Position Available: Project Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network

(Full Time, Five-Year Contract Position)

United Way of Chatham-Kent – in partnership with several representatives of the nonprofit community – is looking for a passionate, committed individual to lead an exciting new project designed to bring public attention to value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent and to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community.

Working closely with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, the successful candidate will develop a strong and vibrant network of local nonprofits. The successful candidate will develop and promote teamwork, collaboration and partnerships. Key to the success of the project will be the sharing of experiences, resources, information and lessons learned.

You want to …
– identify the number of nonprofit organizations throughout Chatham-Kent
– identify the needs of local nonprofit organizations
– build capacity within the nonprofit sector by providing training opportunities for both staff and volunteers of local nonprofits
– educate business and government partners about the socioeconomic value of the nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent
– liaise with neighbouring nonprofits who can benefit from, and provide input to, the enhancement of local capacity
– research and identify best practices in nonprofit governance
– organize and deliver professional development opportunities and training
– disseminate findings to the community through focus groups, workshops, seminars and special events
– leverage existing communication tools or develop new versions to “connect” with those individuals working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector
– gather stories and personal testimonials about how nonprofit representatives are making long-lasting measurable change in society
– organize and attend regular meetings of the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network Advisory Committee; take and transcribe minutes
– participate and provide feedback in the evaluation of short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes of the Project
– work with all sectors of the community (business, government and voluntary) to achieve Project outcomes
– nurture collaboration among community organizations

You are …
– passionate about your community
– dedicated to, and intimately knowledgeable about, the nonprofit sector within Chatham-Kent
– fluent in a second language (a definite asset!)
– skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
– a social media “junkie”
– an outgoing “people person”
– an innovative thinker

We are looking for someone who has:
– a Post-Secondary Degree or College Diploma in Social Services
– a Certificate in Non-Profit Management (a definite asset!)
– significant volunteer history
– project management experience
– strong computer and reporting skills
– significant research and analytical skills
– a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
– a supportive family who understands the need for evening and weekend commitments … and
– a sense of humour!

This five-year contract position will commence on or about 2014 SEP 01. Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham but travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent.

We thank all applicants but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and references, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2014 AUG 15 to:

Karen Kirkwood-Whyte
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P. O. Box 606
Chatham, ON N7M 5K8

Executive Vice-President from United Way Centraide Canada visits CK

Local United Way staff and board members had a visit on Wednesday from Dan Clement, Executive Vice-President from United Way Centraide Canada, the organization’s National Office in Ottawa.  United Way of Chatham-Kent is one of 108 United Ways in Canada and 40 in Ontario.  Mr. Clement was on hand to provide an update on national strategic directions in fund-raising and community Investments and to learn about local initiatives in support of community priorities.  

Rotary Club of Chatham supports “BackPacks for Kids” Program

At today’s luncheon meeting, Tania Sharpe (right) of the Rotary Club of Chatham presented a cheque in the amount of $1,250 to Mary Symons, United Way’s Good Neighbours Co-Ordinator to support this year’s “BackPacks for Kids” Program.  The target for 2014 is 1,200 backpacks.

We’re improving lives and building community!

Staff member becomes Canadian citizen

Please join United Way staff and volunteers in congratulating Tom Slager on becoming a Canadian citizen on Tuesday, 2014 JUL 15!   Tom Slager joined the United Way Staff Team as Campaign Associate on Tuesday, 2014 JUN 03.  

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tom relocated to Chatham-Kent eight years ago to begin a new life with wife Amy.  Together, they are parents to four young children.  Tom attended Calvin College in Michigan where he received his Bachelors Degree in History.  He subsequently received his teaching certification and spent a number of years teaching at- risk youth, primarily in grades 7 through 12.  This extensive experience was most beneficial in serving as a case manager for Goodwill Career Centre’s “Future Focus” Program.  Active in his community, Tom belongs to the Chatham Tennis Club and volunteers for Snow Angels, Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village and Goodfellows.

 Tom’s campaign responsibilities include working with the volunteers in Blenheim, Ridgetown, Thamesville and Bothwell and assisting with the development of promotional materials for the annual fund-raising appeal.

Welcome UW Sudbury and Nipissing Districts

Our United Way was fortunate to share a couple of hours with four members of the staff team from the United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts this morning.  Executive Director, Michael Cullen (third from left) – along with Katina, Ciara and Curtis were anxious to hear about “The 425” United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation as they are exploring a similar community centre “hub” in their own community.  The morning was spent sharing and learning best practices in fund-raising, fund-distribution and community capacity building.