Grand Challenges Canada

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Program Coordinator, Indigenous

Feb 20, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

The Indigenous Innovation Initiative (the Initiative) is seeking a Program Coordinator, Indigenous to ensure the on-going success of the Initiative through the efficient and effective execution of programming and operations activities in a manner that respects and adheres to Indigenous knowledge and values.

The Initiative serves to empower Indigenous people and communities to identify and solve their own challenges through innovative ideas that will transform lives and make positive change. The Initiative seeks to provide flexible funding to Indigenous innovators in Canada, working to solve challenges that will make an impact at all levels of community including nationally. The Initiative takes a holistic approach founded on Indigenous values and knowledge. The Indigenous Innovation Initiative is hosted by and backed by the expert team of Grand Challenges Canada (GCC).

The Program Coordinator, Indigenous (PCI) will be a dynamic individual whom thrives on every changing priorities. The PCI will assist in supporting all aspects of the Initiative, reporting directly to the Program Officer, Indigenous. The PCI will be responsible for the full continuum of project management activities including needs assessments, planning, and implementing Indigenous community consultations, metric analysis, evaluation, and reporting. As the Initiative continues to thrive, duties will include activities related to calls for funding, application design and coordination, and raising the profile of the Initiative through a variety of communication channels.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing a variety of projects associated with the Indigenous Initiative; managing launch process for grants and intake of applications, requests for proposals and/or letters of intent; managing application review and selection process; managing grants from approval to close-out; managing data and successfully translating it to various audiences and purposes; developing and coordinating the successful implementation of funder/donor reports, Indigenous Innovation Council reports, and other documents necessary to support the Indigenous Innovation Initiative; providing other programmatic and organizational support.

GCC, funded by the Government of Canada, is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. The bold ideas we support integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – we call this Integrated Innovation®. We have a determined focus on results, and on saving and improving lives.

• Minimum of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or recognized equivalent, discipline of high relevance preferred (Indigenous Studies, Business Administration)
• Project Management certification preferred and considered an asset
• Two (2) years related program support/coordination, grant administration experience preferred
• Must have demonstrated experience working with/in Indigenous communities, agencies, institutions, and/or political bodies in Canada
• Significant knowledge of Indigenous context in Canada
• Ability to speak an Indigenous language will be considered an asset
• Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment (fast-paced, ever changing priorities); experience in a start-up setting an asset
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience writing a variety of documents an asset
• Experienced working with multiple stakeholders at a variety of levels (C-Suite to community)
• Highly developed interpersonal skills, able to quickly establish rapport
• Demonstrated and significant attention to detail, excellent organizational and time management skills
• Strong ability to identify problems and implement appropriate solutions
• Bias for initiative-taking; balanced with appropriate planning and implementation necessary
• Proficiency with word-processing, database and spreadsheet software, and presentation software (not limited to Microsoft Office suite); intermediate knowledge and use of social media platforms
• Experience working independently under limited supervision

Travel within Canada may be required.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line HERE. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

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