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Program Manager, EleV

  • Posted:Apr 02, 2019
  • Apply by:May 01, 2019
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Education
  • Impact Category
  • Nonprofit
  • Company Type
  • Foundation

About this position


The Foundation has begun working within Canada in partnership with Indigenous communities and post-secondary institutions to listen, learn and best understand how we can act in meaningful ways.  We look to build upon this initiative ensuring Indigenous youth have the education and employment opportunities to contribute to their communities and achieve their aspirations for the future.

As reflected in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, education is the key driver of improved socio-economic well-being and reconciliation. Through building upon partnerships with Indigenous communities, we look to expand our initiative ultimately helping to support a generation of transformative Indigenous young leaders who will be change agents in their communities.  We believe that by setting a bold target, we will encourage engagement across sectors and create momentum elevating the strengths and opportunities of Indigenous youth. In keeping with our approach, Indigenous communities and young people will be the drivers of this transformation. The program will promote innovations to address longer-term systemic challenges to achieve community economic and social well-being.

The EleV team oversees current and emerging partnerships related to Indigenous education.

Consistent with our overall vision and Youth Africa Works Strategy, we will share learning and opportunity to connect across the work of the Foundation.  While operating in distinct contexts, the centrality of youth voice and vision, affirmation of culture and identity and priority to enhance community capacity for self-reliance are common threads upon which our work is strengthened and reinforced.

The Foundation values innovative and fresh thinking as it strives to become a global thought leader. Its work is achieved by a strategic, nimble and adaptable team with a proactive and results-oriented approach to its philanthropic activities. The organization’s culture is shaped by people who are driven and passionate about the Foundation’s mission.


Reporting to the Associate Director, the Program Manager, EleV will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff, including those within the current EleV team, Program country team members who are developing country strategies and Strategy and Learning colleagues who are managing the learning agenda and research activity.

The Program Manager will provide expertise to help identify constraints that prevent Indigenous youth from achieving their aspirations for education and employment.  Through networking and direct engagement with Indigenous communities and post-secondary institutions, the Program Manager will support the co-creation of programs to build capacity, innovate and enable youth to resolve immediate and systems challenges in education and transition to work.

The Program Manager will contribute expertise regarding Indigenous cultural, legal and education policy within Canada as the Foundation works to deepen and build upon the first phase of EleV. This individual will play a key role engaging and mobilizing regional and national dialogue among communities, education, public and private sector.  They will assist in the design of a portfolio of initiatives and draw insights on key questions in the Foundation’s learning agenda and the overall achievement of the EleV vision.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Associate Director and other staff to achieve team goals.
  • Identify Indigenous education and employment issues and trends that affect education, economic development, legal and financial systems.
  • Diagnose and contribute expertise and in-depth knowledge of Indigenous education efforts, priorities and programs to identify and leverage innovation and strategic opportunities to build partnerships for systems interventions.
  • Provide expertise and knowledge to support the design and management of programs.
  • Engage key public sector officials and other stakeholders on Indigenous education and employment innovation issues.
  • Manage opportunities to strengthen EleV country through convenings and peer learning networks.
  • Manage current or future programs as appropriate, distilling learnings for Foundation staff.
  • Help expand the Foundation team’s capacity relating to Indigenous education, networks and opportunities.
  • Design and deliver appropriate mechanisms to monitor effectiveness and impact of programming.
  • Build relationships with partner communities, organizations, communities of practice and global stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s, Post-graduate and/or Master’s degree preferably in social science, education, business, or related field or a combination of relevant experience and education.
  • Five (5) plus years’ experience working with the private and non-profit sectors, particularly in a role relating to First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada or internationally with Indigenous peoples.
  • Experience living and/or working in an Indigenous Nation / community.
  • Experience in policy design, implementation or analysis related to education and transition to work.
  • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Experience successfully managing consultants and technology vendors and suppliers to achieve goals.
  • Command of social science research and analytical techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous cultural, legal, economic and political contexts.
  • Excellent presentation and listening skills
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English required. Fluency in French and/or Indigenous language is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (PowerPoint, Word and Excel).
  • Is willing to travel up to 40% of the time.


Please email your resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to humanresources@mastercardfdn.org, indicating “Program Manager, EleV” in the subject line of your email. We appreciate your interest, and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Mastercard Foundation values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Foundation, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. We appreciate your interest, and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Completion of satisfactory business references, background checks (criminal and credit) and proof of education are essential conditions of employment.
If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please contact the People and Culture Department. We will work with you to provide a positive recruitment experience in a confidential manner.


About us

About Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada. Our programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning in Africa. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. From inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from Mastercard. Our policies, operations and funding decisions are made by our President and Board of Directors.

The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. By enabling young women and men from disadvantaged communities to secure and sustain decent work, we will enable tangible and intrinsic improvements to their well-being. By 2030, we want to see an Africa where young people, particularly young women, have decent and fulfilling work. Where everyone can acquire the education and skills they need to find meaningful work and contribute to their societies. Where everyone is financially included and has access to relevant, affordable, and local financial services that they need to manage their daily lives, grow their businesses, and achieve their dreams. Most importantly, we want to see an Africa with a thriving private sector and where governments address the needs of their populations through well-designed and implemented policies and programs, and where the continent is self-reliant and driving its own development.

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