Manager of Programs

  • The Ripple Effect Education (TREE)
  • Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Mar 28, 2019
Part-time Education

Job Description

The Ripple Effect Education | Manager of Programs

Position Status: 1 year contract - 21 hours/week, with potential to become permanent.

Wage:  $21 per hour

Start:   Spring 2019, flexible.

Location:  Waterloo, Ontario


About TREE

Our mission is to give youth the tools they need to develop healthy relationships. TREE programs are the initial drop in a life-long ripple effect of self-awareness, healthy conflict resolution, and empathy. The social-emotional skills youth build in our workshops grow to transform their classrooms, friendships, families, and future as citizens and leaders. Since 2016, TREE has supported youth by equipping them with conflict resolution tools that allow them to support their classmates with empathy and problem-solve respectfully.


In addition to working with students, TREE supports teachers and families with resources and trainings to equip them with the tools to foster social-emotional learning in their classroom and at home. Our fun curriculum-integrated programs invite youth to practice the skills they’re learning with our experienced facilitation team, allowing classrooms and community groups to create a culture of belonging, understanding and respect.


Our small, entrepreneurial team highly values reflective facilitation practice and sharing constructive feedback; praise and challenges. We love talking about what is working and what’s not, and iterating to ensure all of our programs and processes thrive. Our office is located in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement where we work amongst leaders in peace innovation, and learn alongside them in weekly community gatherings.


About the Position

The primary role of the Manager of Programs is to oversee TREE program development and delivery, and will divide time between facilitation, training and supervision, and administration. This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director, in program development and delivery, evaluation, and identifying new opportunities for programming. This position oversees and works closely with the Facilitation Team to deliver high quality content and consistency in all program areas. The promotion of TREE programs within Waterloo Region and beyond is part of this role.


Core Responsibilities

  • Facilitation
    • Facilitate workshops in all of TREE’s programs throughout the year, including Classrooms,

Communities and Teacher Training

  • Assist the Executive Director in managing program logistics
  • Training
    • Assist TREE Executive Director in recruiting and hiring TREE Facilitators


  • In collaboration with the TREE Director, manage, develop, revise, and oversee training for TREE Facilitators
  • Supervise TREE Facilitators through weekly meetings and in-class observations
  • Grant writing
    • Identify potential funding opportunities and assist with preparation of funding proposals
    • Assists the Executive Director to manage timelines and content for grant
  • Program Development
    • Identify, research and develop new program avenues for TREE
    • Create, adapt, and prepare workshop materials


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree in peace and conflict, conflict transformation, and/or education
  • In-depth understanding of conflict transformation theory and practice, and social justice education
  • Experience and confidence in facilitating, public speaking, networking, training and coaching
  • A great storyteller, who communicates clearly in written and verbal forms
  • Maintains an energetic facilitation style throughout a school day, and generates a positive atmosphere in facilitation
  • Solid time management, organizational skills and initiative
  • Experience working with a range of youth at the elementary school level is required; experience working with high school aged youth is an asset
  • Comfortable in and demonstrates professionalism in an educational setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to ensure a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to exercise self-care and self-reflection
  • Experience in professional writing and grant writing
  • Experience with intake, assessment, evaluation and reporting
  • Demonstrates compassion, trustworthiness, and responsibility in a professional setting
  • Strong self-awareness and personal/professional boundaries
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Police Reference Check including vulnerable sector will be required
  • A reliable vehicle is required, with valid Ontario G-Class licence and minimum of $1M liability coverage
  • Experience and training in Peacemaking Circle Process and Restorative Justice is an asset

Send inquiries and applications to Katie Gingerich at Resume and Cover Letter Due By: April 15, 2019.

Include in your cover letter:

  • What speaks to you about our work
  • Your experience with peace-making, facilitation, and education
  • Your experience with working with youth


Diversity and inclusion are at the core of TREE’s values. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.


Persons who need accommodation in the application process or those needing job postings in an alternative format may e-mail a request to


We thank all applicants for applying. A short list of candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Compensation for this position meets the minimum requirements of a "Living Wage" in the job location