Director, Treaties and Policy Programs at Gordon Foundation

Position: Full Time
Salary: $90,000-$125,000 and we offer a competitive benefits package.

About The Gordon Foundation

The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, with staff located across Canada. We undertake research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@gordonfn.org with “Director, Treaty and Policy Programs” in the subject line. We thank everyone for their interest, however only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

Your resume and cover letter must be received by February 6, 2023.

About the Role

The Gordon Foundation is seeking a collaborative, strategic, and engaging leader to expand the reach and impact of our work.

This role includes:

  • Expanding the the Understanding Our Treaties initiative, which brings together emerging Indigenous leaders to learn from experts about modern treaties.
  • Implementing Northern and Arctic Policy Hackathons, where emerging Arctic leaders discuss policy issues and create tangible, actionable solutions.
  • Overseeing the review of the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship, a policy and leadership development program for northerners aged 25-35.

You will work directly with the President and CEO to deliver the Foundation’s long-term growth and development strategy while managing a motivated team.

This is a permanent, full-time position. Travelling regularly and working extended hours is required, for example during events. The role can be carried out from our Toronto office or remotely.

A strong preference will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous (Inuit, First Nations or Métis)

Key Areas of Responsibility

Program Design and Delivery

  • Work with the President and CEO to develop the strategic direction of the Foundation’s policy programs/special initiatives and translate this direction into implementation
  • Manage program staff to ensure their success
  • Manage program budgets
  • Report regularly to the Board of Directors
  • Collaborate with Foundation staff on inter-program opportunities

Outreach and Promotion

  • Work with Foundation staff to communicate the impact of the Foundation’s programming
  • Develop partnerships and collaboration opportunities that will maximize the reach and impact of the programs
  • Carry out government relations activities
  • Work with the communications team to support the use of social and traditional media to promote the work of The Gordon Foundation.


  • Post-secondary degree in political science, public administration, Indigenous studies, development studies, or environmental studies or comparable work experience


  • 7+ years’ experience, preferably in the charitable sector
  • Program development experience
  • Public policy analysis experience
  • Experience as a facilitator and strong speaking and presentation skills
  • Experience managing staff and budgets
  • Experience working with Boards


If you don’t meet all the requirements below, we would still love to hear why you would be a great fit.

  • A proven ability to build strong networks in northern and/or Indigenous communities, with various levels of government, and with the philanthropic sector
  • Knowledge of human resources, project management, financial management and program evaluation
  • Self-motivated and able to work largely independently.