Program Director

The Opportunity

The Program Director is responsible for leading a dynamic and growing overseas program with local partners in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania and Togo.  Managing a professional program team of 14 in Montreal, Toronto and overseas offices, with responsibility for more than 100 international volunteers annually, the Program Director will establish new strategic alliances and programs that advance equality for women and girls and enhance our international volunteer cooperation program.

The Organization

Crossroads International, a leader in international cooperation, has been fighting inequality for more than 50 years. We do this by bringing people together for a common cause, to create lasting solutions to overcome poverty and advance women’s rights. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Southern Africa, West Africa and South America.  We work with local partner organizations to create decent jobs and to empower women to become leaders and live free from violence.  Every year, we engage hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address global issues.  We invest in local partners who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities.  With local partners, we develop co-operatives and collective enterprises that generate income and advance the autonomy of youth, women and the rural poor. We pilot innovative approaches to reducing violence against women and girls and advancing women’s rights. Together we are leveraging knowledge, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world. 

Crossroads is a registered charity, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFTAD), other government and non-government funders and many individual donors around the world. 

The Ideal Candidate

The Program Director is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in international program development, monitoring and evaluation with demonstrated leadership in programs that advance equality for women and girls. A vocal champion for Crossroads International, the Director will establish new strategic partnerships to complement and enhance our volunteer cooperation program.  The Program Director is a driven, forward thinking, results oriented   leader.  The ideal candidate is an effective mentor of people who understands the importance of developing the skills, knowledge and abilities of direct reports; manages work, project plans and outcomes effectively and provides oversight and leadership to cross-organizational initiatives.  The director will maintain a focus on the big picture while still managing the day to day operations.  The director is calm, thoughtful leader in periods of ambiguity or crisis, works collaboratively with others and conducts themselves with a high degree or professionalism and with diplomacy.   


Master’s degree or equivalent in international development or a related field

Minimum of 7 years progressive management and leadership experience in the field of international development with solid understanding of and commitment to principles of sustainable development and a rights based approach to development

Demonstrated leadership and expertise in programming to advance equality for women and girls, a commitment to women’s rights and gender equality and sound knowledge of  community economic development programming    

The ability to engage and inspire others in a commitment to the organization’s vision through collaborative processes and compelling communication

Demonstrated experience in program operations and human resources management in culturally diverse settings

Demonstrated expertise and success in program development

Strong analytical, verbal and writing skills and the ability to synthesize and interpret complex information and communicate it to a variety of audiences

Proven track record in proposal development, securing funding from and developing and managing relationships with institutional or bilateral donors (DFATD and others) 

Sound understanding and knowledge of best practices and tools in program monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management and learning

Demonstrated experience  leading the development and overseeing the implementation and review of operational plans and complex budgets

Experience in developing and supporting the development of key work processes and systems as they relate to program management, human resources management, safety and security

The ability to build credibility, rapport and strong relationships with a range of stakeholders and partners,  skill in supporting and coaching staff

Experience in the field of international volunteer cooperation and knowledge of best practices is an asset

Previous experience working with local partners (civil society organizations) overseas is required; experience living overseas is an asset

English/French bilingualism is essential. Spanish is an asset

High level of competence with technology and proficiency in all Microsoft office suite

All applicants must currently be eligible to work in Canada


This position can be based in Toronto or Montreal with travel overseas and to other Crossroads offices.

Position Type: Full Time with competitive salary and benefits

Essential conditions

Ability to travel overseas and in Canada and be away from home for frequent short periods

Note: Restriction of vacation during DFATD Volunteer Cooperation Call for proposals and reporting periods.

SCOPE:  Program Budget 2015    $3-million

Committees:    Board of Directors

If you are interested in joining a dynamic international development organization, in a role that has global impact please submit your cover letter and résumé in one document  (word or PDF) by e-mail to  Please include Program Director in the subject line.

Closing Date: Applications will be reviewed October 26; however, the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Crossroads International is committed to principles and values of access and equity. We encourage applications from people of colour, people with disabilities, and people from aboriginal and/or other marginalized communities.

All applicants must currently be eligible to work in Canada. We thank all applicants in advance, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled

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