We’re currently looking for a one-year contract Manager, Emerging Opportunities. The Manager will play a central role in analyzing, recommending and designing the delivery of special projects with a special focus on social finance. 

Key Information

Status: One year contract, ideally November 22, 2021, to November 30, 2022.

Location: Anywhere in Canada but must be able to participate occasionally in virtual meetings as early as 9 AM Eastern time. Must be able to work from home. Small budget to support office set up and monthly costs such as internet available. 

Salary: Between $50,000 – $60,000, depending on experience.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations and is part of a global network of more than 1,900 place-based foundations in 75 countries around the world. In Canada, we’re a movement working across sectors to help everyone invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play. Community foundations mobilize local knowledge, leadership and financial capital to support the initiatives that benefit our communities most. We connect people with causes that inspire them.

We animate civic engagement and dialogue. We invest in talent, impact, and innovation to focus on tackling some of the most persistent social challenges facing our communities, our country and the world. With over $7 billion in collective assets and an alliance of leaders across the country, we are one of the world’s largest philanthropic networks. More than 90 percent of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation.

Our Team

Community Foundations of Canada is a small but mighty team of 25 staff that dreams big about community impact, with a supportive culture rooted in learning, collaboration, and a dedication to teamwork. Our purpose is “relentlessly pursuing a future where everyone belongs.” We work by shifting power, strengthening community and taking the long view. 

Our main office is in Ottawa, with a smaller office in Toronto, and some team members work remotely. Due to the current health pandemic, our offices are closed and the entire team is working remotely until at least November 2021. 

Who We are Looking For 

You are comfortable working with ambiguity and can take conceptual ideas, analyze their validity by their alignment with the broader industry, macro Canadian and global trends and CFC’s values. You are highly analytical and able to conduct operational and financial assessments of opportunities, including building financial models that illustrate the sustainability of a project over its lifecycle. You have excellent presentation, communication, and organizational skills and can present your findings and recommendations to senior management. You are able to turn models into an actionable program or project. You are able to manage a complex portfolio of work, with multiple deadlines and deliverables. 

You are able to work across the organization as opportunities arise and may act as a liaison between Emerging Opportunities and other departments, as required. You are a self-starter with a can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, who’s not afraid to dive in wherever necessary to get the job done. You are adaptive and thrive when working in complexity. 

You understand and apply an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and feminist lens to your work. You uphold the values of CFC and help advance our commitments.

This role will involve working on significant projects focused on the next generation of social finance in Canada. This position reports to the Vice President.

Key Accountabilities 

Project Analysis, Design and Management (55%): Analyze potential opportunities both quantitatively and qualitatively. Manage the development of a suite of initiatives and provide leadership to the design, implementation, administrative processes including budgeting and staffing, problem-solving, general program management, technological support infrastructure, reporting and evaluation of initiatives. 

Strategy and Planning (20%): Support CFC to evaluate and develop emerging opportunities, including creating and implementing a decision framework. Have a clear approach and method of prioritizing highest potential opportunities that is easily understandable to team members not immersed in the due diligence details. Report on progress and recommendations to senior leadership, Board of Directors and other stakeholders, as required.

Outreach and Engagement (10%): Engage with internal and external stakeholders. Internally, liaise with other program teams to develop and integrate emerging opportunities into CFC’s work. Externally, develop relationships with key partners, working closely with other team members to ensure partnership goals are met. Work closely with the network of 191 community foundations to seek and support their involvement in initiatives. 

Other responsibilities (15%): As part of CFC’s culture of collaboration, partnership, and support, this position will provide other logistical, engagement, communications, and administrative support to CFC’s practice areas and initiatives, as needed. 

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Experience working on the design and construction of social finance opportunities and deals
  • Experience (5+ years) creating the business and financial models to forecast the sustainability of new initiatives (including operationalizing opportunities and right-sized implementation plans) by advanced use of formulas and pivot tables, ability to manipulate data, etc. 
  • Experience drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts and partnership agreements
  • Experience developing new projects including program design, budgeting and staffing
  • Ability to assemble consultants and/or internal teams as required and assign responsibilities
  • A fast learner with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Comfort with cloud-based solutions and knowledge of GSuite (Gmail, Google Sheets, Slides, Docs and Google Drive), pipeline management software and MS Office


  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and French
  • Experience in the charitable, not for profit or foundation-sector is desirable and understanding key issues ranging from social change to Canada’s regulatory framework 
  • Lived experiences or knowledge that contribute to CFC’s purpose, creativity and perspectives

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the following form: click here. Please make your cover letter out to Melanie Thomas, VP Strategic Initiatives. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for this role.

The deadline for applications is October 29, 2021, although applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so please apply early. The selected candidate must be able to start no later than November 22, 2021 and preferably earlier.

What to Expect

For each candidate we will be engaging in a conversation with, we have a three part process:

  • Part A: Zoom Call (15 mins)
  • Part B: Skill Challenge: (60 mins). You’ll be tasked with completing a time-bound exercise
  • Part C: Skill Challenge Presentation (30 mins). You’ll be invited to present your analysis

For candidates who are asked to participate in a skills challenge, we offer a stipend of $100.