Choices for Youth (CFY) is a professional services, youth-focused, non-profit, charitable organization that creates spaces and conversations, and operates programs and social enterprises to help vulnerable youth secure stable housing, employment, and education while improving health and family stability.

At CFY, we are working in close partnership with service providers, government and community leaders to drive innovative and sustainable responses to the challenges faced by youth across the province. Our work in this arena involves knowledge mobilization, advocacy, strategic communications and marketing, creating spaces for collaboration, and leading social change efforts.

CFY is seeking a Strategic Initiatives Officer to join our Strategic Initiatives Team. The team oversees policy, advocacy, strategic events, community consultation, and research and evaluation initiatives for CFY. Reporting to the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, the Strategic Initiatives Officer will support Choices for Youth’s work in policy and advocacy; strategic events and publications; community-based processes, consultations and development; and provincial expansion efforts. Playing a key role in CFY’s many strategic events and projects, this role will involve a large degree of collaboration with other community agencies, government departments, and CFY staff across the organization. This role will also involve independent work through research and writing.

Duties & Responsibilities

This scope and portfolio of work on the Strategic Initiatives Team is often emergent and in response to community needs and opportunities. The role of the Strategic Initiatives Officer requires ability to quickly learn new topics, engage with subject matter experts and develop a broad understanding of key issues affecting youth and young families in NL.

  • Support collaborative community-based work to help inform CFY and joint public policy initiatives

  • Support the development of policy briefs, reports, and summaries for government and other key stakeholders

  • Support in coordinating and facilitating community-based consultations (online and in-person)

  • Develop online and in-person surveys

  • Maintain regular contact with community service agencies across the province

  • Conduct regular research on emerging issues and relevant policy work across the sector

  • Develop project budgets and provide cost estimations as needed

  • Liaise with staff across the organization to identify strategic needs and ensure that work captures lived experience and captures organizational priorities

  • Assist in strategic planning processes

  • Support facilitating opportunities for collaboration between community agencies and post-secondary institutions to improve post-secondary student wellness

  • Support CFY’s work towards establishing an Integrated Service Delivery Initiative in NL

  • Support CFY’s work towards piloting regional supporting housing initiatives

  • Other duties as required

Qualifications & Experience

  • Post-secondary degree in social work, sociology, public policy, communications, public administration, community development, or equivalent combination of education/relevant experiences.

  • A minimum of 1-3 years’ experience in program development, community development, policy/advocacy work, facilitation, and/or community-based events planning.

  • Experience writing reports, policy briefs, and/or other forms of communications

  • Strong research and writing skills

  • Experience with survey design and development

  • Strong time and task management skills

  • Strong facilitation skills

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

  • Ability to travel across the province as needed

  • General knowledge of the social services sector and various community agencies in NL

  • Proficiency in the use of standard office computer hardware and software


  • Experience in strategic planning and/or systems thinking

  • Grant writing experience

  • Knowledge of Provincial and Federal Government systems

Work Hours

Regular hours of work for this position are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday (35 hours per week). Flexibility in work hours will be required to accommodate higher work volumes and organizational requirements, including occasional and emergent need to work evenings and weekends.


The salary for this position will be $45,281 to $50,323 annually. CFY offers a competitive compensation package, including: a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter with ID #SIO0720 in the subject line to:

Lucas Geary

Human Resources Specialist and Jen Crowe Strategic Initiatives Coordinator


This competition will remain opened until filled. CFY appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.

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261 Duckworth Street

St. John's, NL A1C 1G9


P: 709.754.0446

F: 709.726.3125

Choices for Youth

Registered Charity

130889942 RR0001

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