Neighbourhood Coordinator

Job Advertisement: Neighourhood Coordinator
One-Year Term Position (28 hours per week)
Application Deadline: November 23

United Way Halifax is seeking a Neighbourhood Coordinator comfortable working in complex systems. Our ideal candidate has a strong understanding of community and neighbourhood work, and demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, in particular, Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian populations. The Neighbourhood Coordinator is resourceful, self-directed, and possesses exceptional coordination and communication skills, and is comfortable working in a changing environment and adjusting plans as knowledge and projects evolve.

Reporting to the Manager, Partnerships and Community Development, the Neighbourhood Coordinator will nurture and support the development of a Neighbourhood Hubs network. Hubs serve as local spaces that meet local needs. They are inclusive, welcoming, and supportive places for all. This role also supports and learns with Participatory City Wije’winen and assesses and facilitates opportunities with local hubs for future expansion. Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Support and work with neighbourhood hubs to build a network and increase the capacity of hubs as inclusive gathering places for programs, leadership, connection, and innovation.
  • Serve as a liaison and facilitation lead at the neighbourhood level, including formal and informal meetings with staff and residents.
  • Support a two-way flow of knowledge and learning between the hubs network and the on-going activities of Participatory City Wije’winen.
  • Work closely with staff and Elders at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to learn and understand how Indigenous knowledge and teachings can help create spaces that attract and invite the coming together of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members.
  • Work closely with African Nova Scotian and Black community members to learn and understand how spaces can attract and invite the inclusion of African Nova Scotian and Black populations.

An ideal candidate’s key qualifications include:

  • One to three to years’ experience in community development with experience at the neighbourhood level considered an asset.
  • Essential to the role is to embrace diversity, recognize the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq people and African Nova Scotians.
  • An eagerness to actively learn about Indigenous culture and worldviews.
  • Strong project planning and organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple tasks, set goals and establish priorities in a timely manner.
  • A high degree of self-motivation, leadership, and ability to excel in both team environments and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate community conversation, listen and respond to community needs.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, advanced knowledge of Excel and database programs
  • Good understanding of social media and online communication tools such as Google maps, Google forms, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of Zoom and other video-conferencing platforms.
  • Experience facilitating and leading conversations in both virtual and in-person settings.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills and problem solving ability.
  • Experience working in multiple stakeholder environments.
  • Openness to adapting to an emerging agenda, changing deadlines and priorities.

Diversity & Inclusion
United Way Halifax is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, African Nova Scotians, and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs in advance of the assessment.

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is a donor-funded, community building organization and a local leader in poverty solutions. We believe everyone has the right to belong, have a home and live a good life. We have a long history in Halifax and are part of a national movement that is tackling social issues by harnessing Canadians’ love for their communities. We are advocates, partners, facilitators, funders, continuous learners and experts in poverty solutions. United Way Halifax raises funds to support community agencies, partnerships focused on systemic issues, and our own initiatives related to issues of poverty, housing and homelessness, and social isolation. United Way Halifax is working toward changing 50,000 lives and achieving the vision of a Halifax that is united by compassion, rich in opportunity, and free of poverty.

About Participatory Cities
Participatory City (PC) is a placemaking initiative developed in East London, UK, designed to enable citizen engagement and public participation in developing inclusive neighbourhoods. Working with the Participatory City Foundation (UK) and the McConnell Foundation, a partnership of local actors has come together to explore the potential of a Participatory City Platform in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. The initial 12-month phase will include the development of a demonstration project, co-created by residents, which will lay the groundwork for the long-term development of a Participatory City framework. A key focus of Participatory City Halifax is to understand and demonstrate how neighbourhood participation can help advance collective goals around reconciliation through meaningful and on-going engagement of Halifax’s Urban Indigenous community. While it is expected that this role will initially focus on building relationships and projects in and around the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center (MNFC) on Gottingen Street, it will also require expansion efforts in partnership with a network of neighbourhood hubs across Halifax.

Application Submission
Applications (resume and cover letter both required) must be sent to by November 23, 2020 at 11:59pm (AST).

We thank you for your interest in United Way Halifax. All qualified candidates will be considered; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Late and paper applications will not be accepted.


Working with us

Our staff are a diverse, committed team, dedicated to their community and to our values of trust, respect, compassion, adaptability, and collaboration. We’re dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive workplace, opportunities for professional development and growth, and meaningful work that makes a difference in our community. Like a family, we celebrate each other’s milestones and pitch in to help one another when all hands are needed.

If you share our values and are looking for a career where you can help changes lives every day, join us! We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including those in need of accommodations.