Position: Program Manager, UofMosaic
Position Type: Parental Leave Contract
Contract Duration: 15 months
Position Start Date: September 1, 2016
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: August 5, 2016
Notes: This position is part time from September 2016 – November 2016, then full time from December 2016 – December 2017

About the Mosaic Institute:

The Mosaic Institute is a charitable “think and do” tank that creates platforms for learning and dialogue among diverse Canadian communities to advance justice, promote peace, and reduce conflict.

The UofMosaic Fellowship Program is the university campus-based initiative of the Mosaic Institute. Our dynamic program invests in student leaders who have a commitment and connection to global issues. It creates a meaningful platform where young people are able to contribute to stronger, more equitable, and peaceful communities on their campuses and around the world.

Applications for the UofMosaic Fellowship open in the spring of each year, and Fellowship terms run from September to June. Together, Fellows on each campus plan and participate in initiatives that build a culture of meaningful and peaceful exchanges of ideas on campus. These initiatives are typically connected to current global conflicts or social justice issues that are relevant to the Fellows and their broader student body, and they range from moderated dialogues, to seminars, to art exhibits and more.

Fellows also receive specialized training and access to professional development opportunities throughout their year-long term, including a weekend of workshops and seminars that is held in Toronto each fall.

Each year, Fellows from all the campuses are encouraged to work together on a joint legacy project. This legacy project may be a fundraiser, report, campaign, or some other initiative that responds to an issue connected to a global conflict or crisis.

Where We Work:

Fellows are selected from universities across Canada where the Institute is active. In 2016/2017, we are recruiting Fellows in nine university campuses: University of Toronto (St. George Campus), University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), York University, Ryerson University, McGill University, Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Guelph. More chapters could be established in the future, resources allowing.

The Mosaic Institute head office is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Approximately 90% of the UofMosaic Program Manager’s time involves working out of the Mosaic Institute office, and 10% of the time involves travel to university campus sites.

Responsibilities of the UofMosaic Program Manager:

Working under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute, the UofMosaic Program Manager will have the following principal responsibilities:

  • Manage the orientation and on-boarding process for the incoming cohort of UofMosaic Fellows, including virtual communication and in-person meetings;
  • Support UofMosaic Fellows as they design and organize initiatives on their campus aimed at creating dialogue around global social justice issues;
  • Provide ongoing mentorship and support to individual Fellows and campus teams throughout the year;
  • Design and coordinate the logistics for a weekend of professional development and leadership training for all Fellows, which will take place in Toronto in the fall.
  • Oversee the development of a national undergraduate student journal on Canadian and global issues;
  • Provide oversight and support to the coordinator of the 2016 Citizen Summit, which is a student conference that will be held in Montreal in November.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with university officials and students on Canadian campuses where UofMosaic is or may become active;
  • Manage the UofMosaic program budget, including disbursements to Fellows throughout the year;
  • Monitor all UofMosaic programming initiatives, marketing materials, outreach activities, and media messages, and ensure their alignment with the Mosaic Institute’s priorities and values;
  • Design and administer interim and final evaluations to Fellows and other program stakeholders;
  • Generate timely and accurate financial and program-based reports in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Mosaic Institute and its major funders; and,
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including collaborating on wider Mosaic Institute research initiatives and programs.

Candidate Profile:


  • A minimum of 3-to-5 years of program management experience (or equivalent), including program design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Graduate level education, preferably in the social sciences.
  • Transferable experience working with, motivating, and supervising young adults whether as staff, interns, volunteers, or program participants;
  • Experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds using an anti-oppression framework;
  • A demonstrated ability to build effective and collaborative working relationships with other community-based organizations and leaders;
  • Knowledge and experience of active campus-based student community life, including how to establish, publicize, develop and sustain student groups on campuses;
  • Interest in and substantive knowledge of global conflicts, social justice, dialogue, peace-building, Canadian foreign affairs, diversity and multiculturalism, and diasporas and immigration;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with values and ideas of global citizenship, and a proven ability to motivate others towards constructive acts of service;
  • Experience with event planning, including budgeting, marketing, logistics, etc.;
  • Exceptional organizational, communications, and time management skills;
  • Familiarity with young adult learning techniques, including (but not limited to) the effective use of inter-group dialogue to generate trust and identify common priorities;
  • Strong skills in budgeting, financial management, and reporting;
  • Proven ability to raise funds, write grants, engage constructively and professionally with donors, and adhere to funder commitments;
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel; and,
  • Aptitude for using social media in support of program objectives.


  • University-level educational background in Peace & Conflict Studies, international relations, political science, or a related discipline;
  • Community development experience working with racialised, Indigenous,  and/or diaspora communities;
  • Specialized training in conflict resolution or mediation;
  • Career counseling experience; and,
  • Web and media skills (e.g. content management on WordPress, photography and/or video editing)

The successful candidate must also be:

  • A self-starter and a team player; a problem-solver; a natural leader; an effective listener; a talented communicator; a multitasker; committed to excellence; attentive to detail; collaborative and cooperative; a natural mentor; able to follow direction well; and strategic yet flexible.


This position offers compensation commensurate with experience.

Contract Details:

This position is a parental leave contract. From September to November, the position will be 20 hours/week and will involve training with and working alongside the current UofMosaic Program Manager until they begin their parental leave.

The position transitions to full time (40 hours/week) from December 2016 to December 2017.


Please submit a resume and cover letter, clearly indicating how your background and interests align to the specific requirements of this position. You should email your applications to Bernie Farber, Executive Director at bmf@mosaicinstitute.ca no later than Friday, August 5, 2016.

Please reference “UofMosaic Program Manager Application” in the Subject line. Your resume and cover letter should be in Word or PDF format, and the file should be named as follows: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_COVER LETTER / FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_RESUME.

N.B. All expressions of interest in this position are greatly appreciated, although resource limitations dictate that only those applicants who are being invited to an interview will be directly acknowledged.