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Project Manager, North Coast Innovation Lab

Apply until: October 18, 2017

Position: Project Manager, North Coast Innovation Lab

Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Start Date: November 15, 2017

Length of Contract: 8 months (to July 15th, 2018) with possibility of extension for up to 3 years

Salary Range: $31,000-36,000 for 8 month contract, depending on experience. Benefits package available after 3 months.


Organization and Project Background

Ecotrust Canada is a respected national charity that designs economic alternatives that benefit people in the places they call home. Our work supports initiatives resulting in improved livelihoods and environmental and community conditions. The Skeena office, based in Prince Rupert, BC, has been active since 2010 supporting community and fisheries programming. For more information, please see www.ecotrust.ca

Ecotrust Canada has developed a methodology for place-based social innovation labs through our 3-year engagement in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Local Economic Development Lab www.ledlab.ca. We now hope to take the learnings from LEDlab and to develop, collaboratively with partners, a similar initiative in Prince Rupert tailored to a northern and rural context. The North Coast Innovation Lab will host a space for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects and initiatives that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.


Main Purpose and Function

The North Coast Innovation Lab Project Manager will be responsible for the scoping and design phase of the North Coast Innovation Lab (Phase 1), as well as working with community partners to select 2-4 projects for Phase 2. There may be opportunity to extend this position for up to three years.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic project and relationship manager who brings diverse skillsets such as facilitation, community organizing, asset-based community development, human-centered design, program design and evaluation, social enterprise, and organizational development, as well as an understanding of the unique factors contributing to social and economic vulnerability and resilience in northern and rural communities.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct interviews with key community stakeholders
  • Collect and synthesize existing data and resources
  • Convene foundational workshop(s) as necessary
  • Hire, train and manage 1-2 graduate student interns to support quick start feasibility studies
  • Working with the NCIL team, refine design of program to meet need and opportunity landscape in Prince Rupert
  • Manage relationships, administration, and develop research partnerships with academic institutions
  • Scope 2-4 projects to be implemented in Phase 2 of NCIL
  • Support fundraising activities for Phase 2 of NCIL


Character Description

Social innovation is a mindset. The North Coast Innovation Lab Project Manager is:

  • Curious, observant; asks rather than assumes
  • Defers judgment; seeks different experiences and perspectives; willing to change one’s mind
  • Avoids binary trade-offs; seeks win-win solutions; utilizes tension between worldviews creatively
  • Listens actively, builds on others’ ideas; grows social cohesion; builds shared ownership and accountability
  • Is self-aware; views challenges in a larger context, mediates tensions between extremes


Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Excellent inter­personal, facilitation, partnership development and relationship management skills.
  • Strong leadership, collaboration and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work within a developing program; both independently, showing good judgement and initiative, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with community, government, and academic partners, and students to develop and implement innovative projects. Experience working with and mentoring post­secondary students an asset.
  • Experience working in diverse cultural contexts
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong listening and customer service skills; is able to hear to the needs of others and frame opportunities around them.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally, written and visual forms, ensuring the message is clear. Must have experience in writing both detailed reports and summaries for a wide variety of audiences. Must have excellent presentation and public speaking skills across diverse audiences. Working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power­Point).
  • Post­secondary degree or equivalent work experience in community planning, community economic development, business, public administration, or social sciences, with a focus in social innovation, design, or sustainability.


Please submit resume, cover letter, and references to devlin@ecotrust.ca by midnight on Wednesday October 18, 2017.

Candidates must be available to interview on Thursday October 26, 2017.

Candidates must be willing and able to reside in Prince Rupert, BC.