Women Building Futures (WBF) is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta. Their mission is to empower women’s economic prosperity by removing barriers and providing industry recognized training in the construction trades, maintenance, transportation industries and more. Women Building Futures was founded in 1998 by a group of social workers with the shared dream of helping women achieve economic prosperity through trades training and mentorship.
Women Building Futures primarily works with women who are underemployed or unemployed and focus on removing common barriers to financial independence. These barriers include access to affordable housing, academic readiness, access to affordable childcare and more. Over the last 20 years, Women Building Futures has grown to become a trusted name in their focus industries for introductory training and inspiring more women to explore career opportunities in these areas.
For more information on Women Building Futures please visit their website at: https://www.womenbuildingfutures.ca/.
The Manager, Community Engagement and Indigenous Relations will report to the Director Stakeholder & Government Relations and acts as a champion for community inclusion internally and externally. This position will be responsible for leading WBF’s community engagement strategy, fostering collaborative relationships with First Nation communities, and promoting readiness services programming. The Manager will lead and engage the organization across departments by guiding the Community and Indigenous strategy implementations.
- Collaborate with the WBF management team to capture and deliver on unique opportunities such as Indigenous communities seeking employment and training opportunities
- Nurture meaningful relationships with key community groups such as community organizations that can offer mutually beneficial services and referral relationships to build readiness for training for employment
- Build and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations that can support WBF’s strategic vision
- Develop and implement the overarching community strategy
- Collaborate with Admissions and Enrollment to support student navigation of WBF’s Tools for Success Training, readiness services, and Indigenous applications
- Represent WBF at various events and networking opportunities that align with organizational objectives
- Research grant proposal trends pertinent to WBF’s stakeholders and key audiences as required
- Lead, develop, and mentor the Indigenous Relations team
- Lead the cross departmental implementation of the WBF Indigenous Inclusion Strategy
- Engage in authentic Indigenous community partnerships
- Actively support and continuously improve WBF’s engagement of Indigenous women in exploring, preparing for, and successfully entering Alberta’s trades workforce
- Promote internal advocacy regarding Indigenous policy and/or best practices
- Some travel as required (dependent on AHS recommendations)
FIRST YEAR – MEASURES OF SUCCESS
- Review and revise existing WBF Indigenous Strategy and create a robust action plan with priority on engagement for priority regions.
- Build solid, trusting, respectful relationships with the leadership team across departments.
- Develop strong partnerships with industry and employer stakeholders and community.
- Timely and responsive reporting on milestones
Given the pivotal role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of the company and in supporting the success of the organization, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:
- Post secondary education in Business, human services, community development, education, or related field; demonstrated equivalent training and experience in communities is highly valued
- Evidence of ongoing learning in related areas – fund development, business development, community organizing, sales, etc.
- 10+ years of leadership experience working with communities in Alberta
- Extensive cross-functional experience with a proven track record of working across departments to find creative solutions
- Experience working with Indigenous women; training, workshops, mentoring and support;
- Exposure to social purpose or Not for Profit (NFP) organizations
- Familiarity with, and readiness to support WBF’s learning journey and commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (NDRIP). *https://indigenousworks.ca/en/partnership/what-does-intersection-mean/trc-call-action https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html
Competencies and Knowledge
- Demonstrated success meeting financial or business development targets
- Ability to align processes with an organization’s strategic goals
- Creative mindset that has demonstrated success in strategic planning to support organization’s goals
- Knowledgeable in best practices of career development, and experience working with people who face barriers are considered assets
- Demonstrated ability to plan and manage multiple project budgets
- Skilled at capturing data and understanding importance of impact reporting
- Possesses high degree of emotional intelligence and can guide and shape group dynamics to achieve constructive outcomes
- Demonstrated accomplishment in driving activities towards deadlines and objectives inclusive of performance evaluation
- Accountable and can hold people accountable
- Effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills
- Ability to manage and support a team virtually
- Demonstrated experience in communities working with Indigenous women is an asset
- Trades experience considered an asset
- Experience with Microsoft Dynamics an asset
- Timely and accurate reporting
- Confident, with personal and professional integrity
- Thoughtful decision maker with action-oriented follow through
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- Displays ethical leadership
- Effectively handles multiple competing priorities
- Respectful of others
- Positive attitude and energy
- Leads by example
- Highly organized with good time management skills
- Critical thinker with problem solving skills
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently
- A positive attitude when faced with adversarial situations
- Exhibits sound judgment
- Accountable and dependable
A competitive compensation package awaits the successful candidate.
How to Apply
For the opportunity to join Women Building Futures in the role of the Manager, Community Engagement & Indigenous Relations, please email your resume to DreamBig@profoundtalent.com referencing AYXN-648825.
Should you have an inquiry regarding this position, please contact Stacey Laing at 587-200-0114 ext. 104.For further information on ProFound Talent Inc. please visit:
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* WBF is committed to workplace inclusion. Candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for your submissions; however, only candidates being considered for this role will be contacted. *