JOB TITLE:              Community Developer- Community Liaison and Neighborhood Resilience

CLASSIFICATION:  Health Promoter

JOB TYPE:              TERM – Aug 15th, 2022 – Sept 30th, 2023

DEPARTMENT:       Family and Community Health & Harm Reduction

REPORTS TO:         Manager, Community Engagement

PAY RANGE:           $34.00  –  $39.10 per hour

APPLY:                     by August 10th, 2022, at  at 5:00pm EST at



We are the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC), a non-profit, community-governed organization that serves over 16K clients annually.  We provide a wide range of health care services such as primary health care, health promotion, community development, mental health and harm reduction.  We are deeply connected to the communities we serve.  We make our work meaningful for our community by striving to ensure that our team reflect the community we serve.



We work within an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework that acknowledges systemic racism exists and seeks to ensure that systems are fair and equitable for everyone.

The Community Developer conducts community needs assessments and coordinates, develops, implements, monitors and evaluates community development and health promotion initiatives in the SWCHC catchment area.

The position will coordinate outreach, engagement and community building activities in the West Centretown neighborhood, with a focus on building a collaborative and inclusive approach to community safety and wellbeing.  The Community Liaison and Neighbourhood Resilience project will feature outreach to businesses and residents as well as meetings/events designed to bring people together in a non-threatening setting to build trust and understanding, create opportunities for education and support, and collaborate to build a safer and more inclusive community.

The ideal candidate will possess a clear understanding of issues of poverty, cultural sensitivity and harm reduction principles; is able to achieve a standard of excellence with work processes and outcomes; and requires a strong level of initiative and autonomy.



The Community Developer is directly accountable to the Director, Family and Community Health & Harm Reduction and will work closely with other members of the Centre as required.




Graduate degree from a recognized university in relevant discipline, or combination of undergraduate degree and related experience.
Experience in design, development and delivery of health promotion projects, using a community development approach
Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
Experience working with individuals from differing social and cultural backgrounds
Demonstrated abilities in outreach and community engagement
Significant experience in program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
Significant experience in project management
Significant experience working with marginalized populations, including people who use drugs
Significant experience in community engagement and mobilization
Significant experience in developing and maintaining partnerships

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Strong communication and writing skills
Ability to manage program resources
Ability to offer support to volunteers and students
Knowledge of issues and challenges facing low income, vulnerable and diverse communities
Superior positivity, commitment and passion for supporting the lives of the people who use drugs
Superior skills in relationship-building, rapport-building, negotiation, de-escalation, and boundaries management
Superior skills in non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation
Sound judgment and strong problem-solving skills
Knowledge of harm reduction approach and service delivery
Strong knowledge and analysis of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and strategies
Knowledge of community safety principles when working with vulnerable and marginalized populations
Strong knowledge base of community development principles
Strong ability to work as a team member
Strong ability to work independently and develop own work structure
General knowledge of community resources
Requires flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
Advanced computer and internet skills
Valid Ontario Driver’s License

Personal Suitability

Commitment to the principles of health equity, inclusion and anti-racism/anti-oppression

Language Capability

English, written and spoken, essential
French and other language(s) an asset


Community outreach, engagement and mobilization

Provide support to and seek input from the Centre’s Community Liaison Committee
Develop and implement a plan that provides outreach and community building activities in the West Centretown area to build connections between people who use drugs, local businesses and neighbours
Engages community in identifying issues and solutions while promoting community ownership of decisions
Identifies community priorities through relationship building, needs assessments, focus groups, and community forums
Provides opportunities for community building and community connections through training and events
Facilitates community participation/engagement/mobilization
Develops and implements community development and outreach strategies to reach community members with particular focus on residential and business neighbours and people who use drugs
Acts as a resource person and provides linkages with community members, groups, institutions, and businesses.

Project and resource management

Supports the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion resources/materials
Identifies and develops strategies to support local initiatives. This may include writing and developing proposals, or supporting community groups to develop proposals that meet the needs of the community and within the Centre’s strategic plan and funder guidelines
Develops, implements, and evaluates projects and services and prepares funder reports as needed
Develops goals, objectives, and strategies of new projects
Provides ongoing management and monitoring of projects
Manages project budgets
Supervises students and volunteers as required


·        Contributes to the operationalizing the organization’s anti-racism and anti-oppression policy


If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume by August 10th, 2022 at 5:00pm EST to the link provided:


**It is the policy of SWCHC to require COVID-19 immunization for all employees, volunteers, students, and contractors, including those who do not work on site with the following exceptions: Persons with a medical reason that prevents them from being vaccinated against COVID-19; Persons with other reasonable considerations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code that restrict them from being vaccinated against Covid 19 vaccination.**

Somerset West Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer who values the diversity of individuals in our programs and services.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, Two-Spirit, nonbinary, LGBTQ+ people; people with disabilities; and members of other equity seeking groups. Applicants are encouraged to share accessibility needs in the application process, and every attempt will be made to accommodate them.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we can neither confirm receipt of nor respond to inquiries regarding your application. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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