Job Posting: Program Manager


Park People is a national charity that builds stronger communities across Canada by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in the city. Created in 2011, we are a dynamic, growing organization that is at the forefront of a Canadian city park renaissance. We focus on facilitating neighbourhood engagement in local parks, providing resources and information for best practices for our parks, building a network of community park groups, bringing public attention to issues affecting our parks and highlighting the importance of good parks to the social, health, environmental and economic well-being of all Canadians.

In this role, you will lead Park People’s public programs through the next exciting phase of growth, working with partners to deliver new and expanded programs. As a team leader, you will supervise and coach a team of 4-6 staff delivering programs on the ground in Toronto and across Canada. Behind the scenes, you will be responsible for broadening the programming funding base to ensure that our core work, as well as new projects, are sustainable over time. We are a small and collaborative team who care about improving cities by helping to support vibrant parks and green spaces. If you thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial organization, we can offer you a rewarding and fun place to work.

As Program Manager your role would include:

Program Management and Planning: 

  • Lead the strategic program and partnership development for Park People’s public-facing programs
  • Work collaboratively to set long and short-term priorities and staffing and budget plans to meet goals
  • Ensure team is participating in ongoing program development through evaluation, monitoring and learning
  • Responsible for the development and oversight of program budgets including quarterly reviews

Fundraising and Program Development:

  • Developing sustainable programs with diverse funding sources
  • Working with partner organizations to submit collaborative proposals
  • Maintaining positive relationships with funders, including submitting timely reports
  • Building the team’s program partnership and fee for service portfolio

Team leadership:

  • Building a healthy team culture of collaboration, accountability, and ongoing learning
  • Completing performance management for all direct reports
  • Interviewing and selecting staff, orienting, training, and coaching team members
  • Ensuring Health and Safety protocols and effective systems are in place for program team
  • Reviewing team structure to ensure roles have clear responsibilities and effective work processes


The skills and experience you bring to the role include:

  • Proven experience developing and implementing complex multi-site programs
  • Fundraising experience including proposal and report writing and relationship management
  • Understanding program design and impact
  • Analytical and written skills, including the effective design and compelling description of programs
  • Understanding of budgeting, forecasting, and analysis of budget vs. actual expenditure
  • Leading the development and overseeing the implementation of operational plans
  • Ability to identify potential partners and strengthening existing relationships, represent the organization with programming partners and provide leadership to collaborative initiatives
  • Skill in supporting and coaching staff and leading an effective team
  • Bilingualism/ French is an asset

As a leader, you demonstrate personal and professional competencies including:

  • Personal Maturity — possesses a high degree of self-awareness; open to continuous self-improvement; manages and performs well during times of ambiguity
  • Courageous Conversations- willing to deal with trouble by challenging what needs to be challenged and addressing issues with partners and staff quickly and effectively
  • Making Complex Decisions — makes decisions in a timely fashion using data, seeking input, thinking creatively; applies critical thinking before making significant decisions
  • Getting Work Done Through Others — an effective promoter of people who understands the importance of developing the skills, knowledge, and abilities of direct reports; manages work, project plans and outcomes effectively

Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000

Posting Closes August 7, 2017

Anticipate start date mid-September 2017

This is a full-time permanent position.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to cities and communities while working with a dynamic, results-driven and expanding group that is at the forefront of an emerging urban park renaissance, this is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a connector and city builder with a high degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive for bringing positive change to our cities. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence to