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Ontario Trillium Foundation

Bilingual Capacity Building Specialist, Youth Opportunities Fund



Company Information

Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of Canada’s largest granting foundation and an agency of the government of the Government of Ontario. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. OTF makes strategic investments that contribute to community wellbeing across six Action Areas: Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People and Prosperous People.

Each year, more than 3,000 applications are reviewed by hundreds of volunteers. Supported by professional and experienced staff, volunteers bring knowledge of local needs and a wide range of expertise to the decision-making process.

Job Description

Bilingual Capacity Building Specialist, Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF)

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Permanent Full Time

Location: Toronto


The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity building supports to community-based organizations, including grassroots, youth led initiatives, seeking to improve outcomes for youth facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is the largest granting foundation in Canada and its strategic investments support programs and projects that we know contribute to community wellbeing across Ontario. 

Reporting to the Manager, Capacity Building, this position will support the design and delivery of YOF capacity building program across Ontario. YOF capacity building framework and operational plans are used to engage and support YOF applicants and grantees. A critical aspect of this position involves the design and development of resource materials and multi-day learning events.  We strive to be culturally responsive and to reflect the needs and priorities of YOF priority populations in all that we do, and as such preference will be given to either an Indigenous and/or Black/Afro-diasporic incumbent.


Key Areas of Responsibility

Working closely with the Manager, Capacity Building, and in collaboration with other program delivery team members, the incumbent:

  • Coordinates YOF outreach and engagement across the Province of Ontario.
  • Builds and maintains a library of program documents, tools, and resources to support collaboratives and youth leaders to navigate the YOF application process
  • Promotes awareness and a general understanding of the YOF program among diverse stakeholders, including those in more rural and remote First Nations communities
  • Guides youth leaders to explore issues, design impactful ideas, and write strong applications through curriculum design, workshop/webinar delivery, and active coaching
  • Supports grassroots group leaders to deliver impactful projects through coaching, network building, tool development, and resource sharing
  • Supports grassroots group leaders to think, plan, and work strategically to achieve priorities they have set for their group using a mix of approaches
  • Convenes grantees 2-3 times per year for learning, skill development, networking, and knowledge exchange
  • Seeks opportunities to work collaboratively with external partners to co-design and co-deliver elements of the YOF applicant engagement plan and YOF grantee capacity building plan
  • Supports YOF grantees and Program Managers to synthesize and share their knowledge about YOF outcomes, mechanisms for systems change, and grassroots models of work

Skills & Attributes

  • Experience building relationships and working with youth facing multiple barriers as champion/coach/mentor is required
  • Understand the social and economic contexts in which Black/Afro-Diasporic and Indigenous youth live, work, and, engage for change through both lived experience and professional experiences
  • Good interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills to represent OTF in the community
  • Conceptual, analytical, research and problem solving skills, including conflict resolution, to develop outreach strategies assess applications and evaluate results.
  • Strong connections with the Indigenous and Black communities


Education and Experience

  • Bilingualism (French and English)
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant discipline and three to five years’ progressive experience within the non-profit, public or foundation sectors or an acceptable equivalent in education and experience
  • Two to three years of experience designing and delivering non-formal learning forums and capacity building programs 

Directions for application:

To apply for this position, please visit our website and submit your cover letter and resume online. Please indicate the Specialty you are applying for and the region you are based in.  

 For more information, please visit our website at:

The closing date for this posting is September 4, 2017


We welcome applications from people who are reflective of the diverse communities we serve, including those who might need accommodation 

OTF is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). 

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Posting Date: 28-Aug-2017Other Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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