This one-year, full-time fellowship is a unique opportunity to be a key part of a small, agile team working on enhancing the civic function of higher education and public interest journalism. The fellowship offers hands-on learning experience working for a leading Canadian philanthropic foundation. It is designed to be a trampoline for a professional in the early stage of their career looking to make a positive difference in the world.

Location: Flexible / Montreal. Our offices are currently open to a limited amount of staff in compliance with provincial health measures and as such all staff have the option to work remotely until June 2021 at a minimum.

Closing date for applications: Sunday, January 10th, 11:59 p.m. PST 

Starting date: Beginning of February 2021

Employment Type: 1-year full-time fellowship contract plus benefits and vacations.

Desired Seniority: 1 – 3 years of relevant experience

To apply, please upload your CV and cover letter via this form.

Social Innovation Fellow

Supervisor: Program Director

The successful candidate will join a dedicated team taking a systems-change approach to addressing some of Canada’s most urgent challenges – such as climate change, economic inequality, and Reconciliation.

About McConnell 

Headquartered in Montreal, and with additional staff in Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton, the McConnell Foundation is a pan-Canadian private family foundation that supports efforts to build a more inclusive, sustainable, resilient and innovative Canada. For over 80 years, we have been supporting social change in Canada.



The prospective fellow will primarily be working towards increasing the social impact of the post-secondary sector and within public interest journalism. Although you will have specific non-negotiable tasks, you will also be able to shape your experience according to your own interests and career aspirations. Learning and professional development is an important part of the Fellowship. Past fellows have contributed to refreshing our Due Diligence guide, and helped develop our Youth and Climate strategy.

If you’re looking to work with inspired and inspiring change makers from coast to coast to coast, learn about philanthropy and social change, while being professionally challenged, then this is the job for you.



Main responsibilities

Our work and needs are diverse. While some of the responsibilities will depend on the chosen candidate, we’re generally looking for someone who is equally comfortable brainstorming with a University or College President, helping to design an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion journalism strategy, or scheduling meetings and other similar duties.

You will spend about 50% of your time on operational duties and the other 50% on program-related activities and communications.

Program Operations

  • Support Program Development, including administration and correspondence, logistics for Foundation events, and scheduling;
  • Undertake research and development activities, including outreach and administration of grant requests;
  • Process grant payments and other related matters;
  • Support design and implementation of capacity building activities.


  • Write blogs, stories, reports, and articles
  • Website and social media management

Program Management

  • Contribute to ongoing learning on Foundation programs, strategies, and intended impact;
  • Support design and development of ongoing and new activity streams.

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and French
  • Flexibility, sense of humour, intellectual curiosity and openness to change are essential.
  • Superior interpersonal skills in building relationships across a range of sectors and cultures.
  • Good organizational skills; attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, good sense of prioritization and time management in an environment where activities and priorities evolve rapidly.
  • Collaborative by nature. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Relevant Experience

  • Post-secondary degree or equivalent training / expertise
  • Demonstrated commitment to social change and equity through volunteer, work, or lived experience
  • Knowledge of Social Innovation
  • Ability to work as a self-sufficient member of a multidisciplinary team