House of Friendship - Community Development Worker


At House of Friendship we believe in what we are doing. We get out of bed each day to make a difference in our community; to walk with and to serve. We are not happy with the status quo. We get energy from ongoing learning and growth. We lead with passion and believe without a doubt that everyone deserves to belong and thrive. We live and breathe our values of Compassion, Inclusion, Justice, Dignity and Hope. And we have fun!


Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? It is! 


House of Friendships Community program walks with our community to prevent and reduce the impacts of poverty, hunger, and isolation in Waterloo Region to contribute to a healthy, resilient community where all can belong and thrive.

The Community Development Worker will possess and utilize their passion to support community engagement activities and provide programs for community centres and partner organizations. This position will be based at Sunnydale Community Centre, while offering support to other neighbourhoods as needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Take a lead role in planning, promotion and implementation of programs for the community centres and partner sites ;
  2. Take a lead role in community consultation and community leadership development initiatives;
  3. Complete administrative tasks related to the programs;
  4. Assist with other tasks as needed at the various community centres and partner locations (e.g. computer lab monitoring, handling general inquiries, etc.);
  5. Connecting with the community by growing our food-focused programming
  6. Maintain physical space of the community centres and/or physical supplies for mobile programs;
  7. To work in a safe and healthy manner


Critical Skills:

  1. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of House of Friendship is expected;
  2. Exemplary emotional intelligence, resilience, communication, conflict management and problem solving skills required;
  3. Ability to work professionally and independently as a team member with staff, participants and community members;
  4. Experience or strong interest in working with diverse populations including people from various cultural background, income levels, and sensitivity to their needs;
  5. Must be dependable, professional, flexible, a team player, and have a positive attitude;
  6. Respectful, supportive and engaging approach to persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, addictions, mental health and other life challenges;
  7. Excellent project, timeline and deadline management skills including skills in logistics and planning and detailed record keeping;
  8. Strong verbal and written communication, problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and deadlines are required;
  9. Interest in and understanding of community development principles.


Education/Experience:

  1. University or college education or training in social sciences, community development, recreation, or a related field required;
  2. A minimum of 2 years of experience in program planning, group facilitation, and community outreach with diverse populations in a community setting;
  3. Lived experience of and/or commitment to issues of poverty, food justice and social justice an asset.


Technical Knowledge/Skills:

  1. Computer skills – primarily MS Office including MS Word and Excel;2
  2. Must provide a Police Records Check for service with the Vulnerable Sector.


Required Training/Certifications:

  1. Driver’s license class (G) required, access to a reliable personal vehicle preferred;
  2. Current Standard First Aid certification or willingness to obtain;
  3. Current Food Handlers Certification or willingness to obtain.


Working conditions: 

  1. 37.5 hours per week, generally daytime, weekday hours with flexibility to work occasional weeknight and weekend hours to meet the needs of the program
  2. Travel throughout the region of Waterloo
  3. Encountering participants at program sites who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and/or experiencing symptoms of mental illness can be expected.


If you are as passionate as we are about serving the community, let’s talk.


To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter by June 5, 2020.


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