Job Opportunity – Senior Animator



About the ECDC
We are a non-profit company devoted to community economic development in Edmonton neighbourhoods, in particular neighbourhoods that experience lower income, higher unemployment or underemployment, inadequate access to basic services, a lack of sufficient, quality of affordable housing and a higher prevalence of social problems (e.g. homelessness, food insecurity, substance abuse, etc.),

Our mandate includes: building and repairing homes, supporting the development or rehabilitation of local businesses, developing vacant lots or parcels of land that address neighbourhood needs and aspiration, teaching and/or supporting job finding and financial literacy skills, employment training, neighbourhood planning and other activities that foster economic growth.

Our funders include the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Community Foundation, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Homeward Trust, and the Stollery Charitable Foundation.

In addition to a competitive salary and 35 hour work-week, the ECDC provides its employees with an excellent health and dental package and RRSP benefit.

The Position
We are seeking an individual who is a self-starter and able to work independently as a strong team member. The person we hire will offer a demonstrated commitment to community development and community engagement and have the ability to work productively with diverse community members and cross sectoral stakeholders.  We need an individual who is dedicated to and passionate about doing, fostering, and supporting community economic development that reflects the needs and aspirations of the neighbourhoods in which we are working.

Key Responsibilities and Abilities

  • Work with community residents and stakeholders in the areas of land use planning, mixed use development, business development and capacity building activities that benefit neighbourhoods economically. This includes facilitating and/or co-leading design sessions and the identification of functional requirements with community representatives and end users.
  • Foster and execute partnerships with governments, organizations, collaboratives, and community leaders that allow all involved to leverage talents, networks, and resources for the economic benefit of targeted neighbourhoods.
  • Communicate proactively and effectively with the ECDC executive director on the status of community engagement and relationship building activities and identify potential opportunities for projects the ECDC should consider that are within its mandate. Communication required includes writing project briefs, documenting results of community engagement sessions, writing reports and proposals.
  • Participate in the setting of community engagement goals and measures and determining how to assess the quality and impact of ECDC community engagement activities.
  • Represent the ECDC at community gatherings and at collaborative tables related to ECDC’s mandate.
  • Engage in learning and professional development activities that add value to this position’s work and to the overall work of the ECDC.


A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study and minimum 7 years of field experience in community economic development and community engagement. Fewer years of experience may be considered with a master’s degree.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Able to build and sustain productive relationships with others from all walks of life.
  • Track record of results on housing and business development, working with community.
  • Ability to write and communicate effectively (listening, verbal and written).
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Adaptability/flexibility.
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Works well under stress.
  • Organized, pays attention to detail, able to manage time and resources to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented, collaborative environment requiring strong internal coordination and communication.
  • Strong knowledge of community engagement
  • Excellent facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Able to work flexible hours to accommodate community stakeholders and their schedules. This can include staggered shifts or alternative days off in order to accommodate evening or weekend engagements with community residents and stakeholders.

Please submit your cover letter and resume by following the directions on our website at