Citizenship Challenge Program Officer

Position details: 

Historica Canada is the largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship. Our programs, all of which are offered bilingually, reach more than 24 million Canadians annually. Our programs are created for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds. Visit for more information.

The Citizenship Challenge offers educational resources – learning tools, videos, and quizzes – on the topic of civics education to encourage Canadians to be active citizens in their communities. The program’s main offering is the Challenge quiz, a mock citizenship quiz based on the test taken by newcomers on the path to citizenship.

The Program Officer for the Citizenship Challenge will be an individual who is passionate about the work of Historica Canada, has had experience working independently to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion, and is enthusiastic about celebrating and promoting Canadian history, civics, and culture. The successful candidate is organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and a strong communicator. This position reports to the Program Manager.

The responsibilities of the Program Officer include:

  • Work under the supervision of the Program Manager to meet program deliverables, including promotion of online quiz participation, and the creation of civics-themed learning tools and video resources;
  • Conduct direct email and telephone outreach to educators and community organizations to encourage participation in the program;
  • Promote the program to target audiences through daily social media posts and engagements and regular social media advertising campaigns;
  • Working with website management system to pull reports and monitor participation;
  • Identifying promotional opportunities including conferences, events, and other online promotional opportunities;
  • Day-to-day monitoring of budget and expenditures;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A completed college or university degree in the arts, social sciences, education, communications, or other relevant education and experience;
  • 1-2 years professional experience, with at least one years of professional experience in an outreach-related role;
  • Experience developing educational materials (e.g., learning tools, video resources) an asset;
  • Bilingualism preferred, (English and French);
  • Experience running outreach and promotional campaigns on behalf of a program/organization on social media;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a close-knit team;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and research skills;
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector an asset;
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian history an asset.

This is a contract position beginning no later than July 27, 2020 ending on March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension. The annual salary is $44,000.00, less applicable statutory deductions, which will be paid to the successful candidate twice a month.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF or Microsoft Word document with your full name and the position as the file name.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Interviews may be arranged before the deadline. Interested candidates should submit their application no later than Friday, July 10th, 2020 5:00 PM EST to: Please refer to this posting in the subject line. Successful candidates will be contacted directly. Phone calls or solicitations from agencies and candidates will not be accepted.

Historica Canada is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Historica Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position is based at Historica Canada’s Head Office in Toronto. Please note: Historica Canada’s team is currently working remotely, but staff will be expected to return to work in the Toronto office, once it is deemed safe and advisable to do so by the City’s public health authorities.
When Covid-19 public health guidelines allow for it, this position may require travel (air and ground) within Canada and subject to government safety protocols.
This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required by the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Application closing date: 
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 17:00