Employer Partner Manager (Saskatchewan)

Palette Skills is a national not-for-profit that helps organizations access untapped labour markets and create pathways to career growth through demand-driven, industry-led accelerated skilling programs. Palette Skills trains Canadians for careers in growing industries. We create upskilling programs to train and connect individuals with the foundational skills to employers who are struggling to find in-demand talent. Our unique approach has resulted in 96% of graduates receiving job offers. 

Join us to work in a fast-paced, innovative environment and be a part of an outstanding success story with a strong mission to help Canadians achieve career growth. 

We are looking for an Employer Partner Manager based in Saskatchewan and within driving distance of Saskatoon or Regina to establish relationships and secure partnerships with the hiring employers. Under the overall direction of the Director of Business Development, you will be responsible for all aspects of company recruitment: identifying, prospecting and qualifying new hiring partners through various channels for our existing and new programs starting with an exciting new upskilling program in the Agri-food Industry. You will be thefirst point of contact for a potential hiring partner.You will also support Palette in identifying and scoping opportunities in new geographical markets or skilling areas as required.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Generate new opportunities by maintaining discipline with daily research, emailing, calling and campaign activity to generate leads.
  • Analyze data from past Palette programs and work with the Program Managers to identify ideal hiring partner profiles for upcoming programs.
  • Research and identify potential employers that fit the target profiles and develop and execute strategies to reach these groups.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to develop campaigns that drive demand.
  • Develop, test and iterate tailored messaging (emails, phone scripts, one-pagers) for key decision-makers within an organization including CEOs, talent acquisition managers and hiring managers.
  • Build out and execute the end-to-end industry partnership process – lead generation, prospecting, qualifying, following up and closing.
  • Educate customers to create excitement and intent.
  • Qualify new opportunities for strong customer fit and deliver high-quality leads to the Program Managers.
  • Record weekly activity and conversions into the Palette CRM and report on success metrics.
  • Track what is working and what is not, and adjusts the approach
  • Attend local events (i.e., conferences, hiring events etc) to promote Palette programs to potential hiring partners.

We’d Love To Hear From You If You Are:

  • Comfortable developing sourcing strategies as you are executing them.
  • An effective communicator and would enjoy interacting with prospective hiring partners via phone, email, online and in-person presentations and meetings.
  • Empathetic with and can speak knowledgeably with CEOs/founders, HR and business managers across different industry verticals.
  • Willing to continually better understand our hiring partners, the industry they work in and their hiring challenges.
  • Curious and are able to take in evidence, integrate information from multiple sources, derive meaning from data, and make critical decisions in a timely manner.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity. We are still in the early days of understanding the right hiring partners to target. You will play the lead role in shaping our strategy.
  • Able to prioritize work to maximize the probability of achieving cohorts of engaged hiring partners.

Reporting Structure

You will report directly to the Head of Business Development whose job is to support you and make sure that you have everything you need to succeed – budget, resources, access, subject matter expertise etc.

Term: This is a full-time contract based in Saskatchewan that extends to March 31st, 2023 with a possibility of extension.


Candidates can expect a highly competitive base salary, annual bonus and benefits. The specific compensation package will depend on the experience level of the candidate.

How We Hire

At Palette we hire bright people who want to make a big impact. Email your resume and a short cover letter on why you’re interested and a fit for the role to careers@paletteskills.org. Once you’ve applied, if we like what we see, you’ll have a phone chat and then a couple of interviews with the team. We’ll take you through a quick analysis of your capabilities (not doing free work for us), after which we can discuss an offer. We believe in moving fast and will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis until the position is closed.

Palette embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. If there is anything we can do to create a more comfortable application experience for you, please let us know.

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