The Circle carries out its work in relationship to the seasons and this position is connected to the spirit of Summer. Summer is a time for presence, creation, and connection to kin, land and water. This is a time that we uphold accountability and what it means to our Indigenous members and The Circle’s community, and we plan for the year ahead. The Summer Steward values engagement, accountability, and Indigenous sovereignty and infuses that into the work we do in the philanthropic landscape. As an Indigenous-led and member-informed organization, the Summer season is essential to who we are and how we work to uplift Indigenous title and rights and engage with and hold accountable settler philanthropy.


The Manager, Member Engagement + Collaboration cares deeply about the connections, collaboration, and interactions between The Circle and our valued members. This involves convening, developing content, and facilitating sharing that amplifies the sovereignty of Indigenous nations and leadership of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-led organizations. This role embodies the strength of Indigenous power, wisdom and knowledge in support of all of our members, both Indigenous-led and settler philanthropic.

This position continues to create resources by and for Indigenous organizations, while also swiftly supporting other Seasonal Stewards in other programming and offerings that serve our members. The Manager of Member Engagement + Collaboration will see themselves within our ethos of quality over quantity and support the development of strategic and responsive engagement plans that enhance The Circle’s work within the broader community.  Alongside all of our other Seasonal Stewards, this role prioritizes Indigenous wisdom, our shared values, and our commitment to collective care.


You are a naturally personable, dedicated person and likely an upholder or an obliger who also delights in creating and cultivating meaningful connections. You have high emotional intelligence and personal practices for reflection, growth and well-being. You know how to manage up and across and enjoy enabling the shared leadership of those around you. Although there is a variety of work at hand you have clarity about how to prioritize your time to best serve our member organizations. While some people enjoy the pace of working in urgent and emergency situations, you are all about the deliberate, focused and steady pace of co-designing spaces for creativity, power and potential. You are great at asking for what you need, offering your assistance to peers and communicating effectively with internal and external partners and kin.

Most importantly, you are truly passionate about Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination and you know how Indigenous organizations connected to communities, lands, air and waters contribute to overall well-being.


  • Lived experience as a First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis person
  • Knowledge of cultural values, teaching and laws
  • Familiarity with Indigenous peoples and the complexities of multi-jurisdictional realities
  • Understanding of the existing regulatory, fiduciary and legal environments of the charitable sector that impact our members
  • Knowledge of the non-profit, charitable and philanthropic landscape
  • Extensive experience inviting and hosting Indigenous partners through gatherings, collaboration and deepening relationships
  • Mastery in the development and delivery of Indigenous-informed engagement, community organizing, and/or movement building and facilitation
  • Strong ability to develop processes and tend to multiple relationships
  • Four years management experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of familiarity and effectiveness with online platforms, technology, applications and software to support engagement and connections
  • Ability to develop timely and iterative programming in service to Indigenous peoples, communities and movements​


  • Specific proficiency in any or all of the following programs/applications: Salesforce, Asana, Xero, GSuite, MS Word, Adobe, Mail Chimp, Canva, Zoom
  • Fluency in other languages
  • Experience volunteering in movement building and or community organizing


  • Work with others to hold membership engagement and accountability, from the first point of application through the lifecycle with The Circle’s members
  • Engage in dialogue with members on a regular and ongoing basis
  • Develop and deliver programming for Indigenous members, including Indigenous-only spaces, and larger convenings of all members, such as the bi-ennial gathering, All My Relations
  • Contribute to and help build infrastructure, programs and supports that uplift Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous-led organizations
  • Assist with the implementation and maintenance of Salesforce to bolster member engagement and accountability
  • Co-design and host Seasonal online gatherings for members
  • Work alongside Seasonal Stewards to curate spaces and opportunities that serve our vast membership, including multi-session workshops, skill-building webinars, and in-person and online convenings
  • Support the development of annual engagement plans prioritizing Indigenous member interests
  • Continue exploring, defining and understanding deeply what engagement and accountability means to The Circle and our members
  • Continue growing The Feast House so it reaches its fullest potential

Tagged as:


The salary range for this position is 70K - 95K. Health and wellness benefits are provided. We provide 15 days vacation, flexible working hours, birthday off and June 21 as a paid holiday. The Circle has implemented a 4 day work week and has a paid holiday closure between December and January. Work week is Monday to Thursday and hours are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM with flexibility for home, community and cultural responsibilities.

How to Apply

COVER LETTER, RESUME AND REFERENCES REQUEST   To streamline review, we request that cover letters provide responses to all of the following questions:
  1. What knowledge of membership engagement and or developing relationships of accountability are you excited to bring to this role?
  2. What cultural or personal values would you activate or sustain in your work alongside us?
  3. What would be your top 3 wisest actions to increase your personal well-being, foster team connection and get grounded in your first weeks?
Please be sure to self identify in your cover letter if you are First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit or if you are part of other equity seeking communities. Additionally, we request that your resume only highlights relevant work experience that indicates your qualifications and assets and no more than 8 years work experience.   Please provide a reference sheet with at least 3 contacts who can be reached by phone or video - ideally someone who has been or currently is your supervisor, one who is a peer, and someone you have supervised.   As well, if you’d like, please provide the name of someone who is part of your community and can speak to the ways in which you contribute and participate in community well-being, celebration, connection and cultural activities where possible. We acknowledge that for some Indigenous people and others who have experienced intergenerational state violence and endure continued colonial harm that the notion of community and kin is complex. Folks are invited to use their definition of family, kin and community of choice and also to opt out of providing this particular reference contact.     SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION   *ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE CONSIDERED*
  • Send your cover letter (providing all information specified in previous section), resume and references as one PDF document by emailing it to: dena@circleonphilanthropy.ca
  • Subject line: Summer Steward, First Name, Last Name
  • ​In your email please indicate your availability for interviews between December 6 - 8 2023
  • Compensation of $250 will be provided for those individuals successful in reaching the interview stage
  APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: DECEMBER 4 @ 10:00 AM PT     Download a PDF of the full posting and check out our FAQ document (for questions you may have that we already know the answers to) on our website.

About The Circle on Philanthropy

The Circle has focused on building a thoughtful movement for sector transformation that takes into consideration the deep and undeniable Indigenous wisdom related to wealth redistribution, relationship to place and reciprocity, among other concepts and practices.

We provide technical and relational skill building to our members in order to amplify the wisdom, labour and contributions of Indigenous peoples. We aim to see Settler philanthropy accelerate change in its practices and policies, in the redistribution of power, funds and decision making to better reflect and serve Indigenous peoples, communities and movements. We are a thoughtful and inviting member-serving organization that aims to work alongside organizations who see value in doing differently. Our organization actively seeks to centre and amplify Indigenous wisdom, decenter whiteness in our convenings, research and engagement. We provide accompaniment for strategic change, grant making redesign and Indigenous community engagement, alongside member specific programming, research and relationally-focused shared learning opportunities.