Pacific Community Resources Society - Vancouver, BC

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The Youth Services Supervisor/Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for assessing the potential for a ‘Pathways to Education Program®’ in Vancouver. This individual will lead the engagement process within the community, including youth, parents and other community partners. Based on the assessment, this position will take the lead, under the direction of the Executive Director, in designing the appropriate program and funding model to meet the needs of the community.

The primary goal of the Pathways to Education Program® is to enhance the educational success of youth in the community. In particular, the program seeks to address barriers to success in high school by providing youth with social, academic, financial and advocacy supports.

Key Areas of Accountability
1. Community Engagement
2. Program & Funding Model Design

1. Community Engagement
In order to effectively assess the feasibility of implementing The Pathways to Education Program®, this role is responsible for engaging with key stakeholders within the community in order to understand and prioritize needs,

(a) Develops strategic plan for community engagement;
(b) Develops engagement process with community stakeholders such as parents, youth, community partners, local schools and the Vancouver School Board;
(c) Executes community engagement process based on the strategy, including but not limited to the following types of activities: community forums / meetings, youth focus groups, meetings with schools and community partners;
(d) Works in conjunction with the Executive Director and Pathways Canada to develop appropriate methods and tools for communicating and engaging within the community; and,
(e) Develops final report of outcomes, including both quantitative and qualitative information, for review and approval by the Executive Director and Pathways Canada.

2. Program & Funding Model Design
In order to effectively meet the needs of the community through the implementation of a Pathways to Education Program®, this role is responsible for designing a program and funding model including,

(a) Program Model:
i.Develops a vision and goals for a program within the context of the community;
ii.Develops description of the anticipated program lifecycle over a 3 – 5 year period, including definition of types of support required and how they change;
iii.Develops a youth engagement strategy;
iv.Program Delivery Partnership Model, detailing types of partnerships and anticipated commitment levels;
v.Volunteer strategy, including identification of and outreach approach to ensure program goals are met;
vi.Coordinates with the existing LIFT after school tutoring program;
vii.Organizational design over the program lifecycle;
viii.Program evaluation and research strategy including recommended metrics (short and long-term) and third party research engagements;
ix.Operational plan to support implementation and the program lifecycle including anticipated annual budgets and risk plan; and,
x.Develops a governance framework with community partners and the Board of Directors.

(b) Funding Model:
i.Develops a framework for funding to support the program lifecycle;
ii.Conducts an external scan to assess opportunities and threats;
iii.Develops a financial forecasting model to support the operational plan and program lifecycle, including resources, rental fees etc.;
iv.Conducts a financial risk assessment;
v.Develops a social return on investment analysis.

Educational Background

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Health Administration, or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Eight to ten years’ experience in community development, youth programming, research and evaluation, education, or social work; either singularly or in combination;
  • Knowledge of and previous work experience with secondary school policies and programs;
  • Knowledge or experience with adolescent development and youth development strategies and programming;
  • Significant experience building partnerships with community or social service agencies;
  • Knowledge of different systems: social services, health, legal;
  • Strong experience in program development (planning, implementation and evaluation) within a diverse community environment;
  • Knowledge of determinants of health, health promotion strategies / community development, research, education, public policy;
  • Knowledge of action research and relevant qualitative and quantitative research techniques;
  • Management and administration experience including human resources, budgets and finance.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking * Planning & Organizing * Resource & Fiscal Management
  • Results Orientation * Critical Thinking * Networking & Relationship Building
  • Adaptability * Service Orientation * Leadership

Dimensions of Work

  • Individual contributor
  • Flexible work hours
  • Primary interface with host agency, community partners, school staff and board, local media and Pathways to Education Canada.

Work Conditions

  • Travel between multiple site locations within the community
  • Flexible work hours

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Records Check clear in vulnerable sector.
  • Class 4 Driver’s License and Driver’s Abstract
  • Use of Own Vehicle (with Business Insurance Use) with Reimbursement
  • Strong Computer Skills

Reports To: Executive Director

Closing Date: Close of Business (4:30 p.m.) Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Salary Range: ($28.98-$33.19) per hour ($2,028.35-$2,323.54 bi-weekly) (SPO4)
plus a competitive benefits package including pension.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
Attention: Deborah Knopp
Human Resources