Now Hiring: Research & Grants Officer - Toronto

Toronto, Ontario (August 27, 2020)

The McCall MacBain Foundation is looking for a highly motivated Research & Grants Officer to advance our work across three funding areas – Education, Environment & Climate Change, and Health. In this role, you will conduct qualitative and quantitative research to identify effective ways to generate impact, identify high potential granting opportunities, and manage relationships with grantees doing outstanding work across our funding streams. You will also help to build out the Foundation’s approach to continuous learning and evaluation.

Working with a small, high-energy team in downtown Toronto, the Research & Grants Officer will report to the VP Philanthropy & Organizational Learning, and will collaborate closely with all team members.

The 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.

We believe in the power of education, and scholarships in particular, to transform lives and in turn transform our communities to be fairer, healthier, and more prosperous for all. We believe that climate change is the single most pressing problem facing our planet and that we must all do our part to address it. And we believe in an evidence-based approach to health care that will lead to more efficient use of resources and greater impact for our communities.

The Candidate

You are most likely a university graduate with a master’s degree and early career work experience. You enjoy chasing down data, information, and leading thinkers and actors in order to understand an issue in depth. You are excited to work with a diverse range of grantees, to learn about their work, and to understand how philanthropy can help to advance shared goals.

At the McCall MacBain Foundation, you will have the chance to bring in new ideas and find creative ways to put them into action. Our ideal candidate thrives with limited supervision, and can manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Likely you have experience in at least one of the Foundation’s funding areas, and certainly you are interested and curious to learn across all of them. Above all, you are passionate and energetic, and looking to direct your energies and talents to causes you care deeply about. You see the McCall MacBain Foundation as a place where you can achieve that goal.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Conduct research across the Foundation’s granting areas to identify effective ways to have impact and to maintain our deep knowledge and understanding of the landscape of work in these areas
  • Synthesize research and information from a variety of sources into persuasive oral briefings and clearly written reports
  • Identify new opportunities for engagement and partnerships
  • Manage grantee relationships for a subset of the Foundation’s grantees
  • Organize and participate in events and meetings with community members, government, organizations, political leaders, and others
  • Work with the VP to develop and implement an approach to organizational learning and evaluation
  • Develop communications related to our granting for internal and external purposes


  • Graduate degree, including quantitative skills
  • Academic, work or extra-curricular experience in youth leadership development, environment & climate change, and/or health
  • Experience with organizational learning and evaluation an asset
  • Preference will be given to applicants with French language skills


  • Highly motivated self-starter who can work independently and adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • Strong team player and relationship builder who can foster collaboration
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills, pays attention to detail
  • 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 travel and work extended hours, as needed

To apply for this position, please provide us with a CV and cover letter. Your cover letter should identify one key issue you care about in one of our funding areas and a brief description of something tangible that could help address it. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages in length. We’re interested in candidates who can share fresh perspectives and insights as well as a core set of skills to enable our Foundation to bring excellence to all that we do. Your cover letter and CV should help us understand this about you.

Please submit your CV and cover letter by Friday, September 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern to We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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