International Program Director

Type: Full time
Location: 1. Preferred: Vancouver, BC or Remote in Canada 2. Will consider applicants from countries where JES currently has an office (Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Guyana).
Application Deadline: 2023-01-23T17:00:00


The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (JES) is a non-profit organization with over 30 years of experience with a vision to provide Justice for All. We seek to improve access to justice, to promote human rights, and to protect the fundamental freedoms of all people—including women, children, Indigenous peoples, and marginalized populations. We are driven by the belief that building a person’s legal capability, and strengthening the justice systems that serve them, has the power to create a more equitable society.

JES has built a strong international reputation as an innovative organization that values collaboration, diversity, and sustainable impact, and is leading the sector in progress on Canada’s Justice Development Goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. All our initiatives are grounded in our mission to empower people to access and deliver justice in Canada and globally.

Our commitment stretches across continents: JES has successfully implemented impactful access-to-justice projects in 19 countries with the support of diverse sources of funding including provincial, federal, and overseas governments. JES currently has offices in Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Guyana, and Panama, and works in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Colombia.

More information on JES is available at:


The International Program Director (IPD) oversees JES’ International Program, including the planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JES’ international projects. The IPD has overall responsibility to lead, support, develop and oversee a multi-cultural team based in Canada and abroad, and interacts regularly with funders, partners, and stakeholders. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the IPD also contributes to the strategy, administration, and management of the organization.


Strategic leadership

  • Lead discussions regarding future directions of JES international programming, and determine priorities for program work including making recommendations regarding JES’ program approach, innovative strategies, thematic focus, countries of operation, etc.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain connections with funders and key stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and advice on the organization’s growth and business diversification strategies.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, lead business development activities of the International Program.
  • As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, contribute to the overall strategy, administration, and management of the organization, including internal communications and financial strategies.
  • Act as a champion of the JES International Program to promote our expertise.
  • Participate in national and international events and networking opportunities.

Program Development and Delivery

  • Provide leadership and oversight of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of JES’ International Program.
  • Provide progress reports and ensure successful completion of all projects on time and on budget.
  • Maintain or improve efficiencies of established systems, processes and frameworks that enable JES to deliver quality programming.
  • Identify and promote key project innovations and successes for dissemination through a variety of communication channels.
  • Ensure that program activity is consistent with JES’ established program approach, principles, policies, and is aligned with its Strategic Plan.
  • Lead and contribute to the development of concept notes, project proposals and project implementation plans.

People Management

  • Lead, build, and develop high performing multicultural teams based in Canada and abroad, create strong morale and foster a sense of belonging while communicating an inspired vision and purpose.
  • Ensure that information is shared widely throughout the organization, and that all team members have the knowledge and information they need to effectively carry out their own roles, and to hold up the work of other team members.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and inclusion within and across the organization, as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure regular opportunities for two-way feedback, professional development, coaching and mentoring.
  • Cultivate an environment for organizational learning by bringing others together to examine successes and to assist in defining specific issues and create solutions.
  • Develop goal setting, provide ongoing feedback, and conduct performance reviews.
  • Establish succession planning and the continuous growth of internal capacity and leadership development as a priority.
  • Ensure that human resource policies and practices are followed and adhered to.

Financial and risk management

  • In collaboration with the Finance Director, provide timely and accurate financial reporting, monitoring, budgeting and forecasting information for all international projects.
  • Ensure effective liaison with funders regarding the administration of, and reporting on, grants.
  • Identify and implement risk management strategies that respond to current and anticipated risks in program operations.
  • Lead and contribute to the development of project budgets for all new proposals.
  • Work on fund diversification to ensure multi sources of funding and prevention of gap periods.

Reporting and compliance

  • Be accountable to the Chief Executive Officer regarding all aspects of the position.
  • Report on program activities to the Board as required, including the submission of written reports and attendance at Board meetings.
  • Engage with and provide support to the International Program Committee of the Board.
  • Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, fiscal, funder and other compliance requirements in all countries of operations.
  • Maintain and regularly review policies and procedures relevant to program operations to ensure compliance with funder requirements and other relevant guidelines.

Other responsibilities as required.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in international development managing multi-year projects, preferably in justice or related sectors.
  • Superior leadership skills to motivate and inspire multi-cultural staff and volunteers to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example, with transparency, empathy, integrity, and humility.
  • Experience leading programs and teams through periods of change and transformation.
  • Knowledge of international development issues, trends, and practices.
  • Experience in acquiring and managing funding from Canadian & Foreign Government sources and Foundations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with multiple stakeholders, including donor relations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated critical & strategic thinking, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to write and communicate clear, structured, and persuasive project proposals, grant reports and other related communications.
  • Strong financial acumen with experience in short/long-term budgetary planning that supports strategic and operational plans.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and Spanish and the ability to communicate cross-culturally. Fluency in French is highly desirable.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally on a regular basis.


  • Experience overseeing projects in multiple countries, preferably in Latin America.
  • Experience implementing capacity building projects in the areas of justice and human rights.


  • Post-graduate education in a relevant discipline such as international development, law, project management, human rights, business administration or equivalent professional experience and education.


  1. If Canada based, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have a valid work permit issued by the Government of Canada.
  2. For other countries where JES currently has an office, you must be legally entitled to work in that country.


Please send your cover letter and resume to  by January 23rd, 2023.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.