3Communities Building Youth Futures Project Manager
Contract Date: September 14, 2020 through to March 31, 2021 with possibility of extension
Wages: This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week) at $28/hr
Benefits: 4 weeks of vacation per year + Contribution to self-directed benefits per year
The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Initiative is a collaboration between several community partners to engage youth to develop strategies that enable young people to be engaged in their communities and navigate transitions from youth to adulthood. Using the core tenants of the Collective Impact framework, the CBYF Project Manager will work with the partner organizations to lead the development and implementation of the Communities Building Youth Futures initiative throughout Yukon.
The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Project Manager reports directly to the CBYF Partnership Table. The Partnership Table is made up of over 12 community partners who will be responsible for setting general goals, expectations and objectives for the position. BYTE’s Manager of Special Projects will also assist the CBYF Project Manager through regular check-ins and mentoring.
Please note: While we welcome all applicants, given the context of this initiative, preference will be given to applicants from Northern communities and/or Indigenous youth aged 35 and under.
Yukon’s Communities Building Youth Futures Initiative Overview
The Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) Initiative is a collaboration between the Tamarack Institute and Economic and Social Development of Canada (ESDC) to support youth in 13 communities across Canada to engage in community, education and to transition to post-secondary education and/or employment. Yukon has been chosen alongside 12 other communities to participate in this 5 year initiative.
The main goal of the CBYF Initiative is to break down barriers and provide opportunities to engage in their communities. To achieve these goals, the project will leverage the core tenants of the Collective Impact framework to build community driven strategies for addressing the unique challenges of engaging underrepresented youth and strengthen capacity and action which connects youth to locally based resources and supports. Some of our community’s work over the next 5 years could look like working with youth to develop a youth strategy, supporting integrated services, mobilizing youth to get involved and addressing key issues identified by youth via innovative projects, programs and services.
Our initiative is currently in Year 1 and our objective for this year is to develop our Common Agenda and Implementation Plan with the involvement of youth and stakeholders. In Year 2-5 of the project, our goal will be to implement and evaluate projects that support our common agenda and Yukon Youth Strategy.
Read more about the Communities Building Youth Futures Initiative and Collective Impact approach here.
Roles and Responsibilities
Project Management and Leadership
- Provide strategic leadership to the initiative with the support of the Partnership Table
- Support the Partnership Table and co-chairs in coordinating meetings with the Partnership Table
- Ensure youth engagement and involvement at every step of the project
- Identify data to drive decision making
- Coordinate and implement community and youth engagement activities with the support of Project Coordinator and youth interns as per the Common Agenda
- Guide the initiative’s ongoing strategy development and Common Agenda
- Implementing initial strategies of the Common Agenda
- Serving as the initiative’s organizational ambassador and building public will
- Drawing connections across all key initiatives
Communication and Partnerships
- Develop and nurture relationships with and between critical community partners such as with service providers, business partners, First Nations partners, municipal and territorial partners
- Communicate regularly with the Partnership table and other stakeholders about the project
- Build consensus among partners in support of the Common Agenda and implementation plans for the projec
Human Resource Management
- Assist in the hiring of Project Coordinator and youth interns
- Support and mentor Project Coordinator and youth interns. This includes assisting with goal-setting, performance evaluations and day to day check-ins
Project and Financial Administration
- Assist in the preparation and monitoring of budget for the CBYF Project
- Assist with the required financial reporting such as monthly and quarterly reports
- Actively seek and apply for additional grants and alternative funding sources to support the long-term goals of the project
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- 3 or more of experience leading teams and implementing projects to achieve strategic goals
- Experience working with youth aged 12 to 30 and proven dedication to improving outcomes of young people
- Ability to think and solve problems at a systems level
- Experience working with, managing and fostering collaboration among several project stakeholders
- Ability to build and maintain trust and cooperation with multiple stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically
- Excellent time management and ability to manage multiple priorities in a context of change and ambiguity and an ability to adapt to changing needs
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Familiarity with Yukon First Nations and Northern Indigenous peoples
- Strong collaborative leadership and conflict resolution skills
- Understanding of anti-oppressive practice and social justice principles
- Experience and understanding of the Collective Impact Framework an asset
The employee is expected to meet the responsibilities of the position by following established practices and procedures and is expected to consult with the appropriate personnel when instructions or information provided is unclear. The employee is expected to establish priorities and schedules to ensure work commitments are met.
Impact and Accountability
The CBYF Project Manager represents BYTE – Empowering Youth Society, the CBYF Initiative and it’s partners in communities and to the general public. The Project Manager is expected to be mindful of the ways in which their behaviour can impact communities and relationships. Strong communication skills and the ability to consistently and positively represent the Initiative is imperative to the success of the project.
The CBYF Project Manager, in collaboration with the Partnership Table and Manager of Special Projects, is responsible for performance managing and mentoring the Project Coordinator as well as the youth interns for this initiative.
This position is located in an open office environment and may involve travel to communities throughout Yukon. Additionally, this position must work collaboratively with many community partners. Due to the nature of the role, the position should expect to work some weekends and overtime hours with a positive and willing attitude. The position may experience stress or fatigue as a result of demands.
Conditions of Employment
Mandatory confidentiality is a condition of employment of all personnel. A vulnerable sector check is also mandatory.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to our Hiring Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the Hiring Committee is made up of 3 partner organizations supporting this project.