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Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
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Full Time
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2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Program Coordinator, North Star Program

Action Dignity (Formerly Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary) is a community-based organization that facilitates the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation through collaboration.


Job Posting #19-3 (Anticipated Hiring)

Position Title:         Program Coordinator, North Star Program

Reports To:            Programs and Policy Manager

Direct Reports:      Community Brokers


Position Summary:

This position will oversee the North Star Program. The North Star initiative is a partnership between Action Dignity, North East Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative (NEDVPC), and United Way of Calgary and Area for community-led projects on domestic violence primary prevention and healthy communities.  NEDVPC is a volunteer-led collaborative of 18 diverse community organizations in North of McKnight communities.  The purpose of the program to further enrich, integrate and sustain community-led initiatives through these diverse community groups.  It also will train and support Community Brokers to engage with ethno-cultural communities to co-design non-programmatic domestic violence prevention strategies with ethno-cultural community leaders and members.

The Program Coordinator will apply community development principles and approaches in the implementation, evaluation and further development of North Star. This position is directly accountable to the Programs and Policy Manager. This is a full-time position of 37.5 hours per week that comes with a benefit package and requires occasional flexible time commitment.

The project will include several activities such as (but not limited to):

  • Building and training a pool of community brokers and mentors and supporting peer groups
  • Raising awareness of domestic violence, and supporting community-led actions to prevent it
  • Strengthening service provider collaborations
  • Supporting the backbone function and capacity development for a community domestic violence prevention collaborative

This initiative recognizes the important roles played by natural supports in community-led domestic violence prevention initiatives, hence it invests in enhancing and building the capacity of peer supports, role models and mentors in the ethno-cultural communities.

North Star will collaborate with various stakeholders, including service providers, public institutions, academe, businesses and key leaders in addressing the systemic, structural and cultural roots of domestic violence.



  • Encourage culturally relevant programming by domestic violence service providers and related public institutions
  • Expand, enhance and organize peer support groups
  • Organize and direct the North Star Brokers to implement the initiative and ActionDignity activities
  • Train brokers, mentors, and role models on approaches to domestic violence prevention
  • Administer community grants for domestic violence prevention together with NEDVPC
  • Provide backbone support to NEDVPC, and build partnerships through the other issues they are working on
  • Design and offer organizational capacity building sessions to NEDVPC member organizations to support collaboration and community action plans
  • Mentor and support NEDVPC’s community-led initiatives using a community development approach in prevention
  • Conduct or participate in community-based participatory action research that tests, explores and supports effective and emerging practices in primary prevention of domestic violence in ethno-cultural communities
  • Foster coalition and networks with mental health sectors, addictions (fentanyl) working groups and allies (Indigenous community, all abilities, LGBTQ+s, women’s groups, faith groups, etc.) and support engagement strategies that promote healthy relationships particularly in ethno-cultural communities
  • Write regular reports, develop related proposals, conduct periodic evaluation, enrich the outcome measurement framework, and fulfill all other related tasks
  • Implement other tasks and participate in organization and staff activities as required



  • Minimum 3 years experience as coordinator in programs using participatory and innovative community development approaches in training, research, organizing, recruitment and mobilization.
  • Strong grasp of the concept of primary prevention of domestic violence, experience in ad-dressing these through community action, and knowledge of related policies and laws in domestic violence, family law and related areas such as immigration.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated skills and ability to work effectively with cross-cultural groups.
  • Solid foundational understanding of community development principles and practice, as well as community action planning and implementation.
  • Minimum of college or university undergraduate degree in community development, social work, social sciences or related field.
  • Strong program management and facilitation skills and knowledge of theory of change framework.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language other than English an asset.
  • Excellent team player and works well independently.


Assets and Working Conditions

  • A valid driver’s license and own vehicle an asset
  • Open to occasional flexible work hours 


Please submit both a cover letter and a resume specifying Job Posting #19-03 via email to [email protected] by March 22, 2019.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for interview will be contacted.