Community Foundations of Canada is hiring – join our team as Manager, Learning and Curriculum Development!

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) was founded in 1992 to support and connect community foundations working across Canada. The movement of community foundations has grown considerably since then; today, more than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation. Collectively the network stewards combined assets of more than $7.2 billion, and we’ve put hundreds of millions back into communities. CFC’s purpose is to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” and we’re building a movement that connects community foundations, Canadians and partners to create a just, sustainable future.

CFC’s team dreams big about community impact, with a supportive culture rooted in learning, collaboration, and a dedication to teamwork. Headquartered in Ottawa, our team is distributed from coast to coast to coast, working closely and directly with community foundations and partners across the country. To deepen this work, we’re expanding our team with the addition of the role of Manager, Learning and Curriculum Development, reporting to the Director, Learning and Network Engagement.  

The Learning Institute 

As a national network, supporting and strengthening the work of Canada’s 191 community foundations is at the heart of all we do. Central to this, CFC’s Learning Institute provides relevant and thoughtful online, in-person and experiential learning opportunities for community foundation staff and board members, covering topics that span from day-to-day operations to the future of philanthropy; viewed through a lens of equity and justice. More than this, the Learning Institute helps to nurture personal relationships with, and support the leadership development of, community leaders and changemakers from coast to coast to coast.

Who are we looking for? 

As a core member of the Learning Institute team, we’re looking for a self-starter with a thoughtful, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, who’s not afraid to dive in wherever necessary to get the job done. The right candidate will have a special mix of skills that combines a keen eye for detail; a warm demeanor that puts people at ease; significant autonomy; and a resilient and solution-oriented attitude. That person will be fully bilingual (English and French), have strong interpersonal skills, patience, and will genuinely enjoy helping people take advantage of opportunities and solve challenges. The right candidate will be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and will be able to keep focus amid competing priorities. 

What does the role involve? 

As the Manager, Learning and Curriculum Development, you will help shape and develop a range of learning products and experiences to support community foundation leadership, staff and board members in leveraging best and emerging practices in philanthropy to address the outcomes that matter most in their communities. This includes:

  • Learning and curriculum development (50%)
    • Lead the development and curation of digital learning and professional development materials for community foundations, including guidebooks, fact sheets, webinars and presentations.
    • Support the development of in-person, online and experiential learning opportunities for community foundation leadership, staff and board members, including peer gatherings, learning communities, and conference sessions.
    • Lead and deliver the network survey and feedback strategy including the ongoing enhancements and user-friendliness of CFC’s self-service DataHub and other information portals. 
    • Support the development of learning curricula on a range of topics, including justice and equity, future of philanthropy,  governance, finance, regulatory, human resources, in collaboration with subject matter experts.
    • Provide useful and timely research into promising practices in philanthropy.
  • Program planning, management and delivery (10%)
    • Develop, maintain and track progress against the Learning Institute annual work plans
    • Manage relationships with external vendors and contractors to support the development and delivery of learning products and events
    • Use project management techniques that are effective to manage projects and relationships as appropriate 
    • Work in collaboration with the Communications team, support the development of creative and inspiring engagement strategies to reach various audiences
  • Research and analysis (30%)
    • External inputs: Provide research and identify important trends and backgroun information to assist the Learning Institute and CFC staff in the development and delivery of programs and curriculum.
    • Internal inputs: Work closely with colleagues, to analyze webinar participation and poll results, program and network survey submissions, and other ad-hoc pieces of feedback provided by the network that helps CFC continually improve how it engages with stakeholders that have different needs and requests.
  • Member services and support (10%)
    • Working with the broader CFC staff to ensure incoming issues and concerns are received, sorted, prioritized, and responded to
    • Input and maintain CRM content and data 
    • Support initiatives that help further the work of CFC

We’re keen to find a dynamic and motivated individual who has: 

  • Experience in developing, implementing and assessing adult learning curriculums for virtual and in-person events
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with experience working both independently and in a team 
  • Experience in project management, change management, with strong planning and organizational skills,  including attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and French 
  • Respected community networker with a proven track record of experience in the community foundation and/or the philanthropic sector
  • Demonstrated diplomacy and discretion in handling delicate and highly confidential matters
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple, changing priorities
  • High standards of professional behaviour, ethical standards, and sound judgment
  • Ability to become knowledgeable on a number of different topics
  • Ability to build key relationships and work effectively across teams and stakeholder groups
  • Experience (or familiarity) with cloud-based CRM, productivity and collaboration tools. CFC uses GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slide, etc), Zoho One (CRM, Survey, Forms, Projects, etc), Slack and Zoom
  • Lived experiences or knowledge that contribute to CFCa’s purpose, creativity, and perspectives

The Specs: 

  • This is a full-time position within a highly dynamic and motivated team. 
  • This position is a remote work-from-home position with some travel for specific activities. 
  • Compensation will be between $50,000-60,000 commensurate with experience; RRSP contributions and paid group benefits will be offered after a three-month probationary period.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the following form: click here. Please address your cover letter to Tracey Vavrek, Director of the Learning Institute. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in joining CFC and this role.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm EST on December 10, 2021, although applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so please apply early.