Community Impact Specialist (Permanent)

  • United Way Elgin Middlesex
  • 409 King St., London, ON, Canada
  • Apr 15, 2022

Job Description

About United Way Elgin Middlesex
To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

The most important thing United Way can do for our community is to use our reputation, relationships and expertise to bring together our community’s resources of people, time, talent, relationships, expertise, technology, money and more. By channelling our community’s power behind solid strategies, we can achieve lasting changes in the social conditions of individuals, families and our community.

To learn more about working at United Way, check out our website 

Compensation Structure: Based on the salary band for this role, external candidates can expect to be offered a starting salary in the range of $55,000 - $58,000 ($30 - $31 per hour). When determining the starting wage, we consider the market, candidate experience, as well as internal equity. Additionally, United Way also offers:

•    Three weeks paid vacation time to start
•    Paid sick/personal days 
•    Flexible working arrangements to encourage work-life balance
•    Summer off hours 
•    Paid Winter shut-down between Christmas and New Years
•    Extended health benefits 
•    Registered Retirement Savings Plan with employer match 
•    Employee Assistance Program

Position Description 

The Community Impact Specialist is United Way’s primary link to funded agencies, community partners and networks. The Community Impact Specialist manages projects and activities that reduce and/or prevent poverty including grant funding, advocacy, government relations and public policy.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Possess
  • University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in public policy, community development or related field  
  • Minimum three years’ experience in community development, public policy, government relations or related field 
  • Experience monitoring public policy and data trends, providing analysis and relating results to organizational goals  
  • Expertise and experience in the development and delivery of programs, services and strategies that address and/or prevent poverty and mental health 
  • Knowledge of the social services sector in London, Middlesex County, St. Thomas, and Elgin County, and understanding of current strategies in place to address local social challenges 
  • Experience in measurement and evaluation of program outcomes  
  • Proven organizational skills, including ability to take initiative, manage competing priorities, meet deadlines under pressure, and carry projects to completion with minimum supervision 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manager relationships with volunteers and partner organizations 
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with diverse populations and multiple stakeholders 
  • Strong communication and presentation skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to flex work schedule to attend meetings and events, which at times occur before or after regular office hours
  • Requires possession of a valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle with a minimum of $1,000,000 insurance coverage
Primary Responsibilities
  • Manage grants with assigned agencies, programs and projects, including monitoring, evaluating and assessing applications, outcome measurement and reports 
  • Work with staff and volunteers to implement funding review process 
  • Develop annual public policy agenda
  • Track advocacy and government relations work
  • Monitor municipal, provincial and federal public policy and provides analysis as needed 
  • Develop policy briefs and submissions as needed
  • Provide speaking notes and briefing notes to CEO as organizational spokesperson
  • Work with United Ways and other partners on collaborative local and provincial advocacy 
  • Lead local activities related to United Way Centraide Canada’s federal advocacy work
  • Build strong relationships with funded agencies, community partners and volunteers
  • Provide ongoing communication and support to assigned funded agencies and partners 
  • Recruit, trains and supports volunteers as needed
  • Represent UWEM at community planning tables and networks 
  • Convene community partners
  • Participate in community initiatives involving multiple stakeholders 
  • Ensure the participation of people with lived experience in the work of United Way and its partners
  • Support all United Way business units to strengthen organizational capacity to achieve greater community impact 
  • Provide content and information related to community impact work for donor and public communication 
  • Assist with the development of donor engagement activities including advocacy activities, impact experiences, speaker’s bureau and corporate volunteering
  • Perform other duties as needed to ensure the safe and effective operations of the organization
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5 to Lisa Simmons, Executive Assistant and Human Resources Officer e. 

United Way will consider non-traditional work experience such as volunteering when examining the skills and knowledge needed for this position. 

United Way Elgin Middlesex is committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who are Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, women, persons with disabilities, and other overlooked and underestimated groups.

United Way Elgin Middlesex requires new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at all times during employment, unless legitimately unable to do so due to their own disability or religious reasons (“Exempt Worker”). The successful applicant will be offered employment conditional upon providing satisfactory proof to United Way Elgin Middlesex that they are fully vaccinated before the Start Date or, alternatively, that they are an Exempt Worker.  

As an equal opportunity employer, United Way Elgin Middlesex is committed to accessibility and to protecting the human rights of its employees. In support of this aim, United Way Elgin Middlesex has an accommodation process in place to provide accommodations to employees with disabilities or when otherwise required under human rights laws.