BC Local Government Job Posting Service

City of Surrey
Surrey CityLab Lead
(18 Month Term)

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, the City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building a thriving, green, inclusive city. City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive the city forward. The City of Surrey is recognized as a BC Top Employer and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Surrey CityLab is a three year (2018 - 2021) initiative and collaboration between Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the City of Surrey designed to engage the region’s post-secondary students in real-world issues affecting the City, and to offer interdisciplinary and integrated learning opportunities for KPU and SFU students. Surrey CityLab is supported and guided by a governance structure comprised of representatives from each of the partners.

Reporting to the Manager, Sustainability, the Surrey CityLab Lead is responsible for:
  • Identify, build and promote critical relationships with and across Faculties and instructors, City staff and committees, and the broader Surrey community to enable meaningful experiential learning opportunities for KPU and SFU students.
  • Connect instructors with City staff and community stakeholders and ensuring alignment with City priorities and community needs.
  • Convene stakeholders to create a shared vision and helping them move forward in support of that shared vision.
  • Negotiate terms of reference, budgets and other complex agreements between partners.
  • Manage the day-to-day workings of the Lab including overseeing the budget, planning and executing events to showcase CityLab work, and organizing meetings of the governance committees.
  • Steward the CityLab connection with the City Studio network.
  • Oversee communications including website, social media, progress reports, and media relations.
  • Explore long-term physical space for the CityLab, as well as additional funding partners.

Our ideal candidate can demonstrate the following qualifications:
  • Have a minimum of a post-secondary diploma or Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, business, community development, or a related field.
  • Have five or more years of relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Have A good understanding of and commitment to experiential learning and/or city-campus programs and partnerships.
  • Explore challenges and opportunities at a systems level and be a strategic and creative thinker with the ability to quickly advance the initiative.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build deep and widereaching relationships by being a skilled facilitator, question-asker, and listener.
  • Seek and support new ideas.
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and manage details and daily logistics.
  • Demonstrate ability to support and manage communications among stakeholders.
  • Be comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, including good judgment about when to take initiative and when to solicit advice and guidance from partners.
  • Have exemplary communication skills, both written and oral.

Assets include:
  • Experience with post-secondary institutional culture and institutions (including KPU and SFU).
  • Experience managing and/or coordinating community projects.
  • Familiarity with developmental evaluation.

Additional Comments: This position has the opportunity to be extended, or shift in its responsibilities as the Surrey CityLab grows and the staffing and skills requirements evolve. Due to the shared funding and governance arrangement between the partners, your application for this position will be shared, in confidence, with the Surrey CityLab partners from the City of Surrey, KPU, and SFU.

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Location: Surrey, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Program Management/Services
Posted: November 28, 2018, 6:06 pm
Expires: January 31, 2019, 4:30 pm