Job Posting 91099

Project Officer – CanWILL (Canadian Women in Local Leadership)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Work From Home - Ottawa area
closed 4 days ago (Wed, 1 Feb)
full time - temporary / contract

Canadian Women in Local Leadership (CanWILL) is a 10-month project which aims to increase the participation and retention of women in municipal leadership and to support a more diverse, inclusive and equitable environment in municipal governance. The CanWILL project aims to promote full and equitable participation of women, particularly those who are underrepresented in municipal politics, on participatory governance and the integration of gender in all areas of the FCM’s work, which includes gender and its intersectionality.

FCM will work in partnership with provincial and territorial associations (PTAs), stakeholders and its regionally diverse membership base to 1) enable more women to run for elected office; 2) strengthen the capacity of municipal stakeholders to address gender-based violence and harassment, and; 3) create a more conducive context for women leaders to thrive in their leadership through mobilizing, fostering and strengthening gender inclusive leadership, knowledge and best practices across the municipal sector.

Major Purpose:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, CanWILL, the Project Officer will provide overall coordination and lead the delivery of selected components of this equity focused initiative. The Project Officer will be responsible to support the integration of intersectional equitable gender promotion in municipal politics and for capacity development support to project partners and FCM members.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the coordination and administration of the project, including establishing a strong and effective working relationship with participating municipalities, regional champions, and other partners / stakeholders.
  • In close collaboration with the Project Manager, prepares semi-annual and annual reports; consults with partners on progress towards results. 
  • Leads the development and delivery of specific components of the project, including adapting and designing capacity development support packages and mobilizing specific technical expertise. 
  • Supports in the identification and the development of tools to enhance the promotion of women, particularly under-represented groups in municipal politics through partnership activities. 
  • Designs and facilitates workshops and knowledge sharing activities for members and community organizations engaged in the project.
  • Liaises with FCM’s local implementing partners, with project advisory groups and technical working groups, our network of elected officials, and project stakeholders to promote and support ensure responsive and effective programming
  • Supports networks and communities of practice that contribute to project goals and outcomes.
  • Organizes national-level information-sharing activities such as webinars and events to share the project’s learning.
  • Liaises with FCM Communications to establish content for website, e-bulletins, surveys, graphic design and translation needs for program deliverables and outreach.
  • Responsible for conduct aligned to FCM’s values and ensuring compliance with health and safety requirements and for ensuring a safe and respectful workplace.
  • May be asked to undertake additional activities assigned such as participating in working groups and designing workshops/consultations and/or other activities at events.
  • Participates as required in cross-functional team project work for FCM-wide initiatives.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • University degree in social sciences, gender studies or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in project management, results-based management and monitoring & evaluation.
  • Experience implementing equity and diversity programming, including supporting capacity building approaches (sector and needs assessment, design of approaches and activities, adult learning, etc.) 
  • Strong analysis skills, including the ability to engage in multi-disciplinary teams, lead meetings and make formal presentations to different audiences.
  • Strong gender, diversity and inclusion experience (will support all efforts to integrate gender equality, diversity and intersectionality perspectives into all project components)
  • Understanding of the Canadian municipal sector, municipal politics and experience working with elected officials are assets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills with a focus on working across internal teams, and with external stakeholders.
  • Excellent level of diplomacy, judgment, problem solving and decision-making skills required with a strong desire for social justice.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.


  • Travel within Canada only may be required, 1 to 2 times/year.

The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services. FCM encourages flexible work arrangements to support the wellbeing and productivity of employees.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is committed to fostering an organizational culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, where individuals from diverse racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, social economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and physical and mental abilities can thrive and be fully engaged at their best level.

FCM welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.


The future of work at FCM includes a hybrid work model; therefore, this role will be a combination of virtual and on-site work. The successful candidate is required live in and be authorized to work in Canada. They are also required to be able to work from home/remotely, from within Canada.  All in-office work and in-person meetings for work that take place inside and/or outside of the offices located in Ottawa will be subject to FCM’s Safe Workplace Vaccination Policy, as well as its health and safety procedures.

It is a mandatory condition of employment at FCM that the successful candidate be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with vaccines that have been approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to their start date and will be required to provide proof.  If accommodation is required in relation to this condition of employment for any reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, please contact us at  directly.


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

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