Below are positions currently available at Kind Space.
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Strategic Planning and Implementation Consultant/Team
This position is funded by the Resilient Communities Fund, a grant offered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Resilient Communities Fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects. The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector.
The Strategic Planning and Implementation Consultant will report directly to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with both the Operations Director and Capacity Building Director.
The Strategic Planning and Implementation Consultant is not an employee of Kind Space but an independent contractor hired to support the strategic, long-term development of the organization.
Time Commitment & Compensation
Term of Contract
- Start date: August 15, 2022
- End date: December 2, 2022 (can be negotiated)
- Flexibility is an asset. General Kind Space operating hours are between 10am and 6pm on weekdays.
- Final scheduling to be determined in consultation with the Executive Director and Director of Capacity Building.
- Maximum of $30,000, payment distributed via e-transfer or cheque with regular invoicing.
Scope of Work
Kind Space is looking to engage a consultant or group to lead us through a strategic planning process. This effort should focus on advancing the mission, vision and developing plans for the next 3-5 years of our organization. These efforts should focus on developing the following information into a report with an executive summary that outlines the below sections.
- Current Operations
- This section needs to detail our current staffing, operations, marketing/communications. This provides a basis for the future of the organization by detailing where we are coming from.
- Strategic Positioning
- This section takes a look at the mission and vision of the organization, it should also include our “elevator pitch” of why someone should care about us/visit us.
- Environment (PESTLE – Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental)
- This section takes a look at the environment in which we operate and focus on the overall landscape instead of simply what our organization does. This section should have details about the climate and environment in the city and province and culture you are operating in.
- Stakeholder Analysis
- This section takes a look at the locus of control (internal vs external) and the intensity (high vs low) of the stakeholders that play a role in the success and failure of our organization. Interviews with stakeholders of all levels should be included – staff, board, donors, volunteers, visitors, community members.
- This section puts together plans for our operations, marketing and communications, and any other area of our organization.
- Leadership Challenges
- This section looks at the issues that may arise within our leadership.
- Projected Financials
- This section looks at the financial sustainability of the organization and the operations. Understanding how profitable or unprofitable the organization will be providing insights into needs and opportunities over the next 3-5 years.
- Risk Management
- This section focuses on risks within the organization and plans to move forward outlining those risks and measures that can be taken to mitigate them.
- Short- and Long-Term Goals/Metrics
- Developing trackable goals and metrics is critical to understanding if the team is on the right path or falling behind. Strong metrics and goals that define the success of the organization become a critical component to measuring progress. These should have values such as “reach XXX amount of followers on Instagram by XXX”.
To complete these efforts several elements are critical and a path forward must be developed. Our organization sees these efforts occurring in three phases with the following work provided.
- Kick off meeting introducing the board and staff.
- Introductory call with the Executive Director and Director of Capacity Building. The purpose of this call is to gain a broad understanding of the organization, to help us draft desired questions that may be asked, to identify potential interviewees and gain an understanding of peer organizations.
- Individual Interviews
- These are typically done in person or via zoom call depending on interviewee’s preference and last no more than an hour. The intent of these calls is to gather information on the organization, including perceptions, interests, opportunities and concerns.
- 3 staff members
- 7 board members
- 4-5 participants
- 4-5 others ( community leaders, partner organizations, donors, etc.)
- In addition, a digital survey should be developed that can be shared with a broader audience that will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the organization.
- As the interviews are going on, consultants will also be developing a competitive landscape putting together information on the community and peer organizations. These efforts should begin to provide benchmarks for the organization to compare itself against.
- At the end of the interviews, the consultant will draft a summary of the interviews and a landscape within which the organization operates that looks at the community and peer organizations.
- Consultant will gather the feedback from the Initial Findings Report and Meeting and utilize that to start to draft a foundational plan for the organization.
- This foundational plan will identify the mission, vision and current operations of Kind Space.
- The purpose of this work is to ensure that the mission and vision align to the operations and, if they don’t, assist the staff in working through alignment.
- After ensuring that the foundational plan is aligned, consultants will begin to overlay the draft of the strategic plan. Beyond the mission, vision and current operations the draft strategic plan will look at the above-mentioned sections.
- Upon completion of the draft report, the consultant will host a presentation through zoom with the staff and board members to share the findings.
Final Strategic Plan
- Consultant will gather the comments received during the draft strategic plan presentation and implement the desired feedback.
- Consultant will at this time develop any necessary visuals and graphics for the strategic plan.
- Consultant should plan on developing and delivering three strategic plans:
- A full strategic plan that has great detail.
- A summary strategic plan that is more likely to be read by board members, major donors, etc.
- A presentation format that can be shared with the community, presented to the board or major donors.
Consultant will present the final strategic plan at this time to the staff and board.
Requirements & Assets
- Proven experience as a strategic planner or organizational consultant
- Understanding of organizational research and data analysis
- Knowledge of non-profit and community organization operations and procedures
- Demonstrable strategic, analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by people related to gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation faced within the 2SLGBTQ+ communities
- Demonstrated knowledge of how intersecting identities shape 2SLGBTQ+ lives and experiences
- Applies anti-racist, anti-ableist lenses to social problems
- Proficient with computers (especially Microsoft office, and Google products – gmail, docs, sides, classroom)
- Possesses strong communication skills including public speaking abilities
- Organized and takes initiative
- Effectively manage a schedule and checklist
- Ability to work independently within team/program guidelines and best practices;
- Ability to maintain respectful, collaborative and professional approach/standards with participants and colleagues
- Facilitated organizational strategic planning processes
- Report writing
- Experience volunteering or working for non-profit organizations
- Education or degree in related field
Working Environment & Physical, Mental, Emotional Requirements
- Option to work remotely from home, especially during COVID-19 lockdowns or acute outbreaks
- In-person location at 400 Cooper St, accessible by public transit, on street parking nearby (subject to availability)
- Masks are mandatory unless eating and drinking
- Physical distancing encouraged
- Open concept working space with options to periodically work in closed offices
- Large windows with natural light
- Fluorescent overhead lighting
- Gendered, stalled washrooms and an accessible, all gender washroom that is shared with other building tenants
- Shared kitchen space with full fridge, microwave, and dishwasher
- Hardwood floors
- Some automatic doors, activated by a button
Physical, mental, & emotional requirements
- Physical requirements
- Using a computer/laptop for extended periods of time
- Typing or voice-to-text transcription
- Video calls
- Sitting/standing for extended periods of time
- Mental requirements
- Can demonstrate burnout prevention strategies
- Working under pressure and deadlines in accordance with a work plan
- Emotional requirements
- Understand that working with people within your own communities and with shared identities and navigating dynamics of working with colleagues and participants who are also chosen/origin families, friends, partners, etc. can often be more restimulating and draining then work not directly tied to your identities
- Kind Space will make accommodations for persons living with disabilities
Application deadline: August 5, 2022
Notification date for interviews: August 9, 2022
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