Fort Erie, ON

Posted: 01/23/2019 Industry: Professional Services Pay Rate: 40K

Job Responsibilities

  • The Community Animator/Strategist position is a 9-month part-time contract position to undertake Phase 2 of the Greater Fort Erie Community Hub development.
  • Responsibilities will include:
  • Develop partnerships and build relationships within the communities to be served by the hub. This will include working to develop strong community support demonstrated through shared values and buy-in to the vision.
  • Develop/refine strategic objectives that set out what the hub will do in order to achieve its mission.
  • Develop a business model for the hub, that will include a comprehensive range of income sources/revenue streams to cover the capital and operating costs of the hub.
  • Identify the assets required to establish the hub. This will include determining ownership and property management options.
  • Identify and undertake the ground work to establish an appropriate governance structure. This is necessary prior to formal transfer of building management, employing any staff, or securing funding.
  • Develop a project implementation plan suitable for use in funding applications, for example:
  • Project management
  • Selection of professionals (architects, trades and contractors)
  • Ensuring zoning and permit compliance
  • Formalizing partnerships and tenancy commitments
  • Detailing initial capital financial commitments
  • Detailing potential funding sources and funding acquisition strategy
  • Finalizing the governance model
  • Obtaining approval of the preliminary business plan

Working conditions

  • Independent contractor is expected to provide own equipment and work space. Supplementary office/meeting space will be arranged by the Steering Committee as required
  • May require evenings and weekends
  • Requires use of a vehicle

Qualifications and experience

  • Preference given to successful experience in community development
  • Preference given to university degree in social science, business or related field
  • Skills and qualities:
  • Ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds and to engage with target groups
  • In-depth understanding of related policies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing
  • Demonstrated success in funding proposals and/or fund development
  • Understanding of the issues, concerns and interests of others
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Good leadership, motivational and organisational skills
  • Capable of working both on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Sincerity, patience and tact and the ability to earn the trust of others
  • Excellent listening skills and confidence in talking to people both in groups and on a one-to-one basis.
  • Proponents may be asked to provide examples of past work


  • Commensurate with qualifications and experience (in the $40K range)

Reports to

  • Steering Committee


  • Please provide three (3) references

Submit responses by February 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm to:

Don West, Chair, Steering Committee, Greater Fort Erie Community Hub Task Force at

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