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Country Director, Canada Programs

  • Posted:Oct 15, 2019
  • Apply by:Oct 31, 2019
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Manager
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Kids/youth
  • Impact Category
  • Nonprofit
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

Reporting to the Global Director, Country Operations, the Country Director, Canada Programs is responsible for providing high-level oversight, strategic guidance and technical support to RTP Programs in Canada.  The ultimate goal of the position is to manage and grow Right To Play’s programs in Canada to increase the quality, efficiency and long-term impact of our programs; and to promote and advocate for sustained high-level engagement of civil society organizations and the communities with which we partner.
The position is based in Toronto, Ontario; however, extensive travel within Canada and some travel internationally are required.


Job Responsibility #1: Donor Stewardship, Advocacy and Fundraising (30% of Time):

  • Leads the development of the domestic government fundraising strategy and efforts with the support of the Canada Programs Partnerships Manager.
  • Works closely with the fundraising team in the Canadian National Office at Right To Play to secure additional revenue for Canada Programs through corporate, foundation and high net-worth individual fundraising.
  • Leads the development of proposals in coordination with all internal stakeholders.
  • Keeps abreast of the trends within the donor environment in Canada.
  • Participates in policy discussions pertaining to Right To Play’s domestic programs.
  • Leads donor stewardship for all domestic government donors including ongoing relationship development, events, and regular engagement.
  • Represents Right To Play to current or potential donors to secure and sustain funding, including government/institutional donors, corporate sector and foundations.

Job Responsibility #2: Communication and Representation (20% of Time):
  • Represents Right To Play in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contributes towards consolidating and raising the profile of Right To Play.
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with local organizations and networks and establishes national strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society, particularly Indigenous governing bodies and Indigenous-led organizations.
  • Represents the organization in local media, promotes knowledge of Right To Play programs, mandates, and values amongst all stakeholders, potential partners and the general public with a high degree of political acumen and deep understanding of Canadian discourse surrounding reconciliation and allyship.
  • Facilitates donor visits and meetings with a high degree of cultural competence.
  • Serves as the main contact for all external stakeholders of Right To Play’s Canada Programs.
  • Promotes Right To Play’s organizational identity and capacity to all stakeholders and partners and ensures Right To Play remains relevant to the changing needs of disadvantaged people in the country.
  • Ensures strong working relationships and collaboration with current and new partner organizations through regular correspondence, engagement, reporting, and meetings.
  • Supports preparation and hosting of strategic donor and Right To Play senior leadership visits.
Job Responsibility #3: Program Strategy Development and Implementation (15% of Time):
  • Develops the strategic vision and direction of the program(s) in line with the strategic direction of Right To Play International.
  • Ensures accountability of Right To Play activities at all levels through efficient and transparent use of program resources.
  • Further develops and refines comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks and systems that align with program, beneficiary and donor needs, and demonstrate a deep understanding of the OCAP Principles.
  • Keeps abreast of the social-economic and political changes in the environment and undertakes timely strategic review of the Right To Play program strategy in Canada ensuring continued relevance particularly within anti-racist/anti-oppressive models of community development as well as Indigenous models of community development.
  • Maintains close communication with HQ and the Global Programs Unit concerning relevant factors and changes in the environment.
  • Coordinates the production of timely quality program reports in line with the Right To Play and donor requirements.
Job Responsibility #4: Program Financial Management, Quality and Reporting (15% of Time):
  • Provides oversight on all finance and administrative management of the Program.
  • Oversees the Canada Programs annual budget and monitors and verifies the program budgets in adherence to approved budgets and procedures.
  • Oversees the Canada Programs funding framework to ensure that all budgets align with donor requirements and grants.
  • Ensures adequate mechanisms are in place for monthly & quarterly budget monitoring and reviews and minimizes significant expenditure variances.
  • Ensures monthly & quarterly financial monitoring systems provide timely and relevant reports to Canada Programs staff and the Global Programs Unit, including analysis and tracking of grant commitments and obligations.
  • Oversees the effective implementation and compliance with the Finance Manual & other internal policies as well as compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreement.
  • Ensures all program staff have an understanding of financial and internal control systems, budget and work in compliance with Right To Play Finance policies, authorization level policies, procedures.
  • Oversees the collation and timely submission of key technical, baseline, project evaluation, donor and other monitoring and evaluation related reports to donors and the Global Program Unit as required. Oversees annual and project-specific audit processes within the Canada Programs.
  • Ensures that learning is regularly generated within all projects, documented and shared.
  • Ensures all monthly, quarterly finance reports are accurate and submitted to HQ in timely manner.
Job Responsibility #5: People Management, Capacity Building and Compliance (15% of Time):
  • Oversees overall Canada Programs people management processes providing advice on the management of all staff to ensure this complies with Right To Play’s stated policies, practices and procedures as well as the relevant employment laws.
  • Ensures that staff recruitment meets high-quality standards in terms of competencies, experience and character in order to drive the organization to excellence.
  • Provides advice on the interpretation of policies, regulations and processes and supports the senior team in explaining rights and responsibilities to the staff in accordance with the Right To Play employee policies and relevant labour law.
  • Oversees and monitors efficiency and fairness of recruitment processes following Right To Play guidelines in coordination with the Global People & Culture team and the Global Program Unit. 
  • Ensures all employees receive the appropriate orientation and understand the Right To Play structure, policies, processes and systems and the work required from them.
  • Oversees the mentoring and training of staff to ensure that they have the appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their full capacity.
  • Ensures adequate implementation of the Performance Management System including performance work planning, reviews, appraisals and staff development.
  • Leads, coaches and develops the Senior Management Team, ensures they are equipped with required expertise in programmes, policy, advocacy and finance.
  • Ensures that the Canada Programs Senior Management Team is effective, mutually supporting and efficiently involved in decision making.
  • Responds to legal claims or investigations, seeking legal advice as appropriate.
Job Responsibility #6: Security, Safety and Welfare (5% of Time):
  • Carries out risk, vulnerability and threat assessments as well as physical security assessments of all sites making prioritized recommendations for improvement through the Standard Operating Procedures and contingency plans, and follows through with approved recommendations until they are fully implemented.
  • Ensures that child safeguarding and gender equality are integrated into all program and organizational risk assessments and budget and quality mitigation strategies are put in place. 
  • Ensures that staff, coaches, leaders and volunteers are aware of the Child Safeguarding and Gender Equality Polices, receive adequate training, sign the Attestation of Commitment to Child Safeguarding Form and RTP Code of Conduct, and act in compliance with this policy.
  • Ensures adequate reporting on child safeguarding matters as well as any violations of policy or compliance.   


Required (must have):
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, development studies, social work, education or other related discipline OR comparable combination of education and lived experience working with and in Indigenous communities and/or an anti-racist community development environment.
Desired (asset):
  • Post-secondary degree in Indigenous Studies and/or Public Policy.
  • 8 years’ experience in a leadership role within a large organization working on strategic planning, government relations, project planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, human resources and financial management, required.
  • Experience in managing issues related to international or community development programming (e.g. sport for development, health, education, community recreation programs, gender equality, etc.), required.
  • Minimum 5 years of fundraising experience, desired.
  • 3- 5 years’ experience working with First Nations or other Aboriginal communities in Canada, required.
  • Consensus-based leadership, influencing and managerial skills
  • Strategic planning skills and the ability to translate strategy into operational plans
  • Diplomacy
  • Personal connection to Indigenous and/or anti-racist programming
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leaders
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Strong presentation  skills
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to set team priorities, manage projects and budgets.
  • Proven knowledge of program management tools and procedures
  • Proven knowledge of budgetary control and financial management, including ability to read and understand financial data.
  • Proven experience in proposal development and report writing
  • Demonstrated computer skills especially in MS Office packages

  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Fluency in Indigenous languages and/or French is not required, but an asset.

You are a highly driven, results-oriented, collaborative and well-rounded leader with a passion for working with children and youth.  You are an exceptional communicator with excellent networking skills. You are thrilled at the opportunity to make an impact in the Aboriginal communities of Canada and you love fundraising.


The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including Group RRSP Plan with 3% matching contributions, gym membership, flexible work policy (e.g. work from home and flex hours) and summer/winter hours.

About us

Right To Play's mission is to protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.

Every day, millions of children face poverty, war, disease and poor education. For many of these children, culture, tradition and economic barriers can force them into dangerous and limiting futures, which may include child labor, early marriage, illiteracy and violence. Right To Play empowers the children in our programs to rise above these barriers, discover possibilities, and find a way back to hope. We harness the power of play to protect, educate and empower children to rise above these challenges and unlock their potential.

Play keeps children in school and out of work. It helps them overcome challenges that could rob them of their dignity, their promise and put them at risk. Play teaches them how to prevent disease and resolve conflicts, and gives them the confidence to dismantle barriers and create opportunities where often there were none.
Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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