(Interim) Director of Strategy and Partnerships

To apply, send resume & cover letter to Louise Adongo, Co-Executive Director, hello@inspiringcommunities.ca. Please state position title in subject line. Applications accepted until 11:59 PM on October 6, 2023.  This is an interim position for a six month term. Interviews will begin as desirable candidates are identified. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

We are a diverse and inclusive team. Our goal is to be representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. We encourage and prioritize applications from First Nations People, African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and members of the 2SLGBTQIA++ community. If you are a member of one of the equity groups you are encouraged to self-identify in your covering letter or your resume.

Join us to lead collaborative change

Roles and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Executive Director or delegate, the Strategy and Partnerships Director (Interim) will lead strategic projects to deliver and grow partnerships in priority areas as highlighted in the IC Strategic plan. This role is currently based in Halifax but can be filled by anyone in Nova Scotia.

Specifically, the Strategy and Partnerships Director will do this by:

  • Strategic leadership for supporting design, delivery, and strategic integration of various projects in the organization.
  • Stewardship of the collaborative networks and tables associated with and across Inspiring Communities to sustain existing partnerships and engage new partners.
  • Day-to-day operational support for leads on current projects including partnerships to ensure IC objectives are met.
  • Supporting the Executive Director with partner engagement, fund development and other duties as assigned.

As part of the responsibilities above, the Strategy and Partnerships Director (Interim) will undertake the following activities.

  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Team Leadership
  • Project Management & Financial Administration
  • Evaluation & Learning
  • Internal Relations: Communications, and Reporting

Activity Details:

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Representing Inspiring Communities networking tables, working groups and events as well as seeking out opportunities for collaboration and new partnerships.
  • Supporting the leadership of NSR Collaborative Governance Working Group, a space for deepening understanding, relationships, and shared process between government, Northside Rising, Inspiring Communities, and community.

Team Leadership

  • Supervising team members working on strategic initiatives, or as assigned, including regular check-ins, co-creating work plans and training plans, quarterly team retreats, bi-annual reflection journals, conducting semi-annual reviews, and performance management.
  • Facilitating team and partner learning opportunities as need arises (e.g., Human Centred Design, Systems Thinking, etc.).

Project Management & Financial Administration

  • Projects
    • Strategic oversight of the areas of work coordinated by ARAISA Project Lead and other members of the strategic initiatives team.
    • Overseeing new projects including delegation, setting clear expectations, and ensuring deliverables are met.
    • Overseeing the work of contractors, delegating where appropriate. Ensuring all contracts and agreements with external parties are up to date.
  • Ops/Admin
    • Recruitment of new staff and management of employment contracts, with support from the IC core team.
    • Creating and implementing annual work plans for strategic initiatives team in alignment with the Inspiring Communities (IC) strategic direction, the IC Principles, and funding agreements as relevant/appropriate.
    • Ensuring the timely and effective implementation of activities in work plans, including:
  • Meeting agreed deadlines and deliverables
  • Communicating any issues or challenges as they arise
  • Setting clear expectations of team members and community members

Budget Admin & Oversight for Fund Development

  • Setting an annual budget and conducting a mid-year reforecasting exercise with IC support.
  • Approving and tracking project expenses, including individual expense claims.
  • Flagging any variances with the IC Executive Director as per the Finance Policy.

Internal Relations: Communications, and Reporting

  • Preparing, in collaboration with the Communications Manager, internal/external communications pertaining to strategic initiatives as per the Communications Policy, delegating where appropriate.
  • Having accountability and leadership while working collaboratively with the team, community groups, and the broader IC organization to support the successful undertaking of activities associated with their role.
  • Participating in and contributing to the culture and growth of Inspiring Communities through attending Project Lead team meetings, strategic planning sessions, and professional development opportunities.

Evaluation and Learning

  • Working with Inspiring Communities Evaluation Unit to provide support to evaluation.
  • Fostering a culture of learning and evaluation in the team and the community.
  • Hosting and co-delivering team retreats paired with Reflection Journals to support leadership of self, team and community, while providing a mechanism for reflection, course correction, and strategic wayfinding and planning.
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities to share learnings across IC.
  • Working collaboratively with representatives from the other community-based initiatives to engage in and communicate learning through shared work.
  • Consistent touchpoints with partners and participants to ensure that all projects are in alignment with priorities identified by the community.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have

  • a post-secondary degree in a related field, and/or
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in community development, non-profit leadership, or project management


To perform effectively in this role, the Director will need proficiency in the following:


Community Engagement & Participatory Planning

  • Understand and engage with diverse communities, building and maintaining meaningful relationships with individuals and groups
  • Develop and support collaborative working and enable communities to take collective action on issues that matter to them
  • Understand the values, processes, and outcomes of community development, and apply these to practice in all the other key areas.


  • Motivate and inspire others, model reliability and accountability
  • Problem-solve, think creatively, and look at issues from multiple perspectives
  • Model excellent project management skills
  • Be resilient, resourceful, and think strategically
  • Identify and manage risks and conflict
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Design and deliver practices, policies, structures, and programs that recognize and respect diversity and promote inclusion.
  • Recognize the value that different perspectives and cultures offer, and foster discussions where disparate perspectives are encouraged and welcomed.
  • Model culturally responsive practices.

Learning for Change

  • Support people and organizations to learn together and to raise understanding, confidence and the skills needed for social change.
  • Be adaptable in changing conditions.
  • Be committed to personal learning and to creating a learning culture.
  • Be committed to using developmental, participatory evaluation to inform and improve strategic and operational practices.



The starting salary will be in the range of $70-74k, commensurate with education and experience, as per the Inspiring Communities compensation framework. This compensation package includes cost-shared medical and dental benefits, and a phone allowance. This is a six month term position, with the possibility of extension.

For new roles, there is a three-month probationary period, after which a performance review will determine next steps. Following the probationary period, the individual will have semi-annual reviews, including a learning & PD plan.


Salary: $70,000-74,000


The office is in Halifax, NS but there is the option to work in part remotely. The Strategy and Partnerships Director (Interim) maintains standard office hours with occasional evenings and weekends, as required, to accommodate meetings, training, and events. The position may require travel across Nova Scotia.


Halifax (Remote will be considered), NS

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