Anywhere in Canada
- Job term: Full-time (permanent)
- Hours: 35 hours per week, inclusive of breaks
- Start date: Late August, 2020
- Closing date: August 15th (6pm EST)
- Compensation: $58,000 – $63,000 + benefits
- Requirements: 5+ years of experience in roles related social innovation, and entrepreneurship
Who we are
Repairing relationships between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples is one of the most important issues facing Canada today. Colonization has produced a systemic inequality that has left Indigenous Peoples much worse off than the rest of Canada in almost every indicator, and continues to deeply impact Indigenous communities today. This is unacceptable in a country like Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has set out a clear path for Canada to begin to repair the wrongs that have marked Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.
At CRE, we believe that young people are the key to ensuring the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples improves through dialogue, understanding, and relationship building. Our charitable organization empowers youth (ages 13-29) to be changemakers in their community. Over the past decade CRE has hosted cultural exchange programs, youth leadership development, educational workshops in schools, national gatherings, and published research.
CREation is a multi-million dollar granting program designed by Indigenous youth for Indigenous youth to empower them to make a positive impact in their community. There are several granting streams ranging in size from $5,000 to $30,000. CRE recognizes that being a granting organization is more than providing funds; we are developing innovative approaches to increase youth and grassroots groups’ capacity and ensure the financial sustainability of their projects. The Capacity Building Specialist will work alongside the granting team to provide educational workshops and mentorship to grantees and lead the social finance arm of CREation. Reporting to the Manager of Fundraising & Development, the core responsibilities of the position are:
Youth Empowerment Grant Stream (40%)
- Manage the Youth Empowerment Grant stream, which provides $5,000 grants to unincorporated youth and youth collectives across Canada
- Guide potential applicants in navigating funding processes
- Communicate with grantees though regular check ins, including providing guidance, resource sharing, problem solving support, and enhancing capacity
- Mentor grantees to implement, administer, evaluate and report on their programs
Curriculum Design and Facilitation (25%)
- Research promising practices and innovative approaches to entrepreneurial education and business development
- Design digital workshops and educational materials on a variety of topics, including organizational governance, project management, budgeting and finance, and business development
- Coordinate with elders, knowledge keepers, and other consultants in the development of workshops and educational materials
- Collaborate with CRE’s communications staff to design engaging digital curriculum
- Facilitate workshops and lead mentorship sessions with potential and current grantees
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (25%)
- Provide one-on-one mentorship to grantees on their operational and financial needs
- Be an expert in the processes, skills, and mindset that our participants and grantees need to develop through our capacity building programming
- Build relationships with partner organizations
- Connect participants and grantees to resources and individuals in the broader community that can aid in their learning experience and career opportunities
- Investigate promising and innovative solutions for not-for-profit organizations’ funding needs
- Prototype these solutions and provide recommendations to CRE management
- Manage the execution of social finance activities, such as lending circles and pitch events
Administration and Outreach (10%)
- Promote CRE’s activities and programs in the broader community
- Assist in the coordination and data collection for various relevant regional reports to funding agencies
- Support analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and drafting reports
- Under other responsibilities as assigned
- 5+ years of relevant work experience in roles related social finance, innovation, and entrepreneurship
- Demonstrated knowledge of funding processes as a grantee, funder and/or applicant
- Strong operational and financial knowledge, especially around strategic planning and business development
- Ability to develop and present new ideas, conceptualizing new approaches and solutions
- A clear and effective communication style and comfortable in front of large audiences
- A collaborative and inclusive approach
- Excellent administrative skills
- Proven analytical skills and systematic problem solving ability
- French/English bilingualism is an asset
Who you are
- You are a teacher and mentor. You have a passion for sharing your knowledge and skills to help others succeed.
- You are an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur. You know how to develop and finetune solutions to emerging problems and look for innovative approaches, and you have launched new organizations or large internal projects to implement these solutions.
- You are a relationship builder and collaborator. You are focused on people and communities, value personal and professional relationships, and love opportunities to work with others.
- You are analytical and a problem-solver. If you see an issue, you are eager to figure out why there is a problem and then roll up your sleeves and fix it.
- You are organized and process-driven. The thought of improving existing procedures excites you, and you find joy in systems that make your coworkers’ lives easier.
- You are detail-oriented. Although you see the big picture, the small details do not escape you. You are able to balance multiple projects and timelines.
- You are respectful and inclusive. Stories have different emotional weights and you know how to work alongside different authors and share each narrative in the best way.
- You are a communicator and a listener. You can clearly convey your thoughts and expectations in writing and verbally, and you can interpret what people tell you. Bilingualism in English and French a strong asset.
- You are flexible. Issues arise. Plans change. You can quickly adapt as required and make contingency plans. When needed, you are flexible to work hours on evenings and/or weekends and to travel for work within Canada.
- You are a self-starter and team player. If you see a problem, you are the sort of person who works to fix it. You have experience delegating tasks and bringing people together to complete projects.
- Salary: $58,000 – $63,000 based on experience and education
- Vacation: 3 weeks and statutory holidays
- Health Benefits: will begin following a 3-month probationary period
- Phone: monthly cell allowance of $50
- Other: RRSP employer contribution that is 5% of salary
As a part of your application, please provide the following documents as a single PDF file:
- Cover letter
- Sample of past written work, such as curriculum, training/workshop materials, opinion pieces, business cases, grants, pitches, etc.
Your cover letter should introduce yourself and share your passion for working with youth (especially youth in Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer communities). Your résumé should cover your applicable employment, education, and demonstrate how you meet the technical requirements of this position. We are looking for a writing sample that conveys your business knowledge and shows us how you will communicate about these themes in this role. There will be a technical competency assessment as a part of the application process.
If you have any questions, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
You can submit a completed application (cover letter, résumé, and portfolio) to email@example.com as a single PDF with the following file naming convention:
- Ex: Grants_Smyth.Tristan.pdf
- Contact for interview (TBD)
- Interview (TBD)
- Technical Competency Assessment (TBD)
CRE is an Indigenous organization committed to building a team that is reflective of the diverse populations that we work with, so we encourage First Nations, Metis, Inuit, People of Colour, and/or 2SLGBTQIA+ folks to apply.
As a condition for hiring, successful candidates are required to submit a vulnerable sector check.