Youth Member of Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors

Who we are

Plan International Canada is part of a global organization that strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth to adulthood and remove barriers that keep children, especially girls, and their communities from reaching their full potential. Plan International Canada is a charitable organization that works in the areas of health, education, gender, food security, water and sanitation, economic empowerment, child protection and child rights. We are part of a global network of offices in 70 countries. We are one of the largest charitable organizations in Canada and carry out fundraising, donor engagement and public outreach, as well as oversee a wide variety of field programs led by our International Programs Department.

Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors

The Plan International Canada Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who bring their skills, experience and passion to help us fulfill our mission and strategy and serve the millions of children and communities we work with around the world. Our Board is engaged and disciplined; one that provides constructive feedback and values consensus decision making. Further information about our Board of Directors is available at:

The Position

We are seeking a young person (currently between 18-24 years of age) from the Greater Toronto Area to join our Board of Directors as a voting member in November 2021 with orientation and mentorship starting in the summer of 2021. You must be able to commit to a 3-year term.
We will provide you with a comprehensive orientation to Plan International Canada, and ongoing mentorship and support to help you succeed in your new role.
Plan International Canada is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and to providing an inclusive environment. We welcome applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, with the skills and knowledge to serve on our Board.

What is the level of commitment required?

• Our Board members meet in person at least 4 times per year in Toronto over 2 days (remotely during COVID-19) to participate in Committee and Board meetings.
• 1 – 2 extra Board or Committee meetings per year may be required
• In addition to serving on our Board, you may be invited to attend quarterly meetings of our Youth Advisory Council.
• You will be required to attend our orientation program in the summer/early fall of 2021 and complete the necessary background preparation in order to participate effectively in meetings of the Board and the YAC.
• You will be expected to work inclusively, co-operatively, and respectfully with other Board members and with Plan International Canada’s management and staff and members of the Youth Advisory Council.
• This is a volunteer position. You will be reimbursed for travel and other related expenses related to your participation on the Board of Directors.

What does your contribution mean?

• You will be our first Youth Board member and will bring your unique perspective as a young person to our Board and our work.
• You will have the opportunity for personal growth and experience and to contribute to Plan International Canada’s role in international development and to support the empowerment of the persons and communities we serve.
• You will enhance your skills in governance, advocacy, strategic planning and leadership as you feed into critical decisions to help shape and guide the organization.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

• Pursuing or completed post-secondary level education.
• Demonstrated leadership through personal and/or professional experience.
• A positive, can do approach.
• A commitment to children’s rights and equality for girls.
• Interest in acquiring knowledge in areas valuable to the Board such as financial matters; business and management including strategic planning; performance management and monitoring; human resources and compensation strategy; enterprise risk management; charitable fundraising, marketing and communications; information technology, security, privacy and digital technology; international development.
• Strong judgement, a strategic mindset, willingness to learn and confidence to share your unique perspectives.
• A passion for mission driven work and personal values aligned with Plan International Canada’s core values.
• Life experience in a developing country and/or experience with non-profit organizations would be an asset.

What does the selection process look like, what is the timeline?

• Call for applications closes: March 31, 2021
• Short-listed candidates confirmed: April 30, 2021
• Virtual interviews take place: May 2021
• Selected candidate confirmed: June 2021
• Start date: November 2021 with orientation and mentorship beginning in the summer/fall of 2021

How to Apply:

To express interest in this opportunity, click the “Apply” below to submit your resume and cover letter by end of day March 31, 2021.

If you have a disability, we will be happy to discuss with you what adjustments or arrangements we can make to accommodate your needs. If your disability is likely to affect you adversely within the application process itself, please let us know (as soon as you feel comfortable to do so) by emailing [email protected] so that we can consider any adjustments to the process that will allow you to be considered fairly for the role.

Consistent with our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including a vulnerable sector screen.

Plan International Canada hires based on merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and to providing an inclusive workplace. Plan International Canada especially welcomes applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the work term. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Plan International Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



March 11, 2021