Job Posting: Manager, Neighbourhood Projects

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Manager, Neighbourhood Projects Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk / Halifax A project the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre 209-2021 Brunswick St., Halifax, NS B3K 2Y5

Welcome to Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk!

Every One Every Day (EOED) Kjipuktuk/Halifax is an exciting initiative that is working to develop inclusive social infrastructure that creates opportunities for learning and action around Truth & Reconciliation at the neighbourhood level. This means working with the team and community to activate our Truth and Reconciliation Framework and supporting the emergence of projects that invite respectful sharing and learning around First Nations, Metis, and Inuit culture.

You will be joining us at an exciting time, halfway into a three-year development phase as we continue the development of key infrastructures (ie. EOED Neighbourhood Shop and Community Build Trailer) and a growing network of practical participation projects. Anchored in the North End of Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Every One Every Day projects are all about creating opportunities for residents to connect and learn over shared interests and work together to shape civic and social spaces in ways that draw on the knowledge and skills of people living nearby.

Currently we are looking for a Manager, Neighbourhood Projects to provide leadership to a small, dynamic team of Neighbourhood Project Designers and strengthen support and capacity for an evolving network of neighbourhood projects. The Manager, Neighbourhood Projects will bring creative insight, along with skills in facilitation and design thinking & practice; They will be laser focused on what it takes to build inclusive community spaces through participatory approaches and supportive environments.

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Position: Manager, Neighbourhood Projects

Every One Every Day (EOED) Kjipuktuk / Halifax

Statement of Intention: We encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian or Nova Scotian of African ancestry. We are particularly interested in recruiting people with connections to Halifax’s North End.

Reports to: EOED Program Director

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Starting date: As soon as possible

Position Type: Full time (35hrs/week), fixed term (one-year) contract with possibility for extension.

Salary: $62,000-$68,000 annually, depending on experience. Group benefits plan included.

About the Role

The Manager, Neighbourhood Projects provides leadership & support for EOEDs Neighbourhood Team, who work together daily to activate EOED infrastructures (ie. Neighbourhood Shop and Community Build Trailer), in connection with surrounding organizations and businesses. They also support the design and development of seasonal programs that include a range of team and residentled projects. The purpose of these programs is to illuminate a vision for a new kind of neighborhood; One where many different people can meet and work together on the creation of neighborhood projects that invite the ideas and creativity of everyone.

About You

You are a design thinker and practitioner, skilled at developing and delivering creative and participatory design processes in support of inclusive community and city-building.

You are a seasoned facilitator, with a toolbox of methods and activities for creating safe and inclusive

spaces that invite dialogue, curiosity, and a sense of possibility.

You are someone who enjoys trying your hand at making new things and working with others to move ideas into action in support of diverse forms of civic and social activation.

You are a great problem solver and community animator— helping the team to find spaces, identify opportunities and partnerships in support of developing a growing network of spaces and projects that support community-driven action.

You are resourceful, self-directed, and highly organized. You enjoy leading and working within focused and driven teams.

You are passionate about working to build more inclusive and socially connected communities that prioritize principles of equity as well as learning and practice around decolonization.

You are someone who will make it happen, even if it isn’t perfect or is difficult.

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Key Reponsibilities

Program & Project Co-Design

• Develop and facilitate participatory design processes with the team, residents, and partners to support ongoing development of seasonal programs and diverse neighbourhood projects.

• Provide leadership and support in the development of a range of tools & interactive displays that can help visualize new possibilities for the neighbourhood and how people can work together to activate public spaces in inclusive and creative ways.

• Build & strengthen partnerships with local organizations & businesses through the design & implementation of collaborative projects that help to connect and leverage community & social infrastructure (indoor/outdoor spaces, equipment & tools, knowledge & relationships, etc.) across the neighbourhood.

• Support the expansion and activation of key infrastructures (ie. Spaces, mobile units) to expand opportunities and entry points for participation.

• Support the creation of safe and inclusive spaces for all community members and work with team to apply trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approaches.

Team Leadership & Development:

• Lead regular check-ins and creative sessions for the Neighbourhood Team in support of meaningful collaboration and alignment of efforts around a range of projects.

• Provide mentorship and coaching for the team Neighbourhood Project Designers, particularly in relation to design-thinking and practice, and placemaking.

• Lead and support processes related to staff development (ie. Employee reviews) and opportunities for capacity building on the Neighbourhood Team.

• Engage in team learning & development opportunities related to participatory design, EOEDs Truth & Reconciliation Framework, and other opportunities that help to build and share critical knowledge across the team.

• Facilitate co-design sessions as part of team development/training camps and regular team meetings.

• Contribute to processes of knowledge sharing and the development of learning tools and materials for use with the team and sharing externally.

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Key Reponsibilities

Program & Project Management:

• With support from EOED’s Operations Manager, oversee daily operations planning for the Neighbourhood Team, including weekly scheduling and time-off, coordination & facilitation of weekly meetings, and procurement of project equipment and supplies.

• Engage with a range of tools & processes that support collaborative design and enable inclusive participation across different phases of the design process (ie. ideation, mapping & theming, prototyping, and activating).

• In connection with EOED’s Operations Manager, support on-going tracking and organization of complex program logistics using existing or new platforms & tools.

• Oversee general administrative tasks required for on-going development of the work.

• Manage assigned budgets for project materials and expenses and help to coordinate bulk purchasing of equipment and supplies.

Evaluation & Story-Sharing

• Participate in on-going tracking and data collection in relation to impact measurement and on-going development of approach, particularly in relation to project and program design.

• Engage in structured reflection practice to capture emerging insights and stories.

• Support the collection of resident impact stories for sharing across diverse communications materials (ie. newspapers & reports).

• Contribute to insight gathering, analysis, and content development for annual reports or specialized communications products.

• Contribute to the coordination and development of updates, news, and story-sharing across key social media channels.

Adhere to EOED Team Values and all Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre policies and practices.

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Person Specification

We are looking for an experienced and empathetic team leader, a design-thinker, and someone with TONS of enthusiasm for connecting people to explore, design and activate creative projects for the neighbourhood.

Essential Knowledge, Skills & Competencies:

• Team Development & Management: 3+ years’ experience managing at team, including staff recruitment, team development and supporting performance related processes.

• Program/Project Planning & Delivery– 3+ years’ experience in a program management role where you were responsible for overseeing project planning & implementation in collaborative environments.

• Facilitation – Demonstrated experience developing and facilitating creative workshops & ideation sessions and a high degree of comfort in supporting others to do the same.

• Design Thinking & Activation – Demonstrated experience implementing principles and practice of design-thinking with the ability to engage others in participatory design processes.

• Collaboration – Comfort and confidence working with diverse team and community members to harness & connect different knowledge and skill sets in support of community-led action.

• Communication - Excellent written and verbal communication skills to support the communication of ideas across contexts and support creative and productive workflow within the team and with partners.

• Relationship builder – Excellent people person with the ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals to support inclusion, particularly

Application Details

in relation to Urban Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities.

• Proficiency with a range of technology to support design and project management (MS Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, HubSpot, and/or others).

• Must provide a Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registrar prior to hiring.

Personal Qualities

• Energetic - great at face-to-face communicationable to convey ideas, generate excitement, motivate and encourage people to get involved.

• Highly organized – with a strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks, set goals and establish priorities in a timely manner.

• Persistent - strong follow-up ensuring continuity and excitement is generated.

• Reliable – both process and outcome focused: you do what you say you will, ask for help where you need it, and continuously seek opportunities to strengthen both our approach.

• Action orientated – with a sense and capability to get started and move things along in emergent environments.

• Curious with a learner’s mindset.

• Committed to achieving social change - where everyone is able to participate, and no one is left behind.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document. In relation to the design aspects of this role, we also invite applicants to submit a work sample or portfolio. We define a portfolio broadly, as a document that tells a short story of your work experience, design or otherwise.

Please submit your application to:

We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible however applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only those applicants who are screened for an interview will be contacted.

Within your application, please indicate clearly if you identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, or Nova Scotian with African Ancestry. We’d also love to hear if you have existing community relationships in Halifax’s North End. We look forward to hearing from you!

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