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Senior Manager, MPC Project Management Office
Plan International
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Job Description

What can you expect from joining a leading organization in the global movement to advance children’s rights and equality for girls?

We are one of Canada’s Most Admired Cultures and here’s why: together, we have created a climate of trust and inclusivity – where diversity in people, ideas and approaches is not only respected, it’s encouraged.

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19, these qualities have come to the forefront as our organization evolves to remain agile. Though we will evolve in many respects, our mission and strategic ambition will not change – and our work has never been so imperative. We will never stop believing in the multiplying power of girls and that every child deserves that right to learn, lead, decide and thrive. Our future success will be founded upon Plan International Canada’s 80+ year history of focusing on our mission, our core values, responding to challenges and seizing opportunities with purpose, relevance and impact.

Further information can be found at:



Plan International Canada

Reports to:

Marketing Philanthropy Communications Operations Leader


Toronto (Mount Pleasant & Eglinton)


Full time, Contract (1 year)

Contact level:


The Position

Under the direction of the MPC Operations Leader, the Sr Manager will oversee the Marketing Philanthropy Communications (MPC) project management capacity to scope, plan, track and close MPC and enterprise-wide, as appropriate projects. MPC Executives have a clear sightline on the current progress towards the MPC and organizational-wide priorities as well as the state of MPC performance, resource utilization, and efficacy of collaboration and coordination internally and with stakeholders from other departments. Through the efforts invested in continuous improvement and ensuring overall project management excellence, all MPC teams are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and tools to manage projects of all scopes and sizes effectively. They are a highly effective team of project managers in the PMO who seek to share learnings and are continuously committed to enhancing the project management function of the MPC.


What success looks like?

  • Oversee a team of project managers to manage all aspects of a portfolio of projects, in collaboration with the relevant colleagues from throughout the enterprise. This includes defining project scope and deliverables, building project plans and RASCIs, identifying and managing project risks and interdependencies, monitoring resource utilization, building and managing timelines, tracking progress, and archiving key project documentation upon project completion.
  • Gather and report on the performance of high priority/strategic projects from the relevant teams within the Marketing, Philanthropy, and Communications (MPC) department to inform the MPC Executives on the progress made towards the MPC strategic priorities. Support the Executives in ensuring there is a well-balanced portfolio of projects in pursuit of the MPC strategic priorities.
  • Monitor project performance and identify projects off track as well as MPC resource and capacity constraints negatively affecting project performance.
  • Establish and build ongoing relationships with internal stakeholders across the enterprise, including Executives to facilitate PMO effectiveness, escalating where appropriate to the MPC Operations Leader.
  • Oversee PMO performance reporting to MPC executives and internal stakeholders to inform ongoing performance improvement and implement corrective measures.
  • Formalize a continuous improvement practice within MPC by conducting project post-mortems, capturing and transferring learnings between projects, continuously identify opportunities and make recommendations for improved performance, developing best practices documentation, tools and supporting resources to ensure overall project management excellence throughout the department.
  • Facilitate and lead the PMO team in managing project support request intake process. Reviews the intake pipeline, discusses with the PMO team members on the alignment of each request with the mandate of the PMO, determines the most suitable project manager to take on the request, communicates the decision to the requesting team.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Expert knowledge of PMBOK and proven track record in managing projects.
  • Experience with Agile principles is a strong asset.
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) is a requirement.
  • Excellent leadership capability in leading a team of high functioning project managers and facilitating cross-learnings.
  • Strong knowledge in and a proven track record of applying Change Management principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating executive-level discussions and decision-making
  • Demonstrated mature emotional intelligence skills
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is critical.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing vendors and vendor contracts.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft 365 environment.
  • Strong familiarity with project management software, such as Clarizen is an asset.

How to Apply:

To express interest in this exciting opportunity at Plan International Canada, please apply with your resume and cover letter to by July 7, 2022.

Plan International Canada is a hybrid workplace. You will work from the office and from home.

Plan International Canada hires based on merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and to providing an inclusive workplace. Plan International Canada especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

If you have a disability that may affect your ability to perform in a role in which you are interested, we will be happy to discuss with you what adjustments or arrangements we can make to accommodate your needs. If your disability is likely to affect you adversely within the application process itself, please let us know (as soon as you feel comfortable to do so) by emailing so that we can consider any adjustments to the process that will allow you to be considered fairly for the role.

Consistent with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen.

Plan International Canada requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to self-declare they are fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Plan International Canada has a duty to accommodate those who are unable to get vaccinated due to religious, medical or other protected grounds. For applicants who require an accommodation, please contact to discuss further.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Plan International Canada!

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