National Director, Student Programs

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
The Learning Partnership
  • Education: Administration
  • Government Relations
  • Management / Executive
  • Program / Project Evaluation & Development
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Executive (Dept. head, director)N/A2019-04-252019-05-31

About The Learning Partnership

The Learning Partnership (TLP) is a Canadian charity with a 25 year track record leading dynamic collaboration between business and education and government. Our goal is to prepare students in the Canadian public school system to learn and to thrive in a diverse, connected and rapidly changing world.

As the world enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is anticipated that the class of 2030 who are currently in elementary school will graduate into a market where 65 to 80% of jobs do not exist today.  Against this backdrop TLP is undergoing an exciting transformation to meet this growing demand for students to learn how to be critical thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, able to communicate across cultures to tackle complex global and local issues with creativity and resiliency. TLP also seeks to support the growing demands and opportunities for educators to employ new approaches to learning and to their own development as educational leaders.

The central focus of TLP’s programming is on entrepreneurial thinking and innovation as well as deepening social-emotional learning across all of our programming. While it is our systematic approach through experiential learning embedded into class curriculum from kindergarten through Grade 12 that differentiates us, it is the students and teachers who motivate us.



Reporting to the President & CEO the National Director, Student Programs will bring an innovative and forward thinking mindset to TLP Student Programs.  The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a strong ability to assess and cultivate programs with a strong user focus along with an ability to extrapolate meaningful insights across diverse stakeholders, The National Director, Student Programs will also bring strong financial acumen, ability to lead and build a national team effectively and demonstrated experience in measuring impact.

The National Director, Student Programs will have direct oversight of the National Program Managers and the Programs Business Manager, as well as indirect oversight for additional Programs staff in the Toronto headquarters and well as national staff across Canada. This role will work alongside a leadership team of five peers based in Toronto.



Leadership and Mentoring

Leadership Team and Board

  • Cultivate strong relationships with the President  & CEO and the senior Management Team to deliver high trust, high innovation, high impact relationships while contributing to harmonized organizational leadership.
  • Participate actively and constructively at leadership team and Board meetings.
  • Cultivate innovation of systems, processes and structures across TLP and the Program Department, proactively seeking team input and ensuring accountability in both financial and programming results. Provide support and collaboratively resolve challenges as they arise with peers and direct reports.  

National Student Programs’ Team

  • Lead by example aligned with the TLP values.  Inspire the Student Programs Department to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively within and across TLP Departments and shared stakeholders aligned with the TLP’s mission and vision. 
  • Leadership of all National Program Managers and their national Program Manager teams; pro-actively guide and seek their input.  Cultivate relationships with Program Managers across the country.
  • Leadership of the Programs support team including the Programs Business Manager and Program Coordinators; pro-actively guide and seek their input.
  •  Celebrate team wins and lessons learned to ensure the entire national team feels appreciated, clear in their priorities and are active contributors in cultivating the culture and values within TLP. Provide timely feedback and encouragement to ensure a positive and energized team and support people accordingly.

National Students Programs Strategy

  • Leadership of the design, development and delivery of multi-year strategic and annual operating plans, related budgets/ forecasts and key performance indicators for a National Student Programs Strategy.
  • Work with the Director, Impact and Government Relations to ensure that TLP is delivering impact and evidence to support the continuing growth and evolution of TLP Student Programs.
  • Oversight of with the Student Programs Department to monitor regular progress against objectives and priorities.
  • Oversight of strategic initiatives (i.e. Social-Emotional Learning Pilot, distance learning programs, etc.) to monitor regular progress against objectives and priorities.
  • Leadership on cultivating senior level Educator relationships to ensure that TLP programming is developing in alignment with school boards and school connections across Canada and on a global level. are cultivated/ curriculum connections are established. Create teachers’ guides as needed. 
  • Leadership on special initiatives to assess new programming ideas with external advisors.
  • Oversight of strategic programs committees and advisory boards including review and refreshing of key mandates while ensuring diversity of voices and perspectives.
  • Engagement with the President & CEO in the cultivation of strategic partnerships to deepen and grow TLP’s learning and evolution as a thought leader.

Fundraising and Donor Stewardship

  • Support the President & CEO, the National Director of Development and the Director, Impact & Government Relations by attending funder meetings to seek funding, seek feedback or deliver impact reports for Student  Programs. 
  • Work with the President & CEO, the National Director of Development and Director Impact & Government Relations to build strong funding proposals and reports including review and recommendations for continuous improvement aligned with best practices.
  • Develop a continuous feedback loop with the Student Programs’ Department and/or other departments who work with TLP in order to address funding related issues, highlight wins and lessons learned, discuss new ideas, and/or improve funding effectiveness. 

Operations and Budgeting

  • Oversight of day to day operations of Student Programs including delivery of programs objectives and all financial budgets, systems and contracts
  • Oversight of Students Programs team hires and annual performance management.
  • Regular meetings with the National Program Managers and the Business Manager, Programs to ensure that approved budgets, annual targets (i.e. student participation) and key performance indicators are delivered.
  • Regular meetings with the leadership team to ensure optimum program delivery and related communications across diverse stakeholders. 

Program Design and Development

  • Support the National Program Managers with hiring and directing writing teams to update/refresh/ create new programs; oversee all aspects from writing team hiring and direction, to pilot teacher participation to official launch; oversee the creation of teachers’ guides for digital programs as they emerge. 
  • Ensure that TLP programs continue to evolve, seeking external review and inputs from key stakeholders; plan for and implement refreshing programs in the summer months
  • Proactively stay informed regarding trends in education and anticipate changes and necessary strategic responses.
  • Cultivate strong Education networks in all provinces and territories, particularly where TLP programming is operational in order to understand the particular needs and realities of provinces and territories. 
  • Support the promotion of the TLP through participation in social media, media and speaking engagements.



Supervisory responsibilities

Direct reports include National Program Managers, Business Manager, Programs and Responsible for providing ongoing coaching, feedback and mentoring; completing performance reviews using a performance management system. Review and approve time off requests and oversee direct reports’ workload to ensure tasks are completed accurately and on time.  Indirect reports consist of Program Coordinators in the TLP Office as well as 54 part-time Program Managers across Canada

Key Relationships


  • Director, Finance
  • National Director of Development
  • Director Marketing and Communication
  • Director, Impact & Government Relations
  • Senior Manager, Talent & Culture
  • Director, Executive Education


  • Boards of Education: Directors, Superintendents and Senior School Board personnel
  • Government: Ministries and Departments
  • Other strategic partners (TBC)



  • An optimistic and positive individual who sees what’s possible and creates plans and actions to realize goals. Contributes to a positive working environment.
  • Honest and forthright in a diplomatic way, engendering trust with all key stakeholders. Courageous and respectful in conversations with others.
  • Operates as a true team player at all levels of an organization. Sees collaboration as a fundamental component of creating a positive and productive environment.
  • Responsible and accountable for goals, both their own and their staff. Disciplined and strategic.
  • Is a caring and empathetic person who can also drive performance and best practices.
  • A creative and innovative thinker who can identify opportunities grounded in evidence.
  • Shares a philosophy of taking oneself lightly while taking work seriously.
  • A mature and confidential individual.
  • Has a deep passion for children and education. Likes to have fun.



  • Minimum level of education required is a Masters of Education or equivalent.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience at the senior leadership level in a board of education or executive level.
  • Passionate desire to enhance and support public education.
  • Sound knowledge of curriculum and needs for the modern learner is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence and ability to motivate others and network to extend TLP’s brand presence and reach.
  • Exhibits a positive attitude with a demonstrated ability to be adaptable to change by focusing on solutions and identifying opportunities for improvements.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and execution
  • Proven track record in financial management and systems
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) required to collaborate across departments and interact with external stakeholders, business partners, students, teachers and volunteers.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Bilingual in French and English is an asset


The Learning Partnership values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive organization.  We will make reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process for candidates who inform TLP in advance of known disabilities.

How to Apply:  We look forward to reviewing your candidacy and invite you to apply online with your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format).  Good luck!

Posting Open Date:  April 25, 2019

Posting Closing Date: May 31, 2019