Director Social Research & Planning (United Way Perth-Huron)

Director Social Research & Planning
United Way Perth-Huron
Stratford, ON
Full-time permanent (37.5 hours/week)
Position Summary:
This is a full time position at United Way of Perth-Huron.  The Director of Social Research & Planning is responsible to manage, direct and support community research, social planning as directed by the Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) and the United Way Perth-Huron.  The Director Social Research & Planning will report to the Executive Director.   

  • Experience in building relationships in the community with multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with community groups from different sectors (including government and social service agencies/networks) and different cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge of content related to communities, populations, and social issues specific to assigned portfolio(s).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with mixed methods research, including, but not limited to qualitative research strategies.
  • Ability to write and/or supervise the writing of evidence-based research reports.
  • Working knowledge of data analysis.
  • Ability to adapt and find creative solutions in a changing work environment with multiple deadlines and pressures.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently

Education & Experience:
  • Minimum general university degree (e.g. General B.A.) or equivalent in related field. Masters in a related discipline degree preferred.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience
  • Previous management experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft office programs.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Supports and engages the Social Research and Planning Council and its committees.
  • Supervises SRPC staff and consultants (when required) for programs and projects.
  • Obtains needed funding for ongoing operations and special projects.
  • Develops and monitors program/project budgets.
  • Supports creation of and monitoring of SRPC’s strategic plan.
  • Oversees the creative design, printing, distribution of reports.
  • Oversees marketing and communications in conjunction with United Way communications staff.
  • Identifies research needs; project manages related reports.
  • Authors/oversees consultants to complete research reports within ethical guidelines.
  • Oversees development and ongoing implementation of myPerthHuron.
  • Oversees development and ongoing implementation of the Perth-Huron Non-Profit Network.
  • Leads/Facilitates and/or participates in collaborative planning groups and community planning processes.
  • Engages in advocacy of relevant social issues to community and local government through presentations or other appropriate means.
  • Leads SRPC and United Way with Government Relations.
  • Supports United Way Community Committees in advocacy and community development as needed.
  • Represents the SRPC and/or the United Way at community, provincial or national committees.
  • Organizes community forums, workshops, and events as required.
  • Strategically builds strong and enduring relationships with community partners, funders, and volunteers.

About work for United Way Perth-Huron
UWPH is a 100% local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 34,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. UWPH staff and volunteers are passionate about the community they work and live in. If you are interested in being part of a close-knit caring team, working in a fast-paced fluid environment and are ready to create local impact, we look forward to receiving your application.
Application Procedure
Qualified applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume outlining qualifications by
Monday, June 27, 2022 via:
Mail: Attention: Jeanine Clarke
United Way Perth-Huron
32 Erie Street
Stratford, ON  N5A 2M4
The successful candidate will be expected to be in agreement with the mission and policies of UWPH. We thank all applicants for applying. However, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.