Senior Program Officer at the McConnell Foundation

Senior Program Officer at the McConnell Foundation

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 22, 2019
Type Full Time
Company McConnell Foundation
Location Montreal or Ottawa
Category Business / Management
Client McConnell Foundation
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Senior Program Officer at the McConnell Foundation

The Senior Program Officer, reporting to the Program Director, advances the Foundation’s objectives by assisting the Program Director in the development and management of relationships with key stakeholders and a portfolio of grants related to our strategic orientations, including our focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Title: Senior Program Officer

Supervisor: Program Director

Location:  Montreal or Ottawa (other locations may be considered)

Application Deadline: December 8, 2019 at 11:59pm

Starting date: As soon as possible

Position Type: Full time, permanent

Compensation: Commensurate with experience plus a generous benefits package

Apply online here.

About the McConnell Foundation

Headquartered in Montreal, and with additional staff in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, the McConnell Foundation is a pan-Canadian private family foundation that supports efforts to build a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient Canada through social innovation. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team that supports innovative and scalable approaches to some of Canada’s toughest challenges – such as climate change, inequality, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


The Senior Program Officer advances the Foundation’s objectives by supporting philanthropic strategy, developing partnerships, and managing grants and contracts.


The successful applicant will gain hands-on experience working for a leading Canadian Philanthropic Foundation. The Senior Program Officer position is an opportunity to be a key part of systems change initiatives and to gain a national perspective on social change in Canada.

This is a full-time, permanent position. The schedule is generally Monday to Friday, typically 9:00 to 5:00 with flexibility in terms of start and finish times. There may be some weekends and travel involved in this position.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Engage with key stakeholders, partners, prospective grantees and others, to advance McConnell’s strategic priorities;
  • Effectively collaborate with the program team to ensure prompt and effective analysis of all granting requests;
  • Manage grants and contracts by accompanying partners in their development, strategy and network building;
  • Contribute to strategic learning and program / operational improvements;
  • Undertake research and development activities, including outreach to potential partners;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of convening activities;
  • Manage relationships with partners;
  • Support program evaluation and reporting;
  • Undertake general program staff functions, including correspondence, scheduling, and preparing expense reports; and
  • Support the Foundation in advancing its internal reconciliation efforts.

Skills and attributes

  • Given the primary focus of this position will be to work on Indigenous issues, we encourage Indigenous candidates to apply;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues and challenges;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community development through volunteer or work experience;
  • Experience in working in diverse cultural contexts;
  • Superior interpersonal skills with colleagues, applicants, grantees and partners;
  • Demonstrated project management abilities; strong multi-tasking and organizational skills;
  • Intellectual curiosity and openness to change are essential;
  • Flexibility of approach and the ability to work as a self-sufficient member of a team;
  • Self-awareness about strengths and limitations;
  • A high level of professionalism and integrity;
  • Availability and willingness to travel.

The following knowledge and experience will be considered an asset:

  • Bilingual (English and French);
  • Understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems;
  • Understanding of social innovation, systems change and/or social finance;
  • Experience with facilitation and organization of convenings.


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