Program Officer, Pathy Family Foundation

Position: Full Time
Salary: The salary for this position is $80,000 per annum, based on experience.

The Pathy Family Foundation (PFF) is a private family foundation based in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). PFF has been in operation for over a decade, supporting organizations locally in Montreal, nationally across Canada and internationally. In a global context of increasing poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation, PFF works to help build vibrant, inclusive, and resilient communities where rights and opportunities are accessible to all. In order to advance this goal, PFF invests in people, organizations and ideas that advance dignity, well-being, and empowerment of citizens, particularly those living in situations of poverty and marginalization. PFF works in four focus areas: Community Development & Engagement, Education & Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship & Inclusive Economies, and Rights & Empowerment. The Foundation uses its resources as tools to bring about positive change and to leverage the impact of funding beyond its initial purpose.

As residents of Montreal, the Foundation Board includes two generations of family members, all of whom share a deep commitment to the Foundation’s objectives. Family members are highly engaged, acting as sponsors for individual projects and participating in site visits to grantee locations.
Grants in 2022 totalled $16.4M, with 67% being made within Canada, of which 19% were supporting Indigenous communities.

The Pathy Family Foundation seeks organizations and individuals that are open to developing collaborative relationships aimed at supporting the Foundation’s areas of interest. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for support.

We are seeking a Program Officer who will be a member of the Foundation’s programmatic team and contribute to implementing the Pathy Family Foundation’s strategic goals and mission for positive change and social impact. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer’s responsibilities include grant management, strengthening the capacity of grant partner organizations, researching and analyzing existing and potential new projects related to the Foundation’s areas of focus and presenting them to the Board, and collaboratively managing grant partnership relationships.

The Program Officer will have responsibilities in the following areas:

  1. Grant Management:
    The current portfolio that the Program Officer would manage has a mix of focus areas.
    • Identifying, developing, analyzing, and recommending grant projects and partnerships through research and due diligence, based on the Foundation’s mission and program guidelines.
    • Communicating with grant partners and representing the Foundation on working committees with grant partners.
    • Conducting project site visits (if possible).
    • Tracking and evaluating grant results as well as preparing impact reports for Board members.
  2. Capacity Strengthening of grant partner organizations
    • Assisting grant partners with grant applications, project planning, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Understanding the needs of partners and devising possible solutions.
    • Facilitating access for grantees to appropriate capacity-strengthening resources in the not-for-profit sector.
  3. Knowledge and Learning
    • Participating in relevant conferences, workshops, and webinars to advance knowledge of the field of work related to the Foundation’s areas of focus.
    • Researching and analyzing specific projects related to the Foundation’s areas of focus and target beneficiary groups.
    • Preparing and delivering presentations to the Foundation Board including timely and accurate information required for decision-making on programs and projects.
    • Participating in the development of the Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation system.
    • Actively contributing to the internal analysis and grantmaking processes that advance PFF’s work in strategic and trust-based philanthropy.
    • Provide analytical updates on emerging trends and issues in philanthropy and the focus areas and target populations of PFF.
  4. Collaboration and partnership management
    • Maintaining regular communications with grantees and coordinating their continued engagement with the Pathy Family Foundation as well as with relevant community stakeholders and beneficiaries.
    • Encouraging grant partners to initiate and strengthen cross-sector partnerships and collaboration with other experts in their field.
    • Developing and maintaining a network of grant partners, experts, and institutions of relevance to advance the mission of the Pathy Family Foundation.
    • Representing the Pathy Family Foundation at forums, meetings and technical working groups as required.

    The Pathy Family Foundation has retained KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) to conduct this search on their behalf. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice-President; or Jill Anderson, Senior Consultant at KCI by email at PFF@KCITalent.com.

    Candidates are asked to please submit both a resume and a letter of interest to the above email address by March 24, 2023. All enquiries and nominations will be kept in strict confidence.
    Only candidates who are currently legally eligible to work in Canada will be considered.

    The Pathy Family Foundation is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require any accommodations, please notify the Search Consultant.

    Location: Pathy Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Quebec, and staff are currently working within a hybrid model. This position has an expectation to be in the office two days per week, and/or as required by project responsibilities.


• Minimum academic qualification: Bachelor in the social sciences desirable or Bachelor’s degree combined with relevant years of experience.


• A minimum of five years of experience in program development and implementation either for a Foundation or working as a program lead in a non-profit organization.

• Demonstrated experience with project design and management.


A professional with solid experience in the not-for-profit sector, the Program Officer will possess an understanding of and enthusiasm for the Foundation’s mission, philosophy, values, and grant-making activities. Intellectually curious and practically oriented, the ideal candidate will work to advance dignity, well-being, and empowerment of citizens with a strategic and holistic mindset in order to bring about sustainable social change. While experience with a family or private foundation is considered an asset, it is not expressly required for this position. More important is previous field experience and program management expertise, either as a volunteer or as a professional.
The successful candidate will be a high achiever with an excellent work ethic, able to work independently, initiate projects and manage their work and time effectively in a small office, where teamwork, collaboration and flexibility are essential. Genuinely passionate and personable, the ideal candidate will be eager to grow, learn and be proactive in bringing forward innovative ideas in a clear, articulate, and inspiring fashion.
The Program Officer will have the following skills and competencies:
• Demonstrated understanding of the philanthropic and non-profit sector – its challenges and opportunities.
• Excellent communication skills in English and French.
• Strong Microsoft Office skills.
• Experience with monitoring and evaluation is an asset.
• Integrity, good judgment, attention to detail, sound organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to manage a variety of complex projects concurrently to a high standard of excellence.


A comprehensive suite of benefits is also provided.