Job Opportunity: Impact Officer

Impact Officer (Nanaimo and Cowichan)

Close date: 11:59 pm, May 07, 2021
Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, available start date, and salary range expectation to Julie Miller Rushton, Director Community Impact, at



United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is looking for two Impact Officers to join our Impact team, working five days per week, delivering the United Way mission in Central Island and the Cowichan area through;

  • implementing UWCNVI’s role as Community Entity (CE) for Reaching Home (RH): Canada's Homelessness Strategy (Designated and Indigenous funding streams) in the communities of Cowichan and Nanaimo
  • community development work to understand key social issues and;
  • identifying/recommending funding opportunities and monitoring United Way investments.

The main focus of this position is supporting the community development process and overseeing the investment strategy of RH in Nanaimo and Cowichan to produce tangible results. United Way is the CE for RH Designated/Indigenous funding in Nanaimo and Cowichan.

You must be passionate about the social service sector, be team-oriented, have excellent communication skills, a strong understanding of community development and experience in contract negotiation and management. 



  • Minimum Bachelor degree in social/human services
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in either a foundation or non-profit setting in granting/program evaluation/community development
  • Analytical skills, sound judgment and attention to detail is essential
  • Excellent skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and grant management software
  • Criminal Records check required
  • Valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle required
  • Available to travel and work occasional evenings/weekends with a flexible schedule



  • Resourceful, self-motivated, strong work ethic, team player and positive attitude
  • Strong knowledge/interest in the social service sector and a desire to strengthen Island communities
  • Ability to build strong relationships with funders, donors, volunteers, staff, funded agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written) skills and strong presentation skills
  • Excellent time management and ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to identify and facilitate community-based stories to assist the Communications team
  • High ethical standards in handling/maintaining confidential information of programs, donor records. Compliance with UWCNVI’s donor bill of rights
  • Professional demeanour, attire and presentation required



  • An understanding and appreciation of local First Nation and Indigenous customs, culture, and needs
  • Knowledge/experience with homelessness initiatives, including policies and programs
  • Knowledge/experience with poverty reduction/mental health initiatives


Preference will be given to members of the following designated group(s): Indigenous Peoples. Candidates from this group who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify in their application.

The preference is for this position to be based in Cowichan. Some travel to other communities within the United Way CNVI region is required.

UWCNVI has been strengthening individuals and our Island communities since 1958.
As part of the strong Canada-wide United Way network, UWCNVI taps into solutions and successes from other parts of the country to implement locally.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, available start date, and salary range expectation to Julie Miller Rushton, Director Community Impact, at by 11:59 pm, May 07, 2021.
No phone calls, please.