Job Opportunities

Community Projects Lead

Lakeside HOPE House provides tangible, compassionate assistance and care to those in the Guelph community through immediate relief and ongoing support. Our goal is to foster a greater level of independence by delivering front-line services and support that allow our community members to maintain their dignity and choice. This is accomplished through a diverse range of programs and services including  choice-based Food and Clothing Markets, HOPE Stylin’ Haircuts, a community Edu-Kitchen, a Guelph Community Backpack Project, a daily Café, a HOPE for the Holidays program, and other programs to all Guelph residents (including children) living in poverty.


Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Projects Lead ensures that Lakeside HOPE House is able to execute their community projects on an ongoing basis. The successful applicant will cultivate relationships with community partners, develop and execute the four community projects, and be responsible for grant management. This role will require project management skills, relationship management skills, time management skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills.


HOPE House’s community projects include the:

  • Community Eatery – a social enterprise pilot that is investigating the feasibility of addressing youth unemployment through the creation of a café that would employ vulnerable youth giving them the opportunity to learn soft skills, earn a living wage, and build their resume.
  • Harvest of HOPE – a partnership with multiple community partners to grow fresh produce at multiple locations. The harvest from these sites is either sold through local affordable community markets or distributed for free through the HOPE House Food Market.
  • HOPE for the Holidays – a project that aims to not only provide Christmas Hampers to families in need, but also provide several other holiday programs such as a Christmas brunch, cookie exchange, photos with Santa, and an affordable Christmas market to create new holiday traditions with our community.
  • Guelph Community Backpack Project – a city-wide backpack program which is coordinated by HOPE House and provides over 1,300 backpacks to students in need across the city.


The final component of the role is the identification, preparation, submission of grants application and reports.


Duties and Responsibilities

Community Eatery (year round)

  • Develop business plan based on pilot result
  • Test and prepare menu; secure vendors, suppliers, etc.
  • Oversee the development of marketing plan, materials and brand
  • Secure all required licensing
  • Develop job descriptions and hiring plan for employed youth
  • Develop and oversee training plan for youth
  • Prepare and manage budget


Harvest of HOPE (from May until the middle of October)

  • Develop crop plans for each site (St. Ignatius Northfield and Lakeside Church)
  • Oversee the summer student and volunteers in planting, weeding and harvesting of crop
  • Pick up items to support production (i.e. purchase seeds/plants, tools, etc)
  • Pick up and delivery of harvested items to Lakeside HOPE House
  • Develop and maintain standard procedures document


HOPE for the Holidays (mid October until end of December)

  • Planning, oversight of execution, and evaluation of a Christmas Hamper program, affordable gift market, Christmas brunch and other Holiday activities as identified by community members
  • Develop and maintain standard procedures document


Guelph Community Backpack Project (May until mid September) – supported by a summer student, the Community Projects Lead:

  • Collects and organizes community member applications
  • Works with the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition to coordinate city-wide effort
  • Identifies, sorts and organizes supplies for the assembly of all backpacks
  • Markets this program to the greater community by sharing information with the Communications and Event Lead
  • Collects and organizes volunteers for the execution of the project
  • Coordinates all the assembly and distribution of the backpacks
  • Develop and maintain standard procedures document


Grant Management (year round)

  • Identify and write funding applications (approx.1/month)
  • Prepare and submit grant reports


Other duties as assigned


Working Conditions

  • Hours: 20 hours/week (work hours are flexible)
  • Compensation: $18/hr
  • Eligible to participate in the health benefit plan and group RRSP plan


Direct Reports

  • Summer student and community project volunteers


Competencies & Skills Required

  • Demonstrated success in project management
  • Solid understanding and appreciation of values-based, volunteer driven, not-for-profit organizations
  • Self-motivated and driven to succeed
  • Strong interpersonal, motivational, presentation, networking and communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and appreciation of diversity, and community development
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively from a community driven approach
  • Valid G Driver’s License required
  • Provision of a clean driver’s abstract, letter of experience from insurance company and a vulnerable sector police check – fees will be reimbursed


Lakeside HOPE House is an equal opportunities employer, committed to employment equity. Lakeside HOPE House values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

Resumes will be accepted until Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 4 pm

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