Community Investment Program Manager – temporary up to 3 years

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Reporting to the Manager of Community Investment, the candidate will manage the City’s new community investment programs including the Emergent Initiative Fund, Resilience Fund, and City Fee Reimbursement, and support the Manager of Community Investment in the operations of other community investment programs. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the City’s Vision – to be an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.


  • Develop, lead, promote, and manage new council-directed Community Investment programs
  • Develop evaluation framework for Community Investment programs and monitor, evaluate, and report on outcomes
  • Manage, forecast and report on the three-year community investment budget of over one million dollars
  • Build and sustain strategic partnerships with external organizations supporting the implementation of the Community Investment Strategy
  • Represent the City of Guelph alongside sector leaders as a participant at external stakeholder roundtables and committees
  • Lead and support the Grants Allocation Panel, a citizen’s committee appointed by City Council, to make informed and transparent funding decisions on behalf of the City
  • Regularly work with organizations and other funders on sensitive and confidential matters that impact Guelph residents
  • Coordinate other City department’s participation at various levels of the program development and implementation including directing internal staff teams and consultants and effectively managing program deliverables
  • Develop and host networking, information and learning events to promote new Community Investment programs
  • Create and distribute information, materials, and applications to ensure stakeholder participation in investment programs
  • Design creative online too tools to promote Community Investment programs while keeping all information current and accessible
  • Create correspondence and reports to stakeholders and for City Council
  • Support management of established Community Investment programs including the Community Grants, Community Benefit Agreements
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Applicants are required to demonstrate in their application how their qualifications match those specified above. Assessments based on all of the objectives and qualifications listed above will be a part of the interview, written and/or practical test and reference checking.
  • Education related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma in arts, social science, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years professional experience in program management in areas of community development, and funding program administration.
  • Experience working with external organizations to build positive, mutually beneficial, and strategic partnerships.
  • Candidates with an equivalent education and experience may be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience in using variety of evaluation techniques and tools.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work on your own and in a team environment.Demonstrates initiative and the ability to multi task
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, council, not-for-profits and the general public.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office (Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • Knowledge of innovative funding programs would be an asset
  • Knowledge of AODA accessible document preparation would be an asset


    $75,634.49 – $94,543.11 per year

    How to apply

    Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by 11:59 pm on Thursday January 9, 2020.  Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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