A nimble team—with nationwide influence

Don’t be fooled by our modest size—the Federation team of professionals wields considerable influence across Canada and on Parliament Hill.

To further the multi-faceted Federation cause, our cohesive group administers a wide range of programs and services, balanced with the hosting of high-profile events such as our annual Congress and lecture series on Parliament Hill.

If you have the aptitude to join such a team, return frequently to this page for details on the latest full-time, part-time and contract opportunities with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as co-op and paid internship positions.

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Title:             Program Officer  

Status:         Maternity Replacement - 1 year contract September,  2017-18.

Reports to:  Director of Policy and Programs

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has been promoting research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences to a free and democratic society for 75 years. Established in 1940, with a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. 


Reporting to the Director of Policy and Programs, and working closely with other team members including membership, policy and events staff, the Program Officer undertakes activities to support the Federation’s policy and program objectives. This position requires working with both members and external stakeholders to bring leadership to various priority issues and programs of the Federation, including showcasing the contribution of the humanities and social sciences and advancing Aboriginal reconciliation.

The Program Officer actively monitors work undertaken by members and diverse governmental and non governmental entities in priority Federation issue areas, provides leadership in the implementation and development of key programmatic initiatives year round and during the annual Congress, and is responsible for effective stakeholder engagement and relationship building in assigned priority areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership in the implementation and development of key programmatic initiatives to advance Federation objectives, including the Big Thinking speaker series and Congress-related programming including on reconciliation and other interdisciplinary events.
  • Coordinates special projects to serve and develop the Federation’s policy and program work.
  • Monitors and provides analysis of assigned priority issue areas related to social science and humanities research and postsecondary education at the national and international levels.
  • Drafts articles, op-eds, blog posts, briefing notes, correspondence and other communication products in priority Federation policy areas.
  • Undertakes member, stakeholder and decision-maker engagement and relationship building as it relates to the Federation’s policy and programming work.
  • Provides support for Federation Board committees including organizing meetings, activities, and helping to identify committee and working group members.
  • Drafts positions and provides advice for senior management and the Board as it relates to the Federation’s policy and program work.
  • Additional duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • A graduate degree in the social sciences or humanities.
  • Minimum of three years of related experience at a professional level in a medium sized organization with multiple stakeholders; ideally within a NGO or non-profit environment or government office.
  • Experience managing and administering programs and activities in accordance with organizational objectives.
  • Familiarity with core issues facing the social science and humanities disciplines and passion for their value.
  • Experience in a membership organization is an asset.
  • Experience in Parliamentary outreach and engagement is an asset.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated analytical, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize diverse tasks and appropriately manage time and resources to achieve multiple objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with multi-layered teams and diverse communities.
  • Strong writing skills in a variety of media.
  • Bilingualism in Canada’s official languages is required.
  • Expectation of some travel up to two weeks at a time at least once per year.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

To apply, send a résumé and cover letter, including salary expectations, to by 5:00 pm on July 26, 2017.

No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences respects appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged.