Social Sustainability Coordinator

  • Part Time
  • Vancouver
  • Expires: 2021-05-14

Website Salsbury Community Society - Co:here Community

Salsbury Community Society (SCS) seeks to be a different kind of housing operator. Grounded in relationships more than social services, we operate small scale and medium density housing that emerges out of neighbourhood partnerships. We care deeply about our tenants and their flourishing in community, the sustainability of the buildings, and the well-being of staff.

Reporting to the Organizational Lead, the Social Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for co-creating a healthy sustainable community infrastructure that will help residents to feel connected with one another, skilled to support their neighbours, and engaged with the wider neighbourhood. When appropriate, the Social Sustainability Coordinator provides support and works with tenants to develop skills and access resources that increase tenants’ capacity to be good neighbours, as well as be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning and/or social environments they choose. This is a critical role within our Society as it impacts the lives of tenants, ignites the warmth of community connection, and strengthens sociability.

Who you are
*A self-starter – you demonstrate sharp instincts and good judgement about which opportunities to pursue and which to decline. You bring ideas for improvements and provide complete follow through to make them happen.
*An intersectional thinker – knowing that intersectionality is critical of co-creating an inclusive community
*A natural encourager and coach – you see the strengths of those around you, and are not afraid to offer encouragement and invite people into community.
*A reliable team member – we can count on you to be organized, calm, and effective, even under changing circumstances.
*A curious learner – you are keen to bring together a diverse group of people within an interfaith community to learn from one another on how to be a good neighbour.
*An effective communicator – you anticipate questions and have an ability to inspire and motivate others. In written communication, you provide clear and actionable information.

Experience you bring
*Bachelor of Social Work, Community Development, Conflict Resolution, and/or professional equivalent
*2 years direct supportive counselling or educational experience with individuals or families with multiple barriers to successful housing (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
*Have knowledge of supporting others in wellness, goal setting, and meeting people where they are.
*Ability to work well independently and be a natural “connector”
*Demonstrated skills in crisis management, advocacy, and community resourcing
*Proven ability to manage volunteers, facilitate groups, develop programs, and work effectively in a team and partnership context
*Knowledge of the Residential Tenancy Act and applicable health and safety regulations

What you’ll do
*Maintain a ‘pulse’ on neighbourliness and community needs through relationships with tenants
*Support tenants individually, and coordinate support with external organizations by creating linkages to other community resources/programs (e.g. food security, mental health supports)
*In crisis situations, be proactive and intervene appropriately (may require flexible hours as a result).
*Facilitate circles of care and maintain an onsite presence for tenant engagement
*Facilitate onsite programming (e.g. cheque day breakfast, co-host external therapeutic groups’ use of Co:Here spaces)
*Co-facilitate and provide staff support in the Community Builders Group (CBG) to make decisions for Co:Here’s shared life
*Support tenants in navigating conflict through a Restorative Justice Framework
*Collaborate with CBG to develop an evaluative framework for measuring programs
*Manage the Community Formation Budget in cooperation with team members
*Support tenant selection and waitlist process, and, working with the Organizational Lead, enforce lease agreements
*Respond and adapt programming and support given the realities of COVID-19 public health restrictions

What we offer
*The opportunity to be part of a growing organization
*A team of committed colleagues
*$27-30/hour (dependent on experience you bring)
*Competitive benefits package
*Three weeks vacation, in addition to health and wellness days
*Flexible work environment (a combination of offsite and remote work)
*High level of responsibility and autonomy under the direction of the Organizational Lead, and in collaboration with the Community Formation Committee
*Opportunities and support for professional learning and growth

Salsbury is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace and community, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the selection process, please contact us. Only those applicants to be invited for an interview will be contacted. The appointment to the position is subject to completion of a satisfactory criminal record check.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to

Closing Date: May 14, 2021

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