Job Alert: Director, Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship

Director, Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship Program

About The Gordon Foundation

The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century, The Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of northern community projects and freshwater protection initiatives.

About the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship

The objective of the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is to recognize emerging leaders interested in public policy from among a diverse range of talented, dedicated and motivated northern Canadians. The program aims to support northerners in the early stages of their career who want to build on their skills and leadership. The program enables participants to better articulate and share their research and ideas publicly, as well as create dialogue, to bring about a more healthy, self-reliant and sustainable North.

Throughout the 2-year program, participants meet four times (in each Territory, and Ottawa) for educational gatherings, to work on research independently and collectively, and learn from some of the most prominent voices of leadership, policy development, negotiations and traditional knowledge. Upon completion of the program, participants become a member of a growing Alumni network, which meets for continued networking and learning opportunities, and has access to a granting program that facilitates their continued policy research and education interests.

About the Role

This high profile position requires strong networking and relationship management skills; experience with public policy analysis and development; and good knowledge of leadership development needs in the North.

As the lead mentor to up to 15 Fellows, you will be able to support their policy research interests, facilitate group work, and provide guidance and advice. You are also a seasoned facilitator and are comfortable developing and implementing learning sessions in a variety of content-appropriate formats.

You are polished, professional, and confident and excel in a fast-paced and evolving environment. You will be equally comfortable and productive as a solo operator and team player.

This role reports to the President and CEO and is supported by the administrative team at the Foundation, including a logistics coordinator, and administrative and financial support people.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Program Design and Delivery

  • Implement program improvements based on an independent evaluation and your own vision
  • Lead the recruitment and selection of Fellows for upcoming cohort
  • Develop a two-year program, including four in-person gatherings (3 in northern communities, one in Ottawa)
  • Guide and support Fellows’ independent research and policy development projects
  • Design group projects and facilitate completion
  • Maintain a mentorship network and ensure Fellows are supported in their individual needs by appropriate mentors
  • Serve as senior mentor and primary point of contact for Fellows and Alumni
  • Refine and maintain evaluation of the Fellows and Alumni programs
  • Engage Alumni and implement programming to meet their ongoing needs
  • Report regularly to the Board of Directors
  • Collaborate with Foundation staff on inter-program opportunities

Outreach and Promotion

  • Act as key spokesperson to media and stakeholders
  • Work closely with Foundation staff to build a strong understanding of the purpose and impact of the Fellowship and Alumni network
  • Work with Foundation staff to maintain and acquire continued support for the program
  • Develop partnerships and collaboration opportunities to maximize reach and impact of the program
  • Seek opportunities and support Fellows and Alumni in continuing to raise their profile and promote their work


  • Be either a current or previous resident in the North (Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, or Nunavik)
  • Have solid northern networks and/or a proven ability to build strong networks in northern and/or Indigenous communities
  • Experience and proven ability working in leadership development either with an early career or adult student population or in “youth engagement,” broadly defined
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural setting, and with culturally-based and/or land-based learning
  • Have strong familiarity with policy issues and the public policy framework/process, particularly with regard to one or more northern jurisdictions
  • Experience as a facilitator and strong speaking and presentation skills
  • Basic knowledge of human resources and project management, including some financial management and program evaluation
  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant field, with ability to work in an inter-disciplinary setting (or the equivalent experience)
  • Self-motivated and able to work largely independently
  • Experience working with selection processes and/or mentorship programs considered an asset
  • Ability to travel
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous (Inuit, First Nations or Métis)

This is a full-time position, reporting to the Foundation’s Toronto office. The successful candidate may work from the Toronto office, or from a remote location, preferably in the North.

How to Apply

To apply, please include “Director, Fellowship Program; The Gordon Foundation” in the subject line and submit your resume to: HEATHER LAWSON, Vice President, CONROY | ROSS PARTNERS,

Deadline: Your resume and cover letter must be received by March 3, 2017.

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