New Position: Program Director – Trades and Climate Change

The Educational Partnership Foundation is seeking an ambitious individual to head up a program that is a new addition to our family of programs. The Program Director, reporting to the President and CEO, is a member of the senior leadership team and provides direction to the Trades and Climate Change Program. The Program Director leads in the planning, coordination, and implementation of strategies to effectively run the Trades and Climate Change Program, and influence private sector funders and supporters to align with the program. This position will oversee the MOU design with Program partners, committee development & facilitation, and contact with the various trade schools.

The Program Director position will lead and develop the three-year program to promote the Trades and Climate Change Program, as well as engage in philanthropic activities to seek out additional funding from the private sector and other supporters. This involves:

Developing an effective mix of donor supports of specific project programs in the Calgary, Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Grande Prairie regions.

Leading the annual and long term Funds Development planning for the Trades and Climate Change Program, including goal setting, strategy identification, and support for students’ long term educational plans.

Developing communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support: who we are, why we do it, and why it matters.

The Program Director will lead the administration of the Trades and Climate Change initiative, including managing the day-to-day operations and ensuring proper stewardship of the Program through development and implementation of administrative procedures. This involves:

Managing sound fiscal operation of the Program including timely and accurate budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.

Designing and ensuring maintenance of Program donor and prospect records for the Trades and Climate Change initiative, gift management systems and informational reports and remaining up-to-date with current financial development technology and software support.

Ensuring compliance with all regulations and laws, maintaining accountability to Program donors, and being compliant with standards of the Foundation and professional conduct.

Directing the Program grant application process by identifying, preparing, and applying for new and existing grant opportunities while ensuring reporting requirements are complete, accurate, and timely.

Selecting, developing, motivating, and evaluating the human resources needed, both professional and volunteer, for fund development for the Program. Identifying, cultivating, recruiting, developing, and retaining volunteer leaders, and designing and/or overseeing any potential training programs in fundraising for staff and volunteers.

Immediate Priorities/Challenges

With support of the Board of Directors, assess the current state and plan for developing a Program funds development strategy and integrating it into the long term financial and strategic plan.

Continued year-over-year growth in philanthropic/contributed funding support for the Trades and Climate Change Program across the province.

Build/establish excellent relationships with new and current Program donors and key stakeholders, within the communities of Calgary, Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Grande Prairie areas.

Review and develop a long-term strategy for the Program (through the facilitation of a discussion between partners and stakeholders).

Ensure compliance with provincial and federal legislation and the Imagine Canada ethical fundraising and financial accountability code.

The Program Director will lead with the following competencies:

Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes, and values of TEPF.

Articulate the uniqueness and holistic nature of the philosophy, mission, and vision of TEPF.

Seek opportunities to fulfil the philosophy of the Foundation in internal and external communities with a focus on Community Impact.

Build philanthropy, volunteerism, and a culture of support for the Trades and Climate Change Program.

Understand and communicate the benefits and impact of TEPF efforts to all stakeholders.

Take every opportunity to communicate with and educate participants, volunteers, staff, and community about the charitable nature of the TEPF.

Possess business acumen about trades and the labour market in Alberta.

Recognize and build positive interactions and relationships, both internally and externally, to achieve work related goals and to encourage personal growth.

Share information, best practices, and resources with colleagues.

Demonstrate visible action and support of strategic activities, such as implementation of Program, commitment of resources, development of new markets, and adherence to the three-year plan with a focus on results.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Trades, Community Investment, Accounting and Finance or related field. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is preferred.

Extensive program management and fundraising experience, demonstrating success in developing and delivering multifarious projects and a comprehensive philanthropy program, including: annual giving, capital campaigns, foundation and corporate grants, and planned giving.

Ability to create a vision to establish a strong effective fund development team. Demonstrated success in large campaign and major gifts fundraising.

The ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge and experience in the following areas:

Program management, proposal writing, Logic Model, qualitative and quantitative outputs and outcomes, the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving, and volunteering.

Standard program management, financial development techniques, as well as face-to-face solicitations.

Administration, specifically with Program gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.

Ability to connect and work effectively with business and community leaders, volunteers, Board of Directors, and partners.

Strong communication and advocacy skills across all mediums, as well as strong relationship management skills.

Commitment to the mission of the TEPF and its values.

Appreciation for, knowledge of, and commitment to trades and the not-for-profit sector.

The successful candidate will be required to submit a police information and background check.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits.

Application submission

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Application deadline:  July 2nd 2017

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