Job Posting: Collaboration/Law/Pro Bono....what a nice mix for someone!
CLEO Job Posting: Connecting Communities Consortium, Project Manager
Posted December 13, 2010
Article source CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/ Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual to bring to life an organizational “Consortium” model for collaborative work among multiple community-based partners. Reporting to the Executive Director of CLEO, the CCC Project Manager is a project-funded position for a 12 – 18 month renewable term, up to 3 years.
Description of project:
CLEO (www.cleo.on.ca) is a community legal clinic that provides public legal education and information for low-income and disadvantaged communities across Ontario. CLEO is piloting a new Connecting Communities Consortium initiative, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO), over the three-year period, October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2013. The initiative has been developed in response to the recent report to the LFO, Connecting Across Language and Distance, which focuses on improving access to legal information and services for people who do not speak English or French or who live in rural or remote areas of Ontario. As recommended in the Connecting report, CLEO is leading the development of a consortium to establish and enhance connections between legal and non-legal community organizations, with the goal of improving the ability of non-legal organizations to identify legal issues and provide basic legal information and referrals to their communities. The model for the consortium includes:
(i) Connecting Projects – collaborative community projects to be undertaken in key areas of need and led by community organizations; and
(ii) Training Committee – to support the work of the Connection Projects; collect and share outcomes, key learnings and good practices to inform future initiatives; and recommend project opportunities.
Description of position:
The successful candidate will be a strategic and creative thinker with a proven track record of facilitation, partnership-building and knowledge sharing, preferably in the non-profit sector. The CCC Project Manager will play a key role in developing the Consortium model, providing stewardship and support, monitoring its progress, and analyzing and sharing key learning with partners and funders.
Key responsibilities include:
? Chair and facilitate the work of the Training Committee on behalf of CLEO: provide leadership to the Committee, chair meetings and liaise with members of the Committee; support the work of the Committee to review and analyze the work of the Connecting Projects for key learnings, best practices and materials to be shared across organizations in Ontario; support the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the Committee including a sharing strategy
? Liaise with lead partners of the Connecting Projects
? Trouble-shoot/mediate conflicts within the Consortium Projects as required
? Manage the collection, roll-up and circulation of results from the Connecting Projects
? In consultation with the Training Committee, refine the operational model of the Consortium as needed over the pilot period
? Lead the formation of the PLEI Community Network of legal and non-legal organizations in Ontario that are engaged in public legal education activities, and coordinate the sharing of reports and materials across the Network
? Coordinate and manage the evaluation of the Consortium initiative
? Liaise with the LFO and coordinate reports to the LFO
? Supervise individuals providing administrative and financial support to the project
? Minimum of 5 years of relevant leadership or project stewardship experience, preferably in a non-profit, community service organization
? Postgraduate degree in law, social sciences, non-profit management, education, community service or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field
Demonstrated Experience, Skills and Knowledge:
• Experienced facilitator with demonstrated ability to foster and support collaborative working relationships, while achieving shared vision and goals
• Ability to provide guidance, stewardship and support to multiple community-based partners
• Knowledge of legal system, with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and access to justice for low-income and disadvantaged communities
• Experience working with ethnoculturally diverse communities and/or vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
• Familiarity with Ontario’s legal aid and community legal clinic system
• Understanding of public legal education
• Understanding of training methods and adult learning principles
• Ability to use alternative methodologies and tools, including technology to link and support sharing across multiple organizations
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a high degree of cross-cultural competence
• Innovative and strategic thinker with ability to implement new ideas
• Flexible and adaptable to change
• Proven analytical, decision-making and planning skills
• Legal background an asset
• Experience working on province-wide initiatives an asset
Salary will depend on qualifications and level of experience.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume by December 20th at 5:00 p.m. in confidence to:
Executive Director, Community Legal Education Ontario
119 Spadina Avenue, Suite 600 Toronto, Ontario
Applications submitted by email should be sent as a PDF file to:
Preference will be given to candidates from racially and ethno culturally diverse communities.
Candidates will be contacted in January 2011 if they have been selected for an interview. While all applications are appreciated, only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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