We respectfully acknowledge the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵw ̱xwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, on which the SFU Vancouver campus and the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue building are located.

Associate Director, Engagement & Social Enterprise (Mat Leave)

CLOSING DATE: May 10, 2024

START DATE:             
Early July 2024   

September 5th 2025

Temporary Full Time

$89,955 to $107,324 annually

SFU Vancouver (Hybrid)

Robin Prest, Program Director

Administrative and Professional Staff (APSA)

Temporary APSA Member Benefits

About Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

The Centre uses dialogue and engagement to facilitate transformative conversations and create real-world impact for society’s most pressing challenges.

We strengthen Canadian democracy by promoting democratic values and innovation, spread best practices by providing dialogue training and tools, and help governments to engage citizens and stakeholders through our consulting services.

As a bridge between the university and community, we enable student success through the Semester in Dialogue and other experiential learning opportunities and provide a home to select initiatives run by our Dialogue Fellows and Associates.

Mission: To foster shared understanding and positive action through dialogue and engagement.

About Simon Fraser University

  • We are Canada’s engaged university, defined by our dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement
  • We are unconventional, fearless, compassionate, approachable and ready
  • We celebrate the diversity of people, ideas and cultures

About the Role

Position Summary

The Associate Director, Engagement & Social Enterprise is responsible for the delivery of dialogue and engagement programming within SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The Associate Director leads all facets of program management, including developing the program strategy, developing and managing the program budget, managing service contracts and managing events. The Associate Director enables the long-tern sustainability of the program area through the development, management and maintenance of relationships with key partnerships and donors, including establishing and managing relationships with executive decision-makers in corporations; government at the international, federal, provincial, and municipal levels; industry associations; and not-for-profits. The role applies and adapts ethical principles based on the context of their work, including the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue’s institutional values, Reconciliation frameworks and Justice, Equity, Diversity, Decolonization and Inclusion (JEDDI) frameworks. Additionally, this role plays a key role in supporting resource forecasting, designing systems and internal infrastructure to support a complex funding model that supports a sustainable future for the Centre through business development and proposal response. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Leads strategic partnership activities to increase partner engagement, positive community impact, revenue generation, and institutional reputation by:

  • Developing and managing a portfolio of partnerships and accounts composed of executive decision-makers in corporations; government at the international, federal, provincial, and municipal levels; industry and trade associations; and not-for-profits
  • Proposing and developing new strategic partnerships and determining the appropriateness of funding sources or partners based on ethical fundraising guidelines
  • Develops new policies and procedures for specific programming circumstances using a principles-based approach
  • Acting as the strategic contact point to external organizations
  • Identifying, evaluating, developing and closing opportunities for grants and service agreements
  • Managing and prioritizing incoming leads by being the first point of contact and resource for internal and external partners and clients
  • Identifying gaps in strategic communication materials that would support successful partnership building
  • Contributing to the annual reporting process, including strategic advice on the Centre’s objectives, implementation strategies and tracking processes

2. Manages the development, implementation and execution of the assigned program initiatives to advance solutions by:

  • Managing and overseeing the development of standardized event strategies, policies, procedures and systems
  • Supporting government partner decision-making for complex public policy issues through engagement, including supporting the development of legislation, frameworks, policies and procedures
  • Developing programming strategies and allocating resources to ensure the achievement of goals and objectives as it relates to engagement with key program participants, including equity-seeking communities
  • Leading international, national, province-wide and place-based dialogue programming through hosting a range of community engagement activities and events
  • Ensuring projects, programs and events meet programming objectives, budget, targets, deliverables and timelines
  • Developing charters, schedules and other project management tools to monitor project progress and risks
  • Developing and managing a complex project budget with multiple funding sources, programming partners and reporting requirements and allocating resources based on approved budgets
  • Managing the work of project staff and contractors as it relates to ongoing research, analysis, report writing, public communications planning and execution, stakeholder mapping and event logistics
  • Managing grants, partnership agreements and/or service contracts as appropriate, ensuring appropriate performance standards and behaviours are upheld and in alignment with the Centre’s values
  • Conducting outreach for sensitive events and issues; seeking participation from under-served communities and addressing accessibility concerns to remove barriers to participation
  • Hosting engagement events and visiting key participant communities to build relationships and co-develop programming
  • Building relationships with partners, foundations and donors to secure additional program funding and collaborations, including writing funding applications
  • Developing and implementing systems for participatory governance, learning and evaluation by working with project partners and interested parties to inform program decisions

3. Develops and leads projects and initiatives to support the financial sustainability of the Centre by:

  • Forecasting resource needs across a portfolio of projects; leading the allocation of resources and securing contractors or temporary employees to cover shortfalls
  • Developing internal infrastructure, systems, procedures and policies pertaining to fee-for-service activities
  • Designing and implementing appropriate financial record keeping, report and tracking systems in collaboration with SFU staff and departments
  • Providing quarterly milestone progress reports, budget forecasts and cash flow projections to the supervisor
  • Responding to government requests for proposals; administering Centre contractual terms and rate structures
  • Providing account management for clients within local, provincial and federal governments
  • Identifying and determining potential fundraising leads and meeting with prospective clients to secure new grants or contracts
  • Providing guidance and approvals for project charters and budgets, and allocating resources in order to meet project objectives

4. Ensures that engagement programming reflects the Centre’s values and good engagement practices and participates in the Centre’s wider administrative and programming responsibilities by:

  • Working in circumstances where programming creates risk for harm or re-traumatization to support cultural safety of participants and apply trauma-informed practices 
  • Advancing principles of equity by increasing accessibility and removing barriers to participation for equity-seeking communities, groups that will be most impacted and First Nations rights holders
  • Supporting integration of Indigenous knowledge into Centre programming through reciprocal relationships and by securing appropriate Indigenous permissions and guidance
  • Integrating best practices from key Centre methods and training tools, such as the Principles for Collaborative Engagement, Strategic Framework and Beyond Inclusion guide
  • Maintaining the Centre’s institutional values such as transparency, impartiality and curiosity to enhance the legitimacy of the Centre’s climate engagement programming across diverse peoples, perspectives and ways of knowing
  • Ensuring high standards in project deliverables, such as research, analysis, report writing, public communications, stakeholder mapping, process design, facilitation and event logistics
  • Attending and participating in the Centre’s programs and events, including evening and weekend events
  • Supporting the delivery of knowledge exchange, capacity building and dialogue-based programming to advance the Centre’s overall strategic goals


Master’s degree in relevant discipline and eight years of relevant experience in areas such as stakeholder engagement, public participation, Indigenous engagement, resource and environmental management, public policy, project management or an equivalent combination of education, training, professional certifications and experience.

  • Excellent knowledge of program management practices 
  • Advanced leadership, mentoring and teamwork skills 
  • Advanced ability to hire and manage external contractors 
  • Advanced ability to recruit, train and manage staff 
  • Excellent knowledge of participatory engagement processes and working with groups traditionally under-served by government or facing barriers to participation 
  • Advanced knowledge in designing and implementing dialogue and engagement initiatives 
  • Excellent knowledge of creating culturally appropriate spaces and contexts (social and historical) for engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples 
  • Understanding of policy development lifecycle and government relations 
  • Excellent familiarity with program related communities 
  • Advanced project management, budget planning and financial management skills 
  • Advanced partnership brokering, fundraising and grant writing skills 
  • Advanced conflict resolution, strategic planning, analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and presentation)
  • Advanced ability to author and supervise the creation of discussion guides, dialogue reports and other dialogue materials
  • Advanced ability to hire and manage external contractors
  • Advanced ability to recruit, train and manage staff
  • Advanced ability to work independently, meet deadlines and prioritize competing project deadlines 
  • Advanced ability to maintain confidentiality and impartiality, and to exercise mature judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity
  • Available for overtime, evening and weekend work, and travel

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an equitable environment for all employees. We strongly encourage applications from qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities. Should you require accommodations throughout the application process, please be in touch.