Educational Partnerships, Associate Director

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 rightsactivist 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 AngelNetwork.

Free The Childrenseeks anAssociate Director of Educational Partnershipswho will oversee the dayto day management of Free The Children’s partners in the education sector, mainly school boards andlocal government. This individual will also support in cultivating relationships within new market areas forFree The Children’s expansion. The Educational Programming department develops and implementsinnovative 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 sixmonth probation period and upon completion of a three month period, all staff members are offered ahealth plan (including dental) and Employee Assistant Program. The position is based out of Free TheChildren’s International office in Toronto (233 Carlton Street).

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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 and Director of Youth Programming; secondly
with our Executive Director. At times, this may amount to three separate interviews.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Associate Director of Educational Partnerships will report to, and consult with, the Director ofEducational Partnerships. Core accountabilities include (but are not limited to):

Relationship Management of School Boards/Divisions/Districts:
• Directly oversee and support the work of three partnership managers, who are responsible for theretention of existing partners. Monitor performance through annual retention of partners andfunding contracts
• Leverage relationships to hit department goals in two areas:
o School fundraising and participation in annual campaigns
o Hitting targets for school sign-ups in Free The Children school programs by leveraging partners to help reach overall goals
• Assist the Director in formulating overall department strategy and direction for school boardpartnerships

Business Development in new markets:
• Generate broad support among the local community working in education and youth
• Foster individual champions within the local educational sector
• Secure partnerships with school districts and local organizations that also work with schools
• Follow-up with leads and convert them into formal partners

Government relations & Aboriginal Affairs:
• Assist in securing annual government funding, as required
• Understand FTC’s Aboriginal programming needs and assist in seeking funds, as required
• Build government and community connections in support of Aboriginal programs
• Create annual program reports for government, highlighting educational impacts
• Ensure positive experience for government officials at We Day
• Support Director in communicating with government contacts
• Attend educational conferences and events

• Work with our measurement and evaluation team to ensure impactful program participationoutcomes are communicated to partners
• Create communications plan and messaging to highlight our impacts for educational partners
• Oversee delivery of two annual reports to all school board partners, including report writing andquality control
• Assist in the coordination of special events

Skills and Qualifications:
• Two to three years+ of relevant professional experience such as client relations, businessdevelopment relationship management
• Possess a Bachelor’s degree, diploma or certificate. Masters Degree an asset, but not required
• Prior experience working in the education sector or with school boards an asset
• Ability to serve as ambassador for the organization, including overcoming challenges or obstaclesfaced with partners
• Able and willing to travel and work outside regular business hours (approx. one to three trips permonth within Canada and the US)
• Experience with successfully hitting organizational goals in fundraising or sales
• Excellent inter-personal skills for networking and pitching
• Ability to work with senior level management to carry-out vision and objectives
• Experience managing people in a small team
• Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines
• Demonstrated flexibility and initiative, particularly when faced with challenges
• Willingness and ability to work outside of regular business hours (or something akin)
• 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
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Experience working with Microsoft Office Suites (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,Publisher)

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 thenpush hard the following year to beat and exceed last year’s goals of empowering youth to change theworld. If you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit. If you areinspired 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 corevalues, 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.

Toronto, ON, M5A 2L2, Canada,
Free The Children

233 Carlton St, Toronto, ON, M5A 2L2, Canada