Curriculum Specialist, Indigenous Programs


Reporting to the Training Manger, the Curriculum Specialist will be responsible for creating culturally responsive and play-based curriculum that supports the existing programs and resources and implementation of newly developed programs of the strategic plan, ensuring that the curriculum is consistent and relevant to the global Right To Play frameworks, practices and branding.


JOB POSTING – Curriculum Specialist, Indigenous Programs

Organization:                            Right To Play International

Department/Division:               Indigenous Programs    

Work Location:                         Toronto, Canada

Work Arrangement:                  A combination of in-office and remote-working in accordance with Right To Play’s work arrangement and the operational needs of the department. Possibility of full-time remote-working pending management approval.

Authorized to work in:              Canada (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship or work permit)

Target Hiring Range:                 CAD $59,172 – $62,043 per annum (before taxes)

Target Start Date:                     August 21, 2023

Contract Duration:                    Full-time/ Permanent

Application Closing Date:          Open until position is filled

ABOUT US:                                                                               

Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity through the power of play. We help millions of children each year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the leading global development organization that uses play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality. 

Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and seven national offices across Europe and North America. 

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.


Reporting to the Training Manger, the Curriculum Specialist will be responsible for creating culturally responsive and play-based curriculum that supports the existing programs and resources and implementation of newly developed programs of the strategic plan, ensuring that the curriculum is consistent and relevant to the global Right To Play frameworks, practices and branding. To ensure that information on progress reports of the Indigenous Programs is shared with Indigenous community partners, donors and key stakeholders, the incumbent will work closely with the teams across the Canadian National Office (CNO) team, Monitoring, Evaluations and Learning (MEL), and the Indigenous Programs team. The incumbent will manage and work with the Curriculum and Communications Officer in all curriculum program and resource developments, providing guidance and support to ensure that key program objectives are met; major annual projects are completed in an inclusive and accessible manner; community and youth voice are represented within program design and delivery; and that grants are informed by the strategic action plan.



#1: Curriculum Development (40% of Time):

  • Oversee the administration of new and existing educational curriculum resources, and as required, lead the direct development, revision, and improvement of resource materials in line with strategic and annual plans, both in print and digital formats
  • Work with leads of each strategic action area to develop a framework, plan, roles & responsibilities, and timeline for resource development
  • Manage the resource curriculum development plan inclusive of leading the project team, accountabilities, and schedules.
  • Lead organizational staff members in the development and processes for planning and implementing new resources, according to grant agreements and annual curriculum budget
  • As required, work in collaboration with the Program Development team, consultants, partners, and the Curriculum and Communications Officer to identify and manage consultative sources for development, editorial and production initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with the Training Manager and Training Specialist in the design and development of training and capacity building opportunities for RTP teams and partners, that are focused on Indigenous Programs curriculum programs and resources


#2: Program & Partnership Development (20% of Time):

  • Support the review of programmatic annual plans to ensure that resource activities are designed to meet program outcomes and aligned with proposals 
  • Work with the Training Specialist and RTP Global teams to keep current on curriculum and play-based learning research and best practices and help ensure that innovative, sustainable and effective approaches and methodologies are pursued in Right To Play’s programs and resources
  • Work with the Indigenous Programs team overseeing the strategic plan to expand education partnerships and networks, promoting the value of play-based learning
  • Work with the Indigenous Programs team and educational partners to design curriculum and deliver trainings and presentations with educators, support workers, and community mentors  
  • Maintain consistent, personal, and proactive communication with all key stakeholders, including the Canadian National Office (CNO) for donor engagement and agreements


#3: Team Management (15% of Time):

  • Host regular supervisory meetings with the Curriculum and Communications Officer to ensure that goals are being met; provide coaching and mentoring sessions as needed.
  • Arrange for skill enhancement workshops and opportunities for the Curriculum and Communications Officer as needed
  • Oversee the Curriculum and Communications Officer’s quality and effectiveness in implementing their responsibilities 
  • Complete annual performance appraisals with Curriculum and Communications Officer


#4: Administration, Budget, and Grant Management (10% of Time):

  • Collaborate with Training Manger on recognition of spending to budget and grant spending
  • Collaborate with CNO and Training Manager on curriculum specific grants, including the brainstorming, content input and reporting on grants
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of all current and potential stakeholders


#5: Communications (10% of Time):

  • Oversight of the development of informational and promotional material that supports the Indigenous Programs
  • Liaise with Right To Play Headquarters communications staff to execute internal communication practices and policies as required
  • Work with the Curriculum and Communications Officer to review and revise social media, campaign, and website content that is developed by communication members of the CNO 
  • Ensure staff compliance with the RTP brand book, Child Safeguarding policy and other policies related to communications
  • Support the Curriculum and Communications Officer to successfully follow MEL team guidance to gather and produce personal stories, quotes and photographs of local partners and children/youth in Canada
  • Working collaboratively across the Indigenous Programs team and the Canada National Office, the incumbent will gather and provide required content for donor and/or community engagement, and special events as required.


#6: Other Tasks as Assigned (5% of Time)




  • Bachelor’s or post-secondary degree in Education, English, Design, Business, Social Work, Political science, International Development, Indigenous Education, or any related fields
  • OR industry experience in any of the related fields listed above


  • 3 years’ experience in curriculum and/or resource development
  • 3 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities and partners
  • 3 years’ experience working in youth work, education, and/or adult education


  • Knowledge of Indigenous people’s history and current realities
  • Strong ability and understanding of anti-racist and anti-oppression pedagogy and andragogy
  • Demonstrated ability to establish team-like environment in which staff, partners, cultural leaders and all stakeholders feel motivated to contribute to a project
  • Possesses the ability to work independently
  • Able to create spaces that are safe and inclusive for all
  • Able to provide positive and constructive coaching and mentoring
  • Passionate about positive youth development and positive youth-adult partnerships
  • Positive and proactive in responding to conflict
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated record of organizational and coordination skills that meet deadlines
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Project and personnel management – must be confident in providing guidance and supervision
  • Detail-oriented, excellent editing and proof-reading skills
  • Proficiency in curriculum writing and editing
  • Analytical and written skills, including research and the writing of proposals and reports
  • Practical knowledge of youth and adult learning principles and strategies
  • Strong understanding of Indigenous worldviews, cultural diversity and learning methodologies


  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs and ability to navigate the internet
  • Proficiency in design (Canva)


  • Fluency in spoken and written English


  • Fluency in Indigenous languages and/or French.


You are highly driven, results-oriented, collaborative and well-rounded leader with a passion for working with children and youth. You are an exceptional communicator with excellent networking skills.


The opportunity to collaborate with an innovative global team who are passionate about working with children and youth. You will gain experience working for a globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). You will be immersed in an environment where learning and development is encouraged and valued, and “play” is appreciated as a core avenue to building community.

  • Competitive salary and benefits (e.g., Group RRSP Plan, gym membership)
  • Flexible work arrangements (e.g., work from home and flex hours)
  • 15 days annual leave
  • Up to 3 personal days per year
  • Up to 5 personal learning and development (L&D) days per year
  • Maternity/paternity/parental leave top up and support
  • Annual learning week
  • Annual staff recognition awards
  • Opportunity to connect with employees across our offices (Global Buddy Chat, Facebook Workplace)
  • Opportunity to engage in global projects and initiatives
  • Wellness programs
  • Playful activities and events


If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply with your resume and cover letter in English via the application link.

Application Link :

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately and interviews may be held before the closing date.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We value and promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Should you require any accessibility related accommodations or specific adjustments to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process, and thereafter, please reach out to the People & Culture team by email at [email protected]. All information provided will be treated as confidential and used only to provide an accessible candidate experience.

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.


To protect the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve, Right To Play requires all employees and volunteers based in Canada to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at


July 6, 2023


August 21, 2023


Full-time Permanent


Hybrid - Toronto, Ontario


Right To Play