Business Innovation Project Coordinator
North Coast Innovation Lab Job Posting
Project: Business Innovation Development Project
Position: Business Innovation Project Coordinator
Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week
Start date: January 13, 2020
End date: August 28, 2020
Location: Prince Rupert, BC
*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply, and remain so for the duration of the position. No exceptions, as this related to position funding. We 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.
Business Innovation Project Coordinator
The Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce exists to connect, support and advocate for the business communities they serve. At a time when business activities are increasingly shifting online, work/life patterns are changing, and amidst various macro-economic shifts in commerce and trade, the Chamber is well-positioned to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, build the capacity of local enterprises to adapt to greater trends, and to better understand and communicate the commercial landscape in the community.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Chamber, the Business Innovation Project Coordinator will work with a variety of member businesses, institutions and volunteers to understand, map and mobilize the information detailing Prince Rupert & District’s business community. Through analysis of best practices from other Chambers of Commerce, the PC will apply a social innovation approach to Prince Rupert’s Chamber by coordinating and facilitating events, activities and projects that address and aim to overcome local business community challenges.
The Business Innovation Project Coordinator will also be tasked with channeling this information and knowledge into collaborative action by creating and iterating Chamber activities and piloting tangible initiatives in response to the desires, and evidence-based project examples uncovered through their work. Ultimately, the Project Coordinator will support the fostering of a business culture of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking as a means to bolster and diversify the social and economic assets of Prince Rupert’s business community.
Activities and Deliverables
- Collect, analyze and mobilize information about the local business landscape to better inform Chamber members, community development organizations, and other stakeholders.
- Research and evaluate “best-practice” activities, programs and policies from other Chambers of Commerce.
- Design, coordinate and co-facilitate social-innovation-inspired event series for information gathering and sharing, business development opportunities, community capacity building and entrepreneurialism (including one gathering catered to youth).
- Based on the information gathered from the above activities, pilot 1+ project specific gathering, activity or workshop for enhancing local business development.
- Co-facilitate and present at 2-3 NCIL-oriented community gatherings to share project updates and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.
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 event management, engagement, business planning, and dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion.
- You are engaged and passionate about community economic development, entrepreneurship, and using data and information to advance economic inclusion and resilience.
- You are passionate about advancing reconciliation and supporting social and economic opportunities for First Nations people, while learning about their culture and history.
- 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 understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity.
- 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 per cent 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.
Traditionally a community that relied on fishing and forestry for economic stability and employment, Prince Rupert is now home to international trade and export facilities of national and international significance. These trade and export logistics activities bring great commercial and employment opportunities to the community, yet also put pressure on the local labour market by drawing residents to work for higher industry wages.
Small and medium-sized businesses are also challenged by the shift to online business activities and shopping, and new entrepreneurs have access to limited data on local economic opportunities, with a plurality of support organizations and services competing to serve them. With so many different sources of support and information, and an economic landscape that booms and busts, Prince Rupert’s business community faces significant challenges when it comes to economic adaptation and resilience.
Supporting current and prospective enterprises with valid economic data, well-designed opportunities for information sharing and networking, and new opportunities to participate in the business community, are all objectives of the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce. Bringing energy and capacity to execute on these activities will provide important lessons on how to fulfill the Chamber’s mandate, while providing effective pathways to business development and diversification to Prince Rupert.
About the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce
The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization helping promote your business and raise your profile in the area of Prince Rupert, Port Edward and neighbouring communities.
As the voice of business in the area, we represent businesses spanning a variety of industries, specialties and interests. With nearly 300 members, our Chamber membership includes our community’s biggest employers, small and medium size businesses as well as home-based entrepreneurs, non-profits and more.
We are moving forward with fresh ideas and a genuine sense of excitement for where we are going as an organization. The Chamber strives to have a focus on strong policy that supports local businesses, be a visible and approachable presence in the community and ensure that the value of membership is the best investment businesses can make.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday November 17, 2019 at midnight. 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.