We are an innovative non-profit striving to define a better kind of economy for British Columbia and the world. We welcome individuals who share that vision and are prepared to dream big with us.
NCIL Project Coordinator: HSEDS Social Enterprise
Project: Social Enterprise Development
Position: Project Coordinator
Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week
Start date: January 7th, 2019
End date: August 31st, 2019
Location: Prince Rupert, BC
*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply. No exceptions, as this related to position funding. We can accept applicants from any university in Canada.
*Prior to starting this position, you must pass a Criminal Record Check to be eligible to work in partnership with Hecate Strait Employment Development Society.
About the North Coast Innovation Lab
The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.
The NCIL addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance social and economic resilience in Prince Rupert. Through this initiative, new forms of collaboration and partnership will be explored across sectors; lessons learned from the projects and partnerships will be documented and shared; ideas will be incubated into viable projects; and students will be given practical opportunities to work on initiatives that increase economic and social resilience.
Social Enterprise Project Coordinator
The Social Enterprise Project Coordinator will explore how developing and piloting social enterprise programs can influence the socio-economic aspects of the community, through experimentation, testing ideas and prototypes, developing connections and partnerships, and fostering a more resilient community and local economy.
As the Social Enterprise Project Coordinator, you will work in partnership with Hecate Strait Employment Development Society to incubate, pilot and evaluate an innovative social enterprise project designed to bring financial and experiential benefits to marginalized community members. You will explore entrepreneurial ways to include traditionally excluded community members in market-related activities as a means to apply their skills and talents, gain practical business experience, and foster social and economic inclusion and pride in their abilities.
You will apply social innovation methodologies: bringing a variety of stakeholders and perspectives into the process to identify persistent and complex community challenges, and co-develop connectivity
projects and plans to overcome the surfaced challenges. You will contribute to NCIL activities including facilitating workshops, producing blogs, and engaging partners. You will also be supervised and receive ongoing mentorship and support from the North Coast Innovation Lab and HSEDS teams.
Activities and Deliverables
- Research best-practices and case examples of social enterprise projects from similar organizations, communities, and contexts
- Meet with and convene stakeholders for partnership and collaboration opportunities relating to social enterprise development
- Analyze and assess the feasibility of social enterprise options and business models for achieving them
- Plan, pilot and evaluate (a) social enterprise project(s) that supports local economic development, complements HSEDS’ programs, and builds capacity for participants
- Develop a viable business plan for the social enterprise, complementing HSEDS’ programs and participants, to be sustained beyond the Coordinator’s placement
- A summary paper of stakeholder consultations and engagement, social enterprise developments, and other activities from HSEDS-based activities
Desired Skills and Capabilities
- You’re a strong relationship-builder, and you know how to listen to the needs of others – across cultures and perspectives – and frame opportunities around them
- You are entrepreneurial-minded, and have interest and/or experience in engagement, business planning, and dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion
- You are aware and concerned about issues facing low-income people and the barriers to participation in the formal economy. You think the economy is something that should work for people, and you want to contribute your skills and talent to making that happen.
- You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
- You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!
About Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert is a city with 12,000 inhabitants, of which nearly 50% identify as First Nations. Situated in the coastal temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert is a beautiful city with historical, cultural and economic significance for British Columbia and Canada at large.
Despite having a multitude of social service organizations and non-profits, the community still struggles to address issues around mental health, food security, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. For small organizations, there is a severe shortage of resources, both human and financial, necessary to increase their impact and address persistent social challenges. At same time, inequality and social, cultural challenges persist; requiring increasing capacity from non-profit organizations to support marginalized and excluded populations, disproportionally First Nations.
With an economy increasingly reliant on major industrial projects as means of employment and economic development focus, both HSEDS and Ecotrust Canada recognize need for economic diversification that considers realities of community challenges. It is this desire to address the aforementioned issues while fostering socio-economic resiliency in Prince Rupert that inspires the partnership between NCIL and HSEDS.
About Hecate Strait Employment Development Society
Hecate Strait Employment Development Society (HSEDS) is a non-profit organization that provides employment, training and settlement services in the communities of Masset, Queen Charlotte City, and Prince Rupert, BC. With more than 25 employees and 10 community agencies/businesses that provide services for them, their vision is to be a catalyst for people to build success in the evolving economy. HSEDS fulfills this vision by providing services and building connections for people to achieve employment, training and settlement goals.
HSEDS understands the complexity of the social and economic challenges facing Prince Rupert. As an organization serving over 2000 clients per year, a significant proportion of their clients have multiple barriers such as low education levels, mental health issues, disabilities and long-term attachments to government income programs (i.e. British Columbia Employment Assistance). They are pursuing social enterprise activities that put their program participants’ skills to work and support diversification of the local economy.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending your CV and Job Application Form (PDF) to Nathan Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants; however, will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.