Project Lead, CICan-McConnell Social Innovation Project

Colleges and Institutes Canada

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January 2, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Annual Salary
$74,317 to $90,964
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Join Colleges and Institutes Canada as it embarks on an exciting project inspired by its new strategic plan.

Recognizing the unique ability of Canada’s colleges and institutes to foster social and economic inclusion, the RECODE project at the McConnell Foundation recently made a grant to CICan for a special initiative in support of its vision of a better future.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships and working closely with post-secondary leaders throughout Canada, the Project Lead will lead a series of activities that exemplify the shared values and aspirations of the college and institute system.

If you are a fluently bilingual, seasoned project manager with a passion for inclusion, social innovation and sustainable development, we would love to hear from you.


Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will launch a new five-year strategic plan in 2019 inspired by the vision of “a strong college and institute system for a better future”. CICan’s mission is to strengthen the system by acting as a “force multiplier”, amplifying the capacity of its members who can do more together than any one of them can do alone.

Recognizing the unique ability of the college and institute system to help create a better future during a period of intense change, disruption and opportunity, the RECODE project at the McConnell Foundation recently made a grant to CICan to strengthen and accelerate its members’ contributions towards achieving social and economic inclusion. The funding from McConnell, together with in-kind contributions from CICan and its members, will be used to carry out a multi-phase initiative over the next three years (2019 to 2022).

Phase 1 of the CICan/McConnell Initiative will engage CICan members in a fresh articulation of the value proposition of the college and institute system, based on its members’ core values and aspirations and focusing on the future and the many ways that post-secondary institutions can help make it bright and prosperous for all. Subsequent phases will involve a series of collaborative projects inspired by these values and aspirations, led by members and involving external partners and stakeholders. Each project will pursue a specific, well-defined opportunity to foster social and economic inclusion. Project teams may require and/or seek additional funding from external sources in order to continue or complete their work and achieve their objectives. Projects will be considered successful if they lead to positive impacts and can be replicated, scaled and sustained beyond the three-year project period. CICan will play the role of convenor, facilitator, enabler and promoter.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships and working closely with the senior management team, the Project Lead will lead all activities associated with the CICan-McConnell initiative. Inspired by CICan’s strategic plan and the proposals identified by members during a series of brainstorming workshops over the past year, the Senior Project Coordinator will design governance, engagement, project management and decision-making processes that promote broad participation among CICan members.

Knowledge and Skills

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Significant experience in leading and managing complex change management initiatives from inception to completion
  • Significant experience working with senior leaders across different organizations and sectors
  • Experience gained through employment in the post-secondary education system, preferably in a college or institute
  • Experience in the strategic use of digital technology and social media to support specific objectives
  • Experience in event design and management
  • Experience in seeking grants and sponsorships from public and private funders
  • Excellent skills in group facilitation and consensus building
  • Excellent skills in written and oral communication
  • Excellent knowledge of communication, consultation and engagement principles and approaches
  • Knowledge of economic and social impact of post-secondary/college sector at individual, community, provincial and national levels
  • Good knowledge of how government and public sector organizations function at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels
  • Ability to work independently and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong commitment to the values of inclusion, social innovation and sustainable development

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, plan and coordinate all project activities, including research to support initial scoping.
  • Create and maintain an over-arching project plan using robust project management processes and practices, including a change-control process that allows the initiative to evolve over time while remaining true to the objectives of CICan’s strategic plan and the shared goals of CICan-McConnell.
  • Develop a logic model to guide the initiative and serve as a framework for monitoring progress, measuring success and assessing impact. The logic model will draw on theories of change associated with the social innovation movement and Canada’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Plan and conduct consultation and engagement activities, including meetings and events, involving CICan members, staff, partners and stakeholders.
  • Promote and facilitate the initiation of collaborative projects and activities by members
  • Provide relevant information, advice and support to CICan members and others involved in planning and executing project activities based on monitoring, research, data collection and analysis
  • Coordinate the creation and delivery of communication plans, processes and products to support project activities and the broad dissemination of results
    Foster and maintain a community of practice as well as a professional network that includes project champions, resource-persons and subject-matter experts among CICan staff, members, stakeholder organizations, partners, funders and the social innovation community.
  • Coordinate support from individuals and teams within CICan, at member institutions and external organizations to ensure the success of the initiative and individual projects. This may involve identifying and seeking additional sources of funding.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the project through oral and written communications, formal presentations, social media, etc.
  • Provide support to CICan’s President and senior managers in their roles as project champions and spokespersons.
  • Develop and maintain processes for record-keeping, financial management, risk management, performance measurement and reporting that meet the expectations of senior management, CICan’s members and the McConnell Foundation.
  • Supervise the work of staff and consultants assigned to the project.Our ideal candidate demonstrates the following competencies gained through a combination of education and experience:


  • Nurturing innovation – to develop frameworks, approaches and processes to assist project teams to come up with new solutions and channel creative ideas into meaningful implementation
  • Fostering communication – to create engagement across diverse groups, secure support for initiatives, overcome resistance, communicate complex issues with diverse audiences in a clear, credible and compelling manner
  • Planning and organizing – to produce realistic and achievable workplans; use decision-making processes effectively; lead the implementation of systems to monitor and evaluate progress and renegotiate commitments in response to changing circumstances
  • Analytical thinking – to understand complex issues and relationships; integrate information from diverse sources; identify options and the best course of action; and support sound decision making
  • Agility – to guide others through change with a positive attitude; promote experimentation and create a culture of continuous learning
  • Inspiring others – to foster engagement across diverse groups; build passion and enthusiasm for the initiative; communicate a long-term vision that resonates among members and stakeholders
  • Integrity – to treat others fairly, honestly and respectfully


Minimum requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree or strong combination of education and relevant experience
  • Minimum 5 years of career experience in a project management role
  • Bilingual (English and French)
  • Willing to travel

How to Apply


Send us your C.V. and a cover letter (maximum 750 words) that explains why this opportunity excites you and how your skills and experience will contribute to making the project a great success. Applications should be sent to Roxanne Cantin, Senior Personnel Officer before 4pm on January 25th, 2019 via email to:

Reasonable Accommodation 

We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate prospective candidates under any of the protected grounds of discrimination. Should you need an accommodation, please make the request as soon as possible. If the accommodation is related to a medical or health condition, you may be required to provide confirmation from a medical professional that you require the accommodation. All requests for accommodation will be considered in a fair and objective manner that will ensure applicants are treated with respect and dignity.

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact me if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application. We thank all applicants in advance however only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.

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