The Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) is an exciting new arms-length research centre established through the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program to strengthen Canada’s skills and training ecosystem and ensure Canadians are skilled and equipped to meet the diverse needs of the nation’s employment market. A collaboration between Ryerson University, the Conference Board of Canada and Blueprint-ADE, the FSC-CCF will identify, replicate, and scale evidence-based solutions to improve knowledge of trends and skills, promote more inclusive and responsive career development processes, and improve access to high quality training. Working in collaboration, the FSC-CCF will access a network of more than 150 partners linking thousands of service providers, employers, community groups, academic and practitioner researchers. Building on this growing community of practice, the consortium will complement existing structures and drive systems change by promoting effective policies and practices. The FSC-CCF will enhance existing networks, promoting collaboration using leading-edge technology platforms to create and disseminate new knowledge. It will advance evidence-driven innovation in skills development to improve outcomes, increase inclusivity and resilience, and fuel growth.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization will be responsible for leading, cultivating and facilitating the development of strategic relationships with stakeholders and partners across the Canadian employment, skills and training ecosystem to promote initiatives that align with the Centre’s goals, and for coordinating partnerships with core FSC-CCF partners on all stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization activities. The incumbent will lead the design, development and implementation of strategic engagement plans. The Director will be responsible for liaising with core partners on FSC-CCF’s knowledge mobilization and dissemination efforts, including developing capacity-building opportunities that generate social and economic benefits for Canadians. The Director will initiate, research and implement comprehensive marketing and mixed-media strategies, communications and programs for the Centre. The Director will also support the translation of research and knowledge into products distributed to external stakeholders and the general public to increase awareness and promote the Centre’s strategic objectives.
As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned and passionate leader, with experience working in the public or broader public sector, and have worked in a leadership role for at least 5 years, including experience leading and managing staff. You possess a degree in a related field (Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Advertising) and have experience identifying and applying effective practices in knowledge mobilization. You have a strong understanding of the skills development ecosystem, and have the ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including universities, colleges, community-based organizations, employers, industry associations and unions. You are highly skilled at developing and implementing communications and knowledge mobilization plans, activities and products, and are experienced in stakeholder engagement and consultation. The ideal candidate is adept at building broad networks and managing relationships with internal and external partners across Canada, and has the ability to engage diverse audiences and work with a variety of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy when presented with diverse perspectives and opinions. Skilled at fostering a work environment and culture characterized by innovation, professionalism, collaboration, continuous learning and accountability, you are able to inspire, engage, and motivate others. Fluency in both official languages is preferred.
The FSC-CCF welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.