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Associate, Capital Advisory Services

  • Posted:Oct 15, 2018
  • Apply by:Oct 29, 2018
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Economic Development
  • Impact Category
  • Impact Investing
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

About MaRS

Toronto's MaRS Discovery District is one of the world's largest urban innovation centres, cultivating high-impact ventures and equipping innovators to drive economic and social prosperity in Canada. MaRS supports entrepreneurs in the sectors of media and technology, cleantech and healthcare by providing them with advice, education and market research, and connecting them to talent, customers and capital. An independent registered charity, MaRS also works with private and public sector partners to create solutions that open market access for ventures and generate social impact.

A growing number of governments, organizations and individuals are exploring new business models to tackle social challenges. They are turning to the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing to help bring ideas to life.  
As a result, new opportunities to utilize analytical, financial and consulting skills are opening up in this emerging field. 
About the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (MCII)  

The Centre for Impact Investing is a leading impact investment intermediary dedicated to advancing impact investing in Canada and globally. Since 2011 we’ve helped put more than $100M to work improving lives.   

The Associate reports to the Manager and is supported by other Centre and MaRS colleagues. Compensation will be competitive within the field of impact investment and be commensurate with experience.
About this Opportunity:

The Associate will work within the Capital Advisory group to support the growing portfolio of client-centered projects.  These projects are diverse and could range from analyzing new investment opportunities in Canada to designing and structuring new investment products (e.g., social impact bonds). 
Candidate Profile

You are a young professional looking to develop expertise in the impact investment field by joining our small, entrepreneurial team. You have the following attributes and qualifications:

  • 2-4 years of experience in a professional services field (e.g., consulting, finance, law, etc.)
  • University degree in a related field or relevant experience
  • An interest in finding new solutions to influence change in social issues (e.g., homelessness, chronic disease, unemployment, at-risk youth, etc.)  
  • Strong financial acumen (e.g., financial analysis and modeling, budgeting, cost accounting)
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications
  • Intellectual curiosity; results-oriented; determined and hard-working
  • A desire to learn and grow in this new field
  • Leadership characteristics

The Associate is responsible for the following activities:
  • Support the Capital advisory team to provide value to clients. Some of the activities may include:
  • Developing conceptual and financial models of new investment opportunities
  • Analyzing information to evaluate investment opportunities for clients
  • Evaluating primary research and data on specific interventions to determine efficacy and scale potential
  • Managing work processes, developing presentations and/or written deliverables on client files
  • Actively contributing in team and client meetings
  • Conducting research and helping secure new business opportunities
  • Staying current with national and global developments in areas of impact investment
  • Developing proposals for new opportunities

This position is based at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Although most of the work will be based in Toronto, there may be travel based on the location of clients. 

Working Conditions

Open-concept office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Some evening events support may be occasionally required

Applications are due by 6:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date indicated at the top of this job posting.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

About us

Based in Toronto’s Discovery District, MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub.

Focusing on four key sectors – health, energy & environment, finance & commerce and work & learning – MaRS supports more than 1,000 ventures that are striving to make the world a better place. MaRS provides these ventures with expert advice, and connects them to capital, talent and new markets to accelerate their growth and scale up their impact. 

MaRS is also home to cutting-edge research institutes advancing knowledge in areas like healthcare and artificial intelligence, as well as the Canadian offices for several globally leading tech companies like Facebook, PayPal, Autodesk and Airbnb. 

View our Impact Profile

Our Impact

MaRS supports scaling ventures that create jobs, increase prosperity and help tackle important societal issues like climate change or rising healthcare costs. 

MaRS has also been instrumental in growing Canada’s market for socially conscious investments through its Centre for Impact Investing and SVX online investing platform. 

On the capital side, MaRS manages a fund (MaRS Catalyst Fund) that invests in companies creating positive social or environmental change, and also manages the StandUp Ventures fund, which invests in women-led tech startups.

What it's like to work here

The MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub. It draws 6,000 researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to work each day at a diverse, curated tenant mix of startups, scaleups and multinational high-tech companies in the building. 

MaRS itself is a lean organization with a flat management structure. Dedicated to supporting startups, the culture is entrepreneurial and employees are encouraged to find unique solutions to problems. Teams tend to be small and responsible for the full lifecycle of a project, from ideation and design to development and rollout. 

MaRS employees enjoy extras, such as:

i. Access to a wide range of tech industry events that take place in the MaRS Centre, such as the MaRS Mornings entrepreneur talks. 

ii. An active social committee that organizes regular events, “serendipity coffees” to meet members of other teams, a summer games tournament, team-building outings and summer golf day.

iii. MaRS softball team, free weekly yoga in the atrium, and discounted gym memberships

iv. Indoor bike parking and showers 

Career Growth Opportunities

Career growth at MaRS is fostered by the breadth of experiences and educational opportunities available to employees, as well as exposure to startups, entrepreneurs and diverse networks. Personal development opportunities set the foundation for a successful career within and beyond the organization.

For employees at an earlier stage in their career, the innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurial environment offer opportunities to develop expertise in some of the most important sectors of the economy.

What We Look For When Hiring

MaRS seeks candidates who have an entrepreneurial spirit, who are collaborative and team-oriented and share a passion for innovation and MaRS’ mission. 

Candidates should be motivated by the prospect of continuous learning, improving their skills and being given the responsibility to manage projects and find novel solutions to problems.  

MaRS looks for people whose unique personal experiences and background can add to its culture of innovation. 

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