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Job Opening: Connecting Ottawa - Project Manager

November 08, 2016
nico koenig



External Job Posting


POSITION TITLE: Project Manager - Connecting Ottawa

$50,000 per annum

(.4 FTE, one year contract with possibility of extension)


Connecting Ottawa is funded as an Access to Justice initiative of the Law Foundation of Ontario with the aim of improving access to justice for linguistic minorities; people who are not proficient in English or French or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment.


Low income and vulnerable clients who present with a legal issue often have complex cases that benefit from coordinated intervention by legal and social services. The Connecting Ottawa project takes a holistic approach and draws upon strengths that already exist within our network of almost 50 community health, legal, immigration, disability, and social services agencies. Together, we address the compounded barriers faced by linguistic minorities.


By design, Connecting Ottawa lacks an infrastructure; our purpose is to strengthen the capacity of the network, not to create another organization. Nevertheless, our activities need resources and coordination; performance needs to be reviewed; our partners need to understand their contributions and roles; and strong and effective communication between and among partners in the network remains essential. The network’s greatest strength rests upon shared vision, common values, goodwill and continued commitment.


South Ottawa Community Legal Services provides overall guidance and general oversight, accounting and audit services; the Centre des services communautaires Vanier provides office accommodation, HR services and is currently the employer of record for the two staff assigned to the project - a lawyer and a social worker.


We are seeking an experienced project manager to provide the following services under contract (one year contract with possibility of extension). We anticipate that these responsibilities will require about two days/week (0.4 FTE), with flexible scheduling of working hours.

  • Scheduling and resourcing meetings of the Advisory Group and ad hoc action planning groups; preparing briefing materials; documenting recommendations/decisions made;

  • Acting as the primary contact for all communications related to Connecting Ottawa;

  • Developing budgets to support operations; monitoring expenditures; financial reporting;

  • Developing and implementing administrative systems required (job/role descriptions, program descriptions, eligibility requirements, work flow, invoicing and payments, records management and administration, logistical support, and providing administrative support services necessary to build the overall capacity of the network to attain its goals);

  • Staffing the program (advertisement and application process, recruitment, candidate screening, selection criteria/process, scheduling interviews, enabling employment relationship with partners, etc.);

  • Developing resources; preparing funding proposals; liaising with funders;

  • Reviewing and revising plans, adjusting time frames and resource allocations as necessary to achieve outcomes;

  • Providing oversight to all operations, to ensure that the program maintains its focus re: populations served, legal issues addressed, and on desired outcomes;

  • Developing and ensuring the delivery of orientation and training opportunities for program employees, front-line employees of partner organizations, students, volunteers, and other “trusted intermediaries”;

  • Identifying communities that will benefit from outreach legal education and scheduling resources to respond;

  • Enabling information to flow between and among network partners; producing and distributing a periodical to share latest developments re: our focus populations and legal services;

  • Preparing and updating content for the Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa web sites and ensuring a good user experience;

  • Securing and sustaining the engagement of partners in activities that will support Connecting Ottawa’s goals and activities;

  • Mediating conflict and problem solving as required;

  • Creating opportunities for Connecting Ottawa to share its experiences and “lessons learned” with others in Ontario; encouraging opportunities for our best practices to be emulated by other organizations; organizing an annual conference for local partners and Ontario colleagues;

  • Translating Connecting Ottawa goals into measurable objectives; developing measures and quantitative/qualitative data collection tools; analyzing evidence of change in ability of focus populations to access justice; documenting outcomes; and

  • Preparing timely reports for funders, partners, and other stakeholders.




Applicants must demonstrate experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • organizational development and management in the non-profit sector

  • strategic planning and business planning in non-profit settings

  • leadership, facilitation and conference planning

  • project management, organizational information flow and communication processes

  • collaborative planning initiatives to increase service delivery for Ottawa residents who do not speak English or French or who have difficulty communicating because of a disability

  • experience with community organizations serving Ottawa residents who do not speak English or French or who have difficulty communicating because of a disability


Applicants must also demonstrate the following:

  • familiarity with the Connecting initiatives of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Connecting Ottawa project

  • experience and success in projects of similar scope

  • ability to manage this project in English and, as required, in French


To apply:


Please see charityvillage job posting to apply:


Applicants must apply by Monday December 5th 5:00pm