Senior Program Manager, Canada Programs

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Author annekemp
Date January 19, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Right To Play
Salary 80,000-85,000 - Per Hour
Location Toronto, ON
Category Nonprofit
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Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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The Senior Program Manager will oversee the implementation of Canada Programs’ nation-wide youth programs. This position will oversee a highly motivated and dynamic team of Program Managers, Program Officers, in-community youth workers and teachers as they design, implement and assess high quality youth programs all year long.

Located in Right To Play’s Toronto office, this position will support a national programs team and will be a leader in program development, design and delivery. The Senior Program Manager will report directly to the Director, Canada Programs with responsibility for overseeing high quality program implementation as well as building a positive, collaborative and learning-oriented working culture across offices and teams.


Job Responsibility #1: Program Implementation (30% of Time):

  • Oversee the implementation of a $7-million-dollar annual program budget with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency
  • Work with Director, Canada Programs, Finance Manager and Program Management team to plan annual budget expenses and complete quarterly review of budget vs. actual
  • Work with Finance Manager to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting for funders
  • Lead a team of Program Managers, Program Officers and Program Coordinators to ensure programs are of the highest quality, with attention to child and youth attendance, responsiveness to community need and evidence-based practices
  • Design, implement and revise program quality tools and monitoring and evaluation systems to identify program performance, areas of strength and gaps in existing program model
  • Identify key strengths and gaps in the program and propose new solutions to amplify success and mitigate challenges
  • Work with the Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to implement all MEL activities within the program with a high degree of accuracy
  • Work towards the goals outlined in the Canada Programs Country Strategic Plan

Job Responsibility #2: Staff Management (30% of Time:):

  • Lead a team of Program Managers to complete work plans, build objectives and assess progress towards program-specific goals
  • Host regular meetings with Program Managers to ensure their goals are being met and they are receiving the support and feedback they require
  • Conduct annual goal setting, professional development plans and performance appraisals with all direct reports and oversee completion for indirect reports
  • Oversee annual staff trainings, retreats and professional development plans with the Manager, Training and Program Development
  • Ensure all staff are effectively trained on safety and security policies within the programs
  • Oversee the effective implementation of Canada Programs’ child protection procedures
  • Identify key partners to help ensure child safety and well-being within Canada Programs’ nation-wide youth programs
  • Develop and oversee mental health and well-being strategy for staff
  • Establish and maintain a positive working culture across offices that embodies programmatic values and team norms

Job Responsibility #3: Community and Partner Engagement (25% of Time):

  • Support the Partnerships Manager and Director, Canada Programs in building and stewarding Ontario provincial government relationships (Ministry of Children and Youth Services; Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation) as well as federal government relationships (Ministry of Indigenous Services; Public Health Agency of Canada; Ministry of Sport)
  • Oversee partnerships with educational institutions (Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario; Toronto District School Board); partner organizations (PLAN Canada, Jayscare Foundation, the Office of the Provincial Advocate); Indigenous governance bodies (Assembly of First Nations; Nishnawbe Aski Nation); First Nations communities, friendship centres and public schools across Canada
  • Expand Canada Programs’ partnership network nation-wide
  • Represent Right To Play at key community and strategic stakeholder meetings
  • Oversee Right To Play’s Youth To Youth and Indigenous Advisory Committees
  • Oversee the development and implementation of Youth advisory initiatives
  • Represent Right To Play within networks, coalitions, community-building efforts, and public policy initiatives with the goal of building and expanding community networks


Job Responsibility #4: Program Development, Quality and Innovation (15% of Time):

  • Conduct research on best practices in child and youth programming
  • Make recommendations to improve and enhance program quality, efficiency, scale and impact
  • Work with Development Manager and Partnerships Manager to find opportunities that align with priority areas
  • Write and develop program overviews, logic models, budgets and issue statements for proposals
  • Build and support a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the Canada Programs team, guided by the program values, pillars and Canada Programs Country Strategic Plan



  • University Degree in any of the following areas: Political Science, International Development, Indigenous Learning, Outdoor Recreation, Education, or Social Work


  • Minimum 6 years’ experience coaching and mentoring
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience designing, implementing and facilitating leadership and/or recreation-based youth programming and events
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience managing staff
  • Minimum 4 years’ practical experience working with First Nations communities and/or newcomer communities
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience managing community based partnerships and working with a wide variety of funders
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience managing budgets and drafting donor reports


  • Budget Management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Analytical skills, including research


  • Decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Excellent leadership capacity
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good team work ethic and also capable of working independently
  • Strong attention to details when planning
  • Commitment to learning
  • Able to work under pressure



  • Fluency in oral and written English


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Community Development, Sport For Development, or related field
  • Fluency in oral and written French
  • Fluency in an Indigenous language

Compensation:                          We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date:   Immediately

Contract Duration:           Full Time


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter by January 26 to: and kindly insert “Response to HR – Senior Program Manager, Canada Programs” in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter. Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to apply. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is 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 police record check as a condition of employment.

All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests.

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