LEDlab Is Hiring!
LEDlab is seeking our next cohort of talented, curious, dynamic, and driven graduate students for our 2017/18 program! Apply by midnight on June 13th for any of the four paid internships in social innovation.
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 four talented, dynamic, curious, and driven graduate students to join our team in September 2017 to help incubate community-driven social projects. 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, 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 four open positions with the Local Economic Development Lab. Please read through each description.
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.
Buy Social Canada – Social Procurement Value Proposition – Help Buy Social demonstrate to governments and anchor institutions the importance of social procurement policies, strategies and frameworks! Policy wonks welcome!
EMBERS – Design @ the Lux – A service and information design project that will enable new forms of collaboration to take place at the low barrier income generation hub!
EMBERS + Advisory Committee – Handmade Downtown Eastside – Building bridges for micro-entrepreneurship, makers, and artists. You’re entrepreneurial and a self-starter.
Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association – Building Pipeline for Social Enterprise – Building a neighbourhood sales organization. You’re experienced in process design and sales strategy!
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:
Please apply by completing and sending this job application form along with your CV and a Writing Sample to Ara Beittoei at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, June 13, 2017. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email.
If you intend to apply to more than one position, please complete an application for each position and be sure to provide a description of the skill sets you have to get the job done for that specific position (2nd question in application form).
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