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Division Manager, Collaboration and Engagement (Metro Vancouver) - 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby

08 Mar 2023 10:31 AM | Anonymous

Closing Date: March 31, 2023

Position Title: Division Manager, Collaboration and Engagement
Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: External Relations
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby

Our External Relations Department is seeking a Division Manager, Collaboration and Engagement who will manage a group of communication professionals.

You are: A self-motivated professional, with proven asset, business and risk management experience. You are a collaborative problem-solver with strong communication and interpersonal skills and are able to communicate information both verbally and in writing to a wide variety of both technical and non-technical audiences. You show an interest in collaboration initiatives, and are constantly identifying opportunities to innovate with a strong focus on sustainability and quality.

The Division Manager, Collaboration and Engagement reports to the General Manager, External Relations and falls within our Management / Leadership, Level 4B job family.

This role:

  • Manages the Collaboration and Engagement Division and is responsible for leading the provision of services related to Zero Waste Collaboration Initiatives, National Zero Waste Council, Zero Waste Conference, and Love Food Hate Waste Canada), as well as engagement initiatives including but not limited to Metro Vancouver plans, policies, regulations and events.
  • Works collaboratively with engagement staff and other staff across the organization to develop approaches to engagement and outreach that is inclusive, meaningful, and advances Metro Vancouver’s priorities. This scope of work includes engagement on the development and implementation of policies and plans, including actions to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions articulated in the Clean Air Plan, land acquisition for new regional parks, and tools and processes for achieving the goals of Metro 2050.
  • Accountable for budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations. Monitors and controls spending, ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds within the approved budget. Works closely with the General Manager to determine overall priorities and contributes to the preparation of the long range strategic and financial plans of the program and division.
  • Works collaboratively to identify opportunities to improve planning and policy development, responds to requests for assistance and works with staff across the organization to define problems and project objectives. Manages processes for identifying opportunities for new collaborations on initiatives with external organizations and stakeholders. Works with staff to define and confirm project objectives and manages resources to deliver on agreed upon outcomes and schedules.
  • Responsible for developing a strategic work plan for advancing the waste prevention and the transition to a circular economy through the National Zero Waste Council including program and campaign development, integration of research into policy proposals and an effective communications campaign to promote both the profile of waste prevention in general and more specifically the Council as an agent of change.
  • Oversees the organization and execution of the annual Zero Waste Conference with specific responsibilities for content development, and financial management and potential external funding such as sponsorships. Demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge of marketing and branding for the purposes of growing events within the portfolio.
  • Hires, supervises, directs and develops staff monitoring performance in accordance with goals and objectives. Ensures adherence to corporate policies and collective agreements. Leads, coaches and mentors staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training. Develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience. May supervise and direct the work of contractors.
  • Upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealing with other organizations and members of the public. Understands the organizational culture and the processes/mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
To be successful, you have:
  • 10 or more years of related experience supplemented by a Master’s degree in communications or public policy; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience in managing large projects, preferably on a national or international scale. Experience in working with boards and other governing bodies is essential.
  • Demonstrates experience in working with engagement teams and leading processes that engage the public and key stakeholders.
  • Extensive technical expertise related to leading strategic planning, business casing and policy development processes for a large complex organization such as Metro Vancouver.
  • Considerable knowledge in the practice of successful collaboration, building and sustaining effective relationships with stakeholder organizations, community leaders, and respected and emerging thought leaders in academia.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and expertise in sustainability and systems thinking, as well an analytical, policy development and evaluation skills.
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills. Ability to monitor budgets, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.
  • Demonstrates experience with examples of leadership in grant acquisitions, with an understanding of pathways to innovative funding models of all three orders of government.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including well developed report writing and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex technical information and implications to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrates ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations. Responds effectively to emotional triggers in self and others. Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with highly charged political situations. 
  • Proven ability to use judgment to resolve complex problems. Seeks to include staff in decisions that will impact them; works cooperatively to resolve differences of opinion. 
  • Ability to manage a complex portfolio of work with many diverse stakeholders and issues, while establishing ambitious and challenging goals. Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Ability to lead, supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports and provide leadership for complex and challenging work. Sound understanding of and ability to consistently apply labour and employee relations principles and practices including applicable collective agreements and corporate policies.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.

Learn more: http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/

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