WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. Our vision is to shift the world from “me” to “we.” Our mission is to empower all people to change the world, locally and globally, achieving transformative outcomes for themselves and others.
WE is seeking a strong, education-oriented leader to act as Director, Aboriginal Programming and Partnerships, to join the WE Schools Department – a department which develops and implements unique programming to engage youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds in learning about social issues and taking action to support local and global causes. The incumbent will report directly to the Executive Director, WE Charity, and will provide a unique perspective which both supports and elevates the presence of Aboriginal programming delivered by the organization.
This individual must be passionate and committed to the core beliefs of the organization—the WE.org philosophy.
The position is based out of WE’s office in Toronto (233 Carlton Street).
The Director, Aboriginal Programming and Partnerships is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic approach to programming, educational partnerships, as well as relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations on behalf of WE.
Core accountabilities include (but are not limited to):
Stewardship of Community Leaders:
- Engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal/FNMI community leaders to develop meaningful partnerships with WE, securing and maintaining key partnerships, and managing these relationships as an Ambassador of WE with central community leaders.
- Meet with high-level stakeholders within Aboriginal communities to seek synergies with WE Schools programs and outcomes, and ensure the partnership agreements are maintained and the outcomes agreed on are met.
- Lead the organization in fostering and maintaining valued partnerships with leaders in the aboriginal community, through which we can collaborate on the delivery of educational and leadership programming.
- Engaging youth from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds in WE, providing a framework for learning and development both on- and off-reserve.
Leadership of WE Schools Program Development and Delivery:
- Develop the overall department strategy and direction, including implementation of all projects and plans by program managers and coordinators as directed by Heads and the Executive Director.
- Monitor quality and performance of team members providing timely resources, supports and materials to ensure success.
- Clearly communicate priorities, objectives and expectations to team.
- Facilitating Aboriginal leadership workshops with 15-30 people for 2-8 hours at a time.
- Representing Aboriginal perspectives, priorities and curriculum programming within WE Schools.
- Co-develop the leadership programs and modules that will be delivered to youth and support and participate in the training programs on the ground in multiple provinces.
- Develop and implement fundraising and stewardship campaign and educational programming strategies, including managing, overseeing and coordinating communications and partnerships within Aboriginal communities.
- Supports WE outreach to relevant community groups and stakeholders, attending conferences and other outreach efforts to collaborate and fundraise with external partners in the Aboriginal community.
- Takes initiative to build relationships with potential funders, including FNMI community leaders or organizations, partners and donors.
- Build a strong network of community leaders to support the organization, as an Ambassador of WE Aboriginal/FNMI communities.
What you bring:
Education and Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree and / or possess a diploma or certificate in education, project management, marketing, business or equivalent education. Experience working with schools and/or school administrative bodies and / or youth as well as managing people in a large team, including mentoring, motivating and monitoring performance considered key assets.
Technical Skills: Possess a strong related technical language and knowledge and well as proficiency in Salesforce and Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher)
Communication Skills: Excellent writing skills, with experience writing strategic plans, program reports and proposals. Excellent communication skills, with ability to represent the organization to external stakeholders as well as to work with senior level management to deliver on vision and key outcomes for the organization.
Other Skills & Abilities: Excellent organizational, administrative, communication and inter-personal skills. Able to work well independently as well within a team setting. Self-motivated, independent and strategic thinker. Ability to multi–task, work well under pressure and changing deadlines with the ability to set priorities accordingly. Strong organizational skills. Positive and professional attitude. Reliable work ethic and dedication. Ability to collaborate across departments to strategize on opportunities for engagement with Aboriginal communities.
Cultural Experience: Previous experience working with Aboriginal communities in respect to education and/or child development. Understanding of Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing and knowledge of current aims for education and social development. Prior knowledge of the relationship between neighbourhood characteristics and educational opportunity is an asset. Good knowledge of curriculum and the educational system is a strong asset.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Metis, Innu, Inuit, Status, Non-Status).
What makes us unique…
Social entrepreneurs Marc Kielburger and Craig Kielburger co-founded WE and WE Charity (formerly Free The Children) 20 years ago and have grown it into a family of organizations, including WE Day and ME to WE. WE Charity was among the first organizations in Canada to turn philanthropy on its head by creating a legally distinct social enterprise, ME to WE. Through the social enterprise, 50% of the profits support WE Charity, while the rest is reinvested in the social enterprise.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and welcomes all interested parties to apply. We sincerely thank all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.