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Position: Program Director
Organization: Park People
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve the quality of life in cities across Canada. We support a Canadian network of park people by sharing knowledge, connections, and funding that bolsters their great work in parks. We also mobilize Canadians by highlighting the insights, policies, and practices that help city parks meet their full potential.

Join us and make awesome things happen in city parks.

In this role, you will join Park People’s senior management team and lead Park People’s programs through the next exciting phase of growth, working with partners to deliver new and expanded programs. You will play an important leadership role as Park People emerges as a key agent for city building and positive change in cities across Canada. As a senior member of the team, you will supervise and coach a growing team of 6-8 staff delivering programs on the ground in Toronto and across Canada. Behind the scenes you will be responsible, with the Director of Operations, for broadening the programming funding base to ensure that our core work as well as new projects are sustainable over time. If you are a collaborative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced growing entrepreneurial environment and wants to make your mark playing a role in shaping an organization at the forefront of city building in Canada, we can offer you a rewarding and fun place to work.

As Program Director, your role will include:

Program Management and Planning:

  • Working collaboratively with the ED and Director of Operations to set long and short term priorities, and staffing and budget plans to meet goals
  • In tandem with the Director of Operations, overseeing the strategic program and partnership development for Park People’s programs and projects
  • Ensuring the program team is participating in ongoing program development through evaluation, monitoring and learning
  • Ensure the projects and programs are integrated and supporting the organization’s mission and values
  • Responsibility for the development and oversight of program budgets including quarterly reviews

Fundraising and Program Development:

  • Developing sustainable programs with diverse funding sources
  • Working with partner organizations to submit collaborative proposals
  • Maintaining positive relationships with funders, including submitting timely reports and attending funder events
  • Building the program partnership opportunities, including initial relationship development to project development to contract negotiations

Team leadership:

  • Building a healthy team culture of collaboration, accountability and ongoing learning; ensure the team is working in an integrated and mutually-supportive environment; ensure roles have clear responsibilities and effective work processes
  • Completing performance management for all direct reports
  • Interviewing and selecting staff, orienting, training, and coaching team members; ensuring Health and Safety protocols are in place for team members

The skills and experience you bring to the role include:

  • Proven experience in senior management roles and leading a multi-person staff team
  • Demonstrated understanding of budgeting, forecasting and analysis of budget vs. actual expenditures
  • Proven experience developing and implementing complex multi-site programs
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience including proposal and report writing and relationship management
  • Understanding program design and impact
  • Analytical and written skills, including the effective design and compelling description of programs
  • Leading the development and overseeing the implementation of operational plans
  • Ability to identify potential partners and strengthening existing relationships, representing the organization with programming partners and funders and providing leadership to collaborative initiatives
  • Bilingualism/ French is an asset

As a leader, you demonstrate personal and professional competencies including:

  • Personal Maturity — possess a high degree of self-awareness; open to continuous self-improvement; manage and perform well during times of ambiguity, stress and growth
  • Courageous Conversations- willing to deal with trouble by challenging what needs to be challenged and addressing issues with partners and staff quickly and effectively
  • Making Complex Decisions — ability to make decisions in a timely fashion using data, seeking input, thinking creatively; able to apply critical thinking before making significant decisions
  • Getting Work Done Through Others — an effective promoter of people who understands the importance of developing the skills, knowledge and abilities of direct reports; manages work, project plans and outcomes effectively

Salary Range: $65,000 - $72,000

Posting Close November 26, 2017

Anticipate start date mid-February 2018

This is a full time permanent position.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to cities and communities while working with a dynamic, results-driven and expanding group that is at the forefront of an emerging urban park renaissance, this is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a connector and city builder with a high degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence to

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GoodWork ID: 43031       Date posted to Nov 8 2017