Manager, Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs
Free The Children - Toronto, ON

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Position Available: Manager, Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs

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 Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs Manager to design and develop Aboriginal educational programs as part of Free The Children’s Youth and Educational Programming department. This candidate will also lead the delivery of Free The Children’s activity and impacts reports to Ministry of Education representatives.

Salary is 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).

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Skills and Qualifications:

  • Two+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree, diploma or certificate. Masters Degree an asset but not required
  • Prior experience working in the education sector, federal or provincial government; or in Aboriginal Affairs an asset
  • Experience with program evaluation or management
  • Expertise working with Microsoft Office Suites (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, experience in a report-writing capacity
  • Demonstrated inter-personal skills for speaking to external partners
  • Ability to work with senior level management to understand and carry-out vision and objectives
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated flexibility and initiative, particularly when faced with challenges
  • Ability to time-manage and multi-task in a demanding and fast-paced work environment
  • Positive and professional attitude, ability to work as a team player with all levels of management


The Manager of Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs will report to, and consult with, the Director of Educational Partnerships. Core responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Program Management

  • Develop program objectives and deliverables in line with Free The Children’s mission and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s priorities
  • Collect impact data and community feedback to share the outcomes of our Aboriginal programs to government and corporate program funders
  • Develop and monitor effective and efficient administrative processes dealing with government officials and community elders
  • Report on Free The Children’s general programming according to Ministry of Education expectations
  • Act as project manager to coordinate internal teams to support and expand Free The Children programming in line with provincial objectives across Canada
  • Ensure that Free The Children’s programs are developed, implemented, and executed with quality and accurate evaluation in line with federal and provincial reporting deliverables

Partnership Management:

  • Maintain government relations as well as funders of Free The Children’s Aboriginal programs through regular correspondence, reporting and relationship building
  • Represent Free The Children’s priorities and perspectives when working with partners, external stakeholders and funders
  • Communicate updates on broader Free The Children activities related to our funders, such as other youth events
  • Meet deliverables per provincial and federal funding contracts
  • Participate in business development meetings with Aboriginal-based organizations and foundations

Community Mobilization:

  • Visit and work with First Nation communities to implement programs, as necessary
  • Develop long-term relationships with community partners
  • Assist in coordination of logistics for programs delivered on-reserve


  • Attending and contribute to department management meetings
  • Participating in Free The Children’s annual We Day events by helping to manage or coordinate aspects of the event
  • Providing support to the broader department, as necessary

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...