New job Lead Coordinator- Community Resilience in Nova Scotia

Lead Coordinator- Community Resilience

Company : Canadian Red Cross
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

One year term role to be located in either NB, NL, or NS

The Community Resilience Project in Atlantic aims to enhance provincial readiness and awareness through disaster risk reduction activities in select communities in Atlantic Canada. The project will identify vulnerabilities, with a focus on those vulnerabilities imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in select areas through a community needs assessment in collaboration with existing projects. The project approach will involve community engagement, assessment, asset mapping, resilience action planning and implementation of preparedness/awareness activities. The project team is comprised of Community Resilience Coordinators who work in collaboration with the community, supporting assessment, asset mapping and may include action planning on identified priority needs of each community.

The Community Resilience Coordinator is a capable leader and effective communicator, with an ability to foster community relationships. The Community Resilience Coordinator can provide solutions to complex issues with innovation and forward thinking. This position reports directly to Manager of Planning, Atlantic Emergency Management. This role will support relationship building and disaster planning while helping to increase community resilience in the province. The Community Resilience Coordinator will support community-led readiness and response activities.

Who you are:

  • An experienced Community Navigator, who thrives in fast-paced settings and enjoys working in a team environment. No day is ever the same and the ability to adapt quickly and be comfortable with change is required.
  • You excel in a matrix environment and will understand and value the need to work collaboratively with colleagues in a structure that is designed around the philosophy of “One Red Cross”. You are a strong leader who will bring creativity, ambition and collaboration.
  • You are a dynamic, experienced Relationship Builder, who has experience working with community organizations and agencies. You are able to work with community members to identify gaps and challenges, and collaboratively find solutions.
  • You know how to engage with stakeholder at all levels and have exceptional communication skills.

You will enjoy:

Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality

Opportunity: to work with the best and brightest in the non-profit field, in an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity and collaboration

Employee Benefits: achieve a work/life balance for you and your new team with competitive vacation time and flexible work arrangements

Meaningful Work: the Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

In this role you will:

  • Supports the development of Community Resilience Project Framework, Tools and Process, including the community needs assessment, asset mapping and resilience planning process;
  • Provides leadership for the Community Resilience Project Team in project in the assessment, asset mapping and resilience planning activities.
  • Advises on assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation works;
  • Develops information management tool for community partners;
  • Ensures documentation, reporting and dissemination of good practices; and,
  • Contributes towards the development, piloting, and roll-out of Community Resilience Project;
  • Guides communities through completing a community assessment to build an action-based resilience plan that is tailored to the risks, needs, values and capacity of each community;
  • Supports community partners with resilience action planning, including collaboration with Provincial and Municipal Emergency Management Offices for advance planning;
  • Coordinates the development of a community asset map, including research, consultation, and outreach with community and community-based organizations.
  • Guide community partners through the community assistance framework and process;
  • Provides resources and connections to communities in support of their action-based resilience plan;
  • Brings different areas of expertise together for assessing, planning, and providing solutions;
  • Coordinates CRC services within communities to ensure activities contribute towards community-identified priorities;
  • Contributes to external and internal report writing; and contributes to operational plan performance indicators;
  • Liaise with local EM Coordinator with respect to project activities and community outreach.
  • Develop relationships and works in partnership with local like-minded organizations and the communities themselves to identify and meet their needs in the respective area;
  • Develops strong and effective trust-based working relationships with communities and governance structures;
  • Builds connected networks and relationships with communities to support resilience planning;
  • Provides different methods of community engagement and facilitation to support resilience planning and readiness to align with communities’ priorities;
  • Works collaboratively when appropriate internal and external stakeholders including Municipal and Provincial government partners.
  • In collaboration with the Community Resilience Project Lead, provides direct support to the planning and delivery of the Community Resilience Project.
  • Participates in planning meetings and discussions regarding Community Resilience Project delivery, quality assurance and monitoring, and reporting;
  • Supports internal and external monitoring and reporting obligations including file management in relation to community-based programming and the compilation and analyses of program statistics and results.
  • Ensures current programming (daily activity) meets Society standards and reflects commitments against Frameworks including Indigenous Peoples and reflection of Protection, Gender and Inclusion;
  • Contributes to continuous learning within CRCS through debrief, collection and dissemination of lessons learned and best practice in relation to readiness and response;
  • Works to meet a community’s identified needs, coordinate with all CRC programs to identify possible types of assistance and to also determine the CRC’s own capacities regarding our ability to deliver them;
  • In conjunction with, and under the direction of Manager of Planning, identify and coordinate with other programs on how best to deliver programming to a community; including the possible need to assist in the delivery;
  • Performs other duties as required.

We’re looking for:

  • The minimum education requirements for this job are a completion of a university degree or diploma and at least 3 to 5 years of job-related work in Emergency / Disaster Management, Community Development, or Disaster Risk Reduction, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with volunteers is a strong asset.
  • Experience conducting community level needs assessments and planning including implementation of programming.
  • Strong understanding of current Emergency Management systems, protocols and practices within Atlantic would be beneficial, including community assessment frameworks e.g. GIS, HRVA
  • Works well within an inter-agency team environment with overlapping mandates and jurisdictions;
  • A proven track record of working with diverse populations, multicultural and Indigenous Peoples;
  • Previous CRC experience is an advantage;
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills are an advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in writing reports that are easily understood and include clear recommendations for action is critical;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience in contributing to diverse teams is critical;
  • Specialized training in disaster response or disaster risk reduction programs, and particularly emergency social services, is an advantage;
  • This position requires a satisfactory Enhanced Police Information Check (EPIC);
  • If driving for society business; a valid driver's license with access to a vehicle is required with a satisfactory drivers’ abstract;
  • Language – must be able to read, write and deliver services in English. (Bilingual on English and French in New Brunswick is essential). Additional languages considered an asset;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point) is required
  • The incumbent must have the commitment of the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the CRCS: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused.


  • The majority of the work is performed in an environment which is mostly clean and comfortable.
  • Potential for responding to disaster areas, as well as difficult and unstable environmental conditions.
  • If working in a response site, health and safety considerations will be outlined prior to the assignment.
  • Ability to work during non-traditional hours (i.e. evenings or weekends).
  • Multiple-day travel within province and potentially Atlantic Canada is required;

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.

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