Fund Director

Equitas, Canada

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd June, 2020

Job Description

Equitas is seeking a Fund Director who cares deeply about human rights, equality, and inclusion and has work experience working in cross-cultural settings and with partners and communities that have been marginalized, particularly the LGBTQ2I community. Reporting to Equitas’ Director of Programs, the Fund Director is a bilingual professional responsible for providing overall leadership and oversight of the *Act Together for Inclusion Fund**.* They will provide effective project management in achieving the Fund’s expected results, oversee the financial management of the Fund, and lead relationships with diverse stakeholders, including LGBTQ2I organizations and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The Fund Director will manage a team of three people working in French and English assigned full-time to the project, including the Fund Financial Manager. The ACTIF team will work in collaboration with Equitas staff and in close partnership with Dignity Network Canada.

Tasks and main responsibilities

  • Overall management of the Fund
  • Oversee the work of the Fund and ensures that appropriate planning and monitoring take place.
  • Analyze issues, trends, and risks to identify new opportunities and strategies to mitigate risks.
  • Coordinate the work of the Advisory Committee and the Project Selection Committee.
  • Ensure appropriate resources and mechanisms are in place to respond to incoming proposals and follow up with applicants and recipients of funding.
  • Ensure that appropriate monitoring and evaluation plans are developed and implemented for the Project and all sub-grants.
  • Provide regular reports on the progress, risks, and challenges of the project.
  • Oversee financial management
  • Work with the Finance Manager to ensure accurate budgeting and forecasting as well as timely reporting to GAC.
  • Lead relationships with major stakeholders of the Fund
  • Build partnership and stakeholder relationships essential for the success of the Fund, particularly with Fund recipients.
  • Act as the primary liaison interlocutor with Dignity Network Canada, a strategic partner of the Fund.
  • Represent the Fund in discussions with GAC and with key stakeholders on issues of relevance to the Fund.
  • Supervise the work of staff assigned to the Fund
  • Provide direction, coaching, and support for a team of 3 professionals assigned to work on the Fund.
  • Oversee the work of consultants and other Equitas staff assigned to work related to the delivery of the Fund.
  • Oversee communications, evaluation and knowledge building and sharing activities related to the Fund
  • Work with the Director of Communications and Development and Dignity Network Canada to oversee the development and implementation of communications strategies and plans.
  • Work with staff and Dignity Network Canada to oversee the development and implementation of knowledge-sharing strategies and plans.
  • Represent the Fund at conferences, workshops, with media, etc. to share good practices and lessons learned as required.
  • Support organizational activities and processes (internal structure and systems)
  • Monitor and ensures adherence to internal policies and procedures (procurement, policy on prevention of sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination, etc.).
  • Participate in Equitas Program Steering Committee.
  • Ensure maintenance of necessary electronic and paper files related to the program.


  • Commitment to the stated objectives and principles of the Fund as well as Equitas’ values.
  • Experience working in a grant-making or funding organization an important asset.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to think and act strategically.
  • Minimum of 7-years project and financial management experience in a leadership role in the international development sector, including the management of projects with large funding organizations, such as Global Affairs Canada.
  • Proven track-record working on human rights, equality and inclusion issues internationally, particularly related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Experience in working in cross-cultural settings and with partners, in particular with communities that have been marginalized, more specifically the LGBTQ2I community.
  • Ability to communicate orally, and read, understand documents and write, in both of Canada’s official languages (English and French); and excellent writing and presentation skills in at least one of them.
  • Proven leadership skills and experience in motivating and managing teams, and in supervising/coaching staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Skills in other languages is an asset.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, and the use of internet and email.

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