programs
• Seek out and apply for relevant grants to fund new and existing programs.
• Maintain monthly program calendar.
• Create posters, flyers, handbills and other forms of advertising to market program offerings to the community.
• Purchase or resource materials and supplies for programs as required.
• Lead orientation, ongoing training, supervision and support of volunteers.
• Assist with additional special program activities and events, as required.
• Participate in the development and implementation of the new Community Centre.

• Enter program data into the Efforts to Outcomes Database.
• Assist with the application for relevant grants and follow all reporting requirements.
• Maintain all administrative paperwork and data requirements for programs including keeping accurate and up-to-date computer records, program information, and critical incident reports within established time standards.
• Attend regular meetings and trainings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.
Please forward your resume to:     This is a temporary, full-time position, working 40 hours per week beginning in March 2018 and ending September 30, 2018 with the possibility of extension. Some evenings, weekends, and statutory holiday work may be required on occasion.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:

Christie Smith
Team Lead, Community Development
10527 - 96 Street Edmonton, AB T5H2H6

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.