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Engineers Without Borders Job Opportunity (March 7, 2008)

Hello everyone. One of my favourite organizations – Engineers Without Borders – is looking to hire. Wanted to pass along the good news in case any readers are looking for some fun, interesting and rewarding work.

Up to three positions are on offer including

  1. Overall team management,
  2. fundraising – small individual donors, foundations and major gifts
  3. strategic communications/writing

If you are interested you can get more information at the EWB website.To apply, forward your resume and a letter of interest to George Roter. You’ll likely want to move quickly as they will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

Gordon Foundation Global Youth Fellowship

An annual tradition I’ve come to enjoy is putting up this post. The people at the Gordon foundation are wonderful and those I’ve talked to about this program have had very positive things to say. While our government may be running a shoddy foreign policy there are no shortage of interesting discussions or opportunities for Canadians. The new CIC fellowships, the dialogue over at Canada’s World,  are but two of the numerous new ways to write, think, talk or act on international issues…

Anyway, back to the Gordon Foundation:

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation has put out its call for applications for the 2008 Global Youth Fellowship program. The Fellowships are targeted towards emerging Canadian leaders who demonstrate potential to enhance Canada’s role on the world stage. The Fellowships will provide successful candidates with a cash award of $20,000 as well as other forms of support.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents between 24 – 35 years of age with previous international experience – paid or volunteer. They also need to demonstrate a sustained commitment to international issues through studies, career choices and volunteer activities.

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 10, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. EST

More information about the Fellowship programme, including application forms, guidelines and information on current and past Fellows, can be found on their website.

Great job postings

For those interested in the social sector, two great job postings come across my email yesterday

Online Organizer Job with ForestEthics

ForestEthics is seeking a creative and talented individual to be our Online Organizer who has at least 3 years experience in cutting edge online organizing campaigns. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing strategies to effectively use online organizing to help protect endangered forests and strengthen ForestEthics.

Since 1994, ForestEthics has played a leadership role in defining sustainable environmental practices for corporations and industry and has stopped the logging of more than seven million acres of Endangered Forests, including five million acres in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest; 1.2 million acres in the Inland Rainforests of British Columbia and a million acres in Chile

ForestEthics flagship public campaigns against industry giants Staples, Office Depot and Victoria’s Secret have resulted in dramatic new industry standards, as have the environmental commitments it has procured from some of the largest corporations on the planet, including Staples, Home Depot and Dell computers.

ForestEthics is an organization that engages people in North America in our campaigns to protect endangered forests. Without our volunteers, allies, activists, and our donors we would not be able to protect millions of acres of forests. We realize that effective online organizing is the key to increasing our impact by engaging more people in our campaigns and our organization. We are looking to find the person who can maximize our impact through online organizing.

Major responsibilities

  • Develop the strategy and implementation plans for online organizing for ForestEthics and all of our winning campaigns that build our impact over the long term
  • Write and edit compelling, concise, and engaging pieces that translate our complex issues into something that can be easily understood and acted on
  • Develop a strategy and manage ForestEthics blog and social network presence which includes reaching out to other blogs and online communities to promote our campaigns
  • Develop and Implement strategies to use our online organizing to increase the recruit offline volunteers, to develop new leaders, to create new donors and increase existing donors, and create offline pressure on our campaign targets
  • Develop strategies to integrate online organizing with each campaign and initiative
  • Train staff members on best practices for online organizing
  • Work with the development team to create and implement strategies to raise funds online
  • Establish specific goals and benchmarks for online activist growth, leader create, and funds raised
  • Work with people from our campaign department, communications department, development department, and other members of the organizing department
  • Produce reports on recruitment, fundraising, and advocacy campaigns
  • Participate in ForestEthics staff meetings, organizational planning and training sessions as necessary


  • Excellent analytical and strategic thinking capabilities as well as the ability to communicate clearly and compellingly to a wide range of audiences in writing.
  • Demonstrated expertise as a leader in online organizing and advocacy campaigns
  • Results oriented and strong strategic planning skills.
  • 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must have strong skills using online advocacy systems and databases. (ForestEthics uses Democracy in Action and Salesforce)
  • Demonstrated track record in collaboration in a multidepartmental organization .

Other Qualifications:

  • Passionate commitment to environmental issues, knowledge of forest issues and markets campaigns an asset.
  • Innovative entrepreneurial attitude
  • Self-starter capable of working both independently and in groups
  • Comfortable working in an ever-changing environment …

ForestEthics is an equal opportunity employer

Salary Range: DOE with competitive benefits package.

Application Process

Send a cover letter and resume to onlineorganiser@forestethics.org. Please include your name in the subject line and include a sample piece that you have written.

No phone calls, please. Only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

Ashoka Canada Director

Ashoka Canada is looking for senior social entrepreneurs willing to take the challenge to build an
entrepreneurial, competent and globally integrated citizen sector.

Challenge description:

Find and engage leading social entrepreneurs in Canada

  • Build diverse cutting-edge nominator network
  • Engage Fellows and nominators to grow the program
  • Draw on media as a source of nominations and to source journalists who will be interested in social change
  • Help innovations grow and expand globally
  • Connect Fellows with Fellows and support group entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Connect Fellows with decision makers in the private and public sectors and with social investors
  • Link Fellows with media
  • Link Fellows with our partners and other Ashoka initiatives (Changemakers, Youth Venture, CBI, FEC)
  • Place individual innovations into larger whole
  • Dialog with Fellows to analyze social change trends
  • Map social change ecosystem in Canada
  • Catalyze global collaborations
  • Build Business Social Bridges
  • Take every opportunity to create new bridges between Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs
  • Design and manage a streamlined operation
  • Mobilize resources needed to support the operation

About Ashoka:

Ashoka Canada is membership in something global.

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, is an international community of business and social entrepreneurs who are actively changing the fields in which they work. Ashoka lays claim to over 2,000 Fellows across 60 countries. Using a cutting edge nominator network, Ashoka chooses its applicants, locating the most innovative entrepreneurs with the strongest prospects for impact locally, nationally, and globally. Candidates are asked to stand for a rigorous qualification review addressing accomplishments, impact, creativity, personality and ethical fibre. In Canada, an exemplary Fellowship has emerged, made up of award-winning social entrepreneurs affecting change from Newfoundland to Victoria. This strategic selection process makes Ashoka an excellent
resource for Canadian policymakers, private funders and social investors interested in investing in massive, positive change.

Ashoka’s lifetime fellowship supports individuals, their ideas, and their organizations through the full cycle of social innovation. A three-year living stipend sanctions full-time devotion to projects, driving innovation evaluation and evolution. Strategic partnerships provide free training and consulting services for our Fellows to increase awareness and implementation of their innovative programs through McKinsey & Co., Hill & Knowlton, and the International Senior Lawyers Project. An international Fellowship network links citizen sector projects nationally and facilitates the export of proven models across continents and around the globe.

Our recruiting team looks for people who are entrepreneurial and collegial; who have a conscious dedication to ethical fiber, self-scrutiny, and empathy; and a strong self-image to effect positive change on a big scale. We also look for people who are broadly and passionately interested in the questions Ashoka addresses, and the historical change it seeks.

Applicants must have experience founding and leading organizations that have gone to scale.

Interested please send CV and presentation letter to canadainfo@ashoka.org before Sep 30th.

Chicago was great! So here's a job there…

Alison L. sent me this posting for a job that has come up in Chicago. Actually it was held by fellow Canada25 and all round cool guy Aly K.

The job sounds amazing and, as earlier posts can attest, Chicago is a great town!

Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago

The MacArthur Foundation seeks a Program Officer for its General Program. The Program Officer will take responsibility for developing and managing the Foundation’s work in three program areas – New Ideas Initiative, Arts and Culture in Chicago and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. From time to time, he or she may work on other grant making within the General Program. This diverse portfolio will require a Program Officer to help guide strategies for three distinctive programs at different stages of maturity. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity for a young professional with creativity and insight to guide important grant making at the Foundation.

The General Program has almost doubled in size over the last five years and in 2006 made $44 million in grants. During that time is has added two new projects – the New Ideas Initiative and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – both of which would be in the portfolio of this Program Officer.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

With assets of over $6 billion and grants and program-related investments totaling approximately $225 million annually, MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest private philanthropic foundations. The Foundation believes its grant making is most effective when focused on relatively few areas of work, combined with sufficient resources over a long enough period of time to make a measurable difference.

For more information about the requirements of the position, see: https://www.cytiva.com/cejobs/DetailMac.asp?mac47

If you are interested in the position, please send your resume to Aly Kassam-Remtulla at aremtulla@macfound.org

Canadian Foreign Policy Press Job

Foreign Policy buffs and International Relations geeks take note:

Embassy Newspaper has just informed me that they are looking for an entry level journalist. This is a great paper to work for. It is small, but has an influential readership: the foreign policy community in Ottawa. If you are starting out and want to learn how the sausage is made, this is probably one of the best places to work.

Journalism Job Posting

Embassy Newspaper is seeking a fulltime journalist to join its Ottawa-based newsroom. The position involves writing in-depth news and features in a fast paced independent newsroom. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in international issues and Canadian politics and be inclined to put time and energy into developing a deep understanding of the people and issues in these communities.

Strong writing, reporting and communication skills are a must.
Specialized knowledge or interest in an international area and language skills would be an asset.
Embassy has an influential readership of 49,000 and is published every Wednesday by The Hill Times. The newsroom environment is demanding but very positive and open.
Salary $26,000- 28,000 plus benefits and 3 weeks vacation per year and growth potential.

Applicants should submit a well written cover letter, a resume and writing samples in a word format or hard copy (No PDF’s) to:
Anne Marie Creskey
Embassy Newspaper
69 Sparks St
Ottawa ON
K1P 5A5

Also, on a completely separate note I’ve recently discovered Picket Boy’s behind the lines coverage of the Vancouver municipal strike now in its 3rd (or is it 4th?) week. For those interested it is worth a look. The two line summary so far is: it’s been a ballad of incompetence (the mayor) vs. miscalculation (the unions). The result is a race for irrelevance. Instead of predicting who will win, I suspect that, as is often the case in these types of negotiations, everybody will lose.

Hope to blog on it shortly.

Job Opportunity with Canada's World

Another Job Opportunity for those interested in Canadian Foreign Policy and International Issues.

Job Opportunity – Ethnocultural Outreach Coordinator

Term: 12 months, 28 hours per week
Rate: $27 per hour
Location: Vancouver
Ideal Start date: September 4, 2007
Application deadline: August 13, 2007

Canada’s World, a project of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, seeks a full-time Ethnocultural Outreach Coordinator to join our national team. Canada’s World is a national citizens’ dialogue aimed at creating a new vision for Canadian international policy. Our secretariat offices are based in Vancouver and we work in collaboration with a series of academic and non-profit organizations across the country.

The Ethnocultural Outreach Coordinator plays a pivotal role in this collaborative initiative. S/he will report to the Director of Canada’s World and work closely with staff, interns, volunteers and advisory committee members in engaging ethnocultural and diaspora communities in a series of dialogues about Canada’s place in the world.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, well organized, and detail oriented with a passion for, and knowledge of, international policy issues. S/he will be bilingual (French and English), enjoy working in a dynamic work environment and have strong networks within ethnocultural and diaspora communities. S/he will be experienced at facilitating community meetings, compiling tailored resource materials, organizing events and speaking to the media. S/he will possess a post-secondary degree in Arts, Social Sciences or a related field, and enjoy working with people.

Canada’s World is an equal opportunity employer. All interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and a 200 word response to the following question: What are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing Canada internationally in the next twenty years?

Applications should be mailed to:
Shauna Sylvestershaunas(at)canadasworld.ca,
Canada’s World Fellow,
SFU Centre for Dialogue,
3303 – 515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3

Job Posting @ Mars

This job opportunity came through from Ross W., a very cool looking job indeed. I know the MaRS team is excited about this new development. Contact info is at the bottom. Enjoy!

Director, Social Entrepreneurship

The MaRS Discovery District is seeking a Director, Social Entrepreneurship. Reporting to the CEO, the Director will assemble and lead a team of advisors focused on helping new and emerging social entrepreneurs refine, launch and scale their innovative ideas for creating transformative social change.

S/he will also lead Social Innovation Generation @ MaRS (SiG@MaRS) – a node in a new national network linking MaRS, the McConnell Foundation, the University of Waterloo and PLAN. Finally, the successful candidate will become a member of MaRS’ senior leadership team and contribute to the development and evolution of MaRS itself.

Position Overview

The person hired for this position will leverage MaRS’ expertise and networks in supporting emerging entrepreneurs to develop a new suite of programs and services focused on social entrepreneurship.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with the other SiG nodes to develop a national social innovation network, spanning idea generation, incubation, evolution and expansion
  • Building and leading a team with the expertise to help emerging social entrepreneurs test and launch their ideas and strengthen and grow their organizations
  • Selecting and coordinating a group of external mentors and advisors to work with emerging social ventures and their leadership teams
  • Developing course material/curricula/programming content, and assembling tools and templates that support social innovation
  • Creating opportunities to connect social innovators and their commercial counterparts
  • Build strategic initiatives in financing social ventures, knowledge transfer, and enabling technology platforms for social change
  • Identifying the key organizations active in this field across the country – and internationally – and developing a partnership strategy that includes government and the private sector
  • As a young, entrepreneurial organization, everyone at MaRS is expected to be flexible; specific duties/responsibilities will evolve, and staff will be expected to contribute to various projects as needed.


  • At least 5 years of experience in the social sector, including roles that involved team formation and leadership
  • Entrepreneurial experience either creating or building an early-stage venture
  • Knowledge of public policy and a proven ability to work with public, private and third sector partners
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Exceptional communications skills, both oral and written

About MaRS

MaRS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the economic and social mpact of Canadian innovation. The MaRS Centre – a 700,000 sf convergence centre in downtown Toronto houses over 65 organizations, from investors and scientists to entrepreneurs and policymakers.

Contact Information

Ross Wallace – Director, Corporate Strategy (416) 673-8126 – rwallace@marsdd.com
Applications for this position must be received by July 31, 2007.