The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is currently seeking a suitable candidate for the role of Vital Signs Community Coordinator. This role is made possible through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The Vital Signs Community Student Coordinator is responsible for the development of Vital Signs reports in a Nova Scotia community. The role is led and supported by the local management team and supervised the Vital Signs Project Manager based with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.


Under the general direction of the Project Manager and local leadership team, the coordinator will be responsible for:

  1. Researching, collecting and reporting on the broadest and most relevant set of data available from both national and local sources for inclusion in the final report;
  2. Developing written synopses and graphs of the indicators in each Issue Area, including an accurate log of all data sources used, for inclusion in the final report;
  3. Developing a project reference document that includes key contact persons and data source organizations as a practical reference for future updates of Vital Signs;
  4. Organizing and supporting local leadership team’s outreach initiatives, including sponsorship asks;
  5. Working with the Project Manager to ensure project goals are met in a timely fashion;
  6. Planning for local report launches; and
  7. Assisting with other report-related activities and duties as determined by the Project Manager or local leadership team.

Education Level: Some University in a related area

Core Competencies

Interested applicants must be able to demonstrate the following attributes, skills and core competencies:

  • A solid understanding of statistics, mathematics, and/or economics and have a high comfort level in working with same
  • A solid understanding of research approaches and methods
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Self-starter with lots of initiative
  • Strategic thinker and critical thinker
  • High attention to detail
  • Good judgement
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to write in plain language
  • Solid understanding of English grammar
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task (and to understand when multi-tasking is not appropriate)
  • Technologically savvy

Work Term Outcomes:

  1. Print ready or near-final draft of community Vital Signs report.
  2. Student skills development and transfer including research and report writing utilizing critical and analytical thinking (students will need to decide whether the data makes sense so cross-checking is required), communication of data in an accessible way, time management skills, and softer skills which are an essential aspect of success in various roles. Students will gain experience collaborating with diverse stakeholder groups, lead outreach, and manage a project in a time constrained environment.
  3. For communities, increased capacity for collaboration, greater local knowledge of community challenges, and identification of opportunities for collaborative action.
  4. For Nova Scotia, through collaboration and a better understanding of communities, innovative solutions to community challenges may develop which can address social and economic opportunities throughout the province.

This is an exciting summer position for a student in Nova Scotia. Additional criteria required as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program includes:

  • is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
    intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
  • is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and;
  • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to by 5:00pm (AST) on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017.


About Vital Signs

Vital Signs (VS) are used as a strategic decision making tool to facilitate effective responses to community challenges. Report objectives include the following:

  • Measure community vitality across a broad range of quality of life issues
  • Identify significant trends and emerging issues affecting the area
  • Make important information more accessible to local citizens
  • Support local collaboration
  • Encourage community members to find out more and to take action to improve their area, especially in areas aligned with objectives presented in the Ivany Report
  • Engage community stakeholders in identifying and prioritizing issues and in assessing progress in those areas
  • Support ongoing decision-making in an area by identifying and promoting key priorities for the area within a quality of life context

VS reports repurpose existing information to make it more accessible to a broader group of citizens. To date, eleven VS reports have been published in Nova Scotia, including 6 community focused reports (2 in Wolfville and Lunenburg, one each for Halifax and Cape Breton), a provincial report and a youth focused report. In 2015 the report covered the social sector in the province. CFNS reports can be found on our web site at and information about the national program can be found at Note that the report highlights both the challenges and the opportunities within a particular community. Based on experience with past reports, we know that these have been used in at least the following ways:

  • By real estate agents to give newcomers a good understanding of communities
  • By entrepreneurs to identify needs/gaps that can be addressed through small business
  • By Foundations/donors/non profits/governments to identify areas of community need
  • By community members who want to participate in shaping the future of their communities
  • By teachers using the reports to teach math while students also gain an understanding of their community

For more information about our Vital Signs program or to view our recent reports, you can visit the Vital Signs section of our website here.

Job Posting – Vital Signs® Community Coordinator