Community Development Manager

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Community Development Manager

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 6, 2022
Type Full Time
Company Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Location Thunder Bay, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Ontario Native Women’s Association
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Community Development Manager

Specific Title: Community Development Manager
Program: Community Development Department
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Created on: 2009
Revised on: March 2022 Band: 5

At the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), we celebrate and honour the safety and healing of Indigenous Women and Girls as they take up their leadership roles in the family, community and internationally for generations to come.


The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario.

ONWA encourages the participation of Indigenous women in the development of Federal, Provincial, Municipal/Local government policies that impact their lives and ensure issues affecting Indigenous women and their families are heard at key government tables.

ONWA is committed to providing services that strengthen communities and guarantees the preservation of Indigenous culture, identity, art, language and heritage. Ending violence against Indigenous women and their families and ensuring equal access to justice, education, health, environmental stewardship and economic development, sits at the cornerstone of the organization. ONWA insists on social and cultural well – being for all Indigenous women and their families, so that all women, regardless of tribal heritage may live their best lives.

The Community Development Manager will lead, coach and support a group of employees within various programs while ensuring ONWA’s vision, mandate, objectives and Community Member deliverables are met and aligned with ONWA’s Strategic Plan.

The Community Development Manager is responsible for ensuring all programs they oversee are implemented and managed according to the program standards and guidelines and work to facilitate achievement of the agreed program deliverables, to ensure that the office is a safe space for Indigenous Women, their families, and the community.


  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in Social Sciences (health preferred), Indigenous Studies, and/or Women’s Studies with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Supervisory or Management role.
  •  Minimum 3 (three) years previous work experience in supporting and advocating for Indigenous women and families. Specific experience with mental health, youth and addictions
  • Demonstrated administrative management with the ability to supervise.
  • Knowledge and experience with Indigenous culture, traditions, ceremony and connecting Community Members to cultural practices that can be used in supporting Community Members.
  • Awareness of the recent, historical and intergenerational trauma that Indigenous women, youth and their families may have experienced, including the psychological, neurological, physiological, social and spiritual impacts of trauma.
  • A demonstrated high level of written, oral and interpersonal skills and can influence and negotiate with partners and stakeholders to find collaborative solutions for complex issues.
  • Demonstrated stakeholder management skills with the ability to establish and maintain credible relationships with senior management, Community Members and partners.
  • Experience with financial planning; to plan and manage programs/projects and support planning processes and reporting, including results based planning and annual plans.
  • Working knowledge of Not-for-Profit organization program delivery and experience working with Indigenous governance structures and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services to Indigenous families and/or communities.
  • Strong awareness of issues affecting Indigenous women and their families and awareness of available community resources.
  • Solution oriented with proven analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of other service agencies with proven ability to build and maintain, strong and healthy relationship.
  • Excellent networking skills, and the ability to establish and maintain these connections and partnerships.
  • Experience coordinating workshops and/or conferences.
  • Experience with resource development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management and presentation / facilitation skills with the ability to follow through on assigned duties independently within strict deadlines.
  • Creative, flexible and strategic change focused.
  • Decision making skills to set standards and priorities and allocate time and resources.
  • Ability to prioritize programs and activities within budget and time considerations.
  • Proficient working knowledge of MS Office Software, internet, and general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Reliable vehicle, appropriate vehicle insurance coverage and valid Ontario “G” class driver’s license.
  • Current, valid vulnerable sector criminal records check. Valid 1st Aid/CPR.
  • A cellular phone and internet access is required within this position
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible working from home arrangement if required. This may include a combination of virtual remote work in your home and in office arrangements.
  • This will be based on operational needs and will be determined by the ONWA.
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous Language is considered an asset.
  • ONWA is committed on implementing measures to protect its community members, staff, and other stakeholders from COVID-19. As a result, ONWA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Exemptions will be made for those with a valid medical exemption; proof of the exemption will be required


  • Cultural Competency Informed – Understands to incorporate a personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of ONWA’s cultural teachings and organizational practices in both professional conduct and work related deliverables.
  • Gender-Based Analysis Informed – Understands to incorporate an intersectional approach to gender, race and discrimination and subsequent intergenerational impacts affecting Indigenous women and their families.
  • Trauma-Based Practice Informed – Understands to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and the necessity of supporting Indigenous women in a culture of tradition and safety in her healing journey.
  • She is Wise Leadership Informed – Understands to incorporate the Four Agreements within daily responsibilities and combined with ONWA’s cultural teachings contribute to the empowerment and leadership of Indigenous women within their communities.


  1. To provide direct assistance to Staff to increase and maintain capacity and competence in service delivery, program administration and reporting, including:
    • To review monthly activity reporting – implement monitoring procedures
    • To recruit / hire / evaluate staff in accordance to the Policy and Procedures of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA).
  2. Provide orientation and training to new program employees and facilitate or provide ongoing professional development.
  3.  Establish work priorities, delegate work to staff and ensure deadlines are met and procedures are followed.
  4. Work with staff to ensure work plans are completed and that the work plan activities are in line with meeting the deliverables as outlined in the program’s contribution agreement.
  5. Ensure program deliverables are met and provide support and management of contribution agreements.
  6. Develop and implement new program initiatives that promote Indigenous culture and traditions.
  7. Evaluate program to ensure delivery is aligned with ONWA’s strategic plan, vision, mandate and objectives.
  8.  Compile data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence.
  9. Collaborate with the ONWA Management team to successfully implement programs.
  10. Collaborate with counterpart organizations at the provincial level to work towards system changes.
  11. Develop a template for local collaboration protocols.
  12. Develop ethics and confidentiality expectations for programs under your management, including consent forms and a code of conduct.
  13. Design and finalize data collection, reporting and accountability processes including a performance measurement plan.
  14. Collect, compile and analyze program and Community Member data.
  15. Expend, review and analyze the program budgets and financials based on the program’s objectives and mandate. Monitor cash flows and projected expenses.
  16. Prepare and submit program reports, briefing notes and serious occurrence reporting.
  17. Actively seek funding opportunities and write proposals to assist in the development of services regarding various socioeconomic issues that affect Indigenous women.
  18. Carry out administrative activities associated with the position.
  19. Plan, organize, direct control and evaluate the operation of the department.
  20. All other duties as assigned.


  1. Complete monthly and submit to Director when required.
  2. Complete quarterly reports on or before the requested due date.
  3. Complete reports to funders as required.
  4. Complete and attend supervisions with Director on a regular basis.
  5. Other reports or admin as assigned.


  1. Promote the program within the community.
  2. To adhere to professionalism in representing the organization at all times and maintain good communications.


  1.  Adhere to the Policies and Procedures as set by the ONWA.
  2. Representation on committees as required for the enhancement and benefits of ONWA’s programs.
  3. To network and promote ONWA and all ONWA related programs. Maintain good communication.
  4. Maintain professionalism at all times.
  5. The completion of functions outlined in the description and the achievement of goals set to a high level.
  6. Attendance and conduct at work according to the requirements of the Association’s Personnel Policy.
  7. Adherence to the Code of Ethics, and positive relationship building.

To execute duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description.

The Community Development Manager will be directly accountable to the Director of Community Development for the proper completion of the functions outlined in the job description.

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