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Coordinator, Corporate Engagement

Aug 09, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Entry Level

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of discoveries and driving ideas to impact.

About your role

As a member of the Corporate Innovation team, you will contribute to helping corporate organizations activate their innovation strategies and connect to the startup ecosystem in meaningful way. Reporting to the Sr. Manager, Partner Success, this role supports a growing portfolio of 25+ corporate partners spanning financial services, energy, healthcare, retail, CPG, telecom and media industry sectors. Working closely with Venture Services, this group leads post-sale activities including onboarding and active account management, liaising with a variety of groups across the organization to deliver value-added services per the contracted agreement, while supporting the account expansion and renewal process. Key activities will include: meeting logistics, events coordination, communications and partner relations.


What you’ll be doing

  • Help plan and organize the delivery of our programs and events including booking space, liaising with presenters, organizing marketing,day-of event logistics and collecting event feedback 
  • Events may be related to corporate innovation, venture showcases, thought leaders, investor events or events on behalf of a corporate partner – all part of the MaRS mission to help innovators succeed
  • Coordinate a calendar of events including both MaRS supported and other relevant events that we attend/speak at/support in the community
  • Develop strong working relationships with members of Venture Services, Events and Communications teams
  • Assist in reporting on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis 
  • Update the corporate and My.MaRS databases to ensure MaRS’ centralized database is accurate and up-to-date 
  • Coordinate and lead inbound and outbound communication activities including channels like Slack, MailChimp, Eventbrite, etc. in collaboration with our Communications team
  • Maintain organization and smooth workflow between internal and external stakeholders by using relevant project management software and communication tools (Asana, Harvest, Outlook, etc.)
  • Create and manage Eventbrite events with the assistance of the MaRS Communication team ensuring that marketing is within brand guidelines 
  • Administrative duties to support the Corporate Engagement team


You will have:                    

  • University or college degree; communications, marketing or business is an asset
  • 1-2 years’ work experience; client-facing experience required 
  • Experience working with Outlook, Salesforce, Eventbrite, MailChimp, SurveyMonkey (or similar)
  • Familiarity with project coordination and software like Asana is an asset 
  • Proficient in MS Office applications; ability to learn and use software programs 

Other Skills

  • Service minded, with the ability to support and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders 
  • Excellent organization and time management skills 
  • Highly attentive to details; accurate data entry skills 
  • Agile learner – ability to solve problems 
  • Proactive and collaborative team player who thrives on coordinating and interacting with multiple people and on multiple projects 
  • Manages shifting priorities while maintaining core program responsibilities 
  • Strong communication (both written and verbal) skills required 
  • Strong interest in entrepreneurship and startups 
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision while also effectively collaborating with staff and partner institutions

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queen’s Park subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

  • Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS
  • A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, summer golf day, and more
  • The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym memberships
  • Indoor bike parking and showers

Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful. 

Working conditions

Open-concept office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Some evening events support may be occasionally required

Open-concept office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Some evening events support may be occasionally required

Applications are due by 6:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date indicated at the top of this job posting.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

Please apply through our MaRS Career Portal here: