About Climate Ventures
In partnership with Foresight, our Climate Ventures initiative fast-tracks the success of early-stage entrepreneurs who are developing and implementing solutions to the climate crisis. We also work with governments, large companies and partners to solve challenges and scale solutions.
Accelerate from Anywhere (AfA) is a new, national program run in partnership with Foresight, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Centre for Social Innovation Institute. AfA will provide an acceleration ramp across Canada, taking early-stage for-profit and nonprofit enterprises working in climate and water technology solutions from idea to impact. AfA will assess the needs of entrepreneurs, pair them with the most suitable accelerator program, and deliver best-in-class programming to support their growth and impact. The program aims to serve 160 entrepreneurs in its first year, with at least half identifying as underrepresented in tech (women and BIPOC, as well as rural and remote, founders, especially).
About the Role
Climate solutions + entrepreneurship = your jam. The climate crisis fires you up (no pun intended) and you’re looking for a role that’s focused on supporting the innovation we need to address our collective environmental challenges. Our team is passionate, hard-working, and keen to support the Program Coordinator in their learning and growth to make this new program successful, together.
Working closely with the Senior Programs Manager of Climate Ventures, the position will contribute to the establishment and successful delivery of the first year of AfA. The Program Coordinator will support the program’s operations, data gathering and evaluation; play a core role in program recruitment, marketing and events; and help to manage the AfA community of entrepreneurs and advisors between CSI and Foresight.
- Assist the Senior Programs Manager in program planning, including system and process set up between the five education and acceleration programs that make up AfA
- Support AfA’s recruitment and marketing efforts in order to attract entrepreneurs and ventures (approx. 160 participants from across Canada), including research and ongoing direct outreach, especially from underrepresented communities in tech
- Maintain data tracking and support evaluation, including tracking participant and venture progress, coordinating collection with program managers, and supporting overall reporting
- Assist Digital Marketing Specialist with promotion and marketing, including drafting content for social media and email newsletters
- Support communication and community engagement across the AfA network of entrepreneurs, advisors, and staff
- Coordinate AfA events, including their planning, promotion, and execution
- Contribute to other program projects, as required by the Climate Ventures or Foresight teams
- Support the management of the Climate Ventures space and membership located at CSI Spadina in central Toronto, as needed
Qualifications and Requirements
- 2+ years in program support in a relevant field (and bonus points if in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, especially if related to climate solutions or cleantech!)
- Excellent organization and attention to detail: you are proficient at managing your time and love to do lists, you can geek out in spreadsheets, and are comfortable working with data.
- Strong communication and digital skills: you’re a strong writer in English and can catch typos, are comfortable with digital tools, and can facilitate or be a constructive part of meetings and events.
- High emotional intelligence and adaptability: you’re observant and empathic, are open to giving and receiving constructive feedback, and can navigate changing work and requirements in complex, fast-paced team environments.
- Strong passion for accelerating solutions to the climate crisis in a just way: you share our values for equity and climate justice, you’re familiar with environmental challenges and the innovations to address them, and believe that entrepreneurs and startups have an important role to play in building the Next Economy.
- You identify with communities underrepresented in tech. This position will focus on connecting with underrepresented communities, and we strongly encourage candidates who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) to apply.
About CSI and CSI Institute
CSI and its affiliated charity, the CSI Institute work together to inspire, catalyze, and support social innovation in Toronto, across Canada, and around the world. CSI is a nonprofit social enterprise which operates in Toronto, serves over 1000 social purpose organizations and is building the Next Economy with its innovation and acceleration programs. The CSI Institute supports social innovation education, network-building, and development of the social innovation field. Learn more: https://socialinnovation.org/
Foresight is Canada’s cleantech ecosystem accelerator. Foresight supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. Foresight brings together industry, government, academia, investors, and innovators to address today’s most urgent climate issues and support a global transition to a green economy. Learn more: https://foresightcac.com/
About Climate Ventures
Climate Ventures (climateventures.org), an initiative of the Centre for Social Innovation and Foresight, fast-tracks the success of early-stage entrepreneurs who are developing and implementing solutions to the climate crisis. We also work with governments, large companies and partners to solve challenges and scale solutions. Learn more: https://climateventures.org/
What you can expect working with us:
We are a dynamic and collaborative team invested in our mission of building the Next Economy. We are constantly seeking to learn, improve processes, and increase our impact.
We advocate for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, immigration status, language, marital status, nationality, physical appearance, political affiliations, perspective, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexuality, family status, socioeconomic status, or other such considerations, and intersectionalities therein. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities. Read our full D&I policy.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 27, 2021. Please submit your full application here, including your resume and cover letter as soon as you are interested.
Given that a focus of this program and position will be to connect with underrepresented communities (especially BIPOC and women), feel free to speak to the following in your cover letter: How does your lived experience shape your approach to this work?
The hiring process will likely include initial screening, a round of written tasks, and panel interviews. Our desire is to make a hiring decision by the end of July and for the position to start around the end of August. Please let us know of any specific requirements during our application process – we are happy to work with you on accommodation requests.