Job Posting 78963

Investment Readiness Program Manager
Canadian Women's Foundation
Toronto Metro area
closing today (Fri, 28 Jan)
full time - term / contract

Investment Readiness Program

Bilingual (English/French) Manager Contract Position

(le français suit – French follows)

Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $130 million and funded over 2,500 programs across the country. These programs focus on addressing the root causes of the most critical issues and helping women and girls who face the greatest barriers.

Investment Readiness Program (IRP)

Funded by the Government of Canada, the Investment Readiness Program is a multi-million-dollar funding program at the Canadian Women’s Foundation which supports diverse and underserved women- and gender-diverse-centered organizations seeking to start, sustain or scale up social enterprises, or community-driven social innovation ventures/projects. The IRP focuses on social innovation and social finance, preparing the ground for new projects to address needs of women and gender diverse people in Canada in various sectors.

One of the goals of the IRP is to increase the investment readiness (organizationally and/or financially) of social purpose organizations so they can participate in Canada’s emerging social finance ecosystem and potentially take on investment in the future. The IRP Manager will engage frequently with funding recipients/social purpose organizations (charities that are advancing a social, environmental and/or cultural mission) in a meaningful and impactful way.

Position/Role: Manager, Investment Readiness Program

Contract: This is a contract-based position for approximately 14 months starting February 15, 2022 to March 31, 2023, with the possibility of a three month extension to June 30, 2023.

Reports to: Director, IRP.

The IRP Manager will also work closely with other staff in the Foundation (e.g. Community Initiatives and Public Engagement staff) to ensure the implementation of the IRP.




  • Advanced proficiency (oral, writing, reading) in French and English
  • 3-5 years of experience working locally or nationally in a grassroots or established community-based organization, non-profits, charity organization or social enterprise.
  • Solid background in either grant-making and/or social finance, social innovation methodologies and approaches, with a strong gender-based plus analysis.
  • Good facilitation skills and experience. In this role, you will co-lead capacity building activities for 40-70 organizations and social enterprises using adult education and learning principles.
  • Familiarity with social enterprise development, entrepreneurial venture development, and/or social finance.

Nice to haves:

  • Good knowledge of and/or experience (including lived experience) working with charitable and non-profit organizations focused on gender equality, and experience in implementing intersectional approaches, participatory grant-making, gender-based analysis (plus) and/or gender studies.
  • Strong experience organizing virtual meetings and events on Zoom, Go-to-Webinar and/or MS Teams. This could also include creating break-out rooms, working with external vendors to hire interpreters, ASL/LSQ services, etc.
  • Familiarity with online grant-making platforms such as Blackbaud Grantmaking (formerly GIFTS online) or other online grant systems.
  • Familiarity with other remote based platforms such as Outlook SharePoint, Slack, Asana, Google Suite, Jam Board, etc.


50% - Program Implementation

  • Day-to-day implementation of grant-related activities include:
    • Working closely with the Foundation’s Grants Coordination staff to ensure grants management systems are in place and well-documented
    • Reviewing applications and supporting the selection and disbursement of grants
    • Providing support to the IRP Advisory Committee in English and French. The Committee is a group of individuals who read and review funding applications and provide funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include organizing periodic meetings, preparing presentations and supporting documents, training members on the review process and how to access the online funding portal.
  • Strengthen grantee relationships and ensure supports are in place for grantees by providing regular check-ins and supporting them on their projects.
  • Work closely with other IRP funding delivery partners delivering funds to other communities across Canada.
  • Oversee and complete some French interpretation and translation of documents related to the program. For substantive translation and interpretation, seek third party services.
  • Develop and post Request for Proposals for various projects associated with developing/strengthening partnerships between the Canadian Women’s Foundation and other IRP and/or social finance/social innovation ecosystem partners.
  • Work in conjunction with other Foundation departments including the Community Initiatives teams who oversee other funding opportunities, and the Foundation’s Public Engagement team to implement communication-related activities (e.g. events, press releases, website updates, dissemination of reports, social media posts, video posts, and funding announcements).
  • In collaboration with the Director, manage some specific budget activities.


40% - Mobilization and Capacity Building


  • Host info-sessions about the funding program to the public and interested prospective applicants in English and French.
  • Develop and host workshops, webinars and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for grantees/funding recipients.
  • Build and strengthen the capacity of grantees/funding recipients and applicants.
  • Engage stakeholders and partners on social finance opportunities and collaborative approaches to IRP implementation.
  • Monitor emerging issues in the social finance filed and provide advice to senior management based on appropriate roles for the Foundation.
  • Manage info-sharing and interactions of the IRP online Community of Practice via Slack.
  • Actively participate in working groups and committees in the social finance sector.


10% - Reporting

  • Help manage the evaluation process of the program by hiring third party evaluators and working with them throughout the project. Ensure appropriate data collection and contribute to evaluation processes to capture knowledge on impact
  • Work with partners, including government and IRP partners on evaluation and research to promote learning for the field
  • Provide reporting support in terms of government reporting requirements


Expectations & Conditions: The chosen candidate will be able to start work immediately and deliver on the above actions from early 2022 to early-mid 2023.

Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $65,000 and is negotiable dependent upon experience. Comprehensive health and dental benefits are included, as well as professional development opportunities during the contract.

Remote Work Option: It is possible to work remotely from your preferred location in Canada. The Canadian Women’s Foundation head office is based in Toronto, Ontario so the chosen candidate may also choose to work in the Toronto office and have access to the administrative and operational systems available in the physical office.

Application Deadline: January 28, 2022 by 5:00 pm EST. Please submit your resume and cover letter as one PDF document to , indicate “CI-IRP Bilingual Manager”, and quote the reference number “CI-023” in the subject line. No phone calls please. We thank all who have expressed interest in this position, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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