Director, Community Investments - Permanent, Full-Time, Location: Toronto

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Closing Date: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundation. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. OTF makes strategic investments that contribute to community wellbeing across six Action Areas: Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People and Prosperous People.

Each year, more than 3,000 applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteers. Supported by professional and experienced staff, volunteers bring knowledge of local needs and a wide range of expertise to the decision-making process.

The  Director, Community Investments reporting to the Vice-President of Community Investments, manages the delivery of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Investment Strategy in order to ensure high quality granting program delivery by working across departments to achieve a high level of success.

Key Area of Responsibility: 

The Director manages geographic and specialized teams, provides oversight to the grant approval process within assigned regions, as well as provides leadership in specialized granting functions, analysis and resolution of issues, and renders decisions to ensure on-going compliance with policies and standards of the Foundation. The role ensures the consistent application of policies and practices in the delivery of the investment streams.

As a member of a team of granting directors, the Leadership Team, and the Community Investment Department, the Director provides strategic advice to the VP on grant issues, policy interpretation and implementation and resource management. The Director leads change on an on-going basis, championing key organizational decisions and directions at the regional and catchment level. The Director also manages performance for direct reports, and provides positive guidance and coaching to employees located in various parts of the province. A key expectation is development and maintenance of a strong staff team that will deliver on the investment strategy and annual business plan.

The position oversees operational budgeting, grant allocation and resources for the assigned teams, as well as supporting volunteer engagement and training. As a member of the OTF Leadership Team, the Director is charged with working corporately and across departments in support of furthering the OTF Investment Strategy.

The position requires big-picture thinking, attention to detail, agility and the capacity to “go with the flow,” and abiding by priorities and deadlines.  In addition, it requires flexibility and a willingness to “roll up the sleeves,” along with a focus on deliverables.

Skills and Attributes: 
  • Relevant management and supervisory experience with decision-making and managing change
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Supervisory, leadership and collaborative skills
  • A “digital first” mindset to enable efficient business processes through the use of technology
  • Change management skills
  • French language skills is a strong asset


Leadership Competencies:

  • Build Trust: Leaders at OTF are positive, authentic, build trust and inspire their teams to deliver outstanding results, they demonstrate unwavering integrity by doing the right thing, and modeling the behaviors they seek in others.
  • Drive Accountability and Excellence: Leaders at OTF have high expectations of their team, bringing out the best in individuals and teams by making their work purposeful and fun; they set clear expectations define success, follow through with consequences in a supportive and meaningful way. They coach their people for success and provide actionable feedback to improve individual and team performance. They find ways to outperform – not settling for average; and, deliver superior results for all stakeholders in both the short and long-term.
  • Collaborate: Leaders at OTF act in the best interest of the foundation, using positive influence not power to deliver results; showing trust in their colleagues; they realize that they might not have all the answers but they know who to ask and what skills to leverage to get things done.
  • Speak Up: Leaders at OTF live transparency and respect different views; they are willing to personally surface and wear problems; fix them and learn from them. They seek different perspectives by encouraging their teams to contribute ideas that could improve performance.
  • Be Decisive: Leaders at OTF make sound decisions based on what’s best for the foundation; they know how to navigate complex social and institutional contexts and deal with tough issues promptly, fairly, and calmly.
  • Create A Vision For The Future: Leaders at OTF build for the future by having a vision for healthy and vibrant communities and proactively taking action to implement it; being aligned with the corporate direction; monitoring trends affecting the foundation; and creating an organization that starts with those we serve.
  • Lead Change: Leaders at OTF are adept at recognizing problems, seeing situations where change is needed, anticipating potential snares in advance, and grasping changes in the environment. They inspire and help their teams to overcome challenges and build their resiliency and agility by making the change relevant to everyone affected.

Working Conditions:

  • Travel 30% of the time within Ontario
Experience and Education: 
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline or an acceptable equivalent in education and experience
  • Five to seven years’ progressive leadership experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Leadership experience within the non-profit, public or foundation sectors
  • Experience managing staff working remotely

Please apply here.  


The closing date for this posting is April 22, 2017

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OTF is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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