Program Manager, Reaching Home

Job Posting # HW 12/22/01 - please quote this number when applying for the position

The Opportunity: The Rural Development Network is seeking a Program Manager  to join the Homelessness team. Part of our work includes distributing the federal government’s Reaching Home funding for all of rural Alberta, to organizations that address homelessness in their communities. The Program Manager reports to the Director, Homelessness Initiatives, and is responsible for assisting in the delivery of the Reaching Home program. The Program Manager will primarily be assisting with reviewing applications, financial claims, activity reports, and project data/reporting from the organizations to whom RDN distributes this funding. The successful candidate will be committed to developing a strong understanding of the work, goals and objectives of the Reaching Home program. This position requires occasional travel; the candidate must be willing to travel to Edmonton occasionally and may be required to visit rural communities. 

This is a temporary, full time, 1 year position until April 2024, with a strong possibility of extension. 

Location: The RDN office is located in Edmonton. Although we are working remotely, the ideal candidate must live in Alberta. Please indicate in your cover letter where you are located. 

Salary Range: The starting salary range is between  $58,433- $61,400/year based on a 35 hour work week. Salary will vary depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.


  • RDN has a 35 hour work week. 
  • Staff have the option of working compressed work week schedules.
  • Flexible hours (daily start/end times), within RDN’s core hours.
  • Opportunity to work remotely, depending on the role.
  • Comprehensive health benefits package. 
  • RRSP matching after 1 year of employment.
  • Generous annual vacation, paid holiday and sick/personal leave entitlements.

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as an appropriate candidate is found, however interviews will begin in January, 2023.


This position will report to the Director, Homelessness Initiatives and will manage several staff on the team. Duties to include: 

  • Assist the Director with delivering program requirements for Reaching Home’s (RH) Rural and Remote funding stream as dictated by legal contracts with Service Canada, including:
  • Manage and support a team of staff with completing federal government reporting requirements and ensure deadlines are met;
  • Assist with preparing all required reporting and related documentation, including quarterly subproject financial and activity reporting, annual online reporting, and government financial monitors including audits;
  • Help coordinate programming and content for RDN events pertaining to Homelessness, including the Canadian Rural & Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium;
  • Reviewing and overseeing project financial claims, assessing eligibility of expenses, and ensuring adherence to the approved project budgets;
  • Liaising with subproject groups as needed, including communicating reporting requirements;
  • Maintaining databases and detailed electronic and paper records of financials, reporting, contracts and other documents;
  • Maintaining and improving program processes where needed;
  • Gathering feedback from subprojects and individuals receiving services from subprojects and communicating information to different levels of government and stakeholders; 
  • Advocacy regarding funding investment and policy development in relation to rural homelessness, etc. 

Other responsibilities as time permits:

  • Assist with coordinating Calls for Proposal (CFP) for new provincial or federal rural homelessness funding when available;
  • Assist with the coordination of meetings for the provincial and national networks that RDN hosts, including preparing discussion topics, taking meeting minutes, and helping to find new members;
  • Assist with coordination of other rural homelessness projects and research funding opportunities; 
  • Assist with preparing grant applications as time permits;
  • Assist with other project administration as time permits.

Desired Skills and Experience:

RDN is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented team player with a passion for supporting rural communities, with exceptional administrative and supervisory skills. Additional areas of strength would include: 

  • Minimum 3-5 years of related experience in an administrative capacity is preferred with a minimum of 2 years supervisory experience
  • Able to handle sensitive matters and confidential information with discretion and integrity
  • Strong financial and record management skills as the position requires a great deal of administrative duties
  • Very detail oriented
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of, or experience working with homelessness and/or rural Alberta is an asset
  • Demonstrated project or program administration experience is an asset
  • Knowledge of auditing processes and procedures is an asset

Education & Position Requirements: 

  • Education in a related area such as administration, accounting, bookkeeping or other related experience is preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience in an administrative capacity is preferred. 
  • Able to handle sensitive matters and confidential information with discretion and integrity.

COVID-19 & Vaccinations:

RDN is committed to the safety and health of our team and the people we work with. Accordingly, it is our responsibility to promote the health and safety of all employees, contractors, clients, and communities we serve by reducing the risks of COVID-19 through vaccination as per AHS guidance. All RDN staff are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, if they are able to.

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to and indicate which position you are applying for. We recommend applying as soon as possible as this position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. This position requires you to have a fully functioning home office including a computer, second monitor, office chair, desk etc. These items WILL NOT be provided for you. 

About Us

About the Rural Development Network:

RDN is a non-profit organization that supports the sustainability of rural communities. We collaborate to identify and bring focus to rural issues, build local capacity, and find innovative, rural-based solutions to unique issues. Some of the key things RDN does are: managing and delivering projects and initiatives,  helping to identify and access funding to support projects, performing services on a cost-recovery basis, identifying, creating, and sharing tools, information and expertise, and partnering with other organizations on projects to compliment their skills & expertise, and boost their capacity. 

RDN is a very entrepreneurial organization with a diverse team of over 45 staff, and a unique work environment. We have a team-oriented and inclusive culture, we strive to help our staff grow, and encourage team members to explore their interests and develop new opportunities. This position can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity to take initiative and create something unique, enhance their profile, meet many amazing people and apply their skills to positive social change throughout Canada.

RDN is committed to and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to ensuring we all have an equitable workplace that welcomes and respects diversity amongst our staff, board members and volunteers. RDN works to ensure and promote inclusivity, recognizing and actively supporting the different needs of our diverse staff, clients, and stakeholders. Diversity is, and will always be, a key component of rural Canada’s future success, and we strive to ensure that our staff is diverse. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover​​ letters. 

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Kelly Petraschuk