New job posting: Innoweave Program Officer


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Innoweave Program Officer
1 year full-time position, with the possibility of renewal
Start date: flexible – Summer 2016
Location: Ottawa or Toronto preferred. Some flexibility to work in other locations.
Applications close May 23, 2016.

Innoweave is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with hundreds of leaders and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Innoweave’s objective is to help community organizations learn about and implement new tools and processes to effect large-scale change. The platform supports a range of modules to help organizations clarify their impact goals (and align activities to meet those goals), scale their impact, collaborate for transformative change, and learn and adapt as they innovate.
Additional details about the program can be found on
Position Summary:
Are you a motivated, self-starter with a passion for social innovation? Can you work directly with leaders in the non-profit sector to drive a focus on outcomes and a commitment to impact? Innoweave is looking for a Program Officer to support the delivery of our award-winning capacity-building program.
The Innoweave initiative is built around a set of tools and approaches that builds the knowledge and capacity of the non-profit sector to innovate their models and increase their impact. Since launching more than three years ago, Innoweave has led multiple activities across Canada, including outreach, workshops and the delivery of coaching and grants for non-profit organizations. Moving forward, the initiative will continue to connect with Canadian non-profits to help assess their need for social innovation, motivate them to build strategies for increasing their impact, and provide support as they move their ideas to implementation and results.
Innoweave supports organizations across the non-profit sector, regardless of their issue area.. Innoweave also has special initiatives that focus on improving outcomes for youth (program based in Ontario) and reducing the social isolation of Canadian seniors (national program).
Innoweave Program Officers must manage multiple priorities at once, including:

  • outreach and relationship-management with partners, prospective participants, and others
  • setting up and supporting the delivery of in-person and web-based information sessions and workshops
  • contributing to external communications, including through the maintenance of and other major communications systems, such as newletters and social media
  • supporting and assessing the knowledge development and capacity of high-potential non-profits engaged in Innoweave’s modules
  • working directly with non-profit leaders to coach and support the development of their Innoweave-supported initiatives
  • operating nationally with non-profit organizations and a network of coaches to deliver support wherever it is needed

The Innoweave environment is fast-paced and dynamic; Program Officers excel when they demonstrate an ability to assess a situation quickly, frame problems correctly and and suggest well-supported solutions or ways forward that help advance their own responsibilities, as well as the goals of the program and its users. Execution is key, so being able to manage your own workflow is important, particularly in a home or remote office environment. Innoweave Program Officers should be prepared to work with multiple lines of the program (e.g. across multiple modules, special initiatives, geographies, and with different program partners); to leverage opportunities for serving multiple program objectives; and to take responsibility for contributing to program learnings and process improvements.

  • Work one-on-one with non-profit organizations and collaborative groups throughout Canada to provide coaching support and other capacity building assistance
  • Engage key stakeholders, including workshop hosts, prospective program users, workshop and grant applicants, government partners etc.
  • Set up and run webinars and workshops, including logistical coordination and assessment of applications;
  • Support the assessment and administration of funding requests;
  • Support the management of systems including the website, registration system, CRM system, communications systems, and coaches database;
  • Support program evaluation and reporting;
  • Support resource development for the Innoweave modules (e.g. content/tools development);


  • Passionate about helping nonprofits achieve their mission through a focus on outcomes
  • Understanding of social innovation concepts and their application (e.g. Developmental Evaluation, Collective Impact)
  • Knowledge of the non-profit and community sector in Canada
  • Process and detail oriented; capable of delivering program elements to a high-standard
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to draft and deliver diverse communications materials (blog posts, event listings, newsletters, external presentations, social media, etc)
  • Excellent client and relationship management skills
  • Ability to self-motivate and accomplish workplan in a remote (e.g. home office) environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with internal team members, external partners
  • Comfortable with technology, including web-based systems such as Google Apps, SurveyMonkey, Salesforce and other platforms
  • Willingness to travel (occasional travel will be required)
  • English fluency is essential, Bilingualism is an asset
  • Coaching and facilitation skills and experience are a strong asset


  • Full-time position
  • 1 year with the possibility of extension
  • Compensation commensurate with experience

To apply: Complete the online application and attach your CV. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applications close May 23, 2016.