LEDlab Is Hiring!
LEDlab is seeking our next cohort of talented, curious, dynamic, and driven graduate students for our 2016/17 program! Apply until June 12th for one of five paid internships in social innovation and social enterprise.
The Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab), initiated and closely supported by Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU, incubates community-driven social enterprise for a more vibrant and inclusive local economy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We do this by partnering with local organizations and leaders, resourcing them with talented full-time graduate students, and working collectively with experts in a ‘lab’ format to develop shared skills and knowledge, collaborate, and test new ideas to change the local economic system over time.
Our intended outcomes are to:
- Catalyze new economic activity that benefits the local low-income community;
- Equip local individuals, organizations, and networks with the tools, methods, processes and agency to advance future ideas on their own; and to
- Build stronger networks and opportunities for collaboration and coordination amongst inner city organizations, residents, businesses and other stakeholders.
We are looking for five talented, dynamic, curious, and driven graduate students to join our team in September 2016 to help incubate community-driven social enterprise. This is an eight-month, paid, full-time internship opportunity.
Each Project Coordinator will be matched with an existing organization with a set of objectives and deliverables. You will receive orientation and training in design thinking, community economic development, social innovation, business model development, and developmental evaluation. You will be primarily responsible for determining appropriate methodologies to achieve the goals of your work. You will also be expected to contribute to lab activities including research, communications, and partner engagement. You will be supervised by your placement organization, and receive ongoing mentorship and support from the LEDlab team. Check out the Project Coordinator Learning Objectives to get an idea of what you will experience.
There are currently five open positions with the Local Economic Development Lab. Please read through each description, and apply to one position only.
You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply. No exceptions, sorry! We can accept applicants from any program/department and any university in Canada.
Potluck Cafe Society – Knack 2.0
The Binners’ Project – Scaling Pilot Initiatives
Hives for Humanity – Building Bee Space
Portland Hotel Society – Honest Bikes
Simpson Society – ReBuild
Is this you?
- You’re a doer, you see opportunity everywhere and have experience getting your ideas off the ground;
- You value being able to work quickly, fail fast, and iterate based on what works and what doesn’t;
- You use strategic partnerships and collaboration to connect and leverage resources around your vision;
- You are transparent in your work, embrace vulnerability, and are generous with your knowledge and experience; and
- You think the economy should work for people, and not the other way around.
How to Apply:
Apply by sending a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Kiri Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, Sunday June 12th, 2016. Please apply to one position only, and identify which position you are applying for in the subject of the email.
In your cover letter, address the following questions:
- Why do you want to join the LEDlab team? (100 words)
- Tell us about the skills you have to get the job done (150 words)
- Tell us about an experience that has profoundly changed you (150 words)
- Tell us about a time you tried something and failed. What happened next? (150 words)
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