» NCIL Project Coordinator: Redesign Rupert Downtown Redevelopment Ecotrust Canada


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NCIL Project Coordinator: Redesign Rupert Downtown Redevelopment

Apply until: November 2, 2018

Project: Downtown Redevelopment
Position: Project Coordinator
Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week
Start date: January 7th, 2019
End date: August 31st, 2019
Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Compensation: $20,000

*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.

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.

Downtown Redevelopment Project Coordinator
The Downtown Redevelopment Project Coordinator will explore how the redevelopment and restructuring of downtown Prince Rupert 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 Project Coordinator, you will work in partnership with Redesign Rupert to lead the Downtown Redevelopment efforts. This entails a variety of activities including research, community engagement, planning, implementation, and communications. With multiple initiatives underway and ongoing partnership development, you will work closely with Redesign Rupert, Community Futures, the North Coast Innovation Lab, City of Prince Rupert, and other community members and organizations to pilot options and ensure the successful implementation and growth of downtown redevelopment-related projects.

You will be primarily responsible for determining appropriate methodologies to achieve the goals of your work. You will also be expected to contribute to NCIL activities including facilitating workshops, producing blogs, and engaging partners. You will be supervised and receive ongoing mentorship and support from the North Coast Innovation Lab and Redesign Rupert.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Plan, pilot, and evaluate downtown events and activities to support local economic development, such as Pop Up events and business incentive programs.
  • Co-leading the development and implementation of a “Downtown Redevelopment Plan” through research, writing, case studies, and policy review.
  • Research municipal planning and development policies, land and building ownership, construction costs, and other details related the redevelopment of downtown.
  • Meet with and convene property managers, business owners, City planners and other downtown stakeholders to develop the “Downtown Redevelopment Plan”.
  • Explore how academic institutions and student capacity can advance downtown development.
  • Contribute to content creation and development of the Redesign Rupert website and other communications and engagement materials.
  • Support fundraising efforts by Redesign Rupert, such as grant sourcing and writing

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • You possess an understanding, or desire to learn, about the socio-economic impacts of redesigning and redeveloping a downtown.
  • You have interest and/or experience in community or urban planning, project management, social innovation, and research.
  • 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’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 highly self-motivated and energetic, with a passion for dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion.
  • 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.

Prince Rupert has gone through “boom-and-bust” economic cycles which have resulted in dramatic population declines, depressed employment, and challenged the capacities the of public, private and non-profit sectors. Formerly a fishing and forestry town, Port industry expansion has resulted in a rapid transformation and globalization of Prince Rupert’s economic base over the past decade. Despite its thriving industrial base of exports and logistics, such benefits have yet to be felt by the community at large: Along 3rd Avenue (Prince Rupert’s “main street”), boarded-up storefronts outnumber active businesses; industrial growth and expansion has limited public access to the Prince Rupert waterfront; and across the business sector, both corporate and small business alike, there is a desperate need for qualified staff to fill open positions.

To address these challenges, Redesign Rupert, in partnership with Ecotrust Canada, Community Futures, and the City of Prince Rupert, is developing strategies to revitalize the downtown, provide new access to public waterfront, and encourage new opportunities for small business, entrepreneurship, and community-wide recruitment.

About Redesign Rupert
Redesign Rupert brings together industrial stakeholders, citizens, local businesses, and community partners to discuss new ideas for civic growth and development in Prince Rupert, BC. Through an 18-month community engagement process, the Redesign Rupert generated information from Rupertites around their values, aspirations and desired changes for the physical, social and economic realities of Prince Rupert. From this feedback, the Redesign team further distilled their community planning process into three main categories designed to improve quality of life: downtown revitalization; waterfront development & access; and improved access to human capital, skills upgrading, and professional development.

Redesign Rupert is now entering Phase 2, working with industrial stakeholders, community partners, and local businesses to address the challenges under each of these themes. Phase 2 of Redesign Rupert is about acting on the information collected in Phase I and forming strategic partnerships to deliver key initiatives that support community redevelopment.

How to Apply
Please apply by sending your CV and Job Application Form (PDF) to Nathan Randall at nathan@ecotrust.ca 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.