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Director - Public Awareness and Engagement

Development and Peace


Deadline: 19 July 2017

TITLE: Director – Public Awareness and Engagement
STATUS: Permanent Full-time Position (35hrs/week)
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible
TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter to:

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Only candidates eligible to work in Canada will be considered for this position


The organization

Development and Peace is the official international solidarity organization of the Canadian Catholic Church and one of Canada's leading international development organizations. With annual revenues of between $25 million and $35 million, the Organization supports local partners in several countries in the Global South. Thanks to its network of members across Canada, Development and Peace raises Canadian public awareness on the causes of poverty and injustice in the world and mobilises Canadians in actions geared towards social change.


Summary of the position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director – Public Awareness and Engagement is responsible for animation/facilitation services in the regions as well as for developing support strategies for the network of members. He or she is also responsible for animation staff, Youth Programs and the department’s stakeholders across Canada.

As co-director of the In-Canada Programs Department, she or he works closely with the Director – Communications and Philanthropic Development, in the unified dissemination of messages to members and the general public concerning the mission and philanthropic support.

The Director – Public Awareness and Engagement helps develop the department’s annual budget and oversight of expenditures in accordance with existing internal control policies and measures. He or she also ensures compliance with and respect for the laws for the programs and activities carried out by their department.

As a member of the Management Team, the Director has responsibilities for the effectiveness of the Department’s management, performance and leadership within the Organization.


Main responsibilities

Public Awareness and Engagement

  1. To develop the orientations and strategies for educating and engaging the public;
  2. To help coordinate the programs, the animation and awareness-raising activities, the campaigns and the production of educational and Share Lent materials within the framework of the integrated Development and Peace program;
  3. To supervise all programs aimed at raising awareness and engaging young people in the Development and Peace movement, including the programs in schools;
  4. To participate in the development of strategies, programs and activities related to the mobilization of members across Canada;
  5. In his/her role of supporting the membership, to offer support in organizing different governance structures, especially Regional Meetings and Diocesan Councils;

Strategic Approach

  1. To develop, in collaboration with the Director – Communications and Philanthropic Development, a vision and strategies to ensure that the programs in Canada are rolled out in accordance with the mission of DP and the specific mandate given to this department;
  2. As a member of the Management Team, to help define the strategic orientations and objectives of the Organization and its management;

Financial and Administrative Management

  1. To contribute directly to the planning and management of resources, programs, budgets and the development of strategic orientations, as well as the preparation of internal and external reports. To ensure regular monitoring of the progress of activities in accordance with the budgets adopted and to make the necessary adjustments in the course of the year;

Management of the Department

  1. To manage staff under their authority and direct supervision, which includes ensuring the consistency of the work of the different work teams and working groups in order to achieve the objectives set, maintaining a good working climate, identifying staff needs in terms of training and professional development, and overseeing the annual performance appraisals;

Duties of Representation

  1. To ensure representation of the department before the National Council, the Executive Committee and at regional meetings and assemblies. To act as a representative of the Organization at national and international meetings and to participate in certain commissions and working committees at the request of the Executive Director;


Academic background

  • Bachelor's degree in social sciences, in management/administration, community development, or a related field.
  • Master’s (asset)


  • Proficiency in French and English, spoken and written
  • Spanish (asset)

Software and computer programs

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)


  • Ten years experience in an executive or managerial position
  • Significant experience in the environment of non-profit organizations
  • Significant experience in human resource management
  • Significant experience in community development, communications, and/or fundraising
  • Experience in financial management and budgetary oversight
  • Experience working with volunteers and in the voluntary sector (asset)
  • Experience working in international development both in Canada and abroad (asset)

Specific knowledge

  • Very good knowledge of the Catholic Church and its commitments in the areas of ​​social justice and international development
  • Very good knowledge of the socio-economic, political and religious realities of Canada
  • Good knowledge of major national and international networks of international cooperation and of the Catholic media
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience in preparing and managing dashboards and budgets
  • Excellent writing, planning and reporting skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the laws governing charities


  • Availability to travel in Canada and abroad
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends

Working conditions

  • Competitive salary and benefits according to the policy for managerial staff


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