Position Available: Program Manager

Canadian Women & Sport is seeking a full-time Program Manager. This dynamic, high-impact position reports directly to the Director of Programs and works closely with staff, contractors, committees, and other external stakeholders.

The Program Manager will manage multi-year programs, working deeply with sport and physical activity organizations and leaders to build knowledge, shift attitudes and develop competencies for gender equity.

The ideal candidate has considerable program management experience including program development and implementation with extensive experience with facilitation and relationship management. They are competent in persuasive communication and can bring a strong intersectional gender lens, reflecting diversity, equity and inclusion in their work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage the Gender Equity Playbook program—a signature program delivered to sport and physical activity organizations that includes gender equity assessments, capacity-building and action planning for organizations:

  • Lead the ongoing development of the program by integrating evaluation feedback and new learnings, and modifying the program to extend it to new audiences with the support of advisors and experts
  • With the support of the operations teams, build out and manage the program back end, enhancing the efficiency and scalability of the program
  • Execute the measurement and evaluation plan and apply findings to refine the Gender Equity Playbook tool
  • Manage the data generated through the program and lead the production of aggregated reports that support mobilization of the learnings to the broader sector
  • Manage the program’s administration, ensuring effective documentation, risk management and related controls

Lead the Gender Equity Playbook program execution:

  • Implement the Gender Equity Playbook directly with sport organizations (working directly with board members, senior leaders, and their key stakeholders), including on-boarding and orientation, facilitating gender equity assessments and action planning sessions, and final report writing.
  • Train and support external consultants to implement the Gender Equity Playbook on behalf of the organization to augment Canadian Women & Sport’s delivery capacity.
  • Ensure high standards of quality of all program components, particularly the assessment reports produced for participating sport organizations.
  • Track and manage sport organization participation to ensure targets are achieved.

Manage Program Relationships:

  • Competently recruit and retain program stakeholders, including participating organizations, program partners, consultants, etc.
  • Work closely with staff, contractors, advisors and other stakeholders to generate measurable engagement and efficient program processes.
  • Track stakeholder engagement and advise on engagement opportunities and strategies.

Other job duties as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience applying an intersectional gender equity lens, including specific understanding of anti-oppression and accessibility principles and their applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design and deliver high quality, results-focused initiatives that meet organizational and funder expectations.
  • Proven ability to competently manage multiple multi-year programs simultaneously, including design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Proven ability to develop evidence-based resources and tools designed to influence behaviour for inclusion, reflecting strong research skills and versatile writing skills.
  • Skilled at stakeholder engagement, participatory approaches and relationship management.
  • Skilled at persuasive communication, including the ability to design and deliver interactive sessions to educate and engage, both virtually and in-person
  • Ability to manage others and achieve results through others, either as direct reports, consultants, or stakeholder and committee groups.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the Canadian sport and physical activity system is an asset.
  • Experience working with digital tools such as CRMs (Salesforce specifically), Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, Zoom, and Submittable or equivalents.
  • Bilingualism (French-English) is a strong asset.


  • This is a full-time permanent position with opportunity for flexible hours.
  • Salary range is $70,000-$78,000 plus comprehensive health benefits.
  • Most of the team is based in Toronto, but we will consider applicants located anywhere in Canada. In light of current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is currently a remote working position with possibility for permanent virtual or hybrid work environments in the future.

Canadian Women & Sport is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work environment.  We actively encourage applications from persons who identify as women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and members of visible minorities.  Self-identification by candidates is completely voluntary.

Canadian Women & Sport is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work environment.  We actively encourage applications from persons who identify as women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and members of visible minorities.  Self-identification by candidates is completely voluntary.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume on Submittable: https://cws.submittable.com/submit/192732/program-manager-job-posting-2021

About Canadian Women & Sport

Canadian Women & Sport is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women—as active participants and leaders—within and through sport. With a focus on systemic change, we partner with sport organizations, governments, and leaders to challenge the status quo and build better sport through gender equity.