• Full Time
  • Toronto
  • This position has been filled

Website RightToPlayCAN Right To Play

Protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.

Department/Division:           Global Partnerships

Work location:                       Toronto, Canada

Authorized to work in:          Canada / United States / United Kingdom

Target Hiring Zone:                Equivalent of $90,000 – $100,000 (CAD) per annum (Negotiable based on experience)



Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we helped 2.3 million children last year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.


Established in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in 22 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


At the heart of our work in Canada is a theory of change that sees a collaborative partnership between Right To Play and local communities, schools and organizations as fundamental to promoting positive child and youth development. Today, 85+ Indigenous communities, and 50+ Toronto schools and community centres implement Right To Play programs, empowering over 6,000 youth through our Youth to Youth (Y2Y) and Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) programs.


With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work


Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.



The Director, Stakeholder Engagement will lead Right To Play’s global advocacy portfolio. Reporting to the Vice President, Global Partnerships, the successful candidate will drive advocacy initiatives across the organization,cultivate strategic relationships and build alliances to collectively advance Right To Play’s vision and mission and effectively position power of play.

The position is based in Toronto, Ontario; however some travel (15%) within Canada and internationally is required.


Job Responsibility #1: Global Stakeholder Engagement (45% of Time):

  • Work with all organizational units to build and manage strategic partnerships that best positions Right To Serve as the organizational lead and coordinate high level partnerships; including Right To Play’s global multilateral partnerships (UN agencies and multilateral funding mechanisms)
  • Lead the design, development and implementation of strategic engagement plans for identified networks, partners and stakeholders. Oversee the review of action points stemming from Stakeholder meetings/feedback
  • Advance RTP’s vision and mission through representation on global networks, working groups and atforums
  • Ensure representation of Right To Play at key global events. Develop and manage conference and eventengagement communications plans, including building panels, writing papers, and hosting side events. Develop and manage a calendar of conferences and events and ensure effective and appropriate representation
  • Provide subject-matter expertise to RTP in all external communications related to global strategicinitiatives (letters, briefing notes, speaking points, speeches for the CEO and senior leadership, presentations, and development of MOUs).
  • Collaborate with Global Partnerships team and Program Unit to build strong fundraising
  • Identify and leverage advocacy moments to advance the organization’s global strategy and position theorganization as a leader in the
  • Stay abreast of trends, and develop strategies that will strategically position RTP to respond to emergingissues related to RTP’s focus
  • Develop and share expertise on the management of relationships, including funding relationships, with key global stakeholders (particularly UN agencies) with the Global Partnerships team and with Country Offices
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to build and strengthen partnerships and alliances that are mutually advantageous and support the strategic interests of Right To Play


Job Responsibility #2: Government Engagement (20% of Time):

  • Develop – government engagement strategy, in collaboration with Global Partnerships Ensure eachdeveloped strategy is tailored to applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Support and provide guidance within the organization on government engagement, particularly GlobalAffairs Canada and other strategically identified donor governments (i.e. Norway, Sweden, UK).
  • Provide direction and guidance on government engagement to National
  • Identify and join networks and coalitions in prioritized donor

Job Responsibility #3: Global Advocacy Strategy (15% of Time):

  • Lead the design, development and implementation of Right To Play’s global advocacy strategy and thedevelopment of corresponding strategic engagement plans and initiatives
  • Socialize global advocacy strategy, ensuring broad organizational commitment
  • Ensure global advocacy initiatives align with broader strategic goals for the organization, includingorganizational strategic planning
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and learning between organizational units to ensure policy engagement
  • Monitor, report and adapt the global Advocacy Strategy, as

Job Responsibility #4: Resource Development and Dissemination (15% of Time):

  • Lead the development, dissemination and knowledge management of resources for stakeholderengagement
  • Produce analyses, capacity statements, case studies, key messaging and other tools and materials, incollaboration with Global Program Unit, to support relationship building with key
  • Create and manage a repository of resources that can be used for relationship-building purposes toachieve Right To Play’s
  • Serve as a reference point to colleagues in global and country level units on what resources are availableand appropriate for which meetings, events and  initiatives,.
  • Provide technical advice to Country Offices on effective advocacy and stakeholder engagement, as needed.

Job Responsibility #5: Perform other duties as assigned (5% of Time)


  • University degree in a related field (e.g. International Development, Public Policy/Administration)



  • 7-10 years professional experience in role(s) with progressively senior levels of international complexity and technical relevance in both field and/or HQ contexts
  • 5 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, policy advocacy and strategy development
  • Experience managing initiatives within complex, cross-functional organizations
  • Experience working with governments, UN bodies and/or international organizations
  • Experience in and knowledge of the Canadian global aid policy environment;
  • Experience facilitating policy and advocacy forums and influencing stakeholders to adopt new concepts and approaches
  • Proven track record of development alliances and partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience in building strong trust-based relationships with senior stakeholders


  • Demonstrates a high level of interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, social and political issues.
  • Ability to use developed persuasive skills to convince others to accept recommendations that will involve their considerable support or Able to provide strong arguments that will change firmly held opinions or positions to ones that will better advance the organization’s interests.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal
  • Flexible and able to adapt to a changing



  • Solid knowledge of international development and humanitarian programming and policy
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and public relations
  • Strong representation skills and ability to develop relationships with INGO, multilateral and government agencies
  • Flexibility and ability to respond quickly to changing priorities/situations, prepare responses/narrative quickly and clearly
  • Good analysis, problem solving and project management skills
  • Excellent influencing, diplomacy, persuasion and engagement skills
  • Ability to maintain composure whilst dealing with competing priorities and stakeholders



  • Fluency in spoken and written English required
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset



You are an ambitious, entrepreneurial, highly collaborative relationship builder with a passion for play. You are an exceptional communicator with excellent networking skills. You are an experienced advocate who can strategically position Right To Play as a global leader in development and effective promote the power of play.



The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including Group RRSP Plan with 3% matching contributions, gym membership, flexible work policy (e.g. work from home and flex hours) and summer/winter hours.


Target Start Date:            January 2020

Contract Duration:          Permanent/Full-time



If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@righttoplay.com and kindly include “Director, Stakeholder Engagement” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.


While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately and interviews may be held before the closing date.


Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.


We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check and vulnerable sector screening as a condition of employment.


Should you require any form of accommodation during the recruitment process, kindly contact the People & Culture team by email at careers@righttoplay.com


To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com.