POSITION: Independent Facilitation Program Lead

STATUS: One-year contract, full-time (40 hours per week)

ORGANIZATION: Partners for Planning


Partners for Planning (P4P) is a family formed and directed nonprofit organization providing resources and inspiration to families and their relatives with a disability.

In 2015, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced funding for the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project (IFDP), aimed at providing person-directed planning for adults with a developmental disability through independent facilitation. As a founding member of the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN), P4P received funding to promote and deliver independent facilitation across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) until March 31, 2017.

Given the success of the two-year project, the Ministry has extended it for another year, from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. As a result, P4P has an exciting opening for a one-year contract as Independent Facilitation Program Lead. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will manage all aspects of the IFDP at P4P, including team leadership, human resources, communications, administration and evaluation. In addition, you will provide ongoing support and mentoring to Independent Facilitators, will represent P4P on the IFDP Collaborative Committee and may provide Independent Facilitation to individuals with disabilities and their families. 

As the IFDP is a critical program at P4P, we are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with exceptional interpersonal, organization and management skills to ensure its continued success. As Program Lead, you will be part of a dynamic team committed to helping families create a good life and safe, secure future for their loved one with a disability or mental health challenge.



In leading the IFDP at P4P, you will be responsible for:

  •  Overseeing all aspects of the project, including finances and administration
  • Managing a team of 11 Independent Facilitators (IFs), including ongoing mentoring and support of IFs and recruitment of new IFs (if required)
  • Coordinating and leading regular IFDP team meetings, community events and workshops
  • Actively participating in IFDP Collaborative and other community meetings
  • Helping to develop and support independent family networks around the GTA
  • Completing all reporting requirements for MCSS as well as compiling and organizing data collected for P4P’s evaluation and documentation purposes
  • Operating within approved budgets and deadlines

As a facilitator, you will be actively engaged with individuals with disabilities and their families. Your main duties will involve relationship development, personal planning and facilitating action. The nature of facilitation requires that you are highly independent and take frequent initiative in supporting individuals in building connections and taking action around their dreams and goals for the future.



As Independent Facilitation Program Lead, you will possess:

  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills

  • Strong organization and time management abilities, including an ability to manage and prioritize a wide range of tasks

  • Previous experience leading and supervising teams

  • An ability to work well with a diverse group of people

  • An ability to motivate and encourage other

  • Experience with managing budgets, evaluation and reporting


In addition, to excel as a facilitator working directly with individuals and their families, you will have the following characteristics and qualifications: 

  • Strong planning and facilitation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to listen deeply and attentively as well as facilitate generative group discussions

  • Open-minded, patient, respectful, personable, creative, and curious

  • Commitment to values of inclusion and citizenship

  • Experience working with individuals with a disability

  • Willingness to work flexible hours

  • A commitment to supporting families caring for a loved one with a disability

The individual hired should be comfortable in a collaborative environment as well as working independently. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred.

This position is full-time and will require at least two days a week in our office at 276 Carlaw Avenue (Suite 308) in Leslieville, Toronto. It is a 13 month contract from March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 with a possibility for renewal (dependent on funding). Depending on circumstances of the selected candidate, there is a possibility to commence the contract sooner than March 1, 2017.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Dijana @ dtubonjic@p4p.ca.