The Community Development Officer is responsible for implementing initiatives in support of the Social Sustainability Plan by providing research, planning, and consultation work in the areas of social and community development to the residents of the City of Spruce Grove, internal City departments, and local community organizations. The incumbent actively engages internal and external stakeholders to collectively identify and prioritize community needs, issues, assets, and opportunities. He/she has the ability to bring solutions together while promoting community ownership on decisions about social change in the community. The work involves effective long-range planning and coordination of projects and initiatives to meet the social needs and aspirations of community services provided throughout the City. This position reports to the Director of FCSS and Social Planning.
This person will be responsible for:
- Planning and managing the development of homeless serving systems with focus on implementation, accountability, and funding coordination to ensure investment in highest impact activities.
- Designing community services research projects by facilitating situational analysis/environmental scans, questionnaires, focus groups, needs assessments and feasibility studies to gain the sense of the complexity and diversity of the community.
- Researching, compiling, interpreting, and preparing statistical, demographic, and narrative reports to identify the impct of social and economic systems, and community social issues and services.
- Identifying gaps in community services, change strategies and indicators to measure systemic change in order to enhance effectiveness.
- Enriching the collective IQ of community residents, service providers, developers, and researchers by developing and implementing innovative measures and best practices pertaining to social serving systems.
- Assessing the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of social service initiatives, programs and projects by leading and participating in the development of proposals for new services or the re-design of existing services.
- Strategically developing short- and long-term projects / initiatives by planning, engaging, and coordinating the involvement of multi-sector stakeholders with competing priorities.
- Establishing and implementing criteria for program evaluation mechanisms, identifying participative strategies and monitoring service improvement projects.
- Assisting in the development and implementation of program monitoring, performance evaluation, and evaluation tools.
- Developing and presenting business plans.
- Identifying and coordinating funding options by bringing partners together to synchronize investment in highest impact activities, ensuring a complimentary approach.
- Developing, interpreting, and evaluating short- and long-term impacts to social needs by implementing, inputting and revising policies and procedures.
- Evaluating public policy and reviewing draft regulatory changes for fiscal and program impacts. Separate and rank technical, normative value and political differences affecting policy options.
- Conducting and presenting research for use in policy and administration decision-making while respecting the political climate (large and small).
The candidate must:
- Understand and apply principles of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
- Understand and apply principles of effective social serving systems.
- Understand and apply principles of sustainability.
- Understand and apply local and international marketing techniques.
- Understand and apply opportunity assessment.
- Understand and apply cost benefit analysis.
- Use social/environmental/economic assessment principles.
- Understand and apply linkages and income leaks.
- Understand and apply equity building tools.
- Understand and apply business retention and expansion.
- Assess appropriate ownership models.
- Apply collective community ownership principles.
- Understand and apply collective financing tools.
- Interpret statistics and demographics.
- Bachelor's Degree in Community Development, Sociology, Humanities, Social Sciences or equivalent, Master's Degree is preferred.
- Ten (10) to twelve (12) years progressively responsible professional community social systems planning experience within a mid- to large-sized municipality.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the basic building blocks of an effective homeless serving system.
- Demonstrated competency in project management, performance measurement, organizational development and governance, administration of grants, contracts and agreements, and design and implementation of public engagement processes.
- Exceptional presentation, writing, editing, and storytelling skills with knowledge of communications practices, principles, and techniques.
- International Association of Public Participation Certification (IAP2) required.
- Holders of degrees in Social Work must be registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers.
This position includes a comprehensive benefit program with premiums paid by the employer.
Visit our website at www.sprucegrove.org for more information and to apply online.