Community Connections Officer (Gander)

Job Title:                  Community Connections Officer
Location:                  Gander, NL
Position Type:        1 full-time position

Reporting to the Regional Settlement Coordinator, the Community Connections Officer’s primary responsibilities are, but are not limited to, planning, organizing and facilitating community-based programs, activities and volunteer-led projects to provide newcomers with the opportunity to engage with the local community.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identify, maintain, and build community partnerships to support newcomers and their families as they settle and integrate into the local community
  • Deliver the Canada Connects and Community Connections Program
  • In collaboration with the Regional Settlement Coordinator, recruit, train, and manage volunteers involved in programming in their respective regions.
  • In collaboration with the Regional Settlement Coordinator, deliver orientation and professional development sessions for volunteers in their respective regions.
  • Identity funding opportunities and assist in preparing proposals to mark key events (e.g., Canada Day, Multiculturalism Day/Week, Black History Month, etc.)
  • Attend, organize, and deliver social, cultural, recreational and community events to support newcomers’ and their families’ community integration
  • Provide guidance and support to newcomer children and youth attending school
  • Implement developed strategies for supports to newcomer children experiencing transitional issues adjusting to life in Canada
  • Provide youth and young adults with guidance on managing their educational transition plan
  • Facilitate the delivery of various ESL-focused school activities, as required or necessary
  • Remain abreast of current volunteer resources, trends, needs, changes, and service gaps
  • Ensure timely entry of program and statistical data into NewOrg to ensure funder compliance
  • Participate in staff meetings, committees, boards, working groups, conferences and professional learning, as required or directed
  • Ensure program activities are delivered in a manner consistent with a trauma informed approach
  • Provide support and assistance to the Regional Settlement Coordinator as necessary:
  • Conduct needs assessments with children and youth and develop strategies for support
  • Deliver newcomer orientations to, and link families to resources within, the NLESD/NLFSD system
  • Collaborate with other employees, teachers, school administrators, volunteers, and stakeholders to help identify and resolve any settlement-integration issues
  • Promote and support the Private Sponsorship Program, as required or necessary

 Qualifications and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, or Humanities with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience or any combination of equivalent experience and education
  • Ability to effectively engage with a variety of stakeholders, including volunteers
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communication (both written and verbal) skills
  • Demonstrated relationship-building and community connections skills
  • Possess cultural humility in working with a diverse client and employee group
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to speak a second language an asset
  • Experience working with volunteers will be an asset
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector will be an asset

 Conditions of Employment

  •  Legal authorization to work in Canada.
  • Ability to travel is required.
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license and ready access to own vehicle
  • Flexibility to work outside of standard core hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm)
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Conduct from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

How to Apply

Please upload your  cover letter and resume as one PDF or MS Word document to

Association for New Canadians values inclusiveness and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Preference will be given to applicants who are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or those who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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