CSCNS Is Looking For New Team Members-Operations Coordinator

The Community Sector Council Nova Scotia is growing! We are looking for new team members.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is located on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq people. The Community Sector Council works with a diversity of organizations and communities across Nova Scotia. The Community Sector Council’s priority is to expand the diversity of perspectives and skills of its team.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of our Nova Scotia communities.

 

Career Opportunity: Operations Coordinator

Background

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia was created in January 2013 to bring together non-profit and voluntary organizations to enhance the voice of the nonprofit sector in Nova Scotia and to build the capacity of the sector to address labor market challenges, to deliver on their missions, and to build stronger communities. The Community Sector Council’s work is grounded in communities across the province to ensure local ownership and engagement.

Job Duties:

As Operations Coordinator, your role is to support the senior leadership team and provide financial management services.  This includes providing administrative, scheduling and communication support; initiating and responding to calendar requests for meetings and telephone calls; coordinate travel arrangements, reconciling staff and program expenses, general accounting and book keeping tasks. Strong communication skills and a proactive mindset will be important to be successful in this role.

You should have strong writing skills and be able to draft professional correspondence, undertake necessary research to execute letters, applications, briefing notes and meeting minutes.

This role demands a high level of confidentiality, independence and intuition; and requires a nimble, practical and entrepreneurial approach and spirit. The role requires a positive attitude, flexibility, the ability to switch priorities on a moment’s notice and develop a relationship of trust and respect with CSCNS’s staff, board of directors, and numerous sector partners.

Qualifications and Skills:

·       Minimum of 3 years of related experience;

·       High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive situations and confidential information;

·       Ability to work effectively with multiple members of the team and flexibly manage multiple priorities and projects in a fast-paced, ever changing environment;

·       Extensive knowledge of general administrative and operational procedures;

·       Conduct business tasks in a structured and organized manner;

·       Strong analytical ability, including gathering and summarizing data;

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

·       Accounting and book keeping skills;

·       Extraordinary attention to detail;

·       Experience defining problems, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions while using discretion and good judgment;

·       Experience working at an advanced level within a complex CRM suite (Hubspot) and Quickbooks (or similar platform);

·       Experience working with Eventbrite, and Mailchimp, and Wordpress;

·       Must have reliable vehicle, willingness and ability to travel, able to work from home office;

·       Able to contribute as a member of a team both regionally and on a provincial level;

·       Flexibility and adaptability to work in an unstructured environment; and

·       Must have valid driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle.

Working Conditions/Terms
This permanent staff position is based on a four-day work week (30 hours).  Salary is $18/hour.  Some evenings and weekends may be required. Travel within the province may be required, and approved travel expenses will be reimbursed. The CSCNS operates as a virtual organization, the incumbent will work from a home office and be situated in either the Halifax or New Glasgow area. This person reports directly to the Director, Learning Development and Operations.


Please apply with cover letter and resume to amacdonald@csc-ns.ca by 4:00pm May 11th, 2018. Electronic portfolio submissions are encouraged.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CSCNS Is Looking For New Team Members-Northern Region

The Community Sector Council Nova Scotia is growing! We are looking for new team members.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is located on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq people. The Community Sector Council works with a diversity of organizations and communities across Nova Scotia. The Community Sector Council’s priority is to expand the diversity of perspectives and skills of its team.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of our Nova Scotia communities.

 Career Opportunity:  Northern Region Convenor (Cumberland, Colchester, Hants, Pictou Counties)

Background:

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia was created in January 2013 to bring together non-profit and voluntary organizations to enhance their collective and collaborative capacities to address labour force and human resources challenges within their organizations. The CSCNS works to facilitate the sector’s capacity to work collaboratively to find innovative solutions to emerging and existing social and economic issues in Nova Scotia. The Community Sector Council’s work is grounded in communities across the province to ensure local ownership and engagement.


Regional Convenor Job Duties:
Support the capacity of CSCNS for regional and community outreach;
Assess regional needs, disseminate information, and build ongoing relationships;
Organize and implement programming;
Deliver training when assigned; and
Serve as a conduit between CSCNS and the relevant region;

Contribute to ongoing development and growth of the organization;

Maintain and organize relevant files;

Participate in team communication as needed.
 
Qualifications:
Experience working in the non-profit sector in Nova Scotia;
Strong knowledge of and a demonstrable connection to a network of non-profit organizations in your region;

Experience and applied knowledge of facilitation;
Applied knowledge of community development and outreach strategies;
Ability to effectively build relationships and interact with clients and other stakeholders;
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, applicable in a variety of settings;
Exceptional interpersonal, time management, problem-solving, and organizational skills;
Able to work independently;
Experience working with diversity of staff and stakeholders, demonstrating cultural competency, diversity, and social inclusion;
Able to contribute as a member of a team both regionally and on a provincial level;
Flexibility and adaptability to work in an unstructured environment; and

Must have valid driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle.

Working Conditions/Terms
This is a permanent part-time position with flexible hours that might vary from week to week, for a total of 75 hours/month at a rate of $22.50/hour. The CSCNS recognizes all statutory and non-statutory holidays as well as accommodates the diversity of cultural holidays (negotiated upon hiring) for employees.  Some evenings and weekends may be required. Travel within the region is required, and approved travel expenses will be reimbursed. This position reports directly to the Director, Strategic Development and Custom Learning.

Please apply with cover letter and resume to amacdonald@csc-ns.ca by 4:00pm May 11th, 2018. Electronic portfolio submissions are encouraged. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

National Volunteer Week . April 15-21, 2018)

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia would like to recognize National Volunteer Week(April 15-21, 2018). Over 450,000 Nova Scotians volunteer every year and that keeps growing...in other terms, volunteer contributions represent over 30 million hours of volunteer efforts every year. In a monetary sense it equates to 1.8 billion dollars of services to the Provincial economy. How's that for a return on your investment? Volunteer efforts in our Province are very humbling and we, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia are proud to be part of the social profit you create in Nova Scotia each and every year. Thank you.

How We Thrive-Call For Community Stories

As part of our partnership and collaboration with the How We Thrive conference (https://www.howwethrive.org/), the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is collecting video vignettes from around the province to bring into the THRIVE gathering (June 17-20, 2018). We strive to have a cross-section of Nova Scotians contributing to a conversation about a future that works for all. We recognize the reality that not everyone will be able to participate in-person. So it's kind of a given that we will be missing some voices in our conversation about a "future that works for all." 

However, through video storytelling, we can bring your voice and the voice of others into the How We Thrive conference. and preserve these essential stories of positive community impact and growth.

We're asking for your recommendations for people, organizations, collectives etc who are doing great things in our communities. 

Our wish list includes people who are (any combination of)...

• "unsung heroes"...i.e., quietly responding to a need and ensuring that more people have a chance to thrive


• informal leaders who are stepping up in bold or creative ways to help their community thrive


• speaking with a voice not often heard


• from cultural communities in Nova Scotia including First Nations, African Nova Scotian, immigrant, refugees, etc


• of different ages

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Facebook's New Algorithm

If one of your favorite pastimes is mindlessly scrolling through viral videos on Facebook, your days of doing so are numbered. On January 11, the global social media giant announced some sweeping changes to its most central product — the News Feed.

In the coming months, Facebook will be granting less priority to Pages from businesses and publications and begin favoring posts its ranking algorithm finds to be more engaging — namely those that spark debate and discussion among a user's friends and family.

Although this is a noble cause, it potentially leaves nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations in a tight spot, because they are considered businesses in the eyes of Facebook.

Click Here To Read More.

Canada Service Corps -Youth Service Opportunities Stream

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Canada Service Corps for projects under the Youth Service Opportunities Stream - Local and Regional Scale Projects.

Deadline: March 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/projects-youth-serving-organizations.html

Objective of the CFP

The objective of this CFP is to fund organizations to promote the civic engagement of youth. Projects will create opportunities for organizations to engage youth in committed service opportunities that address community needs across a wide spectrum of issues and themes important to young Canadians. Themes could include, but are not limited to: building an inclusive Canada, preserving the environment, promoting civic and democratic engagement and strengthening youth mental health. Funding under this CFP will ensure representation and availability of committed service opportunities to all youth across Canada, including those in rural and remote areas.

This CFP also includes a sub-stream focused on the reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis peoples. Projects under this sub-stream will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization. These projects will also identify and address a social issue in the community, allow youth to develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships

Eligible Projects

Each of the following requirements must be met for projects to be considered eligible for funding:

  • All required documents must be submitted with the Application for Funding. For a list of required documentation, please see Apply/Checklist.
  • Projects must end no later than March 31, 2020.
  • A minimum of ten service opportunities per year must be created for young Canadians.
  • Each service opportunity must last a minimum of three months and involve at least 120 hours of service.
  • Funding requested to ESDC cannot exceed $500,000 annually up to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the funding period (funding is limited and subject to ESDC's yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament).
  • In most cases, administrative costs should not exceed 10% of ESDC's total contribution.
  • Projects must clearly demonstrate how they will:
    • develop innovative and effective strategies to reach out and engage youth, including underrepresented youth groups;
    • involve youth in the co-creation and validation of meaningful service opportunities that could extend beyond end of the project; and,
    • respond to priorities and issues identified within the community.
  • Additionally, projects under the reconciliation-focused sub-stream must:
    • support service opportunities which involve bringing together First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization, identify and address a social challenge in the community, develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships

Information sessions

Information sessions will be offered to present details about this CFP.

Date: February 7, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Date: February 21, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Provincial Volunteer Awards 2018 Nominations

The deadline for the Provincial Volunteer Awards, February 16th, 2018 is now less than 2 weeks away. Have you sent in your nomination yet?

To nominate a special YOUTH or FAMILY for this award be sure to fill out the online nomination form and send in all the required letters/photos before February 16th.

The link to the online YOUTH nomination form is https://surveys.gov.ns.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=p201769M

The link to the online FAMILY nomination form is https://surveys.gov.ns.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=94013ol5#

You can start a nomination and return to it at a later time as long as you log on using the same device.

For more details please visit;  

https://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/ProvincialVolunteerAwards/

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time at volunteerawards@novascotia.ca or 902-220-7380

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new Cape Breton Convenor

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new Cape Breton Convenor

Jessica Farrell has been working with non-profit organizations in a communications and community engagement capacity for nearly a decade. She has an MBA in Community Economic Development, and has worked with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, Brasd'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association and Dalhousie University. Jessica has built a strong network of non-profit and community stakeholders across Cape Breton and is enthusiastic about helping to build strong and vibrant communities in her region.

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Laurie Cook (CSCNS) and Sobaz Benjamin (iMove Arts Association) will be on hand at the Halifax Volunteer Conference (Nov 17-18, 2017) to deliver a workshop titled "Recruiting For a Diverse Board"

Greater diversity on non-profit boards leads to greater effectiveness. What recruitment strategies are you using to ensure diversity of geography, community representation, skillsets and experience in the volunteer sector? What does diversity mean to your board? This interactive workshop will explore the benefits of diversity and assessing your board to aid you in recruitment and succession planning.

Celebrate Women's History Month

October is Women’s History Month in Canada! It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.

Make your mark

When women and girls bring their passion, energy and talents to everything they do, there is no stopping them!

Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women have done exactly that: harnessed their power, found their voice, and claimed their place in our country’s proud history.

Because of their efforts and those of the many women who have followed in their footsteps, we’ve made amazing strides toward gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past 150 years. But there is still more work to do: barriers still exist, and sexism and discrimination continue to impact and shape the lives of too many Canadians.

Change is possible, but we can’t do it alone.

As we look to the future, we must lift each other up so that everyone has the chance to claim their place and reach their full potential. Together, we can create a Canada where every woman and girl has the chance to let her unique power shine through and make her mark.

#ClaimYourPlace

Today, women, girls, men, and boys continue the quest for equality and inclusion in all areas of Canadian life.

Honour their actions and celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration. Share your stories of finding your voice on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tell the world how you #ClaimYourPlace!

Our Community's Voice

Nova Scotia's community sector addresses the importance of collaboration, the impact that results and how it strengthens the community sector's overall voice.

Wendy Johnston(Northern Region Convenor) and Dana Perry(Valley Region Convenor) have put together "Our Community's Voice" with the cooperation of numerous people in Nova Scotia's community sector.  The video was shown at the recent Many Hands Many Voices conference in Cape Breton.  We encourage others to use/share this story as a tool to help others understand the importance of the community sector and its contribution to the betterment of life in Nova Scotia.

Storytelling-Many Hands Many Voices Oct 3-4, 2017

At the upcoming Many Hands Many Voices Conference (Oct 3-4) in Membertou, Cape Breton various stories of collaboration will be featured.  Some of the storytellers are highlighted here.

www.manyhandsns.ca

#manyhandsns

Many Hands Many Voices Conference Registration is Open

October 3-4, 2017, Nova Scotia NGO's, community sector volunteers, staff and supporters will gather in Membertou, Cape Breton, NS for the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference.  We, the staff of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia hope you will join us for this gathering.

You can register at the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference website:

https://manyhandsns.ca/

#manyhandsns

 

Halifax Pride 2017

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia's staff wishes everyone a safe and positive experience celebrating Pride this year.  Halifax's Pride parade will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who made the following comments;

“It’s something I take very seriously to engage with citizens celebrating our extraordinary diversity in this country,” Trudeau said. “[It’s] not just diversity of backgrounds, but it’s a diversity of everything that makes us different as Canadians and that includes standing up strongly for the rights of the LGBT2Q community.”

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia couldn't agree with you more.

 

Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices | Coming Soon Many Hands, Many Voices – Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices Conference

October 3-4, 2017

Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Cape Breton, NS


https://manyhandsns.ca/

#manyhandsns