Program Support and Office Assistant Job at Best Buddies Canada – Etobicoke, ON

Program Support and Office Assistant

We are looking for someone who is passionate about inclusion and social change. Someone who enjoys creating partnerships and working with a dynamic and enthusiastic team. Is that you?

Best Buddies Canada is a national charity initiated in 1993 and dedicated to creating one-to-one friendships and leadership opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies Canada has over 500 participating schools; including elementary, middle, high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. In elementary and middle schools, the program is run as a friendship club, while our high school program fosters strong one-to-one friendships between youth with and without IDD. In university and colleges, students are paired 1:1 with adults living with an intellectual or developmental disability through a community agency.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director, the ideal Program Support and Office Assistant candidate is an energetic individual with a passion for supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The position will engage schools and chapters across Canada (some travel may be required) and assist in providing an overview of the program and start-up for new chapters as well as supporting existing chapters. The position will also assist the Executive Director with research, writing, receipting, administrative assistance and donor relations (and other duties as required).

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide direct contact and support for Best Buddies chapters via telephone and email communication (in-person in the future)
  • Assist new chapters with start-up, resources and training
  • Contact program participants, chapter leaders, staff advisors to obtain updates and information
  • Updating and creating manuals
  • Assist with reference calls for new members
  • Assist with writing and communications
  • Assistance with office administration
  • Other duties as required

Key Competencies and Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to identify potential donors and grant opportunities.
  • Strong writing abilities and keen sense of detail. Impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the mission of Best Buddies Canada – both spoken and written.
  • Ability to write persuasively and strong story-telling that strengthens the organizations brand and profile.
  • Excellent research and collaboration skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as creativity and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to set clear priorities, design and complete complex projects, and manage time well without close day-to-day supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide superior chapter service and apply sound judgement when dealing with staff advisors and volunteers.
  • Willingness and capacity to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Education/Experience/Requirements (or equivalent)

  • University or College degree or diploma
  • Experience working with donors and/or volunteers
  • Previous experience with Best Buddies an asset
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid
  • Must have a valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a criminal record check

What We Offer

  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a leading not-for-profit dedicated to inclusion and social change.
  • A collaborative and positive work environment.
  • Opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Health benefits package and performance bonus.

To confidentially explore this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line ‘Program Support and Office Assistant. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on April 15, 2022. Best Buddies Canada thanks all applicants for their interest. Due to volume, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Best Buddies Canada is committed to fostering a diverse work environment, one that is inclusive of different races, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ages, family status, disability status, and intersectional identities. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply and advise us of any accommodations or supports needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process. Please identify if accommodation is needed during the recruitment and selection process, we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

Best Buddies Canada is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its staff, participants, volunteers and community partners. Accordingly, to be considered for employment with Best Buddies Canada, candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with provincial guidelines. Candidates may be required to provide proof of vaccination at any time during the recruitment process as required by Best Buddies Canada, subject to accommodations necessary pursuant to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Human Rights Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Best Buddies Canada will comply with all applicable privacy legislation.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $15.00-$20.00 per hour

Additional pay:


  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Extended health care
  • On-site parking
  • Vision care


Application deadline: 2022-04-15
Expected start date: 2022-05-16

About the Company

Company: Best Buddies Canada –

Company Location:  Etobicoke, ON

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