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Country Director (Canada)

Recruitment for the Country Director and Director of Development positions is currently on hold. We appreciate your understanding and patience. For any questions, please reach out to hiring@givingwhatwecan.org.

Giving What We Can (GWWC) is seeking a Country Director to lead the growth of effective giving in Canada.

About the role

As the Country Director, you will play a pivotal role in growing GWWC’s presence within Canada. This position involves a diverse range of responsibilities, from community engagement and media relations to donor management and philanthropic advising. You will be at the forefront of growing the effective giving movement in Canada, working alongside key stakeholders in the effective altruism community.

Why this role might excite you:

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead a significant movement in one of the world's most influential philanthropic markets.
  • Drive transformative change in global philanthropy practices.
  • Work within an internationally recognized and esteemed organisation.
  • Shape and expand a key division of GWWC at a critical juncture, with opportunities for leadership progression.
  • Collaborate with a diverse and passionate team committed to making a tangible difference.
  • Enjoy a flexible and highly autonomous work environment, fostering innovation and creativity.

Key responsibilities:

As Country Director, you will be responsible for:

  • Cultivating and broadening the community of effective givers in the Canada.
  • Leading initiatives in the Canada to fundraise for high-impact projects, managing donor relationships, and devising innovative strategies to enhance effective giving.
  • Offering philanthropic advice to Canadian donors, connecting them with pertinent resources and expertise to aid in making impactful donations.
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of GWWC in the US, ensuring alignment with global strategies and initiatives.
  • Actively engaging with the Canadian community and media to strengthen GWWC's presence and influence.
  • Working closely with GWWC staff to promote organisational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders in the effective giving and effective altruism communities to synchronise goals and initiatives.
  • Managing and mentoring staff and volunteers, nurturing a culture of excellence and impactful outcomes.

We have advertised six roles with overlapping responsibilities across the US, UK, and Canada (each a Country Director and Director of Development) for which we expect to hire 2-4 candidates throughout 2024. You are welcome to apply for multiple roles using the same application, and we are open to discussing hybrid roles.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrates a deep passion for and commitment to the growth of effective giving.
  • Brings experience in philanthropy, fundraising, strategic marketing, sales, or related fields.
  • Exhibits a founder's mentality, capable of operating autonomously across various domains.
  • Has a robust understanding of the effective altruism movement and/or the landscape of effective giving.
  • Possesses management or leadership experience.
  • Shows excellent command of English, with strong written and spoken communication skills.
  • Has exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to forge and maintain relationships.
  • Is independent, self-motivated, with a proven track record of setting and implementing their own strategies.
  • Is a team player, adept at collaborative work in a dynamic environment.
  • Holds working rights in Canada and can travel regularly both domestically and internationally.

We recognize that not every candidate will have every quality listed and are committed to providing training and support. We are also open to negotiating the exact title and responsibilities to best fit the right candidate, aiming for the most beneficial outcome as our team grows.

Salary, location, benefits and timing

Our salary calculator gives a range of CAD $104,300 — $136,100, depending on experience, seniority, and location (read more about how we think about compensation here). We have a preference for full-time but are open to other arrangements.

The role is Canada-remote and will involve travel. We have a preference for someone based in or easily able to travel to one of our key cities such as Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal.

Benefits may vary slightly by location but typically include:

  • Prioritised health & wellbeing: We provide private medical, vision, and dental insurance; up to 3 weeks’ paid sick leave; and a mental health allowance of USD $5,000 each year.
  • Flexible working: You’re generally free to set your own schedule (with some overlapping hours with colleagues as needed).
  • Generous vacation: 25 days’ holiday each year, plus public holidays.
  • Professional development opportunities: We offer a USD $5,000 allowance each year for professional development. We build in opportunities for career growth through on-the-job learning, increasing responsibility, and role progression pathways.
  • Parental leave and support: New parents have up to 14 weeks of fully-paid leave and up to 52 weeks of leave in total. We can also provide financial support to help parents balance childcare needs.
  • Pension & income protection: We offer a 10% employer / 0% employee 401(k) contribution, and income protection (“disability insurance”).
  • Equipment to help your work-from-home and on-the-go productivity: We’ll pay for high-quality and ergonomic equipment (laptop, monitors, chair, etc.).
  • Global team retreats: As a remote team we hold in-person staff retreats once to twice a year, to work on our plans and build strong working relationships.

We are particularly interested in candidates who can start between May and September 2024.

Application process

Here’s a summary of the application process for a successful candidate. We might make adjustments.

  1. Complete this application.
  2. Complete 1-2 paid work tests designed to simulate the work you would do if hired and evaluate certain skills important for success in the role.
  3. Attend a remote interview.
  4. Submit references.
  5. As needed, additional paid tasks or additional interviews to allow you and us to see what it would be like if you worked at GWWC.
  6. Receive an employment offer!

We have advertised 6 roles with overlapping responsibilities across the US, UK and Canada for which we expect to hire 2-4 throughout 2024. You can apply for multiple of them using the same application.

We will review applications in batches until we secure our ideal hires. The deadline for the first batch of applicants is February 11 at 11:59 PM GMT.

Q&A

Contact hiring@givingwhatwecan.org for any questions relating to this role. We held a Q&A for this role and other similar ones on 10 January 2023 at 8:30pm UTC. You can read the submitted questions and watch the recording of the Q&A here.

About GWWC

GWWC is on a mission to create a world in which giving effectively and significantly is a cultural norm.

We believe that charitable donations can do an astonishing amount of good. However, because the effectiveness of different charities varies wildly, it is important that we donate to the most effective charities if we want to have a significant impact.

We are focused on increasing the number of donors who prioritise effectiveness, and helping them to maximise their charitable impact throughout their lives. We are best known for the Giving What We Can Pledge, where 8,841 people have pledged to give over 10% of their lifetime income to high-impact charities. To date, our pledgers — representing over 100 countries — have donated an estimated $333 million USD to high-impact charities, and have committed nearly $3 billion more via their lifetime pledges.

The GWWC team is hard-working and mission-focused, with a culture of open and honest feedback. We also like to think of ourselves as a particularly friendly and optimistic bunch.

In all our work, we strive to take a positive and collaborative attitude, be transparent in our communication and decision-making, and adopt a scout mindset to guide us towards doing the most good we can do, including by evaluating our own impact and learning from the results. To learn more, check out our current strategy.

Diversity and inclusion

We are an equal opportunity organisation and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our organisation.