Publié le 19 Novembre 2023
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  • Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver
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  • Intermédiaire
  • Philanthropie
In this permanent full-time position, you will be part of the Park Friends programs team whose role is to identify opportunities to establish and maintain partnerships between NGOs working for a park, partners from civil society and governments, and different stakeholders to promote urban parks as essential spaces to connect people with each other and with nature.

The incumbent will work on a portfolio of the organization's programs including that of Parcs Cœur Vital, partnerships and research projects, including the Report on Canada's Urban Parks, and will be responsible for relations with public authorities. . As new partnerships are established and opportunities emerge, these tasks will change over time.

We are looking for someone with experience building relationships, a knack for collaboratively developing a vision, and experience managing scope and budgets for large-scale projects. national scale. 

Friends of Parks supports and mobilizes community parks groups, community organizations, non-profit organizations, parks experts and donors to activate the power of parks to build strong communities, healthy environments, healthy and resilient cities. 

We are actively committed to recruiting, meaningfully engaging, and integrating the advice and contributions of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in ways that center intersectionality, Indigenous resilience, and anti-racist principles. We are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in our workspaces and programs and encourage applications from people from racialized communities.


As research and partnerships manager, your role will include:

  • Designing and managing programs that respond to the organization's mission, strategic plan and theory of change, including the Vital Heart Parks program, research activities and projects in partnership with different levels of government.
  • Coordinate research activities, partnerships and impact measurement activities as part of a coherent strategy to support impactful programs.
  • Manage the budget and operational plan of the program portfolio.
  • Foster has a positive team spirit based on collaboration, accountability, support, continuous learning and efficient processes.
  • Identify new partnership opportunities with other NGOs working for a park and maintain collaborative relationships with other key stakeholders and civil society partners.
  • Take into account the organization's anti-racism framework and its theory of change when designing, implementing and evaluating projects.
  • Supervises a small team of project managers and program coordinators.
  • Take an equity-based approach to relationship building.
  • Other tasks as needed. 


Skills and experience required for this position:

  • Proven experience in program/project management, preferably within multi-sector partnerships and/or nationally.
  • Strong team leadership and people management skills.
  • Strong budget management skills and experience in fundraising, including writing proposals and reports, defining the scope of a project and managing a work plan.
  • Strong communication skills, particularly in writing and public written and oral presentations.
  • Good knowledge of research methods and ethics. 
  • Experience in a complex, growing and changing work environment.
  • Knowledge of and interest in anti-racist community building, the urban parks movement, and co-creation of public spaces.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; efficiency in managing multiple priorities and deliverables within competing deadlines;
  • Ability to understand and translate the needs and priorities of the team and the organization.
  • Fluency in French and English is a major asset. Please indicate if you are bilingual in your application.


Work Location: We encourage applications from all regions of Canada, with preference for applications from Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver. This is a telecommuting position with occasional requirements to report in person to Toronto, Montreal and/or Vancouver.

Starting compensation: $62,000 to $70,000.

Application deadline: December 3, 2023

Start date: January 2024

The Friends of the Parks team is a great place to work:

  • We offer an excellent benefits package including health and dental benefits, generous annual leave, bike share memberships in select cities, annual salary adjustments for inflation, and a pension plan. 
  • We benefit from an exceptional work culture with bright, engaged colleagues who aspire to learn and improve while having fun.
  • We work remotely with colleagues across the country and we have a strong collaborative culture that encourages a hybrid work environment, mixing in-person and remote work.
  • We value flexibility and work-life balance for our team members and offer flexible working hours.  
  • We provide you with time and financial resources to support your training and education, as well as provide you with professional development opportunities as part of the continued growth of Friends of the Parks.
  • We offer you the opportunity to make change and make a difference in communities across Canada.


Please send your CV and cover letter in one file by email to before December 3, 2023. We thank all those who apply in advance and will only contact those selected for an interview. All interviewed candidates will receive a small financial compensation in recognition of their time and efforts. Questions will be provided shortly before the interview. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information.
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