Job Posting 102202

Project Manager
Child Development Institute
Toronto Metro area
closes in 9 days (Fri, 26 Jul)
full time - temporary / contract  •  TBD

Who we are


Children are at the front and centre of what we do; they are the foundation of our purpose and the basis for our evidence-driven strategy. Our mission is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering innovative, research-based mental health and early learning programs. At the Child Development Institute (CDI), we are passionate about helping our communities' most vulnerable members and their caregivers. It motivates each of us to face what can be difficult situations while continuously finding the purest joy in play, in silence, in advice, and in the unbelievable strength and resilience of our young clients. Joining us now is a rewarding opportunity to be part of an organization that is built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families. 


Recognized as a leader and model for measurement-based impact, we are client-centred, family-centred, and data-informed. We are a place where professionals grounded in mental health, care, and well-being of infants, children and youth, come together in collaboration, learning and inclusion. As a multiservice organization delivering social, emotional, and behavioural counselling services, early childhood education, learning disabilities and mental health services, and family violence services, we address the whole person from when they begin their life. Every child and family that reaches out to us is unique, and we value and embrace their individuality. We deliver the tailored support and tools they need to build life-long skills, positive mental health, and resilience. With their trust in us, we guide children and families along a supportive journey. It is an often difficult path and simultaneously the most rewarding experience for providers, children and families.


Who we need


Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, we are looking for a Project Manager to join us for a 12-month contract with the possibility of an extension. You will support the Project Management Office (PMO) with project planning and execution of activities to ensure the successful delivery of key initiatives that support organizational growth. You will play an integral role in implementing multiple projects, prioritizing communication and stakeholder engagement and management. 


This is a hybrid position with the flexibility to work remotely for part of the week.


Who you are


You are a Project Manager with strategic and technology project management and implementation experience looking for a new challenge where you can introduce and apply best practices. You may have a startup, corporate, or nonprofit background and your PMP certification. 


What's in it for you


Profound purpose. You want to lead multiple critical implementation projects that will take us to the next level of efficiency and help us scale access to our highly successful and in-demand programs for children, youth and families.


Increased impact. You want to play a role in supporting the launch of our new five-year strategy, contributing significantly to setting up a successful foundation. You want the flexibility to use your preferred tools and methodologies and optimize project management practices within our organization. 


As our Project Manager, you will:

  • Plan projects. You will work with project sponsors, committees, and teams to establish project governance, set project priorities, identify, gather, and document requirements, and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and detailed project plans. You will coordinate internal resources and third parties/for the efficient execution of projects. 
  • Key Projects include:
    • Compliance and Security Initiatives: Oversee data security audits, coordinating individuals and meeting critical deadlines.  Also support the organization with the accreditation process, ensuring that CDI is properly and adequately prepared to demonstrate its compliance during pre-site and on-site assessment processes by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. 
    • System Implementations and Updates: Complete the implementation of client record and evaluation systems, and manage server updates and file management improvements, ensuring collaboration and effective change management.
    • Program Application Development: Oversee the development and implementation of interactive applications to support program delivery and data collection, ensuring the project stays on track and managing the development process, especially in its initial stages.
    • Strategic Plan Implementation: Translate the new 5-year strategic plan into actionable objectives and tasks, ensuring accountability and alignment across the organization.
  • Acts as the primary day-to-day project manager. You will monitor tasks, maintain the plan, track and report on progress, and address issues. You will identify and manage project schedule, budget, scope, and impact variances and communicate actual or projected variances for project status reporting. You will maintain up-to-date risk, issue, change, and decision logs. 
  • Implement and adhere to best practices. You will contribute to and apply the project management framework. You will develop templates, tools, and processes to facilitate an efficient and effective means for regulatory compliance. You will lead the identification, documentation and monitoring of project risks and mitigation strategies throughout the project lifecycle. You will actively support management in developing their knowledge, skills, and capacity to use project management methodologies.
  • Share project knowledge. You will create presentations and effectively communicate information to internal and external partners. You will document and plan current and future business practices and workflows. In addition, you will identify lessons learned throughout the projects for continuous improvement based on outcomes, feedback and best practices.

You have:

  • The project management. You are highly organized and supportive of new ideas and initiatives. From collecting and identifying business requirements to developing and executing change management plans, you have proven success leading complex technology projects from end to end. You have experience nurturing relationships with teams, stakeholders and vendors, negotiating, influencing without authority, and managing expectations. You have practical knowledge of project management processes and software, ideally MS Planner. You can effectively prioritize work in an environment of competing demands while achieving established benchmarks and KPIs. 
  • The communication skills. You have exceptional listening skills and mental attentiveness. You can focus on the needs of individuals or groups. You can adapt your written and verbal communication style to ensure transparency, authenticity, and understanding. You embrace the opportunity to work with groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • The integrity. You can work in a highly distractible environment with sensitivity to the uniqueness and demands of a public service agency, handling interruptions that require constant refocusing. You are a dedicated and supportive team player. You have high standards of accountability and prioritize professionalism and respect. You are open to feedback and coaching and have a demonstrated ability to work in a respectful manner with groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences. You are calm in the face of conflict or difficulty and can manage complex issues related to projects and communication.
  • The desire to make a difference. You are interested in what we do and how we do it; you want to play a vital role in creating and fostering a positive experience with measurable outcomes that genuinely impact the lives of our clients and the people they interact with.

Other requirements

  • All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Credential verifications and references are required.

Join us.


Fostering positive transformations in mental health for over a century, CDI is a world-class leader trusted in helping children, youth and families through a wide range of evidence-informed services to build lasting change.


At CDI, we prioritize the mental well-being and work-life balance of our teams. We acknowledge the reality of the emotionally demanding work each of us puts in every day. To that end, we strive to create a collaborative, diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where creativity flourish by offering:

  • Flexible hours in a planned program environment.
  • A focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  • Ongoing paid professional development opportunities and certifications. 

If you want to be part of our vision to make a measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families, join us.


Apply now


If you're excited about this role but your experience aligns differently with every requirement, we encourage you to apply. While specific qualifications are strictly required, others can be based on various experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge. We can't promise an interview, but we will consider your whole application. 


What you can expect from our interview process:

  • A virtual interview with a Talent Advisor who will discuss your interest in CDI and how your background aligns with this role.
  • An in-person interview with the VP of Operations and a member of the senior leadership team will allow you to expand on your project implementation, management and leadership skills and ask further questions about the role and team.

CDI is firmly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. We are equally committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace. If you require accommodations, please reach out to us at  

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