Program Director

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Headquartered in Montreal, and with additional staff in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, the McConnell Foundation is a national private foundation that supports efforts to build a more inclusive, sustainable, resilient and innovative Canada.

The Foundation is currently recruiting a Program Director. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team that is co-creating innovative and scalable approaches to some of Canada’s toughest challenges - such as climate change, income inequality, civic engagement, the wellbeing of diverse communities and Indigenous reconciliation - while also developing innovative approaches to shifting large systems.

The Program Director will work from the Montreal office. The Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Interested applicants should upload their cover letter and cv to:

Deadline: May 3, 2019

Position Title: Program Director

Purpose: The Program Director advances the Foundation’s objectives by developing strategic and operational relationships with key stakeholders in multiple sectors, by managing a portfolio of grants and Foundation initiatives, and by generating and disseminating knowledge from our grants and programs.

Supervisor: Vice President

Main responsibilities

  • Undertakes research and development activities and co-designs new program initiatives
  • Builds and maintains multi-sectoral partnerships to achieve transformational change in areas of interest to the Foundation
  • Reviews and analyzes proposals for funding
  • Acts as a liaison with grantees, monitoring and evaluating a full portfolio of active grants
  • Prepares proposals, dashboards and reports for the Board
  • Writes blogs, stories, reports and articles, analyzing the outcomes of grants and initiatives, and disseminating knowledge generated by Foundation activities
  • Participates in continuous learning on Foundation-related programs and related activities

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in at least one of Canada’s official languages; functional in both.
  • Computer literacy, including commonly used cloud-computing tools.
  • Flexibility, intellectual curiosity and openness to change are essential.
  • Superior interpersonal skills in working with colleagues, applicants, grantees, and stakeholders from a range of sectors and cultures.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of cross-disciplinary teams.

Experience / Requirements

  • Mid-career (10-20 years), pan-Canadian experience and perspective, with demonstrated capacity to develop and manage programs using a social innovation lens.
  • Domain expertise in one or more areas of particular interest to the Foundation will be considered an asset.
  • Experience working with government, philanthropy, business and private sectors.
  • Familiarity with the evolution of philanthropy in Canada, including the use of impact investing as a complement to granting

Interested applicants should upload their cover letter and cv to:


3 May 2019
McConnell Foundation
Montreal  Quebec