about our culture
When you join the Free The Children and We Day family, you become part of a one-of-a-kind social change movement and a celebrated corporate culture.
We are proud of our culture—externally evaluated and selected as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2013. We have also been independently chosen by a panel of experts as a Top Employer for Young People for three years in a row.
At the heart of our corporate culture is the belief that we can improve our world by shifting our focus from “Me” thinking to “We” thinking. Our team of change-makers wakes up everyday wondering what more we can do to improve our local and global communities.
Together, we have grown to become one of the world’s most respected platforms for social change. We have inspired millions of young people to get involved in our programs and launched world-changing initiatives like We Day, the stadium-sized youth empowerment event now in 14 cities in North America and the United Kingdom. Free The Children has revolutionized the way development is done with our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, in dozens of communities in eight countries.
We Are Family
Free The Children and We Day are leaders in the field of global change. We believe in family. We work hard. We play hard. And we make the world a better place every day.
We provide recent graduates with incredible challenges and opportunities for growth. And we welcome mid-career professionals looking to share their valuable skills as leaders and mentors.
Most of the talented individuals who make up our senior team at Free The Children have been with us since we were a group of wide-eyed and idealistic teens and 20-somethings. Kind of like an extended family.
We strive to make sure that our incredible team has opportunities for growth and advancement, including professional development, mentorship from corporate and charitable leaders, and the ability to tackle unprecedented and world-changing challenges. Also, free snacks and ping-pong.
But what makes the Free The Children team so unique is that we have grown up together and travelled the globe together. We have attended each other’s graduations, birthday parties, weddings, and recently, birthday parties for our sons and daughters.
Money is not our motivation. Instead, we’re collecting stock options and investing in a better world. We are building a lasting legacy for our children and ourselves.
Our One-of-A-Kind Culture
No job is typical and no two workdays are alike. You might lead a group of young people in a global issues seminar, or find yourself on a plane to Ecuador or East Africa at a moment’s notice. You might also help execute We Day from Vancouver to Halifax to London, U.K. We are seeking team players with a special blend of education, experience, engagement and energy. We empower you to empower others.Are you a fit for our team? Here is what you need to know
- We are like a high-tech start-up, but for non-profits—a fast-paced, unstructured and creative environment percolating at our campuses in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Minneapolis, London, and beyond
- You can’t change the world between 9 and 5. We are a global organization working across time zones. We are passionate about our mission and want to leave our world better than we found it
- Our workmates become friends. Who else will bring you a Fair Trade coffee to an all-day meeting?
- We seek work/life integration instead of work/life balance, which means we might leave early for yoga or pub trivia, but we’ll be back online later. It means our work is our passion, so it’s easier to integrate
- We are social entrepreneurs who believe in learning on the job, rising to the incredible opportunities and seizing the moment for maximum impact
- We give more hugs than handshakes
Salary and Perks
Selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for young people three years in a row, Free The Children helps you build incredible experience and skills to add to your resume, with opportunities and challenges at every level of employment. It also is a wonderful place for mid-career professional to recharge and give back.
As a leading-edge charity, we strive to keep our administrative costs low. At Free The Children and We Day salaries are based on a graduating structure that are commensurate with roles varying from the Coordinator and Manager level through to Associate Director and Director positions. Entry-level employees earn on average $28,000 to $30,000 inclusive of benefits (aligned with most entry level positions of this nature) and increases from there, depending on your role, position and experience level. We pay fairly, give great perks, and give people a lot of responsibility, often on day one.
From Thai takeout for late nights, to professional development and mentorship from industry leaders, this is a fun place to work
- Full employer-paid health and dental benefits
- Time off with family outside the Free The Children/We Day family is important, that’s why we offer more time off than other organizations, 10-12 days within your first two years and 15 days vacation afterward
- We are flexible. If you need to start late or leave early to run to an appointment. We trust you to get the job done
- Birthdays off!
- Office shutdown during the holiday period between Christmas and New Year’s (and this time does not count towards your vacation days). Why? We always seek ways to say ‘thank you’ to our teams for all their hard work throughout the year. And we want to start the New Year ready to change the world!
- Mentorship opportunities, skills-improvement workshops and exceptional leadership opportunities
- In-house career coaching services by expert facilitators and mentors
- Our innovative two-week onboarding program—that introduces you to our unique culture and new teammates. You never have to feel nervous starting a new role! And you’ll know where the bathroom is!
- Staff trip to Kenya and Ecuador, all costs on the ground are covered by the organization. We want you to see the impact you are having!
- The opportunity to take a break from your formal role and facilitate a trip to Kenya, Ecuador, Nicaragua orChina with a group of young people, a corporate team or a school
- The opportunity to see our work in action by attending We Days, along with invites to staff socials, day trips, parties and musical performances
- Opportunities to interact and learn from Free The Children’s amazing celebrity ambassadors
- Special perks and experiences when working We Days across Canada, the US or UK
- Coffee, healthy snacks and meals delivered right to your desk during our busy periods
- Onsite yoga, MOVE program, mindfulness classes, ping-pong, foosball and video game tournaments, bike racks, patios and barbeques
- Staff-led groups including Green Team, a garden club, running groups and community volunteer experiences including We Read, a literacy program for local youth (indulge your love of Robert Munsch and YA fiction)
- Be a part of an incredible network of future leaders and strong alumni network
- Additional perks brought to you through our generous partners and sponsors, like free movie passes and concert tickets
- A chance to be a mentor! Mid-career staff embrace the rewards of mentoring young go-getters in a climate where change is possible (and bringing your own kids to We Day makes you cool in your kids’ eyes)
- Working with and learning from some of the largest brands in the world, including Microsoft, Allstate, Virgin Atlantic, Cineplex , RBC and TELUS
- Ability to work with cutting edge platforms, including We Day, which with 3.7 million Facebook fans has the largest following of any charity in the world. One in six Canadians, 5.7 million viewers in 2012-2013 alone, watches its live broadcast.
- Like-minded colleagues who are passionate and engaged and become best friends for life.
We provide our young staff with leadership opportunities and great responsibilities because we know they rise to the occasion. We also seek out mid-career professionals to lead.
Members of our management team have been celebrated for their leadership, included as Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women, Canadian Immigrant of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 20, Top 20 Under 20, Order of Canada and Action Canada Fellows.
Many on our management team hold advanced degrees such as MBA’s, JD’s and master degrees. We also attract mid-career and skilled professionals to mentor and lead our teams from industry leaders, such as CTV, BlackBerry, Procter and Gamble, and McKinsey, to name a few.
Our in-house training team ensures that our young management team is always developing professionally. Our staff career coach ensures that all those entrusted with leading a team go through extensive training including people management and emotional intelligence trainings.
As an organization, we have grown in size, capability and maturity over the years. When we started 20 years ago, we made posters and dreamed up fundraising campaigns on the floor of our parents’ basement. We hired our first employee, and then a few more, then a professional Human Resources director, who helped us grow a team. We learned how to transition from a volunteer-run youth organization to a leading charity with an infrastructure that offers health and dental benefits and other perks. We’ve come along way from the twelve 12-year-olds we once were. No organization is perfect, but we strive to be the best organization in the world for changing the world.
If you are a shameless idealist who likes to get the job done and have a huge impact, you have come to the right place. Others think so.
In 2014, we received more than 17,000 qualified applicants. We look for the best of the best. Please tell us what you care about, what you have an offer and why you want to belong to our family and be part of our world-changing culture.
If you are applying from an accredited university for course credit, we will review your application. We do not offer unpaid internships.
Demi Lovato joins staff on a Free The Children build site
Our staff has dinner with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Dalal Al-Waheidi, Executive Director, We Day Global with Malala Yousafzai, an international children’s rights activist at We Day UK.
“Free The Children has offered me unprecedented opportunities as a professional. The opportunities to work with incredible mentors from a number of sectors while working directly with our Co-Founders, Craig and Marc, has allowed me to develop strategies and innovate our programming. As a mother raising five children, the added flexibility of my family being able to travel with me overseas to places like Kenya, Haiti and China has been a wonderful opportunity for our family. I am proud of what I do for a living. Finally the people I work alongside with have become best friends. It’s a conscientious choice to work at Free The Children. When you believe in the work you do, you put a lot on the line because we are building and creating something. And that is special.”
Erin Barton, Director of Development and International Operations
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Questions?Contact our director of human resources, Rann Sharma at email@example.com.
At Free the Children, we value the diversity of people and communities and we are committed to excellence and inclusion in our organizations. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
We are committed to an environment that is barrier-free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.