Manager of Educational Programming
Free The Children - Toronto, ON

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Position Available: Manager, Educational Programming

Are you a person who enjoys challenges and making a difference in the world?

Free The Children is the largest network of children helping children through education in the world. Through our organization's unique youth-driven approach, more than one million young people have been involved in our innovative programs in more than 45 countries. Founded by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has an established track-record of success, with four nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize
and partnerships with the United Nations, and Oprah's Angel Network.

Free The Children seeks a Manager of Educational Programming who will support the Associate Director and Director in management of operations and strategy of educational programs put forth by Free The Children. This individual will be responsible for successfully hitting set goals in participation and fundraising assisting in new program development and maintaining a positive and productive working culture within the department. The educational programming department develops and implements innovative programming that engages youth in learning about important social issues and taking action (raising funds and awareness) in support of Free The Children’s community development work overseas, as well as other local issues.

A minimum three-year commitment is required, with salary commensurate of experience. There is a six month probation period and upon completion of a three month period, all staff members are offered a health plan (including dental) and Employee Assistant Program. The position is based out of Free The Children’s International office in Toronto (233 Carlton Street).

The position will begin as soon as possible, at a date to be determined with the applicant. If invited for an interview, candidates will interview twice (on average): once with Human Resources; secondly with our Director. At times, this may amount to three separate interviews.

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Team and Stakeholder Management:

  • Report directly to the Associate Director of School and Youth Programming
  • Support, train, and manage a team of Educational Programming Coordinators
  • Coordinate and manage school engagement; oversee the establishment of the We Act Program and We Act groups within schools across Manitoba and Ontario
  • Ensure high conversion rate and retention of involved stakeholders
  • Represent Free The Children at meetings, conferences, and school presentations
  • Provide staff with weekly, monthly and semi-annual check-in’s and performance based evaluations to set goals and create action items with each Educational Program Coordinator
  • Creation of strategy and tactics to achieve department vision and annual goals while motivating and providing guidance to the team to ensure success

Strategic Planning and Implementation:

  • Co-develop strategies for Ontario and Manitoba expansion
  • Co-develop strategies for We Day registration in Ontario and Manitoba
  • Administer innovative school engagement strategies and campaigns
  • Create leadership opportunities and projects to foster the growth and development of team members


  • Use of internal database and CRM to monitor and track progress, and pull pertinent information as needed for the Associate Director and Director
  • Setting and managing multiple team priorities

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Political Science, International Development/Relations, etc and/or provide evidence of equivalent practical field/work experience
  • Sound understanding of human and children rights issues at local, national and international level
  • 2+ years relevant work experience and 1+ years experience leading and managing a large team
  • Ability to set and manage multiple team priorities
  • Positive attitude and ability to work as a team player
  • Experience working with and/or mentoring children and young people
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and inter-personal skills
  • Be able to multi-task and make decisions under pressure in a demanding and fast work environment
  • Flexible and adaptable when dealing with competing priorities and on tight deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of the Ontario/Manitoba education system
  • Experience working with basic word processing and financial software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) and knowledge of databases
  • Valid driver’s license

What makes Free The Children unique…

A Top Employer for Young People, Free The Children is filled with passionate, driven, hardworking, entrepreneurial, shameless idealists, this means we work late, set high goals and exceed them, and then push hard the following year to beat and exceed last year’s goals of empowering youth to change the world.

If you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit.

If you are inspired and excited by collaboration, making friendships with the most incredible people, unique additional responsibilities like working on our We Days and your personal values align with our core values, we would love to hear from you.

Free The Children sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

About this company
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their...