Proving the Next Economy is Possible
It's time to put all you’ve learned in business in service to people and planet. You have been training for this moment all of your professional life. You know how the startup world works - incubators, accelerators, funds, lean, business models and finance - and you are ready to lead the charge to give it a major upgrade. People and Planet! You get it! You know that our economic system needs to be circular, regenerative, inclusive, equitable and participatory and see how the current models and systems aren’t designed to achieve this. You believe that the energy of capitalism can be harnessed for sustainability, community, humans and the earth which sustains us. You still have hope! And so do we!
The Centre for Social Innovation is proving that new business models are possible. With entrepreneurship, collaboration and systems change as our core DNA and the power of social innovation at our back, we are focusing on markets as the place to prioritize our work.
CSI is stepping up to build this Next Economy - one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. Are you ready to lead?
About the Centre for Social Innovation
Since our founding in 2004, CSI has been innovating new solutions - from being the first coworking space in Canada to creating the Community Bonds, CSI is proving that we can make change and do it differently. We have served over 5,000 individuals and organizations, incubated 1,700 social ventures and accelerated the impact of 450 promising enterprises. Our members generate $270 M annually to the economy and generate almost 500 jobs each year. Every day, we work with hundreds of social purpose organizations to help them break down barriers, turn ideas into action that demonstrate new models are possible and that prove that we don’t have to exploit, extract and exclude. We are Toronto-based and have strong partnerships provincially and nationally.
Are you ready for the job of a lifetime, for a real opportunity to make a difference? Are you ready to lead a team to fundamentally shift our economic systems for a more people and planet first world? If this is you… if you are an entrepreneur that has been working to create new, transformative systems, join us. You could be CSI’s first Chief Program Officer. We are ready to change the world and we need you!
About the Role
The Chief Program Officer will play a pivotal leadership role in driving our Next Economy Strategy and leading the next chapter of CSI’s evolution.
Our Campaign for the Next Economy has a singular, achievable goal: to bring the most promising and transformative models, enterprises and solutions to reality. We’re dedicated to proving that we can both create meaningful jobs and solve our social and environmental challenges in the process. We focus on accelerating the success of early stage entrepreneurs working on climate and social ventures, by building inclusive education and acceleration pathways, strengthened through the power of community.
The CPO will: oversee and develop CSI’s growing portfolio of Next Economy programs and services; diversify program funding and help build new social impact investment streams to support early stage entrepreneurs; monitor and evaluate program effectiveness; raise CSI’s profile; and provide mentoring, guidance, supervision and professional development to senior program, fundraising and communication staff.
The CPO will oversee a program portfolio that includes: 1) social impact labs; 2) climate and social venture acceleration and incubation 3) community wealth building initiatives 4) social entrepreneurship education and training; 5) adult workforce and newcomer training - and emerging initiatives that can move us closer to achieving our mission. The CPO will also engage the Board of Directors frequently under the CEO.
A Builder: The CPO is dedicated, driven and experienced in bringing social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social finance to bear to achieve meaningful change. You’ve played a leading role in building and scaling successful change initiatives and are excited to bring these insights and experiences to help CSI deliver its Next Economy strategy.
Subject Knowledge: You are passionate about creating a more equitable, regenerative and prosperous economy and have an informed analysis on how achieving this “next” economy must take a systems lens to create the necessary market, culture and policy shifts.
Program Experience: You’ve launched or have considerable experience with social impact funds. You have built and run successful incubators and accelerators.
Fundraiser: You are a social entrepreneur at heart and are always looking for earned revenue opportunities. But you also have a strong, proven track record fundraising and/or securing investments from donors, sponsors and investors.
Relationship Builder: You love building relationships. You’re an inspired leader and love to bring out the best in others to help them grow and succeed.
Strategic Thinker and Sensemaker: You have a keen strategic mind and are great at bringing clarity out of complexity. You can connect seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive, impact-focused whole and you have a knack for clear and inspirational communication.
Organizational Leadership and Strategy
Program Oversight, Fundraising and Evaluation
Program Staff Leadership and Development
Estimated spilt of time
Job Title: Chief Program Officer
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports (#): 5 (the CPO will lead a growing team including the Director of Climate Ventures, the Social Innovation Specialist, the Sr. Manager Community Wealth, Director of Partnerships and the Director of Communications)
Location: Toronto, starting remotely and later working from our CSI locations
Employment Type: Permanent
Work hours/days: Full-time, 37.5h/week
Bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in Business/Public Administration or a related field would be considered an advantage.
What you can expect working at CSI
We are a dynamic and collaborative team invested in our mission. We are constantly seeking to improve processes and increase our impact in the community.
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.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2021. Please submit your full application here, including your resume and cover letter as soon as you are interested. Only those selected will be contacted via e-mail and/or phone call.
Please let us know of any specific requirements needed in advance of visiting any our spaces – we will be happy to work with you on any accommodation requests.
CSI is located at 192 Spadina Ave. - Suite 203 in Toronto, ON.
For more information about CSI, visit socialinnovation.org.
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