Open Position at MENTOR Canada

About the Regional Partnership and Network Lead

The Regional Partnership & Network Lead, is part of the MENTOR Canada team (0.6) as well as the Ontario Mentoring Coalition- OMC (0.4).  Reporting to the Director Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, and the OMC Co-Chairs, the Regional Partnership & Network Lead will support the expansion of mentoring networks across the country.

Using a collective impact approach, this key position will:

  1. Convene and engage local stakeholders, government, private sector and service providers;
  2. Foster collaboration and partnership amongst mentoring service providers, local/regional government, the private sector and invested stakeholders;
  3. Build momentum through local and regional partnerships and dialogue centered on the unique context of each community or region, ultimately supporting the advancement of MENTOR Canada and OMC by engaging more youth and adults in formal and informal quality mentoring relationship opportunities.

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This role will be responsible for the effective engagement of network partners, stakeholders and service providers in support of MENTOR Canada’s regional partnership engagement goals, and will lead the development of meaningful connections, networks and resources for these stakeholders, including the unique opportunity to leverage the leadership and partnership engagement of MENTOR Canada’s Founding Partners at OMC –including:

  • Advancing the goals and operational work of MENTOR Canada and OMC
  • Engaging with stakeholders to develop meaningful connections, networks and resources for stakeholders, and OMC, to meet the mentoring needs of these communities;
  • Supporting agencies as they develop and/or improve mentoring programs to include mentoring practices that are supportive of those who are considered a part of vulnerable populations, in order to better meet the specific cultural, spiritual, mental and physical needs of these children and youth.

Responsibilities include

Fostering collaboration and partnership amongst mentoring service providers, local & regional government, the private sector and invested stakeholders.  Building momentum through local and regional partnerships and dialogue centered on the unique context of each community or region, ultimately supporting the advancement of MENTOR Canada by engaging more youth and adults in formal and informal quality mentoring relationship opportunities.

The incumbent will have the unique opportunity to leverage the leadership and partnership engagement of MENTOR Canada’s Founding Partners at OMC.

Sector Engagement and Relationship Management

  • Analyze existing stakeholders and identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen and expand MENTOR Canada and OMC’s partnerships and networks to promote and support mentoring for children and youth.
  • Work with MENTOR Canada’s Youth Engagement Lead, the Indigenous Engagement Lead and the Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives to develop an approach for engaging and collaborating with organizations, agencies and communities. 
  • Identify and foster stakeholder engagement and positive working relationships with service providers, stakeholders and partners. Strategize new ways of engaging with service providers, stakeholders and partners.
  • Building on current research identify existing resources, gaps in services and mentoring opportunities in the OMC region and across Canada.
  • Act as a Mentoring Ambassador for MENTOR Canada and OMC and seek out opportunities to grow awareness of, and support for child and youth mentoring opportunities
  • Ensure appropriate documentation is prepared and executed for various regional developmental phases;
  • Facilitate collaboration with MENTOR Canada and amongst stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of regional networks and increasing mentoring opportunities within the region;
  • Identify networks of stakeholders and partners that can both benefit from and contribute to the collective effort to increase quality mentoring programs in Canada;

Ontario Mentoring Coalition Specific Responsibilities

  • Support the development of a communications strategy for OMC
  • Lead, manage and deliver OMC initiatives to increase the recruitment of mentors and raise the profile of mentoring for children and youth including the development of OMC work plans, management of OMC vendor contracts and relations for the initiative and identification of OMC grant funding opportunities.

Minimum Skill Requirements and Role Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to relate well to a variety of persons and stakeholder groups and cultivate relationships;
  • Demonstrated experience working within the not-for profit sector;
  • Experience working within a national framework with affiliates or similar model is an asset;
  • Excellent organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills with demonstrated ability to plan and organize work, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal presentation;
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with diverse stakeholders across multiple disciplines: direct experience working with social services and community organizations is an asset;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Ability to speak French an asset
  • Valid Driver’s License an asset
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, project management, community development);
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing multiple and diverse stakeholder groups and events (virtual and in-person)

MENTOR Canada Offers

  • Virtual work environment

  • Flexible working hours

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Travel opportunities (once travel restrictions are lifted)

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with an entrepreneurial non-profit team where you can positively impact the lives of young people?  Let’s talk!

Application Process

MENTOR Canada, is committed to principles of anti-oppression and employment equity, and strives to create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strongly encourage people who self-identify as Indigenous, racialized, Francophone, immigrant, refugee, differently abled, LGBT2SQ+ or as members of other equity seeking groups to apply. If accommodation is required during the hiring process, please inform the hiring committee once selected for an interview. 

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