PROGRAM/DEPARMENT: Programs and Strategic Initiatives

COMPANY: Skills for Change

LOCATION: 791 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON


HOURS: 35 hours per week (Monday-Friday with occasional evening and/or weekend hours)

JOB GROUP: Management (Non-Unionized)

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives

START DATE: April 1, 2021

END DATE: March 31, 2022




With 38 years of operations, Skills for Change is a highly respected non-profit charity with a province wide reputation for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. We offer a range of accelerated programs including mentoring, employment, settlement, language training together with specialized programs for skilled trades, women, and youth. We have 5 locations across the GTA and serve 16,000 clients annually. We believe we are in the best position to provide thought leadership through evidence-based programming, impact stories and proactive policy advocacy using knowledge mobilization products.



The Black Leadership Institute for Social Change (BLISC) within Skills for Change was established to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism by providing culturally competent programs and services to the members of the Black communities, including engaging in advocacy, community development, employment and skills development training, mental health and other supports. The incumbent must have a history of demonstrated commitment to the Black community and work related to anti-Black racism, community development and / or nonprofit program delivery. Experience in program development, a sound understanding of African-Canadian history and the Black Diaspora combined with lived understanding of issues, currently confronting Black Canadians.

The Supervisor, Black Community Programming & Access is a new position with responsibility for the management of new strategic program(s) in support of Black ∕African-diasporic communities, as well as management of outreach activities. Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Programs, the Supervisor, Black Community Programming & Access will participate in new program development, guide the implementation of all BLISC program delivery, contribute to policy development and strategies to support the department’s growth.  Identify outreach opportunities to respond to under-served Black communities.


  • To oversee program implementation and coordinate day to day operations of program (s) or projects specific to the Black Community
  • To ensure the smooth operation of programs and continuous improvement in service delivery.
  • To promote services by developing relationships with stakeholders such as funder, community partners, employers and other external partners.
  • To liaise between stakeholders and Skills for Change as required including employers, community agencies and funders.

The Ideal Candidate has:

  • Experience working with, sensitivity and knowledge in dealing with individuals from different cultural and racial backgrounds with special needs, marginalized and equity seeking groups
  • Knowledge about Greater Toronto’s Black ∕African-diasporic communities including LGBTQ+ and the issues facing members of those communities
  • Knowledge/understanding of and sensitivity to issues of concern to Black immigrants and refugees
  • Knowledge of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices and Anti-Black Racism frameworks
  • Extensive experience working cooperatively with various government and community agencies providing training and employment services.
  • Experience in budget preparation and budget management.
  • Superior proposal writing, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with the stakeholders in equity seeking communities
  • Demonstrated excellence in: time management, organization, planning and research skills
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and facilitation skills
  • Exceptional collaborations and teamwork skills and positive attitude towards change
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and diverse team environment.


  • Reporting to the Assistant Director, Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives to promote BLISC Trust with relevant partners, the business community, the community, the media and the general public to further the strategic enhancing of programs for the Black Community.
  • Produce oral and written reports on engagement level, activity delivery and the development of new programmes / projects. Actively participate in, and contribute to, relevant sub-groups of the Skills for Change.
  • Attend external meetings when appropriate to benefit and progress the work of BLISC and Skills for Change. Lead on the development of new partnerships and development forums
  • Devise and implement courses, projects and programmes which generate activity in and around BLISC
  • Manage and monitor budget lines and authorised expenditure within delegated limits and SfC’s financial policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development of high-quality, winning new program design and proposals by writing and editing proposal sections, developing budgets and budget narratives, and supporting final proposal production for submission to donors.
  • Manage the development of strategy, concepts and framework for the submission of competitive proposals to public donors. Determine proposal concept by identifying and clarifying funding opportunities and needs.
  • Manage internal communications with cross-functional teams and information sharing to ensure the production of a quality proposal. Facilitate team decision-making and delegate action items as necessary. Supervisor staff of two direct reports and volunteers.
  • Prepare reports annual Business Plans and other reports as required by the funder.
  • Write monthly management narrative reports and prepare agency statistical reports.
  • Collect, analyze, track and monitor monthly, quarterly and annual statistical reports and statistics on an ongoing basis to ensure program targets are being met on a timely basis.
  • Take timely and corrective action when necessary if program targets are falling behind.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Acting Manager, Programs and Services


  • Post secondary degree in related field is mandatory. Master’s degree considered an asset.
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in a similar capacity within a non-profit, philanthropy or public-sector environment employment required.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in program management including report preparation, budget development and management mandatory.
  • A clear, mandatory vulnerable sector check
  • Position requires travel; car is an asset




Skills for Change provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants, refugees and equity seeking groups to access and fully participate in the workplace and wider community to persons with disabilities to newcomers to Canada (including refugees) to Indigenous peoples to members of a visible minority to children or youth to seniors to the LGBTQ2 community. For this role, priority will be given to candidates who identify as Black or identify with the African diaspora.


Skills for Change offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in each stage of the hiring process. If you are contacted regarding a job opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation. This document is available in alternate format on request.


We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.