Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Lead

To apply, send resume & cover letter to Louise Adongo, Executive Director, Please state position title in subject line. Applications accepted until 11:59 PM on October 7, 2022.  Interviews will begin as desirable candidates are identified. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Our goal is to be a diverse and inclusive team that is 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 LGBTQ 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

Reporting to the Executive Director or delegate, the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Lead 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 Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Lead 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 with ARAISA, YWCA, SI Canada and others to ensure IC objectives are met. 
  • Supporting the Executive Director with partner engagement, fund development and other duties as assigned.

What you will do

As part of the responsibilities above, the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Lead will undertake the following activities.

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 lead the 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
  • Facilitating team and partner learning opportunities as need arises

Project Management & Financial Administration 

  • Strategic oversight of the areas of work coordinated by the strategic initiatives team including recruitment of new staff
  • Overseeing new projects including delegation, the work of contractors, setting clear expectations, and ensuring deliverables are met
  • Creating and implementing annual work plans
  • Managing a budget and tracking expenses

Internal Relations: Communications, and Reporting 

  • Preparing, in collaboration with the Communications Manager, internal/external communications pertaining to strategic initiatives
  • Having accountability and leadership while working collaboratively with the team, community groups, and the broader IC organization
  • Participating in and contributing to the culture and growth of Inspiring Communities

Evaluation & 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.
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities to share learnings across IC.

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

Salary Range: $60,000 to $65,000 

The starting salary will be 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 term position to March 31, 2024, 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.




Halifax, NS

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