Program Manager - Local Poverty Reduction Fund (Term Position): Toronto

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Closing Date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is also one of Canada’s largest granting foundation and an agency of the Government of Ontario.  

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF) is an initiative launched by the Ontario government in 2015, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The LPRF supports innovative, community-driven projects that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. It provides funding to community organizations and municipalities to support and evaluate their poverty reduction initiatives, create partnerships and build a body of evidence of programs that work for Ontarians living in poverty.

Working with OTF offers the opportunity to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario, while working in an ever-evolving and open environment that promotes inclusivity and diversity. We are a team of high-performing, passionate, agile, life-long learners, who are just as ready for a challenge as we are ready to ave fun. Come and join us!

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a high-performing professional to fill the role of Program Manager (PM) for the duration of the program. Reporting to the Director, Local Poverty Reduction Fund, and in collaboration with other team members and other departments, the Program Manager is responsible for managing grants funded through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF) program. The Program Manager has an essential and critical role to play in monitoring evaluation-related activities, high engagement monitoring and in providing grantee opportunities for learning.

OTF continues to operate under hiring restrictions; however, for front-line business critical positions to OTF operations, roles may be approved for hire where necessary.  Due to hiring restrictions, at this time, this role is being hired as a one-year contract with the possibility of extension.

Key Area of Responsibility: 

Program Management

  • Manage a portfolio of grants, provided to the Foundation through the Ministry assessment and approval process, in line with OTF’s policies and best practices and within the intent of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Province of Ontario  
  • Through a high engagement framework, monitors and supports active grants and their compliance with grant requirements and facilitate problem solving, where appropriate
  • Facilitate and provide strategic input to knowledge mobilization conceptualization and strategy, including planning, coordination, development and facilitation using collaborative and participatory approaches
  • Develop and implement appropriate communication strategies including design of information resources for community engagement
  • Supports grantees to meet the requirements of their grant contracts, including evaluation requirements of LPRF and adherence to OTF policies


Strategic Leadership

  • Reinforces all corporate messages and approaches
  • Demonstrates a commitment to, and contributes to, the achievement of organizational and team goals 
  • Represents the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders
Skills and Attributes: 
  • Conceptual, analytical, research and problem solving-skills, including issue management, risk identification, conflict resolution, and monitor progress
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication and documentation skills to represent OTF in the community, working in a team/independently and liaising with grantees.  Organizational and financial management skills
  • Ability to track grantee ongoing progress, and make recommendations to manage grantee budget and project plan
  • Brings deep commitment and demonstrated understanding of the communities served by the LPRF, including marginalized populations and lived experience 
  • Proven track record and demonstrated ability to apply quantitative analysis to program evaluations and impact measurement
  • Discretion and tact, and the ability to work with highly sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to coordinate complex activities, organize multiple tasks and prioritize work
  • A “digital first” mindset to enable efficient business processes through the use of technology
  • A “can do,” roll-up-your-sleeves approach


Core Competencies

  • Accountability: Take ownership and deliver
  • Agility: Embrace change and ambiguity
  • Excellence: Be the best you can be and strive to be better
Experience and Education: 
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline and progressive experience in a program office/grant administration, and/or program evaluations in a public sector or non-profit setting, or an acceptable equivalent in education and experience
  • Prior experience managing comparable size/complexity of the grant portfolio required
  • Experience managing/implementing specific evaluation and impact assessment activities
  • Experience reporting/reviewing evaluation project results and emerging priorities, and recommending adjustments as required
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with the diversity of The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s clientele and stakeholder groups in communities across Ontario
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a staff and/or board member of a non-profit organization is an asset

To apply for this position, please visit our website and submit your cover letter and resume online:

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The closing date for this posting is February 29th, 2020.


We welcome applications from people who are reflective of the diverse communities we serve, including those who might need accommodation.

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.

OTF is a Nut-Free and Scent Free Environment.

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