Apply to Become a Program Manager

Apply to Become a Program Manager

Position: Program Manager
Division: Programs
Application deadline: August 30th, 2019

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to using the subject line “Application: Program Manager”. The deadline to submit is August 30th, 2019. Please review the entire summary below before applying. We will only contact you if we are requesting an interview. 

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Startup Canada launched in 2012 in response to the Action Canada Task Force on High Growth Entrepreneurship call for an “independent organization to serve as the centrepiece for a national strategy to lay the foundations for entrepreneurial excellence in Canada.”

Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Canada serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population.

About the Role

We are building out our Programs Team with entrepreneurial leaders, who share our vision for building an entrepreneurial nation.

The Program Manager will support, and play a leading role in the delivery of programs, events, and initiatives of Startup Canada, working closely with the Senior Program Manager. This role is hands-on and involves working as part of a Team, and working independently with a high level of autonomy and accountability. The Program Manager has the opportunity to help shape programming and impact entrepreneurs in doing so.

This position requires traveling across Canada from coast to coast to coast to deliver our programs.

Knowledge and Assets

  • 1-3 years experience working in a fast-paced agency-style environment or relevant experience;
  • Strong written, spoken and interpersonal communications skills; 
  • A self-starter with strong leadership attributes and ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic team;
  • A degree or diploma in public relations, communications, journalism, or relevant field;
  • Thorough practical knowledge of social media, communications, entrepreneurship and small business, marketing, data measurement, analytics;
  • Leadership, communication, and human relations skills in order to develop and maintain contacts and deal diplomatically and harmoniously with all levels of staff and the general public; to manage, develop, motivate, and support staff in achieving objectives; and to participate as an effective team member; and,
  • Ability to write and speak French is an asset.


  • The on-time and on-budget delivery of Startup Canada Programming, including — International Women’s Day, Canadian Export Challenge Tour, Startup Canada Awards, Startup Community Summit, Day on the Hill, and other programs as required.
  • Liaising with sponsors, speakers, partners, media partners, and volunteers.
  • Ensuring excitement, satisfaction, and an excellent overall Startup Canada experience by everyone involved in the program. 
  • Promoting the program across the Canadian entrepreneurship community and ensuring the program is reflective of the diversity of entrepreneurs in Canada and their interests.
  • Developing a national narrative positioning Startup Canada as a thought leader in Canada and globally in fostering an entrepreneurial nation and startup communities.
  • Ensuring the fulsome participation by the government and mainstream media in all aspects of the programming.
  • Ensuring the ongoing relevance and impact of programming beyond its immediate duration.
  • To maintain a program website, social media campaign and communications assets for the exemplary execution of the program.
  • Producing detailed plans for events (e.g. timelines, venues, suppliers, legal obligations, staffing and budgets).
  • Securing and booking a suitable venue or location, as well as travel and accommodation logistics.
  • Ensuring insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are adhered to.
  • Coordinating venue management, caterers, stand designers, contractors and equipment hire.
  • Planning room layouts and the entertainment programme, scheduling workshops and demonstrations.
  • Preparing delegate packs, papers, and briefings.
  • Coordinating suppliers, handling client queries and troubleshooting on the day of the event to ensure that all runs smoothly.
  • Overseeing the dismantling and removal of the event and clearing the venue efficiently.
  • Post-event program — including data entry and analysis and producing reports for event stakeholders.
  • Other duties as required.

Why work at Startup Canada?

  • Working closely with a dynamic and fun team of professionals in the nation’s capital;
  • Employee benefits and wellbeing perks;
  • Cross-Canada travel opportunities;
  • We use Mac’s!;
  • Great location that’s close to the LRT, 90 series bus routes, Rib Fest, Poutine Fest, Parliament Hill, and the Rideau Centre;
  • Working directly with Canada’s vibrant entrepreneurship community and leading entrepreneurs; 
  • Working directly with top level industry partners and government leaders; and,
  • Opportunities for professional development.


Rachelle Desorcy
Rachelle Desorcy

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