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Supervisor, Social Innovation and Systemic Design

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This position leads a dedicated team to support the development of cutting-edge strategies, concepts, ideas and engagements that address complex social issues and community development.

This position leads a dedicated team to support the development of cutting-edge strategies, concepts, ideas and engagements that address complex social issues and community development.  Modelling a collaborative and innovative approach, this position will foster a culture of curiosity and engagement.  Using systemic design methodology, this supervisor position will oversee the studio, team and approach to support a new way of working that informs both ‘thinking and doing’.  As part of the broader department, the position will play a key role in implementing Strathcona County’s new Social Framework, and partnerships with key stakeholders (private sector, social serving agencies, non-profits, foundations etc.) as related to driving the social innovation agenda forward.


  • Provides adaptive leadership that supports learning and growth, modelling Strathcona County values
  • Develops, coaches and mentors the social innovation and systemic design team and engage with the Family and Community Services management and leadership team
  • Establishes, facilitates and executes effective and open communication with staff, particularly related to internal decisions and emerging direction
  • While considering new and emerging needs of the community and potential role for the Community Development branch, identify team capacity and areas for growth and support the team and broader branch in learning to enhance capacity and increase competencies
  • Explores various relationships between programs, systems and the actors within, to discern patters that emerge and opportunities for new and innovative solutions
  • Create processes that harness Independent ideas out of actual experiences and guide participants towards change
  • Convenes, facilitates and mobilizes networks and catalyze community engagement
  • Formulates policies, and manages complex, changing issues and priorities with sensitivity and political acumen
  • Leads the team in providing strategic direction for policy, accountability and evaluation activities, governance practices and engagement
  • Develops strong internal policy capacity and effective relationships with the team and other branches and departments
  • Supports the strategy development and manage the day-to-day activities of community partnerships
  • Develops and manages relationships with external organizations in support of four community-wide outcomes in the framework (Safety, Affordability, Access to Programs and Services and Connectedness and Inclusion)
  • Builds a rapport with organizations that help to establish long-term working relationships
  • Facilitates communications between the department and partners and local social serving agencies

Skills and Abilities

  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills with astute interpersonal skills, strong social antennae and the ability to use these in support of outcomes
  • Ability to adapt style and approach based on context
  • Ability to plan, manage, and successfully complete multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Ability and experience building trust and sustaining excellent internal and external relationships
  • Ability to absorb new facts, data and information rapidly; capacity to be open to new information, and is comfortable at exploring areas where there are no right answers


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences/humanities or related
  • Minimum seven years’ experience working as a generalist in a broad range of areas, design for social impact, social policy, non-profit, business, or other broad ranged fields
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Experience developing social impact and outcomes measurement frameworks and reporting approaches
  • Experience working within a public organization would be considered an asset
  • Training in or experience working with systemic design principles would be an asset

The annual salary range for this temporary full time position is $88,434 to $110,547 working 35 hours per week until approximately September 2018. 

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.

Competition #190-2017-EXT-FCS closes August 7, 2017.

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Salary Range:
$88,434 to $110,547
Applications Taken Until:
August 7, 2017

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