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Durham District School Board

Make A Difference, Community and Partnership Development Specialist

Posted On: March 24, 2022
Closing On: March 31, 2022

Location: Whitby
Effective: April 18, 2022
Employment Type: temporary
Level: intermediate
Salary Range: $87,929 - $102,878

Job Code: 3206961
Temporary Opportunity: April 18, 2022 – December 23, 2022
$87,929 – $102,878 annually


Organizational Relationship: 

Early Years, Partnership Development and Poverty Strategy

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Early Years, Poverty Strategy and Partnership Development, oversee the management of DDSB poverty strategies associated to the “Make a Difference” initiatives including programming and depot support. Responsible for all aspects of planning/operations including but not limited to: secure funding (external/internal) for, establish formal partnership agreements and provide policy recommendations to establish new programs and partnerships aimed to reduce the barriers experienced by vulnerable and marginalized student. In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, implement and develop procedures to improve the well-being, engagement and student achievement, addressing the complex needs of our students affected by constructed poverty and associated barriers.

Major Duties:

Poverty Strategy Programing (Make A Difference)

  • Lead and manage the Make A Difference, Poverty Strategy steering committee (included but not limited to meeting agenda and prep, meeting materials, invitations, partner and staff engagement and commitment)
  • Develop annual work plan/critical path based on the Make A Difference Strategic Plan with the members of the Make A Difference Steering Committee.
  • Manage and lead the inventory and operations of Make a Difference Depot – maintaining all functions of incoming and outgoing items, including but not limited to tracking, storage and receipting.
  • Secure funding and in-kind donations for the Depot and all priority schools.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and steering committee to develop professional development plans to engage administrators and educators in Make a Difference programming.
  • Manage breakfast, snack and nutrition programs for all schools, working closely with the funder
  • Research, draft and develop and coordinate implementation of program strategies with Supervisors and Educators to guide work planning.
  • Research and draft the Middle Years strategy with support of supervisor,
  • Research and apply for grants and funding opportunities to further advance supports and programming for children and youth as needs arise or requests from supervisor or senior team are identified
  • Development and delivery of a bi-annual newsletter to the system
  • Analyze data and provide reporting on identified ‘priority schools’ and present findings to school and department leadership
  • Maintain social media accounts
  • Participate at external tables that further advances poverty strategy work

Youth Strategy Programing

  • Responsible for the leadership, oversight, development and implementation of DDSB’s Youth Strategy portfolio; develop/refine the strategic vision of the youth strategy portfolio that alignment with DDSB strategic plan
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of DDSB’s youth hubs in various locations
  • Provide supervision/ management to DDSB YLW’s (Youth Liaison Workers), create workplans, assign duties / responsibilities, provide support / supervision to meet expectations of the role
  • Design, monitor, and execute project implementation plans, annual work plan, evaluation and reporting; ensure internal and external compliance as it relates to DDSB policies/ procedures and Youth Strategy deliverables
  • Responsible for the drafting and execution of Agreements and manage relationships with external stakeholders, organizations, partners, youth and service providers to deliver ongoing programming
  • Develop and provide oversight to Youth Advisory Committee, leadership committee, lead agencies etc.
  • Coordinate and manage youth-centered outcomes through research, collaboration and evaluation
  • Participation at external tables that further advances Youth Strategy work

Partnership Development 

  • Develop and sustain partnerships with community organizations providing school-based services and supports to DDSB students.
  • Lead and manage development of community partnership agreements with the representatives of the community organizations.
  • Draft and recommend new and existing policies, procedures and regulations related to partnership development work across the system.
  • Secure, create, maintain and track records of fully executed agreements and ensure all documentation is accurate.
  • Provide training, expertise and guidance to school administrators and system leaders about programming
  • Draft partnership agreements for approval by Senior Management
  • Participate/Act as DDSB representative at external planning tables and events
  • Build and sustain relationships internally (across departments) and externally with community partner.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of social determinants of health
  • Previous experience leading and implementing new programs and services
  • Demonstrated and well-developed presentation, report writing and effective communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to collaborate and participate in group projects
  • Ability to work independently, rise to new challenges, find creative solutions and prioritize competing demands
  • Superior project management skills and ability to coordinate multiple priorities concurrently
  • Sound judgement, analytical, problem solving skills, administrative, and organizational skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication
  • Working knowledge of websites and social media
  • Ability to interpret policy/regulations, evaluate information and develop and implement comprehensive plans
  • Knowledge of grant writing protocols and effective measures to facilitate successful outcomes as asset
  • Experience in developing and facilitating professional development an asset
  • Experience working with community groups and engaging with vulnerable populations an asset
  • Knowledge and experience with human rights and anti-oppression an asset

Equipment Used

Computer/printer, fax, photocopier, telephone


  • Completion of a University Degree with an emphasis in job related areas of study and up to two (3) years of related employment experience; or an equivalent combination of formal education and related employment experience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Publisher, with the ability to create and work with pdf files, AS400 and Lotus Notes;
  • A sound knowledge of polices with particular focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations or in the Public Education sector.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines;
  • Previous experience in community engagement programming, partnership development and Adult Education an asset

This is a 35 hour per week, temporary opportunity available until December 23, 2022. 

The DDSB is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.