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Job Number:  46712
SR. Manager, Program Governance & Performance - Green Municipal Fund
Job Posted: Monday, 30 July 2018
Closing Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
(73 days ago)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Region: Ottawa area Type: Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: $103,700 - $137,200


The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a $625 million permanent endowment from the Government of Canada to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). GMF offers funding and knowledge to local governments and their partners for sustainable municipal infrastructure projects designed to support communities’ efforts to improve air, water and soil quality and to protect the climate. Through GMF, municipalities have built better transportation assets; constructed efficient and resilient buildings; diverted waste from landfill; made previously unusable land available for development; and improved soil and water quality.


A key source of enabling funding for local governments, GMF grants are allocated to plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects, while below-market loans, usually in combination with grants, are allocated to capital projects. An efficient and rigorous process, which includes funding services, and ensures that only the best, most innovative projects are approved. GMF has therefore been a test bed for some of the most innovative, sustainable municipal initiatives in North America.


FCM shares the lessons and expertise gained from these initiatives through skills-enhancement, training and knowledge-sharing activities including case studies, manuals and reports, webinars, the FCM Sustainable Communities Awards and the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference. These activities help other communities replicate the successes of GMF-funded initiatives, multiplying the benefits of those initiatives across the country.


As an evergreen, revolving fund, a fundamental principle is to ensure that GMF's financial sustainability over time be maintained while creating the maximum benefits to Canadians through the initiatives it supports by carefully balancing risks with returns.

Major Purpose:

Reporting to the Managing Director of GMF, the Senior Manager, Program Governance and Performance leads a team that is accountable for the planning, management, and execution of all aspects of the Program Governance, Compliance and Performance Monitoring functions for FCM`s largest program, GMF. The incumbent provides strategic direction and functional leadership while ensuring overall compliance with the GMF Funding Agreement.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of governance; including the development of a recruitment strategy that attracts top-notched members and onboarding of new GMF Council members; improvements to the Governance Manual; revisions to relevant by-laws; and the overall compliance of GMF, a $625 million endowment Fund.
  • Responsible for the development of a comprehensive and integrated performance measurement framework and monitoring system for GMF. This will help enable the capturing and analysis of key metrics for decision-making as well as internal and external reporting purposes on both GMF’s contributions to the sector and the effectiveness of GMF’s operations. As part of this responsibility, monitors that GMF’s project due diligence, project verification, funding and oversight processes are optimized to promote and ensure maximum performance in key overarching performance indicator categories and works with other units to enable effective project and programming prioritization.
  • Monitors and ensures that GMF has established and documented clear risk thresholds and operating boundaries for key activity areas, including criteria for project or initiative risks worth taking, and monitors performance within these to ensure optimal value creation within GMF’s finite means. Where gaps are identified, works with broader GMF team to raise awareness and develop solutions.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge and understanding of Canadian and global best practices and innovative approaches in endowment governance and funding program performance reporting and management practices and builds these into GMF’s continuous improvement approach.
  • Oversees the unit’s efforts in supporting GMF in identifying and quantifying any resources gaps it and the sector faces in fulfilling its objectives and realizing its full potential. In addition, collaborates with the broader GMF team to work with existing funders and new potential donors to fill these gaps.
  • Responsible for the submission, to three Federal Ministers, of the Annual Statement of Plans and Objectives (ASPO) and the Annual Report within the established timelines outlined in the Funding Agreement.
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of mandated five-year cyclical compliance audits conducted by external audit firms including development of the RFP, evaluation and recommendation on successful firm, internal and external communications with various stakeholders, and development of action plans for audit recommendations.
  • Lead selected special projects of strategic importance, such as renegotiation of the 2005 GMF Funding Agreement and any further audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General, that require cross-functional engagement with key staff or task groups across the department, the organization, and with external stakeholders to provide strategic direction and project management to ensure that projects achieve quality results.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic relationships and act as primary liaison with GMF Council members, federal government senior officials, and other key stakeholders to negotiate, discuss, and deal with GMF governance and policy direction issues.
  • Manages strategic and annual planning and reporting processes for GMF; provides strategic advice to all GMF Units to ensure alignment and integration of expected annual outcomes and deliverables with the GMF strategic plan, the FCM Programs departmental plan and the FCM corporate plan. Ensures horizontal coordination within the department and that effective working relationships are established and preserved.
  • Member of GMF’s Senior Management team with a focus on providing strategic advice and recommendations especially as it pertains to program governance, performance and Funding Agreement compliance protocols.
  • Manages and provides coaching and leadership to a multi-disciplinary team in two functional areas: Governance and Performance by providing ongoing feedback; direction and support to staff on issue management and ensures that all processes and tools are in place to support effective and accountable teams. Responsible for recruitment, performance improvement plans, disciplinary measures including terminations, annual performance reviews and managing a budget.
  • Provides content and strategic input into the preparation of key GMF reports including the Quarterly Director’s report, Annual Report, ASPO, Board and Council reports/memos, Council Chair presentations and briefing notes.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in commerce, business administration, finance, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred
  • 8 to 10 years of progressive management experience in program governance, performance management or strategic planning at federal, provincial, municipal or the private sector
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate and program governance (including Robert’s Rules of Order), contractual compliance including legal requirements, as well as performance management
  • Experience managing relationships with key stakeholders (government and private organizations)
  • Results-oriented, decisive, organized, ability to meet timelines
  • Exceptional leading and initiating skills; proactively develop strategies, align resources, and deliver results to meet future needs
  • Exceptional strategic/conceptual skills and proven project management skills
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong experience in funding program financial performance and operating budgets
  • Excellent judgment and decision making skills, including political acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills including the ability to influence to get results
  • Strong people leadership skills (influencing, coaching, mentoring, motivating)
  • Ability to delegate, monitor and follow up on projects


  • Fluency in both written and oral French and English is an asset.


  • Up to 5% of travel, typically within Canada



The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); offices located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services. 


For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.


Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2018.


We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

How to Apply:
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Contact Details:
Helen McCaskill
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
24 Clarence Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P3

Tel: (613) 907-6233
Fax: (613) 244-1517

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