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Job Opportunity: Program Manager, Aspire

posted on November 8, 2017

ASPIRE is a first-of-its-kind, multi-year student work-integrated learning (WIL) pilot project in financial services, led by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA).
We are passionate about attracting, upskilling and retaining talent for the financial services (FS) sector.

Increasingly, FS organizations are defining themselves as “technology companies that deliver financial services”. This is an exciting evolution in our sector that is creating non-traditional job opportunities in areas such as product management, app development, cybersecurity and data science, among others.

To help build their talent pipelines, FS employers are offering student opportunities in these growing areas of their businesses. However, many students, particularly those in related STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs are unaware of the innovation occurring in the sector, and the diversity of opportunities that it is generating.

We want to change that.

ASPIRE has been designed to help grow the pipeline of in-demand talent required in our FS sector by both:

a) Encouraging employers to create more high-quality student work opportunities in their organizations; and
b) Helping to attract more students to these roles, and to experience our sector and all it has to offer as a career destination.

We do this through a variety of activities that fall under key program components:

▪ Student Attraction
▪ Business Skills Development
▪ Employer Playbook
▪ FS Brand-Building
▪ Industry-Academia Partnership

Tell me about the job

Under the guidance and direction of the Senior Vice President, Talent Initiatives, and reporting to ASPIRE’s Project Director, the primary responsibility of the ASPIRE Program Manager is to manage the delivery of the project. Key responsibilities include (in no particular order):

Recruitment and Management of Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Program Participants:
• Expansion of participation to achieve program goals by proactively attracting new PSIs and supporting their onboarding to ASPIRE.
• Management and maintenance of positive relationships with PSI stakeholders.
• Liaison with Careers departments to organize program awareness and promotion-related activities, and on-campus events.

Student Liaison:
• Coordination and support of ASPIRE’s Student Advisory Council meetings.
• Development and relationship management of ASPIRE student and alumni networks.
• Timely response to student inquiries, and overall engagement and support of program applicants and participants.
• Proactive identification and development of relationships with relevant student associations, groups and clubs to share ASPIRE’s message.
• Management of the ASPIRE student community on social media platforms - i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Program Administration and Reporting:
• Effective and concise completion of reporting requirements and documentation.
• Management of data collection and reporting timelines.
• Collection of data to assess and report on program effectiveness.
• Lead responsibility for ensuring program records are accurate and up-to-date.
• Program development and implementation support.
• Lead responsibility for the coordination and completion of surveys and other program evaluation-related activities.

Event Planning and Management:
• Organization of and presentation at events to attract students to ASPIRE and the FS sector.
• Creation and development of promotion and marketing materials to support student attraction activities.

Other duties as assigned.

Tell me about the company

Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with FS employers, post-secondary institutions and government to strengthen the competitiveness of the FS sector in Toronto, and enhance its reputation as a global financial centre.

The ASPIRE Program Manager will be a member of TFSA's Talent Initiatives department, which executes research and multi-stakeholder initiatives that help to align and complement the strategies of employers, educators and government to expand the pool of in-demand, “work-ready” talent available to the financial services sector in the Toronto region.

I’m interested! Who are you looking for?

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience, knowledge and attributes:
• Strong and proven experience working with students and/or on behalf of students
• Good understanding of student work-integrated learning
• Experienced in accurately completing reporting documentation
• Strong written ability, able to write engaging and creative content for a variety of audiences
• Engaging and persuasive presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
• Confident and comfortable with a high level of responsibility
• Positive outlook and a strong sense of accountability
• Flexible, agile work style, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
• Exceptional time management skills, and ability to multi-task and manage conflicting priorities
• Customer service orientation, and strong influencing and relationship-building skills
• Detail-oriented, and ability to work independently with a high level of integrity
• Private sector experience, ideally in financial services
• Human resources or related experience, ideally in recruitment and/or talent areas
• Minimum of a Bachelor degree from an accredited university or college

How do I apply?

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and highlighting your relevant key attributes to Sashya D'Souza, SVP of Talent Initiatives at by end of day on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Start date: 8th January 2018
End date: 31st March 2021
Location: Toronto

Please note that due to limited resources only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.