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We Are Hiring: Program Manager


Posted November 18, 2019 | Inspirit Foundation

Job Description: Program Manager
Toronto, Ontario
Position Details: Full-time permanent
Start Date: January 2020

Inspirit is a public foundation focused on building a pluralist Canada. We do this by funding media and arts for social change, supporting the leadership of youth in the media and arts sectors, and investing our capital in ways that align with our mission. Equity is central to our work. We are located in a beautiful space in Toronto’s Ossington Village, and this position will work from our office in the Artscape Youngplace building.

Reporting to the Director of Programming, the Program Manager will support the ongoing development, delivery and administration of granting and programming. The Program Manager will oversee the Foundation’s work in supporting young adult change leaders in the arts and media sectors, and will also play an integral role in supporting Inspirit’s broader programming. Responsibilities include program administration and grants/project management, program development and evaluation support, and stakeholder engagement. The ideal candidate brings experience and knowledge of the Canadian arts and/or media sectors, an ability to manage details and see the big picture, and a passion for supporting and championing arts and media for social change.


Program Administration

  • Manage specific granting programs, including application and review processes, contracting of grants and grant payments, as well as grantee database.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and appropriate and accurate documentation of grant activities and outcomes of funded projects.
  • Manage funding inquiries and applications; provide clear and relevant advice to stakeholders; identify and escalate opportunities.
  • Manage the recruitment, onboarding and coordination of program-specific consultants and review committees, where necessary.
  • Build and maintain trusting and effective relationships and communications with grantees; support grantees to report and document activities, outcomes and insights.

Program Development and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of granting programs. Work with the programming team to design programs and organizational processes, assess program effectiveness, and recommend course-corrections.
  • Identify and help create opportunities for grantee learning and peer-to-peer connection; identify and extend opportunities for engagement between grantees, the Foundation and other stakeholders.
  • Research, identify and recommend approaches to achieving intended program outcomes and organizational goals; write reports to support recommendations, as directed.
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s evaluation processes by collating grantee information, and participating in strategic sense-making.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Support the Communications team with program outreach, and to highlight and amplify the work of grantees, where necessary.
  • Help identify key stakeholder relationships and build and maintain effective relationships with potential, present and past grantees and other stakeholders.
  • Represent Inspirit at events and conferences, as required, to share organizational programs and insights.


  • Minimum 5-7 years of related professional experience.
  • Program development experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience and subject matter expertise of arts, media and cultural sectors in Canada.
  • Degree or diploma in a related field preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines with strong attention to details.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to research, review and synthesize information to identify options, solve problems, and develop solutions.
  • Collaborative and proactive; a team player who can positively and productively coordinate deliverables; ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Accountable with a strong sense of professionalism and integrity.
  • Experience engaging with a diversity of stakeholders.
  • Written and spoken fluency in French an asset.
  • Familiarity with Inspirit’s current priority issues areas an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel PowerPoint) in a Mac environment an asset.
  • Familiarity with CRM databases and grant management tools an asset.

Inspirit bases compensation levels on the Foundation Salary & Benefits Report prepared by the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and the Community Foundations of Canada. The starting salary for this position will fall between $61,500 to $67,667 and will be commensurate with the individual’s experience. Inspirit provides health benefits, GRSP, as well as other benefits to our staff.

At Inspirit Foundation we believe a diverse team makes us stronger, and as an equal opportunity employer, we encourage all qualified individuals to apply. As an organization, we are committed to ensuring equity principles inform our work and invite you to read our Equity and Pluralism Statement.

Please apply with a resume and a cover letter detailing recent and relevant experience, specifically highlighting how you meet the qualifications listed above. Please send this by email to with “Program Manager” in the email subject line. Please ensure all files are clearly labeled with “Program Manager_FirstName_LastName” included in the file title. All applications must be received by midnight eastern standard time, Sunday, December 1. 

Accommodations are available upon request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. Please let us know how we can help.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those advancing in the process will be contacted.