Community Development Liaison - Foundry

Work Area: 
Foundry Central Office
Base Site: 
1045 Howe
Temporary Full Time
End Date: 
Feb 22, 2021
Mental Health

Foundry delivers a health and wellness experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, peer support, and social services. This role is based out of our Foundry Corporate office in downtown Vancouver. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives this is the team for you! To learn more about Foundry and the amazing work we do:


Reporting to Foundry’s Provincial Director, Community Development, the Community Development Liaison functions as part of a team working throughout the province to successfully open and operate Foundry centres and to support community partnerships interested in establishing Foundry centres in the future. This position is responsible for bringing together community partners, service providers, multi stakeholders, diverse groups, and organizational cultures to support community development, ensure site readiness, and assist with change management as part of the work of creating Foundry centres. The Community Development Liaison works collaboratively with the Foundry team and stakeholders to achieve these goals and deliverables through understanding the unique local community contexts and needs; building and valuing partnerships and effective relationships; and facilitating meaningful feedback and engagement with youth, families, clients, partners and communities. The position also develops the framework and tools for successful community development at Foundry sites and serves as a communication link and a project resource throughout the process. The role inspires a positive, professional attitude by acting with integrity and modeling neutrality and cultural humility.

Foundry transforms how young people in British Columbia access health and social services. Our province-wide network of community-based centres, online tools and resources use an approach to wellness that is collaborative, trustworthy, respectful, dynamic, responsive and approachable. Through this provincial initiative, we connect young people with the care and community resources they need to lead a healthy, balanced and fulfilling life.


Knowledge of systems and processes related to community development, governance models, distributed leadership, government and nonprofit partnerships, communications, and non-profits.
Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, policies, programs and services including within BC healthcare and social service systems.
Exceptional group facilitation and communication skills including demonstrated professionalism, tact, good judgment and diplomacy in interactions with senior leaders, both internally and within the community.
Exceptional interpersonal, presentation, management, and relationship building skills.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to lead and promote change by acting with humility to inspire, engage, align and move people to act.
Demonstrated ability to rapidly understand local organizational and partnership culture.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize and analyze.
Diplomatic negotiation and problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated understanding of and ability to practice cultural safety and humility.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Effective organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and balance work.
Excellent computer skills required (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
Ability and willingness to travel on a regular basis to communities throughout BC.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Masters’ degree in a discipline related to Health Care, Non-Profit Management, Community Development, or Leadership and at least five (5) years’ experience in the non-profit sector including experience working with multi-stakeholder processes; developing partnerships and governance structures, and creating and delivering knowledge exchange training content, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Experience working with Indigenous-led organizations, Indigenous communities and/or Indigenous people, experience delivering client-centred care, or experience working with or in a Foundry centre would be strong assets.

Valid BC Driver’s License required. Access to personal vehicle for business related purposes is preferred.


Supports the development of community-based Foundry centres within local contexts and creates the pre-conditions for potential future Foundry centres by developing and using a Community Development framework and related practical tools, and engaging and working with local partners and services providers including Foundry Centre lead agencies, youth, families, and the wider community.

Advances the understanding and implementation of community development practice by identifying opportunities to partner with provincial nonprofits and academic institutions, and developing and implementing a mentorshop/allyship program that builds and strengthens the skills necessary for success.

Provides leadership in facilitating the building of partnerships between Foundry centre lead agencies and local partners, including Health Authorities, MCFD offices, community agencies and other partners as well as working closely with internal Foundry colleagues. Identifies key contacts in regional/local government and local non-profit agencies, facilitates introductions, provides introductory information or training on Foundry, and facilitates community mapping/dialogue for planning purposes.

Partners with the Foundry team charged with establishing centres and participates in the development of project plans and work plans leading up to successful centre openings.

Tracks progress against the project plan for development of Foundry centres, monitors and reports on the status, and reports major issues/obstacles encountered. Makes recommendations regarding scope changes, rationale for change, seeks consensus and proceeds as needed. Acts as a resource to team and staff, provides support and maintains timelines.

Supports buy in and engagement of the program by communicating the status of the plan, and obligations, responsibilities and changes to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed and questions or concerns are addressed.

Supports the development of governance structures for local Foundry centres by participating in the development and implementation of strategies to operationalize public policy in a consistent manner across centres, implementing leadership and educational strategies, and establishing Local Leadership Tables and Youth and Family Advisories.

Facilitates consensus and guides groups to useful outcomes through the effective use of time, space and methods to plan and carry out group processes. Builds and maintains professional knowledge of facilitation processes with a solid base and range of method.

Contributes to the implementation of effective processes to ensure success and to assess risks, identify risk mitigation strategies, and monitor risk throughout the life cycle of the program plan. Works in collaboration with Foundry team and stakeholders to develop a process of evaluation of the program.

Embraces Foundry Values and approach to wellness i.e. collaborative, trustworthy, respectful, dynamic, responsive and approachable. Models a positive professional attitude, acting with integrity and modeling neutrality and cultural humility. Creates and sustains a participatory environment ensuring inclusiveness and creativity, with good communication and managing conflict.

Performs other related duties as assigned.