Social R&D Program Assistant

Social R&D Program Assistant

Posted On

Dec 12, 2019

Closing Date

Dec 15, 2019



Reporting to: Social R&D Program Manager

Location: Toronto (preferred, but open to candidates working from different locations)

Position Type: Full time, fixed term

Length of Contract: 17 months, with possibility for extension or renewal

Compensation: 40-45K commensurate with experience + benefits after probationary period


About The Social Innovation Institute

The Social Innovation Institute is an affiliate of The Centre for Social Innovation, sharing its mission of inspiring, supporting and catalyzing social innovation to create a world where people and planet come first. 

A registered charitable organization, SII’s helps organizations tackle systemic social, environmental and economic challenges. We do this by providing inclusive social innovation education and training, building connections, and providing affordable access to coworking spaces for those facing economic barriers. Our programs include Social Innovation Canada, the Social Innovation for Systems Change Curriculum and the Social R&D Ecosystem Mobilization Initiative. 


About the Program Assistant

We’re looking for a dynamic Program Assistant who is enthusiastic, organized and driven, a professional with a passion for this work and for our people and planet first values. As the Program Assistant, you’ll report to the Program Manager and work closely with the SII and CSI teams to help manage workflow, drive efficiencies and support the overall performance of the team.

You will be playing an important role delivering a new initiative, The Social R&D Program Ecosystem Mobilization Program, and supporting the administration of this program across other programs, organizations and initiatives. The project is a collaboration of The Social Innovation Institute and tThe McConnell Foundation, with additional support provided by Innoweave and the Centre for Social Innovation.


As with all members of the CSI and SII staff team, you will be expected to:

  • Connect people and ideas

  • Brighten peoples’ days

  • Be at the heart of an incredible community

  • Build social networks

  • Create a culture of openness, sharing, and caring


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to the SII program team such as room bookings, preparing expense reports

  • Maintain shared project folders and information management systems

  • Coordinate travel and other bookings for program team and project consultants

  • Prepare minutes from Advisory and other team meetings

  • Provide logistical support that supports program delivery, including setting up calls, booking meetings, managing schedules, room bookings and catering, etc.

  • Support the production of Social R&D tools, such as liaising with suppliers and internal stakeholders

  • Trouble-shoot technical and administrative problems

  • Other administrative duties, as needed



  • +3 years of work experience in EA or other project coordination roles

  • Proficiency in google suite and excel

  • Previous experience working in social and environmental fields an asset

  • Minimum college or undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience

  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills

  • Strong customer-service orientation

  • Able to multi-task and manage multiple priorities

  • Able to work Monday-Friday during daytime business hours (e.g. 9am to 5pm, or 10am to 6pm) and occasionally after hours. Some travel may be required. Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.


  • Resilience and Accountability. You bring those qualities out in other people and see setbacks as learning opportunities.

  • You’re a resourceful self-starter with a positive attitude and comfortable with complexity.

  • Detail oriented. You like deadlines and budgets and like bringing these structures to enabling projects and partners to achieve shared goals.


What you can expect working at the Social Innovation Institute

We are a dynamic and collaborative team invested in our mission. We are constantly seeking to improve processes and increase our impact.

We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.


How to Apply

Click here to apply! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 15, 2019. Please submit your resume and cover letter as soon as you are interested. We expect to fill the position quickly.

Please note that we may invite you to an interview with only a few days notice, and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about the Social Innovation Institute and the Centre for Social Innovation visit For more information about Social Innovation Canada, visit

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