Director of Engagement
The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is an exciting new arms-length research centre established through the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program to strengthen Canada’s skills and training ecosystem and ensure Canadians are skilled and equipped to meet the diverse needs of the nation’s employment market. A collaboration between Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint-ADE, the FSC-CCF will identify, replicate, and scale evidence-based solutions to improve knowledge of trends and skills, promote more inclusive and responsive career development processes, and improve access to high quality training. Working in collaboration, the FSC-CCF will access a network of more than 150 partners linking thousands of service providers, employers, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers. Building on this growing community of practice, the consortium will complement existing structures and drive systems change by promoting effective policies and practices. The FSC-CCF will enhance existing networks, promoting collaboration using leading-edge technology platforms to create and disseminate new knowledge. It will advance evidence-driven innovation in skills development to improve outcomes, increase inclusivity and resilience, and fuel growth.
The Director of Engagement will lead a strategy to build understanding, relationships and partnerships among the Future Skills Centre’s ecosystem of diverse stakeholders. The Director will oversee the design, development and implementation of strategic engagement plans, including stakeholder and audience mapping, tailored outreach and communications approaches, as well as the creation and leveraging of networks for knowledge mobilization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Engagement will provide oversight to FSC’s engagement and communications team while also coordinating partnerships, strategic relationships and knowledge mobilization efforts with core FSC-CCF partners. Working with a team of engagement and communications professionals, the Director will provide oversight for the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing and communications programs and activities to build understanding and relevance for FSC. As a member of FSC’s management team, the Director will be work closely with the executive team to integrate engagement strategies across FSC’s research, evaluation, policy, government relations and innovation pilot efforts.
As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned, passionate and strategic engagement leader with a background in the public or broader public sector and at least 5 years in a leadership role, including experience leading and managing staff. You possess a degree in a related field (Public Policy, Community Development & Engagement, Communications, Public Relations) and have experience identifying and applying effective practices in stakeholder engagement. You are highly skilled at developing and implementing strategic engagement and communications plans, activities and products, and are experienced in stakeholder engagement and consultation. The ideal candidate is adept at building broad networks and managing relationships with internal and external partners across Canada and has the ability to engage diverse audiences and communicate to a variety of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy when presented with diverse perspectives and opinions. Skilled at fostering a work environment and culture characterized by innovation, professionalism, collaboration, inclusivity, continuous learning and accountability, you are able to inspire, engage, and motivate others. Fluency in both official languages is preferred.
The FSC-CCF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
If you are interested in this 2-year opportunity offering market-competitive compensation and benefits, please submit your application by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. For more information, contact Nick Little (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amorell Saunders N'Daw (email@example.com).