Job Posting 69637

Director of People Engagement and Learning
WORK FROM HOME (Telecommute), Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Yellowknife
closes in 74 days (Wed, 30 Jun)
full time  •  Salary of $111,000 - $122,000 (dependent on experience you bring)

Director of People Engagement and Learning, People and Culture – Full Time, Permanent

This position can be located anywhere across Canada, though individuals with access to MakeWay offices in either Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Yellowknife will be preferred.


MakeWay builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together. We are made up of two legal charitable entities: MakeWay Charitable Society, a shared platform home to over 65 innovative community-led projects staffed by 150 change makers; and MakeWay Foundation where about 70 people are advancing place-based programs that support Indigenous-led solutions and conservation in the North, Pacific, Manitoba, and beyond via grant-making, funder collaboratives and other tools.  Our people, projects, and partners are based across the country.


We are seeking an inspiring yet humble facilitative leader who can work across MakeWay to help our people develop and thrive in an increasingly complex environment. The Director of People, Development, Engagement, and Learning will work closely with the CEO to advance culture change toward delegated decision-making models. The Director will ensure we engage our employees and harness our learnings towards impact. They will integrate a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens across our organizational strategies.  They will balance all the approaches needed to foster adaptive leaders on one hand while deftly handling the technical needs for employee wellness and human resource management on the other. 


What You’ll Do:


Facilitative Leadership

  • Support managers and employees in developing and applying facilitative leadership skills including project implementation, change and innovation, and conflict management in a complex organizational context
  • Support the implementation of a fluid teaming model that fosters self-managed teams and distributed decision-making 
  • Integrate approaches to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion into employee recruitment, development, engagement and learning 


  • Develop an overarching organizational learning strategy and help institutionalize a learning-based culture across MakeWay
  • Enable different kinds of learning methodsŁ« such as coachingŁ« peer learningŁ« online training, etc
  • Enable generative, participatory discussions, creative thinking and other idea-generation and reflection processes

People Recruitment, Development, and Well-being 

  • Design and implement a talent management model including recruitment, development and succession planning 
  • Support other departments in assessing resource needs as organization grows and develops
  • Provide leadership on human resource policies, procedures and programs which include: compensation and benefits, health and safety, employee well-being, appreciation and growth
  • Ensure the development and analysis of personnel data regarding benefit costs, diversity, compensation, turnover, promotions etc to inform learning, future organizational needs, new policies and best practice
  • Provide strategic employee relations advice as needed tailored to employees working in various multiple provinces, territories, and First Nations


  • Provide oversight to the People, Development, Engagement and Learning team. 
  • Develop and manage the team’s budget
  • As a member of the senior leadership team participate in decision making, planning and learning to enable MakeWayto achieve its mission 
  • Model and activate the organizational values of PLACE: partnership, listening, action, courage and equity

 Who You Are:

  • A people-person who takes pleasure in developing talent and creating engaging workplace cultures and environments for staff at all levels and from varied backgrounds  
  • Embodying facilitative leadership traits including authentic, inclusive, curious, catalytic, and humble
  • Embraces both conflict and diversity as essential to advance the missionCommitted to equitable and inclusive practices in all phases of the work  
  • Trustworthy in managing sensitive situations and information, possessing excellent judgment  
  • Strong commitment to nature and communities thriving together

Experience You Bring:

  • At least five years in a senior leadership role in a non-profit/charity/mission-driven organization (essential)
  • Ability to demonstrate familiarity with, and experience in, advancing facilitative leadership
  • Familiarity and experience working with all aspects of HR, including compensation, recruitment, benefits, training, and diversity/inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to lead meetings and presentations, and ability to interface and build trust with all levels and diversity of staff with tact and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of Indigenous history/context as well as other social justice issues
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, knowledge of Dayforce software desirable

What We offer:

  • The opportunity to have a real impact on the community
  • Salary of $111,000 - $122,000 (dependent on experience you bring)
  • Competitive benefits package including generous RRSP contribution
  • Four weeks’ vacation
  • Committed colleagues
  • High level of responsibility and autonomy
  • Opportunities and support for professional learning and growth

If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter and CV to  by April 19th, 2021. In your cover letter, please include how you have built or applied facilitative leadership in other contexts. This position will stay open until filled. 

MakeWay is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace community and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the selection process, please contact us.


Only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No recruiters please!

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