Community Navigator Job

Summary of Position
Gordon Neighbourhood House is located on the territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Gordon Neighbourhood House has served as a community hub in Vancouver’s West End since 1942. We have a history of working alongside our friends and neighbours to facilitate connection, engagement and collaboration, while seizing opportunities for community development. We work alongside community and sister organizations to offer programs that reflect the needs of our diverse community.

In partnership with the City of Vancouver, Gordon Neighbourhood House is seeking a person to fill the role of ‘Community Navigator’ to engage traditionally under-represented communities in the Vancouver Plan.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is an equal opportunity employer. Respect for the dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace is fundamental. Our organizational values are anchored in the importance of diversity, fairness, and trust.

$33 per hour, up to 75 hours of work between November 2020 to January 2021

Reports To
Director of Community Development

Working with various community groups, the Community Navigator will engage neighbours and facilitate  in-person and virtual sessions regarding community planning.

Part-time, Contract Position: 75 hours of work in total
The hours of this position are dependent on funding, and may increase or decrease if additional funding is secured, or new programs are introduced.

Skills, Qualifications, Requirements: 

  • Persons with lived experience, from equity-seeking groups or representing intersectional identities; for example: Indigenous; Urban Indigenous; Black and African diaspora; Underrepresented racialized communities; Two spirited, transgendered and gender-diverse community; Migrant workers; Persons with disability; Persons with lived experience of homelessness, sex work, and/or drug use; Newcomer/refugees; Speakers whose mother tongue is other than English.

  • Connections to a broader range of networks, including those from: social and community services, arts and culture, health, education, business, religious, geographic and language communities, etc.

  • Language and/or cultural competencies to communicate and support dialogue with underrepresented communities

  • Demonstrated experience in organizing, facilitating, and reporting back

  • Ability to work online, including participating in online meetings (eg. Zoom)

  • Support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with understanding of issues faced by communities is an asset

  • Experience in capacity building, peer leadership, and counselling is an asset

  • Knowledge of municipal government, social and community services is an asset


  • Work with organization staff to organize and convene sessions with community participants representative of those from traditionally excluded communities because of race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, socio-economic status, and other contributing factors.

  • Review prior engagement with target community and tailor engagement format, activities and/or questions to needs of their specific communities, applying expertise and cultural competencies to enable participants to contribute to planning exercises.

  • Work with organization staff to identify and provide relevant supports to ensure attendees may meaningfully participate, such as facilitation, interpretation, childminding, honoraria, etc.

  •  Share learnings and discuss with other Community Navigators at cross-organization sessions to collectively respond to staff policy being drafted.

  • Attend and participate in regular online City-led sessions, including orientations, workshops, check-ins, and evaluations.

  • Work with City staff to document results of engagement sessions and provide input on programme design


Please email your application to with a resume and cover letter attached. Please include ‘Community Navigator’ in the subject line. We thank all that apply, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.