Deputy Director, Program Partnerships

STATUS: Full-Time, Permanent
SALARY: $96,871

For 20 years, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has challenged traditional power structures in international development and philanthropy by shifting resources into the hands of local communities impacted by the HIV pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Committed to community-led solutions, we provide funding and allyship to local organizations who are restoring hope, reclaiming human rights, fighting injustice, and saving lives.

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Deputy Director, Program Partnerships will be responsible for ensuring the SLF can fully and proactively leverage the insights, learning, and impact of SLF partners and partnership approach across the organization. Working closely with the Deputy Director, Impact and Learning, this position will identify key themes, outcomes and stories emerging from the SLF partnership portfolio and impact analyses to inform and support fundraising and communications initiatives. The Deputy Director, Program Partnerships will also ensure the SLF fulfills its commitments to major external funders including tracking funding and managing SLF initiatives in a manner that is in line with SLF values and guiding principles.

Collaboration and Impact Sharing

  • Develop and manage systems to strategically and proactively identify key outcomes, emerging themes, compelling spokespeople and persuasive impact stories surfaced via the SLF’s Impact Assessment Framework and partner relationships to share with relevant SLF teams for communications, fundraising, stewardship, and advocacy purposes
  • Build a shared understanding across the organization of key learning, trends, insights and impact of partner work to inform communications and fundraising initiatives
  • In consultation with HR, develop and implement a learning strategy for SLF staff to engage substantively with the work and impact of SLF partners and relationships on an ongoing basis
  • Facilitate deeper understanding and engagement for the programs team around the opportunities, needs, and interests of supporters and donors
  • Represent the programs team in Foundation efforts to develop and enhance supportive policies and systems around ethical solicitation and sharing of partner stories, photos, videos, and other information (including informed consent, confidentiality, etc)
  • Serve as the key contact across the SLF for partner information and internal inquiries
  • Keep abreast of key issues in the philanthropic sector, the HIV and AIDS response in Africa and beyond, and the Canadian context as it relates to global engagement 
  • Identify emerging themes from the SLF’s Impact assessment framework for the purpose of developing periodic communications to partners and to SLF Staff

Strategic Management of Major Initiatives

  • Work alongside the Senior Development Officer, Foundation Giving to manage the tracking and administration of all earmarked foundation grants, including assigning and monitoring designated partner payments, and working with Program Managers to ensure partners are supported to provide the needed information and reporting
  • Contribute relevant written program analysis and insights to donor reports and proposals
  • Provide strategic support and guidance for new proposal development
  • Project manage relevant SLF activities set out in externally-funded initiatives

Partner Relationships

  • Keep abreast of emerging needs, changes and priorities amongst SLF partners for the purposes of informing funding, fundraising, advocacy, and communications efforts
  • Identify, assess and prioritize opportunities for collaboration, research, funding, learning or networking relevant for SLF partners

People Management

  • Supervise the three Program Managers, and other staff as relevant; providing guidance and opportunities for growth and professional development.

External representation

  • Identify, build, strengthen partnerships with external partners relevant for the Foundation’s program work
  • Represent the Foundation as needed to external audiences


  • 8+ years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of international development in Africa, or a related field, including a strong understanding of the intersections of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and gender issues on the continent
  • Experience in managing institutional donor funded projects
  • Demonstrated initiative to take the lead on projects
  • Track record of holding positions which require strategic critical thinking and demonstrate an imaginative approach to opportunities, issues and challenges
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible; thrives in a fast-paced that requires flexibility, advanced prioritization skills, and outstanding time-management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to actively contribute to a positive, collaborative work environment
  • Personal commitment to the values of feminism, solidarity, mutual respect, collaboration, and social justice
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel, databases, word processing, presentation packages (PowerPoint), internet, and email
  • Excellent ability to communicate with warmth, professionalism, clarity and tact via written and verbal mediums
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Solid understanding of, and appreciation for, the varied geography, culture, and history present within Africa


  • 4 weeks vacation, sick and personal days
  • Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental, vision)
  • Competitive wages; The SLF is certified by the Ontario Living Wage Network
  • Hybrid remote work schedule and flexible hours to promote employee wellbeing
  • Top-up for maternity/parental leave and sick leave

How to Apply:

Submit your résumé and cover letter to [email protected], indicating “Deputy Director, Program Partnerships” in the email subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants who receive an employment offer will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation promotes feminist and anti-oppression principles and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons and people with lived experience of HIV and AIDS.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


July 20, 2023


August 8, 2023


Full-time Permanent


Toronto, ON


Stephen Lewis Foundation