We’re Hiring! Social Innovation Generation (SiG) Communications Intern

Organization: MaRS Discovery District
Industry: Not-for-profit
# of Positions: 1
Position: Communications Intern

Posted: Dec 12, 2013
Application Deadline: Jan 03, 2014
Start Date: Feb 03, 2014
Term of Internship: 9 months

Address: 101 College Street, Suite 100,
Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7

Job Description:

Social Innovation Generation (SiG) is a collaborative partnership comprised of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Centre in Toronto, 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. Visit our website for more information.

SiG National is looking for an Intern to contribute to its team. To allow social innovations to flourish, the SiG intern will contribute to our goal to support whole systems change through changing the broader economic, cultural, and policy context in Canada.

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Intern will have a broad portfolio of responsibilities, engaging across program related activities, with a strong focus on communications, educational materials development, promotional activities and social media. With a small team around you, this is a terrific opportunity for you to build a portfolio of communications assets as you begin your career.

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.


  • Support the Communications Manager in the execution of a broad strategy to foster cross-sector understanding of social innovation processes;
  • Inspire and inform our organization and emerging communities through editorial coordination of the blog;
  • Support the development and marketing of our knowledge mobilization strategy;
  • Drive engagement with SiG online platforms – website, Knowledge Hub, social media communities;
  • Assist the Communications Manager in the marketing strategy, publication and dissemination of SiG knowledge products;
  • Actively engage online networks in the development of social innovation understanding and applicability to Canada
  • Provide logistical support to development activities related to the Inspiring Action for Social Impact series including meeting coordination and research support;
  • Support lab development lead in research
  • Pursue self-directed projects as inspired that result in outstanding written, visual, or audio content; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education:


Mandatory Qualifications:

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated experience and/or ability in the development of communications products – audio and/or videoand/or written;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Understanding of online community development and animation;
  • Interest in the fields of social innovation, public policy and finance;
  • Proven research capabilities;
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated;
  • An openness to evolving responsibilities;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and in teams; and
  • Proficiency at multitasking and prioritizing time and workload.

Additional Qualifications:

The following qualifications are considered an asset:

  • Demonstrable understanding of website processes, basic HTML, WordPress and other content platforms
  • Demonstrable understanding of design applications, particularly Adobe CS suite

Other Information:

Social Innovation Generation (National) is based at the MaRS Centre in downtown Toronto.

Employer Question #1:

Why does working for SiG appeal to you?

Employer Question #2:

What experiences in your past qualify you for this opportunity?

Employer Question #3:

What examples of social innovation in Canada or around the world inspire you?

To apply, please register on Career Edge and submit your application through Career Edge’s job posting “Social Innovation Generation(SiG)/ Communications Intern.”

FACULTY POSITION OPENING – Social-Ecological Innovation

Date Posted: October 14, 2013

Region: Ontario

Institution: University of Waterloo

Discipline: Environmental Studies

Web Link: http://uwaterloo.ca/environment-resource-studies/

The Department of Environment and Resource Studies – ERS (http://uwaterloo.ca/environment-resource-studies/) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, in the area of social innovation for resilience in linked social-ecological systems, with a special emphasis on the role of social media in social innovation.

The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) (www.sig.uwaterloo.ca) is based in the Faculty of Environment with faculty members in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies and the School for Environment Enterprise and Development. This position will be based within the Department of Environment and Resource Studies. The successful candidate will join the WISIR interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on innovation in intractable social-ecological problem domains where the interface may include – but is not limited to – social and technical innovation and its impact on the transformation of a wide range of problem domains. Academic training in and experience with complexity theory, innovation theory, resilience theory and their application to linked social-ecological problem domains would be an asset.

Under the auspices of ERS, WISIR is currently initiating a new courses based on different topics as Master’s degree in social-ecological innovation, Security Certificate on security courses in Brisbane, geared at attracting change agents from private, public and not for profit organizations as well as researchers interested in the topic area. The successful candidate would have primary responsibility for teaching within this program. To that end, the critical skill a candidate needs is an ability to teach a course in the relationship between social media, social networks and innovation. The capacity to teach one or more of the following is highly desirable:

o Governance for Social-Ecological Innovation

o Social Finance

o System/Institutional Entrepreneurship

o Designing intervention processes for accelerating social-ecological innovation

The Department of Environment and Resource Studies offers an undergraduate program that admits over 100 students annually, the department already offers a dedicated master’s and a doctoral degree (combined admission of about 30 students annually). For four decades, the Department of Environment and Resource Studies has promoted and advanced transdisciplinary approaches to human-environment relations. Three broad conceptual themes guide our teaching, learning, and scholarly inquiry:

• assessing the theoretical foundations and practical implications of progress toward a sustainable society, and application of this analysis as a broad context for specific work;

• understanding socio-ecological interrelations as dynamic complex systems vulnerable to being over-stressed by human activities; and

• examining conventional and alternative social arrangements, including institutions and tools of governance, as means of improving human wellbeing and environmental responsibility.

WISIR was established in the Faculty of Environment in 2010. It is primarily a research institute, with a focus on:

• analyzing intractable problem domains as complex systems that are best understood by using a system perspective as well as a resilience framework to illuminate the dynamics of change and continuity

• understanding the dynamics of social innovation, including the origin of social inventions, how social inventions are disseminated and how they are scaled up to change the broader institutional context including the broad social, economic and cultural rules which govern our society and environment.

• understanding the roles and skills of social entrepreneurs, institutional entrepreneurs and policy entrepreneurs and how they interact to catalyze and support the dynamics of social innovation.

WISIR participates in Social Innovation Generation, a Canada wide initiative funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to build the capacity for social innovation in Canada.

There are many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Waterloo, which has increasing strength across faculties in complexity, resilience and innovation. ERS and WISIR work closely with such centers as the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI), the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (ERA), the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship &Technology Centre (CBET), the Centre for Knowledge Integration (CKI) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent; an active fundable research program relevant to a transdisciplinary approach as described in this ad; demonstrated ability in publishing in relevant peer-reviewed journals; and demonstrated commitment to and quality of teaching at all levels.

Applicants should submit a letter of application stating the nature of their interest in this position, career objectives, approach to learning and teaching (including a teaching portfolio of courses taught or would like to teach) and research goals. Accompanying that letter, applicants must include a current curriculum vita and a submission that identifies four referees and their addresses that may be contacted for references. Please also include selected and relevant recent publications.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The application package should be sent via email to:

Lynda Connolly, Administrative Manager,

Department of Environment & Resource Studies,

University of Waterloo,

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, CANADA;

E-mail: connoll@uwaterloo.ca

Salary range will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2014.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities

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