Manager, Partnerships & Engagement

As the leader of the national movement for gender equity in sport, Canadian Women & Sport has built strong relationships with partners that enable us to create systemic change in the Canadian sport system. Our goal is to develop, grow, and steward new and existing partners to create impact at the community, provincial/territorial, and national levels for women and girls while delivering measurable value for our partners. We want to further professionalize relationships management across the partnerships team to deliver a best-in-class experience to all partners.


We are looking for a temporary full-time Manager to lead and manage partnerships with the Government of Nova Scotia. Reporting to the Director, Partnerships, you will support the development and delivery of strategic plans, foster meaningful relationships, and promote gender equity in sport, physical activity, and recreation across Nova Scotia.  

This role is for someone capable of building and maintaining partnerships with individuals and organizations. You are a dynamic and highly organized individual that can juggle multiple moving pieces, pulling together insights from various organizations to inform national and strategic priorities. You’re motivated to think things through from an operational perspective to increase efficiency and impact. You’ll have the opportunity to represent CWS at various events, delivering training and presentations, leveraging your strong understanding of gender equity and sport, and ability to effectively communicate and translate this to various contexts.   

In this role you’ll join a growing team that is deeply committed to producing measurable change while also enjoying the process. We have a supportive, collaborative culture that prioritizes community and connection. We embrace continuous learning and innovation, and we invest in the growth and development of every team member to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. We strive to live our core values in everything we do and take pride in a brand with a strong, and hard-earned reputation within the sector we service.  We look forward to amplifying it further with a skilled and genuinely passionate colleague in this role. 


In this role you will carry out:  
Partnership Engagement & Management: 

  • Oversee the Government of Nova Scotia partnership through the re-engagement process and produce an annual report on activities and outcomes.  
  • Support with the development and delivery of the Nova Scotia WISPAR (Women and girls in sport, physical activity, and recreation) action plan and lead the implementation of a community of practice for the province of Nova Scotia. 
  • Engage national sport organizations, and provincial and territorial partners through direct outreach, targeted marketing campaigns, and sharing resources and programs.   
  • Gather insights from organizations and leaders throughout Nova Scotia to inform strategic priorities.   
  • Develop an operational plan to support engagement in Nova Scotia, aligned with Canadian Women & Sport’s strategic imperatives. 
  • Engage directly with system stakeholders to provide program support and consulting to promote gender equity amongst partners and organizations.   
  • Act as a Canadian Women & Sport representative at events in Nova Scotia and deliver training and presentations.  
  • Create and adapt content as needed to deliver workshops and provide customized support to organizations and leaders.  
  • Manage the database of national sport organizations and provincial/territorial partners.  
  • Work cross-collaboratively to support the development of proposals for funding.  

Ad hoc projects/support: 

  • Support the Director, Partnerships and larger CWS team where required in servicing new or existing partners (including corporate, foundations, individuals). 
  • Support in streamlining processes across Partnerships Team including communications, marketing, stewardship, reporting, etc.   
  • Contribute to the Partnerships Teams goals and operational plan ensuring accurate and timely tracking towards goals. 



  • Post-secondary education (University or College) or extensive work experience in partnership and project management.  
  • Strong relationship management skills; ability to build meaningful relationships with organizations and partners. 
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral.  
  • Strong ability to project manage and work cross-collaboratively.   
  • Strong understanding of gender equity and sport, and ability to effectively communicate and translate this to various contexts. 
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail. 
  • Effective in navigating complex landscapes and relationships. 
  • Experience and interest in supporting a small team.   
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative.  
  • Proven ability to work remotely.  

Strong assets: 

  • Previous work and/or volunteer experience in the non-profit, charitable, and/or sport sector.  
  • Experience managing relationships with individuals at various levels in government, NSO and/or P/TSO. 
  • Bilingualism (French-English).  
  • Strong representation of intersectional gender equity within the delivery of activities. 
  • Strong awareness of the Canadian sport landscape and potential funding opportunities. 
  • Experience leveraging digital collaboration tools to optimize efficiency and results such as CRMs (Salesforce specifically), Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, Zoom, Airtable, and Submittable or equivalents. 
  • Experience effectively working with a geographically distributed team.  


  • This is a full-time, temporary (14-month parental leave contract), and remote position with the option of flexible working hours (core hours are 9am to 5pm time zone dependent).  
  • Working remotely from Nova Scotia, this position will require occasional meetings and events in person.   
  • Salary range is $75,000 – 85,000 plus comprehensive health benefits. We determine starting salary based on the candidate’s experience alignment to the role and Canadian Women & Sport’s Core Competency Framework. 
  • This position requires some travel (minimum four times a year within Canada for team gatherings and relationship management and project delivery). 


We prioritize equitable opportunities for all applicants and actively encourage those who identify as equity-deserving, underrepresented, marginalized, and/or oppressed to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, Black, disabled/having a disability, Indigenous, People of Colour, and women or who may experience discrimination based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offenses, marital status, family status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by local law. Self-identification by candidates in the process is completely voluntary. 

Accessibility is important to us. We welcome and encourage applications from those who identified as disabled and/or having a disability. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at if you require reasonable accommodation to complete this application. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  

Deadline to apply is July 24, 2024. Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to the attention of Marijke Vandergrift, Director, Partnerships.