Programs Manager

Posted Date: February 20, 2024


This full-time position (40.0 hrs weekly) is based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Apply by: Will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.


We are seeking an experienced, organized, enthusiastic individual who can help translate vision and possibility into reality. As the Programs Manager, you will require a broad understanding of social programming in a range of areas including, though not limited to, youth, Elders, environment, language and culture, justice, education and overarching prevention and awareness initiatives. The Programs Manager will, in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team, operationalize projects, programs, frameworks that will support the efforts of provincial-scope initiatives and will work in unison with community-based Friendship Centres by overseeing the successful implementation of provincially led undertakings.

Location: Edmonton, AB



  1. Develop program and project-based concepts that will respond to overarching strategic goals that will support member Friendship Centres to successfully deliver community-based programs of a provincial or regional scope.
  2. Source and secure funding to undertake programs and projects. Develop proposals and funding applications in a timely manner.
  3. In collaboration with Senior Leadership Team, develop and implement contribution agreements and ensure deliverables and reporting are achieved. Define needs and agreements for the delivery of programs, projects, and initiatives in partnership with community-based Friendship Centres.
  4. Lead program-based staff in a culturally informed manner.
  5. Facilitate the design, planning, and implementation of projects/programs to meet deliverables and report on outcomes in a coordinated way. This includes development of appropriate schedules, budgets (in collaboration with finance team), milestones, success indicators (both qualitative and quantitative), and outcomes for each program/project within the portfolio, prioritizing work appropriately.
  6. Engage with team members, key partners, and external experts, as needed to ensure appropriate delivery projects and programs are on time and in scope with budget.


  • Experience in overseeing the management of community-based programs and projects with demonstrated ability to achieve desired outcomes in a timely way.
  • Expertise in facilitation, change management, and problem solving.
  • Ability to influence, motivate, and rally multiple stakeholders around a common cause; comfortable with conflict resolution when required.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization and planning. Demonstrated ability to work independently, successfully manage multiple priorities, staff, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Proven commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion with an understanding of both the Friendship Centre Movement and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures that are present in Alberta.
  • Skilled in various tech systems; working experience with Office 365 and digital meeting platforms. Ability to troubleshoot problems.
  • Possess exceptional verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

Requirements (or Qualifications)

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Post Secondary Degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated senior level project management expertise (a minimum of five years; though more is preferred); experience having worked in the Friendship Centre Movement (FCM) is an asset.

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Hiring Committee
10336-121 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1K8

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered


  • ANFCA is committed to supporting the principles and grassroots approach of the Friendship Centre Movement.
  • ANFCA priorities are guided by its member Friendship Centres and subsequent defined community needs.
  • Indigenous cultural teachings, values and identity are at the core of ANFCA. We provide opportunities for cultural sharing, focused on bridging the gap between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews. All programs and services incorporate cultural values and teachings into their structures.
  • ANFCA is committed to creating effective, vibrant national and provincial partnerships, focused on collaboration and common goals.
  • ANFCA respects the autonomy of its member Friendship Centres.
  • ANFCA supports its member Friendship Centres in creating safe, friendly, welcoming, status-blind urban hubs that provide culturally appropriate programs and services and create opportunities for Indigenous people and communities to become empowered, to enhance their leadership skills and to be fully engaged and involved in community development.
  • ANFCA’s work is guided by the values and principles identified within a 5-year Strategic Plan as well as by the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA)

10336 121 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1K8

Phone: 780.423-3138

Fax: 780.425.6277