Now Hiring: Director, Enrichment Programs

Montreal, Quebec (April 17, 2020) – The McCall MacBain Foundation is looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and self-starting Director, Enrichment Programs who is passionate about youth leadership, education, and community engagement to join us to work on the McCall MacBain Foundation’s scholarship programs, focusing on the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill and the McCall MacBain International Fellowships. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional who will have the opportunity to create and execute a leadership development and enrichment program strategy from scratch for graduate students and to manage an innovative international program for undergraduate students.

The job will be in Montreal, reporting to the Dean, MMSM & VP Scholarships, McCall MacBain Foundation. The Director, Enrichment Programs will be hired by Headlands Institute, a non-profit organization that manages the work of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill and the McCall MacBain Foundation.

About the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill (MMSM) were announced in February 2019 in celebration of McGill University’s bicentennial. In initiating them, John and Marcy McCall MacBain and their Foundation recognized an important gap in the Canadian higher education landscape: that there was no comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarship in the country for master’s and professional degree students.

The scholarships represent an investment in students who are already developing expertise in their respective fields but also have a track record of taking initiative and collaborating with others to understand and address important problems and challenges. The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarships for master’s and professional degree students. Scholars will receive full funding for tuition plus a living stipend to study at McGill University, and benefit from a world-class enrichment program including mentorship, retreats, speaker series, and workshops. Planned to continue in perpetuity, the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will foster a community of formidable leaders and creative professionals dedicated to advancing global understanding and improving human welfare throughout the world.

About the McCall MacBain International Fellowships

The McCall MacBain International Fellowships aim to enable globally-minded young Canadians to develop strong intercultural competencies and ties to different regions of the world, and to cultivate creativity, resilience, independence, critical thinking and the ability to “stretch” outside of their comfort zones. The program was designed as a pilot to enable undergraduate students to go to destinations where they need to operate in a new language and culture, and to do so for a full year. The year is divided into three terms: a language immersion term, an academic term and a work/internship term.

About the McCall MacBain Foundation

The McCall MacBain Foundation is an international philanthropic foundation whose mission is to improve the welfare of humanity by providing scholarships and other educational opportunities that nurture transformational leadership, and by investing in evidence-based strategies to address climate change, preserve our natural environment, and improve health outcomes.

Core Duties:

McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill:

  • Lead the creation of an exceptional enrichment and leadership development program that will be the hallmark of the scholarship program.

  • Design, develop, execute and refine a leadership and enrichment program for scholars that accelerates their impact and effectiveness as leaders and encourages and equips them to take on tough challenges and meaningful risks. The program will include a range of approaches and ways of supporting students, including an annual retreat, mentorship councils, ongoing workshops, speaker series, coaching, a mental wellness program, and community-building activities, among others.

  • Develop advisory committees in collaboration with the Dean to inform the development of the enrichment program, drawing on experts at McGill and beyond.

  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with McGill faculty and staff and other partners in the design and delivery of the enrichment program

  • Recruit and manage senior volunteer mentors, speakers, workshop leaders, and other individuals tasked with supporting the enrichment and leadership development of the scholars.

  • Develop and execute appropriate evaluation and feedback loops to inform and refine the design of enrichment programs on an ongoing basis.

  • As a senior member of the scholarships team, build a rapport with scholars to understand their needs, provide guidance where appropriate, and adapt programming where needed.

  • Cultivate strong relationships with scholarship and leadership development professionals to build and maintain understanding of best practices in leadership development and scholarship management.

  • Support the recruitment and management of selections volunteers as appropriate.

  • Prepare written and oral reports on all aspects of scholars’ enrichment programming and design.

McCall MacBain International Fellowships:

  • Manage the selections process of the Foundation’s international fellowships, including the recruitment of candidates, recruitment and orientation of volunteers, and facilitation of selection events

  • Manage the stewardship of fellows, including maintaining regular contact with fellows and developing the content for fellow retreats, workshops and other events and enrichment opportunities

  • Identify and recruit community leaders in Canada and abroad as potential speakers, in- country contacts, and selection volunteers

  • With support from the Director of Communications and Marketing (and vendors as appropriate), develop communication and marketing materials related to the fellowships.

  • In collaboration with the Dean & VP Scholarships, develop and implement research and evaluation plans to understand and improve the key drivers of success of the program

  • Prepare written and oral reports on all aspects of fellowship program

*Other duties as assigned to support the work of Headlands Institute and its service agreements with both the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill and McCall MacBain Foundation.

Requirements and Key Competencies:

The applicant should be able to work independently and collaboratively with all constituent groups including students, university faculty and administrators, board members, volunteers, donors and other staff. Applicants should have:

  • A university graduate degree, with a postsecondary degree in a relevant field an asset;

  • At least 5-7 years of program management or leadership development experience with demonstrated success, preferably in the not-for-profit, educational or youth-focused sectors;

  • Experience developing ancillary or enrichment programs designed to develop leadership skills;

  • Management level experience showing ability to set up and manage high functioning teams and oversee multiple projects simultaneously;

  • Experience in curriculum design, development and execution will be considered a strong asset;

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills in English. The position requires the ability to work well in both English and French, including making presentations and working with scholars, faculty members, and other partners.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience collaborating with a diverse range of individuals internally and externally;

  • Experience in planning and managing events;

  • Knowledge of the Canadian education system;

Leadership & Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrated orientation towards personal accountability, with a strong mandate to consistently meet performance objectives and clearly communicate and measure goals against key performance indicators.

  • Demonstrates a positive attitude, a desire to go for the “win-win solution” and build consensus where applicable and appropriate

  • Consistently demonstrates a high level of integrity, confidentiality, and dependability.

  • Ability to give and take constructive feedback

  • Sense of humour, creativity, and agility

  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn

  • Excellent judgment, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities within tight deadlines.

  • Ability to travel for work

The successful applicant will be searching for a challenge and see this position as an opportunity to establish with the original team of the scholarships a culture of excellence for generations to come.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Closing: May 6th, 2020.

To Apply: Please forward your résumé with a 2-page cover letter by email to Natasha Sawh at Please include contact information for up to 3 references with a clear description on how they know you. The cover letter must be personalized and focused on what attracts you to this specific role and organization. Résumés without cover letters or with generic cover letters will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in this position. Please note that we will only contact those invited to interview.