Program Coordinator, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Position: Full Time
Salary: Starting from $60,000/year, commensurate with experience

Are you a diligent project manager, outgoing, with a flair for coalition-building? Do you want to help advance the philanthropic sector’s work toward a just, equitable and sustainable world? If so, help us enhance and amplify the impact of Canada’s philanthropic foundations and funders. PFC is an ideal match if you are looking for purpose in your work and want to contribute to a small, values-driven, pan-Canadian team with a strong culture of collaboration.

About PFC

Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) is a national charitable organization that strengthens philanthropy — in all of its diversity — for a just, equitable and sustainable world. In partnership with its diverse membership of Canadian foundations and other funders, and in collaboration with civil society, business, and government, PFC advances the common good, through networking, learning, advocacy and research.

Position Summary

The Program Coordinator is a dynamic and evolving role, responsible for coordinating collaborative program initiatives at PFC and contributing to the implementation of PFC’s strategic directions and purpose statement. It is an exciting role with a strong focus on advancing equity and action on climate change.  of the role includes coordinating the Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change in partnership with the steering committee, and the remainder involves coordinating PFC’s other peer learning initiatives, collaborations, and affinity groups, including the PFC bi-annual conference. The position reports to the Director of Learning and Collaboration, while working closely with the rest of our small team.

The successful candidate can be located anywhere in Canada with office space available in Montreal and Toronto.

Bilingualism (speaking, writing and reading fluently in English and French) is required for this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management

  • Program planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and undertaking the necessary due diligence, guided by PFC’s strategic directions;
  • Develop workplans, and track program budgets, results and deliverables;
  • Prepare impact and accountability reports for various stakeholders, including committees, PFC Board and external audiences; and
  • When relevant, identify, coordinate and support the work of outside consultants/experts to develop tools and resources relating to the focus areas.

Program Implementation

  • Maintain regular communications with program partners, PFC members, and relevant stakeholders, and coordinate continued engagement with PFC staff;
  • Coordinate and provide ongoing support to various committees (project steering committees, learning tables, communities of practice, affinity group committees), including but not limited to preparing agendas, undertaking research, drafting committee materials, making timely decisions and following up on implementation;
  • Coordinate logistics for events and activities related to learning infinitives, special projects and affinity groups, such as the organization and execution of webinars, workshops, and bi-annual conferences;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies and outputs to support foundations across the country to collaborate on good practices related to foundation investing, grantmaking and programming;
  • Ensure collaboration and programming opportunities are integrated into PFC’s overall operations including communications, research, policy, member engagement, and learning portfolios;
  • Develop and maintain a network of partners, experts and institutions to advance the objectives of the different programs;
  • Coordinate and support the implementation and advancement of the Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change, working closely with the steering committee;
  • Contribute to PFC and partner newsletters to develop communication content as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The Program Coordinator will supervise some short-term contractors, related to the various programs.


  • Strong project management skills, including planning, monitoring, supporting others, and delivering results on a timely basis;
  • Experience coordinating and managing partnerships and their dynamics, with strong facilitation skills;
  • Experience coordinating and running events, online and in-person;
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement, relationship building and outreach, with an outgoing personality and confidence to know when and how to bring stakeholders together to make key decisions;
  • Self-starter who can foster relationships and partnerships;
  • Creativity in capacity-development program design and implementation;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and French;
  • Proficiency in MS Office 365 suite
  • Strong analytical capacities;
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to a transforming environment, with an ability to multi-task while being highly detail oriented; and
  • Interest in advancing the philanthropic sector on issues related to reconciliation, justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and climate action.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary starting from $60,000 per year, commensurate with experience, and an exceptionally good benefits package.

Five weeks of holidays to start (three weeks, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and six extra Fridays before long weekends, when our offices are closed).

We know the greatest ideas come from a diverse mix of backgrounds, minds and experiences, and are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. We are actively seeking a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from communities underrepresented in philanthropy.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a start date ASAP. Please send your CV and cover letter to

To note: we will consider applicants interested in pursuing this role as a part-time position (2.5 days/week) focused solely on the Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change.