Program Director

Context and Background:

LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact envisions a society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since LEAP was founded over six years ago, it has built a unique venture philanthropy model across the country, catalyzing large-scale social impact by selecting, supporting and scaling breakthrough social ventures and unleashing the potential of collaboration across sectors. Today, LEAP’s portfolio consists of 15 social ventures and it has mobilized over $12M of pro bono, influenced over $55M of funding toward its portfolio, and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands across Canada and beyond.

LEAP is seeking a dynamic, confident, and highly organized full-time Program Director based in Toronto, Canada. The Program Director will support the scaling of public health-focused ventures, collaborate with sector partners and government and lead the selection of social ventures to the LEAP Public Health portfolio. 

If you have a keen passion for health endeavours, experience in health care, project management and government partnerships and are motivated to apply your business acumen to accelerate what works in public health, this role will interest you!


Primary Responsibilities:

Project Management & Program Design

  • Leading the design and implementation of a public health-focused accelerator, including the call for proposals, selection, curriculum, support and ongoing engagement

  • Partnering with a range of stakeholders, from advisors and government to donors and ventures to maximize their engagement and commitment in the design and implementation of the public health accelerator and support for public health-focused ventures

Portfolio Team Management

  • Supervising the Public Health Portfolio Team consisting of Portfolio Manager(s), Portfolio Analyst(s), including coaching, performance management and development of the team

  • Providing support for recruitment of new portfolio team members

Portfolio Venture Coaching and Support

  • Managing relationships with public health-focused portfolio ventures on a day-to-day basis in order to deliver against agreed upon engagement goals and objectives

  • Working with the ventures to identify support needs, and providing coaching and mobilizing resources in order to address those needs

  • Tracking progress of venture investments along co-developed targets and reporting on impact

Portfolio Venture Selection (Due Diligence)

  • Overseeing the identification of public health ventures, in-depth due diligence is at the core of the Centre’s ability to generate impact

  • Selected ventures are best-in-class, based on research and program evaluations, and scalable

 LEAP Leadership

  • Supporting the development of new initiatives and continuous improvement within LEAP; this may include designing and leading new programs, setting up and refining processes and systems and codifying knowledge and best practices

  • Developing sector thought leadership and elevating experiences of the portfolio ventures across the organization

Sector Partner Engagement

  • Managing relationships with pro-bono service providers (including strategy consulting, legal, marketing, financial, technology, government relations and fundraising) to ensure value delivered to ventures, positive experience for pro-bono sector partner staff, and sector partner pro-bono aims achieved


Skill Requirements:

Skill Requirements

  • Demonstrated passion for the potential to generate large-scale public health impact and foster the development and funding of ventures; motivated by Centre’s model to scale impact

  • Master’s degree highly desirable; 8-10 years of relevant professional experience, including investing in, managing or consulting fast-growing entrepreneurial organizations or social ventures

  • Expertise in health care

  • Outstanding analytical and communication skills and ability to manage multiple and changing priorities; robust financial modelling & forecasting skills are highly desirable

  • Ability to think quickly and problem solve in the moment with ventures; understanding which decisions are critical to the success of the organization

  • Ability to cultivate broad networks, engage with top-tier service providers, thought leaders and industry innovators

  • Understanding and appreciation of the nuances and challenges of operating in the non-profit and charitable sector, preferably with experience working in the sector

  • Social acuity to manage complex relationships from sector partner boardrooms to front-line venture clients

  • “Roll up your sleeves” attitude

  • Verbal and written fluency in English and French is highly desirable

  • Self-motivated and proactive, able to work with a high degree of autonomy

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage all qualified candidates, without regard to race, colour, citizenship, religion, sex, marital / family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, Aboriginal status, age, disability or persons who may require an accommodation, to apply.

The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director of LEAP.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to cheryl@leap-pecautcentre.ca by October 18, 2019.  We are only able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the process.