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Program Officer, Indigenous Programs

  • Posted:Aug 11, 2022
  • Apply by:Aug 24, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

JOB POSTING – Program Officer, Indigenous Programs 

Organization:                                                    Right To Play Canada 

Department/Division:                                   Indigenous Programs      

Work location:                                                  Toronto, Canada AND/OR Kenora, Canada (with the possibility of remote work for candidates outside of commuter regions) 

Work arrangement:                                        A combination of in-office and remote-working in accordance with Right To Play’s work arrangement and the operational needs of the department 

Authorized to work in:                                  Canada (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship) 

Target Hiring Range:                                      $51,000 - $54,000 CAD per annum 

Target Start Date:                                    July 2022 

Contract Duration:                                Full-time/Permanent 

Closing Date:                                                     August 24

Please note that the successful candidate will support a partnership portfolio largely based in the Treaty 3 Territory. For more details on the communities we support in these areas, please visit here. 


Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates, and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we helped 2.3 million children last year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease, and inequality. 

Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and eight national offices across Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) and North America (Canada, US). 

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars: 

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion 
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate 
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity 
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another 
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work 

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.  


The Indigenous Programs team partners with First Nations communities and urban Indigenous organizations across British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Labrador to deliver community-driven, culturally relevant play-based programming designed to enhance leadership, self-confidence, and self-efficacy among children and youth. Guided by Indigenous community partners and feedback from children and youth, the Indigenous Programs team creates safe and inclusive spaces where children and youth can share their ideas, their hopes, and their fears, and learn the skills to become positive agents of change using a play-based programming approach.     

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Officer is responsible for on-going supervision and support for Community Mentors facilitating play-based programming in their communities or organizations in various locations across Canada. The Program Officer is the main liaison for 7 to 8 Indigenous community partners with responsibilities that include developing and nurturing relationships with local community leadership, supporting the design of a tailor-made program that meets the needs and goals of each community, and reporting back any outcomes from the program to all key stakeholders.  

This position requires frequent travel throughout Canada (pending partnership portfolio). 



Job Responsibility #1: Provide On-Going Guidance and Supervision to Community Mentors (35% of Time): 

  • Work with Community Mentors to establish realistic plans that result in high quality, reliable play-based programming for children and youth  
  • Delegate tasks and ensure work plans and responsibilities are completed in a timely and concise manner  
  • Organize regular phone meetings and program visits with Community Mentors to ensure their goals are being met and they are receiving the support they require  
  • Arrange for skill enhancement workshops and opportunities for Community Mentors to ensure they have the required skills to effectively do their jobs  
  • Work with Community Mentors and Community Supervisors to help finalize work-plans  
  • Liaise with Community Mentors, Community Supervisors and FNMI leadership on a regular basis to ensure tasks are being completed, and to create a strong support system for the Community Mentor  
  • Ensure the completion of all required partnership agreements and administrative requirements (progress reports, financial reports)  
  • Trouble-shoot programmatic and human resource issues that directly impact the success of the program and work directly with partner communities to resolve issues  


Job Responsibility #2: Program Planning and Delivery (25% of Time):  

  • Regularly visit partner communities to provide coaching and support for local play-based program to enhance its reach and impact with youth   
  • Liaise with key contacts and Community Mentors from returning partner communities to determine how the program and partnership can be strengthened and improved  
  • Work to establish strong and transparent relationships with community leadership and community members  
  • Present findings of needs assessments to the community to ensure that analysis is accurate  
  • Work with Community Mentors and community partner organizations to deliver play-based programming that will reflect the needs and enhance the assets of partner community  


Job Responsibility #3: Capacity Building of Community Mentors (15% of Time):  

  • Work with Program Managers and Training and Program Development team to help plan, lead and assess skill enhancement workshops for Community Mentors  
  • Support the Training and Program Development team in the creation and planning of hands on, activity-based training programs to enhance the skills of Community Mentors  
  • Plan and facilitate training sessions at workshops throughout the program year for Community Mentors and support staff who will implement regular play-based programming  
  • Support the creation of post-workshop reports for the organization and for partners  


Job Responsibility #4: Monitoring and Evaluation (10% of Time): 

  • Ensure that all monitoring and assessment tools are effectively completed by Community Mentors in a timely manner  
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to adapt MEL tools to ensure they are user-friendly  
  • Work with Community Mentors to ensure they understand the importance of completing reports and how to effectively complete them on a regular basis  
  • Visit partner communities and/or organizations on a regular basis to offer support and supervision  


Job Responsibility #5: Finance and Administration (10% of Time): 

  • Work with Community Mentors to monitor community expenditures against projected spending  
  • Support Community Mentors in the completion and timely submission of their financial reports  
  • Support the management of each community partner and/or organizations designated budget  
  • Liaise with each community partner and/or organization’s Finance Officers and Community Supervisors to ensure they understand Right To Play’s financial procedures and timelines  


Job Responsibility #6: Other Tasks as Assigned (5% of Time) 




  • Post-Secondary degree or equivalent work experience in any of the following areas: Indigenous learning, child and youth work, community development, sports management, outdoor recreation, education, health sciences and/or social sciences  
  • A Class G driver’s license  


  • Designing and facilitating outcome-based workshops, recreation/sport programs, or educational activities for a range of group sizes  
  • Overseeing staff or volunteer performance and development  
  • Working with Indigenous communities and organizations, or demonstrated experience with inclusion, diversity, equity, or accessibility models in BIPOC environments  
  • Project management, budget planning, stakeholder management


  • Ability to manage, coach and build meaningful relationships with a team of 7-8 Community Mentors (adult youth workers) remotely 


  • Familiarity with best practices related to child safeguarding  
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook  
  • Analytical and written skills, including research and writing of proposals and reports  
  • Able to use data collection tools for program reporting and evaluating  


  • Fluency in spoken and written English. 


  • Lived experience and/or understanding of Indigenous traditions and culture  
  • Courses completed or certificate training in community development, youth leadership and sports programs specific to First Nations youth and communities  
  • Fluency in Indigenous language 
  • Certified in suicide prevention (e.g., safeTALK or ASIST)   


You have an understanding of colonial history and how it impacts Indigenous peoples in Canada. If you are committed to advancing work grounded in social justice, equity, and anti-oppression, this is the job for you! 


The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative, and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen. You will gain experience working for a Great Place to Work® Canada Certified and globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). In addition, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package including Group RRSP Plan, gym membership, flexible work policy (e.g., work from home and flex hours), personal days, personal learning and development days and summer/winter hours. 


If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply here with your resume and cover letter. 

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be held before the closing date. 

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.  

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment


To protect the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve, Right To Play requires all employees and volunteers based in Canada to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment


Should you require any form of accommodation during the recruitment process, kindly contact the People & Culture team by email at careers@righttoplay.com  

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com

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