Regional Initiatives Manager

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CCEDNet is a values-based, non-profit association committed to connecting people and ideas for action that builds local economies, strengthens communities, and benefits everyone. We have members throughout Canada, including organizations, networks, and individuals who are strengthening sustainable and equitable local economies. Members are active across many sectors such as community development, social enterprise, rural development, co-operative development, employment development, and housing.

We are committed to the values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Dignity, Self-Determination, Solidarity, and Local Control. Together, we are working towards sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, environmental, and economic futures through our Theory of Change.


While CCEDNet is a national association, we recognize that community economic development and related fields are often organized at local or sectoral levels. Practitioners need supportive structures, policies and programs, networks, and information systems that are tuned to their local needs and opportunities. Provincial and local governments often have jurisdiction over important policies that affect our work. At the same time, some CED practices or related sectors really benefit from convening and development opportunities focused on their unique needs. This is why CCEDNet has often had projects, coalitions, or hubs operating at these levels. As we operationalize our new Theory of Change, we decided to dedicate resources to this scope of activities, led by our Director of Regional and Strategic Initiatives. Some of the projects that are included in this portfolio are CCEDNet-Manitoba, administrative support of Alberta SEED, work to convene the federal Investment Readiness Program (IRP) partnership, and a variety of other collaborative projects focused on particular regions or practices within the CED movement across Canada.


You will contribute to a more connected, robust, and powerful CED, social economy, social innovation ecosystem by growing our reach into under-connected regions, assisting members and network partners to launch projects, resource activities, and strengthen relationships at regional levels. 


As a generalist who thrives on building strong relationships, a system thinker, and a confident facilitator of meetings and collaborative projects, this is your opportunity to use your skills to build and serve the CED movement from coast to coast to coast. You will support organizations that do extraordinary CED work.  

  • Develop and implement a process to undertake regional ecosystem development projects as part of the IRP. Also provide support as needed to the members and partners implementing these projects, which could include a range of activities such as environmental scans or collective priority setting, research and knowledge mobilization, convening groups of leaders for sector development, piloting new collaborative projects, planning government relations, and more. This will include intake, selection, and contracting with approximately 5-10 contractors.
  • Convene key partners focused on grassroots community investment organizations (such as opportunity development co-ops in Alberta or CEDIFs in Nova Scotia) in 4 sessions to share learning and identify needed ecosystem development for this part of the social finance landscape in Canada. 
  • Engage with CCEDNet members and partners about their local needs and what role the Network could play in strengthening their regional ecosystem. Detail your findings to the Regional & Strategic Initiatives team to help the strategy evolve and improve.
  • Support the Regional & Strategic Initiatives team with a variety of other tasks as needed, which may include: helping with a local meeting or event; updating websites or other communications content; bringing partners or actors together to learn more about each other's work, etc. 
  • Contribute to federal and other funder relationship management including providing details to the Director for reports to funders and internal management systems.


As part of the Regional & Strategic Initiatives Strategy at CCEDNet, you will report directly to the Director of Regional & Strategic Initiatives. You’ll collaborate with other leaders in this portfolio including the Partnership Manager and Engagement Manager for the Investment Readiness Program, the Manitoba Network Manager, and AB Seed’s lead contractor. At CCEDNet, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with staff team members working on national engagement, public policy, and learning & innovation, as well as forming strong working relationships with our administration and finance team. You’ll meet a variety of members from regions and strategic sectors or practices across the country. 

This position can be fully remote. Or if you are located where we currently have team offices in Victoriaville (Québec), Winnipeg, Toronto or Ottawa you may choose to work hybrid or full-time in the office.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates who are legally able to work in Canada and can accommodate a flexible working schedule to meet the needs of working across all Canadian time zones. There's potential that this position may require some evening, weekend and/or overtime hours. Some domestic travel will also be required.


You have bilingual communication skills in French and English along with experience working in community led organizations, community networks, or related fields. You are comfortable and proficient with a variety of communication platforms and participatory meeting facilitation. 

You know how to navigate network, association, coalition building and governance models with ease. You understand how local action requires a coordinated regional, provincial, and federal ecosystem of support. And you have a proven track record of using your skills in relationship building, outreach, and project management to support this ecosystem. 

You have a growing knowledge of CED, social economy, social innovation, social finance and a deepening understanding of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. You are aware of your own lived experience of systemic barriers or privilege, and how that shapes your unique contribution to strategic social change.


By the end of your first 2 months:

  • Oriented to CCEDNet’s regional and strategic approach to date
  • Understand the theory of change
  • Met members and partners across the network
  • Developed and begun to deliver the funds for regional ecosystem development
  • Organized the first meeting of community investment organization practitioners

By June 30, 2023:

  • Contracted and supported the 5-10 regional projects undertaking ecosystem development initiatives
  • Organized the 4 meetings of community investment organization practitioners
  • Met with many CCEDNet members and staff to gather their input about how the network should engage at regional levels moving forward
  • Contributed to IRP funder reporting and relationship management
  • Provided a final report with recommendations and reflections on CCEDNet’s emerging Regional & Strategic Initiatives strategy


Please send your resume and cover letter to hr-rh (at) by the end of day August 22, 2022 with “Regional Initiatives Manager” in the subject line. 

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: 

  • What knowledge and experience are you excited to bring to this role?
  • What are your skills and strengths you will apply to this position? 
  • What are you most curious to learn in this position? 

CCEDNet provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with stated needs. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

We appreciate all applications. After a notice that the application has been received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


This is a term position until at least June 30, 2023.  Extension of the funding is under consideration. This is a full-time position (37.5 hours / week) starting as soon as possible. We support our employees by offering salaries that reflect regional variances in cost of living. For this position, the starting salary range is $50,472 - $55,415 if you are located in Victoriaville (where our head office is located) or $58,917 to $64,687 if you are in Toronto, with other regions in between. We are happy to discuss the starting salary range for your region during the interview process.

  • A competitive benefit package and health plan paid by CCEDNet
  • RRSP contributions
  • Paid time off including up to 3 weeks of vacation (annually, prorated), an office closure from December 25 - January 1, sick time, and personal obligation days
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A flexible and supportive work environment


We are a team of Convenors, Connectors, Facilitator, Advocates and Partners dedicated to community empowerment and economic justice. We challenge the status quo and build alternatives using intersection, intersectoral, and collaborative approaches. Our depth and breadth of experience, knowledge, and commitment to learning can be seen in the impact we have and the results we achieve. We care about our work and we care about each other. 

For this position, the starting salary range is $50,472 - $55,415 if you are located in Victoriaville (where our head office is located) or $58,917 to $64,687 if you are in Toronto, with other regions in between.
22 Aug 2022
Remote, Hybrid, or Full-Time in a Regional Office  --
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