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Role Description and Responsibilities
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) plays a leadership role in empowering the Edmonton seniors’ sector to become more collaborative, connected and coordinated. In its role, ESCC convenes tables of thought leaders, experts, changemakers, program developers, and grassroots activists to support older adults. These eager stakeholders come from diverse sectors and are working together to reimagine aging in Edmonton. Collaborative efforts to benefit older adults are taking place at all levels—from providing services and programming to advocating for systems-level change.
View ESCC's Strategic Plan 2021-2025
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Strategic Specialist will advance key initiatives to influence change that benefits older adults. Assessing key initiatives for strategic relevance and fit to the vision of ESCC will be required. The Strategic Specialist will work with ESCC staff and board to be strategic in planning and support them to operationalize those strategies.
The successful candidate will build linkages and facilitate collaborative action with member organizations, community leaders, key stakeholders and government, as well as support the ESCC’s leadership and/or backbone roles for various initiatives.
One of the key priority initiatives requiring immediate attention is the Framework to Support Coordination of Services for Edmonton’s Older Adults. See the draft roadmap for more information:
- Apply systems thinking to understand and assess the challenges and opportunities that affect older adults and the organizations that serve them.
- Ongoing monitoring of trends, research, and contexts in order to inform and refine strategic plans. Discern how work will be impacted by broader trends in community-based senior serving sector, and related sectors such as health, not-for-profit, housing etc.
- Identification of opportunities to align agendas in areas of common interest with other networks, levels of government, etc.
- Strategic thinking, learning, and planning to support the present and future business requirements of ESCC’s roles and functions.
- Networking and partnership development to attract and maintain strategic relationships
- Building of stakeholder engagement processes to support capacity development for collaborative work on issues of shared interest.
- Identification of key strategic opportunities to address systemic issues affecting older adults in Edmonton and area.
- Support of evaluative activities (data gathering, reflection, analysis, and decision making) that contribute to strategic learning and collaborative work.
Desired Skills, Competencies, and Attributes:
- Working knowledge/experience of shared leadership and decision-making models that effectively mobilize collective efforts
- Environmental awareness, personal flexibility, and anticipation of how organizations can adapt to changing sectoral priorities
- Team builder with problem solving and conflict resolution skills
- Self-starter with ability to organize, plan, and implement within expected timelines (and adaptable to changing timelines)
- Ability to synthesize and distill information and identify a process/approach to reach a prioritized goal
- Cultural awareness, sensitivity, and working knowledge of anti-oppressive/equitable approaches to collective action
- Competency in using tools to reach shared understanding and resolve conflicts
- Ability to motivate and work with stakeholders to effect change
- Skilled facilitator/presenter
- Excellent writer and communicator
- High degree of integrity, professionalism, and accountability
- Knowledge of Office 365 and ability to learn and work in other software applications
- Positive, constructive, optimistic attitude
- Risk tolerant and innovative
Education and Experience:
- University degree in relevant discipline with at least five years of experience
- Exposure to strategy analysis, building and/or execution related to social development, systems change, collective impact and/or capacity building is required.
- Knowledge of the seniors’ sector, and of diversity, equity and inclusion are considered assets.
The Strategic Specialist is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week). Hours may vary outside typical workday scheduling, should meetings or events take place in the evening or weekend. ESCC offers a flexible office environment with option to occasionally work from home. Salary is commensurate with training and experience.
How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resumé (attention: Sheila Hallett) to:
#255 Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
8330 - 82 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6C 4E3
Open until a suitable candidate is found.