Community Program Organizer


Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet.

Henry Mintzberg 
Community Program Organizer

In A Nutshell

I work to improve community needs such as employment, education, and food security.

I gather information, develop plans, and start programs in the community to meet these specific needs.

I organize programs such as fundraising events, youth camps, community gardens, food banks, marketing campaigns, and more. 


Potential Salary Range

$43,000 - 108,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

I work in an office, where I do lots of planning, emailing, and talking on the phone with people. I get to travel to various locations to meet with people who are either helping with the program, or participating in the program. I help to deliver the programs in-person, with the support of other staff in my organization and volunteers.



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Determine the scope and objectives of a program or project
  • Decide what resources a program or project will need to reach its goals and then manage those resources
  • Prepare a budget for the program or project based on its scope and requirements
  • Manage a detailed schedule and work plan, and track project and program costs
  • Provide updates to stakeholders about progress and strategy 
  • Manage contracts with outside vendors and suppliers that are necessary for the program or project 
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts to raise money for projects and programs
  • Collect statistics and prepare reports that help to measure the success of programs or projects

Education & Training

  • A college diploma or university degree in project management, social work, or a related field is required for this position.

Job Outlook

    • The outlook for this position is fair to good; there are about the same number of jobs in Canada as there are people to fill them.
    • There will always be programs and projects to coordinate - across all kinds of companies!

Related School Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Community Leadership Management Organizing

Important Skills


From coordinating resources to scheduling time to overseeing people, this position is great for people that are highly organized and love planning.


As the manager of the program, it’s my job to lead by example. If other people aren’t getting their work done, it’s up to me to work with them and help them be productive members of the team.

Public Speaking

Because I’m involved in coordinating people from all kinds of teams, I often run presentations and workshops with large groups. It’s important to feel comfortable speaking in this public setting. 

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Problem Solving

Programs and projects rarely go according to plan. My role is to take on challenges as they come and find ways for our team to adapt while still meeting deadlines and doing high quality work. 


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working With A Team
Work Changes Daily
Flexible Work Environment
Continuous Learning
Helps Others