The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) is the leading federal public policy think tank in Ottawa. It exists to help ensure Canada is the best governed country in the world. To do this we must not only produce public policy research and commentary of the highest quality and greatest relevance to Canadians, we need to ensure our work reaches the broadest possible audience of policy makers, opinion leaders, and the public. We also need to manage the growth of our projects and ensure commitments to a growing number of donors are met.

MLI is seeking a full-time, permanent employee in the role of Program Manager, with expertise in global affairs, defence and security.

The Program Manager, reporting to the Managing Editor, will primarily be responsible for research and writing assignments – including major reports, commentary papers, op-eds and Inside Policy articles – that contribute to the success of MLI’s widely recognized work on foreign affairs and national security. This work goes under the rubric of MLI’s Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad (CACIA).

He or she will also be responsible for developing projects and writing proposals for donors, managing project budgets and assisting with communications efforts including video production, press release writing, hosting podcasts and other duties. Work on other projects will be required from time to time.

Under the direction of the Managing Editor and working closely with the CACIA Project Lead, the Program Manager will be responsible for setting and meeting the goals of the project and ensuring project deliverables and commitments to donors are executed on the agreed timelines. He or she will be responsible for donor reporting on the progress of funded projects.

The Program Manager may be required to represent MLI professionally in diaspora communities or internationally where project work is being conducted. While some travel may be required, work will be primarily done at MLI’s offices in Ottawa.

The ideal candidate will be extremely comfortable working with tight deadlines and enjoys the cut and thrust of vigorous debate over national public policy in Canada. The Institute is strictly non-partisan; working for MLI is incompatible with active membership in any political party.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to David Watson, managing editor and communications director,

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Managing the production schedule of the CACIA and ensuring project goals are met;
  • Research and writing to produce compelling think tank reports;
  • Project development and proposal writing;
  • Writing for media including MLI’s online platforms and social media and op-eds for mainstream media;
  • Assisting with production of videos and podcasts;
  • Assisting with other projects as required;
  • Co-ordinating media relations on the project and writing press releases.

Desired technical skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Graduate degree in international studies or a related field or equivalent experience;
  • At least eight years relevant experience in journalism, government, thinks tanks or academia;
  • Thorough research skills and a strong, clear writing style, as demonstrated by publications or other forms of output;
  • Grant proposal writing;
  • Project management;
  • Facility with WordPress, social media platforms and video editing;
  • High level of ownership of tasks, accountability and initiative;
  • Ability to recognize and act on the organization’s priorities;
  • Results-orientated with the ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities in a small organization.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute offers a pay and benefits package that is competitive with equivalent positions in Ottawa.