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Manager of Community Engagement - The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

Feb 26, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario

Join our Amazing E Fry Ottawa Team!

Manager of Community Engagement

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is a not-for-profit community agency offering residential and community programs and services to women and men in conflict with the law. The Manager of Community Engagement is responsible for communication with and engagement of existing and potential new community partners, for securing funding through grant applications and fundraising. The Manager is also responsible for managing some programs that engage our existing and potential community. This is a full-time position – mostly days – and includes evening and weekend work to delivery and support events and participate in community events. The Manager of Community Engagement is an important ambassador for E Fry Ottawa in the Ottawa area.  

Job title:              Manager of Community Engagement

Reports to:          Executive Director

Hours:                 37.5 hours/week – some work required on evenings and weekends

Language:           English Essential (Bilingual Preferred)  

Salary:                  $45,787.50   (NEW: Note that a pandemic supplement of $2.75/hour will apply up to March 27, 2021)           

Core Responsibilities

Secure Funding through Grant and Funding Applications and other Fundraising Initiatives

  • Maintain and develop sources of funding and donations that align with E Fry Ottawa’s mission and values, including new and innovative sources
  • Apply to appropriate funding opportunities to meet specific program and operational needs
  • Ensure that E Fry Ottawa’s fundraising activities are compliant with relevant regulatory requirements
  • Develop and implement a fundraising plan that supports the goals of our fundraising strategic plan to meet organization goals, in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Actively participate on the Board of Directors’ Community Engagement Committee, including supporting the Board’s fundraising initiatives

Communications and Community Engagement

  • Plan and implement a program of communications (including social media, events/in-person and other approaches) that create awareness of E Fry Ottawa and engage with existing and potential partners and funders
  • Actively participate in community networks that support increased awareness of the extent and nature of challenges faced by criminalized and otherwise marginalized women in the Ottawa area
  • Actively participate on the Board of Directors’ Advocacy Committee
  • Develop and implement creative approaches to increasing community engagement, communication (including social media) and funding to maximize their collective impact

Manage outreach-related programs and staff

  • Manage and provide leadership to staff in key E Fry Ottawa outreach programs, including (but not limited to) our Drop-in Centre, our Volunteer Program and our Student Placement Program
  • Develop and lead outreach initiatives to increase E Fry Ottawa presence in the community
  • Work with the Executive Director to recruit and train staff, volunteers and students related to our outreach programs and services
  • In collaboration with the program staff and the Executive Director, oversee the effective delivery of the above outreach programs and services

Other responsibilities and duties

  • Promote and maintain the mission, vision and values of E Fry Ottawa in all initiatives
  • As a member of the management team, actively participate in developing the organization and its staff
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and statistics regarding all aspects of fundraising, donations, community engagement, communications and programs managed in this position
  • Undertake other initiatives as required by the Executive Director


Required education and experience

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma—specialization in community engagement/public relations or fundraising
  • At least two years of related experience with grant writing and fundraising for non-profit organizations
  • At least two years of experience creating, organizing and implementing community events
  • Experience using social media or corporate purposes, for example, managing an organizational twitter & Facebook profile/account
  • Experience managing a program (staff supervision, administrative functions management of budget)
  • Experience working with marginalized women

Required knowledge, capacity and commitment

  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system (federal and provincial)
  • Awareness of and commitment to women’s issues with a thorough understanding of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, violence against women and transgender issues – along with a solid understanding of the impacts of barriers faced by criminalized and/or marginalized women, such as poverty, alcohol and drug use, discrimination, and criminalization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English essential, bilingual preferred), including capacity to adapt communication styles for social media and other forms of communication
  • The ability to communicate passionately to inspire community support for criminalized women
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and ability to work well independently
  • The capacity to work well with others, and to be responsive to changing priorities

Deadline Extended! Apply by 4:00 pm, February 26!

Please send a résumé and a cover letter to Cathy Robinson, Executive Director:  

Tell us how you meet or exceed the above required and these “great to have” qualifications.   

Experience writing grant applications and fundraising for marginalized women / An established, extensive network in Ottawa area / Fluent in French / Valid driver’s license / Experience working with criminalized women

We thank all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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