Project Manager, Rural Immigration

PROJECT SUMMARY

Funded by the Government of Alberta and in collaboration with ASSIST Community Services Centres, this project aims to build the capacity of rural service providers in supporting newcomers and improve the welcoming capacity of smaller communities to support successful attraction, settlement, and retention of newcomers in rural Alberta.

OVERVIEW

In general, the Project Manager’s role is to implement specific projects on behalf of RDN, and will work under the guidelines of this project. The Project Manager (PM) will report to the Program Manager, Rural Immigration and work collaboratively with the Project Coordinator at ASSIST. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall project delivery and ensuring deadlines are met. This entails establishing program goals, coordinating community partners, reviewing and assessing requests for budget changes, and ensuring project expectations are met. This is done with a focus on carrying out the RDN’s mission and goals of rural enrichment, collaboration, and community engagement. Under this project, the PM will also be responsible for co-development and delivery of training for service providers and the creation of a toolkit.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Management and Delivery

  • Co-development of webinar sessions and training materials.
  • Support in facilitation of the webinar series to service providers.
  • Communicate extensively with the advisory committee on the development and delivery of the webinar series and toolkit.
  • Create documents relevant to the project goals, such as awareness materials, facilitation guides, PowerPoint slides for webinar series, and aid in the development of a toolkit document.
  • Ongoing community engagement and leading regular meetings with the advisory committee.
  • Ensuring that work plans which outline project objectives, milestones and timetables are created and followed.
  • Ensuring deliverables are met, and make recommendations and take appropriate actions as required.
  • Coordinate meetings and events that are in line with program objectives. Identify and secure logistical needs, and ensure that all necessary correspondence, agendas, minutes, programming, registration, etc for events are created.
  • Troubleshoot problems and provide assistance to the Program Manager.

Project Administration and Budget Management

  • Manage project-specific correspondence and act as a coordinator between community partners.
  • Keeping detailed records of program expenses and financial claims.
  • Respond to internal and external requests, schedule meetings, and perform outreach as appropriate to further project objectives.
  • Alert Program Manager and Executive Director to urgent or sensitive matters and emergent issues with researched potential solutions.
  • Maintain a detailed contact list of all organizations/community partners involved in the project.
QUALIFICATIONS:

The PM should have working knowledge of not-for-profit administrative systems and processes, policies, and practices, and general office policies and procedures. The PM should understand the diverse interests and needs of immigration stakeholders, and be familiar with the use of inclusive language and culturally sensitive communication methods.

The PM should possess the following skills, experience and education:

  • A University degree in a related area, plus three years of progressively-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Understanding of the needs and challenges of newcomers in rural areas
  • Understanding of Canadian immigration policy and history
  • Familiarity with anti-racism and anti-oppressive frameworks
  • Demonstrated experience with workshop facilitation is an asset
  • Strong record management skills (detail oriented)
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, intercultural, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer proficiency, especially MS Office programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, Adobe)
  • Rural background is an asset
  • A multi-disciplinary background is an asset
  • Personal initiative and willingness to contribute ideas
WORKING VIRTUALLY

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, RDN staff are working virtually from home full-time. Once restrictions are lifted, RDN staff have the option of working full-time in our office, or partially from home & partially in our office. Candidates may be located outside of the Edmonton area if willing to work remotely. Candidates located outside of Alberta will not be considered.

ABOUT US

Rural Development Network (RDN) is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton that supports the sustainability of rural communities. Though our origins are in Alberta, we are seen as a national leader in rural housing and homelessness and recently rebranded as a national organization. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Our current projects include supporting the development of affordable rural housing, addressing rural homelessness, supporting rural immigration, substance use awareness, seniors-focused projects, addressing food security, and rural revitalization.

CONNECT WITH US

This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

RDN is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strives to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds, and so do we. If you are passionate about helping people in rural Canada, and meet the criteria outlined above, we encourage you to apply to join our small but mighty (and mighty fun) team.

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@ruraldevelopment.ca. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired, so we recommend applying as soon as possible. Visit www.ruraldevelopment.ca to learn more about the RDN.

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bélanger