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Job Number:  35728
Head, Retail & Specialty Partners
Job Posted: Monday, 12 June 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, 13 August 2017
(72 days ago)
Region: Toronto Metro area Type: Full time
Location: Toronto Salary: (not entered)

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 leader to act as a Head, Retail & Specialty Partners to join the Partner Relations department. The Head, Retail & Specialty Partners will report to the Chief Development Officer, Partnerships. The individual will manage a team of three (3) direct reports (Directors) and a team of approximately 12 (Partnership Managers and Coordinators) by providing strategic leadership and oversight. The Head, Retail & Specialty Partners will also work closely with Roxanne Joyal, CEO, ME to WE.
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.
Your Impacts:

  • Accountable for maintaining the health and success of key partner relationships:
    • Ensure solid relationship management, particularly with partner senior leaders
    • Information management and project management of complex, multi-year partnership commitments
    • Focus on partner retention and re-engagement
    • Proactively seek growth and/or expansion opportunities
    • Manage risks associated with partnership
  • Develop a partner strategic plan and ensure that it meets partner’s business and/or CSR objectives
  • Oversee execution of partnership commitments , including deliverables and key
  • milestones
  • Responsible for Annual Business Planning
    • Ensure integration with ME to WE business plans to ensure one integrated plan for each retail partner
    • Completion of an annual business plan for each partner
  • Act as ME to WE ambassador and knowledge base within Partner Relations team
  • Focus on the Human Capital Plan and Performance Management routines for the team:
    • Ensure job descriptions, growth and success plans, check-ins and end of year meetings are completed for direct reports and rest of team
    • Ensure the optimal team structure based on number of partners and workload
    • Focus on employee retention
  • Work closely with Co-Founders and Executive team on larger partners
    • Provide proactive communication to executives as needed

What you bring:

  • Minimum 15 years of experience with a balance of retail, consumer marketing, customer marketing, sponsorship and/or partnership management expertise
  • Well-developed leadership skills and proven experience of managing a team
  • Develop strong cross-functional relationships to yield critical business outcomes
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills
  • Strong influence and persuasion skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills


  • Developing and managing our talent and team
  • Collaborating across the business to act as one
  • Creating and applying smart business practices
  • Acting with Entrepreneurial spirit to develop the business and partnerships
  • Demonstrating tactical agility to address emerging issues
  • Drive innovative business improvements
  • Delivers results
  • Balances immediate and long-term priorities

Travel: 25% of time in USA and Canada (and UK)
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. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We sincerely thank all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
PLEASE APPLY AT: https://www.we.org/about-we-charity/careers/careers-job-postings/?ccmsPage=2&itemid=9461324&cc=apply
Contact Details:
M5A 2L2
Toronto, ON, M5A 2L2
www:   www.we.org/about-we-charity/careers/careers-job-postings/?ccmsPage=2&itemid=9461324

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