Job Opening: Administration and Research Assistant (internship)

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a collaborative partnership originally founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, the MaRS Centre, and the PLAN Institute. SiG believes that complex, persistent, and “wicked” social and ecological problems can be solved. Our focus is enhancing Canada’s resilience by engaging the creativity and resources of all sectors to collaborate on social innovations that have impact, durability, and scale.

SiG National is looking for an Administration and Research Assistant to work closely with the Executive Director, Communications Manager and Communications and Research Associate to help coordinate details related to event planning, travel arrangements, administration, finance and research tasks for the office.

At a time when “the need and desire for change is profound,” this is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic professional context to experiment with a different way of telling a story, learning new practices for tipping systems, and helping to create new possibilities for building resilience.


  • Administrative, planning and project strategy follow-up support for the Executive Director, SiG National

  • Manage the calendar and scheduling of the Executive Director, SiG National

  • Tracking of the Executive Director’s expenses and tracking overview systems of SiG budget

  • Complete basic accounting functions such as preparing expenses and/or processing of invoices as requested.

  • Supporting coordination and outcome tracking of the SiG National staff team meetings

  • Event logistical support for initiatives undertaken by SiG National and other SiG nodes using MaRS Discovery District facilities

  • Supporting the social innovation intelligence gathering by scanning, highlighting and synthesizing relevant news and analysis

  • Drive engagement with SiG online platforms – website, Knowledge Hub, social media communities;

  • Support and research for other SiG staff as required

  • Ensure that couriers, vendors, maintenance and service people are dealt with promptly and courteously, and generally monitors the activities, comings and goings for the area

  • Provides front-line support and assistance at selected events as necessary. Tasks may include; preparing nametags, attendee lists and other event materials, registration supports and general trouble-shooting.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of social innovation and its related processes, or a keen willingness to learn quickly the concepts that comprise the foundation of our work

  • Have excellent oral and written communications skills and be able to engage with all actors respectfully

  • Utilize strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities; have a willingness to “roll-up your sleeves” and personally handle all aspects of an activity

  • Be detail-oriented and self-motivated

  • Have the ability to work independently

  • Demonstrate proficiency in effectively utilizing social media for professional purposes (blogging, Facebook, twitter, etc.)

  • Have proven experience writing and editing

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, peace and justice studies, anthropology or another area of the humanities considered an asset

  • Bookkeeping experience and knowledge of Excel and Powerpoint considered an asset

  • Strong working knowledge of Mac and the Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

  • Energetic team player with cooperative attitude

  • Solid organizational skills required to handle a variety of tasks

  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing demands

  • Ability to use good judgment in assessing challenging situations

  • Enthusiastic and willing to expand on responsibilities and professional abilities


This is a full-time internship position based in Toronto, paid through the Career Edge system on a monthly basis. You may need to demonstrate you meet Career Edge requirements to apply.

How To Apply

Please register with Career Edge and provide a cover letter articulating your suitability for the position. Then along with your resume, please attach a statement articulating your interest in working to foster an ecosystem of Canadian social innovation (approx. 300-400 words).

Please submit your application by 5:00pm ET, Monday October 6th to the attention of:

Geraldine Cahill, Manager of Communications, SiG National

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About Geraldine Cahill

Manager, Programs and Partnerships, SiG National


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