Communications and Research Associate

  • Posted:May 07, 2018
  • Apply by:June 06, 2018
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Economic Development
  • Impact Category
  • Social Good
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

About Social Capital Partners 
Social Capital Partners was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Young. We tackle important social problems by developing creative and high-risk solutions, then work to make the best of them real. We are guided by where and how we can have the greatest impact.
 
We don't want to own our ideas long-term. So, we design solutions that can be adopted and scaled by others, and work with lots of partners. We are proud that this approach has allowed us to play early and influential roles in social finance, social enterprise and demand-led social hiring.
 
Today, we are thinking about workforce development, impact investing, community businesses and the future of work (we didn’t say laser-like focus was a particular strength!). 

Despite the seriousness of what we work on, we try to be as quirky and cheeky as subject areas allow, and would like to bring in someone who writes that way!

Job Details
Social Capital Partners is looking for a Communications and Research Associate.  If you are passionate about public policy issues, communications and the social sector - keep on reading. 

What’s in it for you?

  • This is a chance to be a part of a leading social purpose organization and apply your researching and writing skills and thinking to cutting edge economic and technology issues. 
  • We are a small organization and you will have an important role to help make a difference in our company, share our ideas and tell our story.  
  • You can express your creativity. We’re looking for someone who expresses themselves in interesting and fun ways, and wants to experiment with writing that challenges the academic nature of most writing in this space.
What you will do
  • Transform our big (and not-so-big and possibly dumb) ideas into compelling stories and articles - maybe even a white paper or two. 
  • Work closely with senior leadership to develop and enhance our communications materials. 
  • Research economic and public policy issues (we are not going for academic quality here – our research goals are to be sufficient to defend a point of view that will prompt further discussion).
  • Write and share editorials based on your research about issues that are important to Social Capital Partners, including but not limited to: employment and training, local economies, impact investing and future of work. 
  • Maximize exposure for our ideas through creative use of social media and PR with to the goal of prompting important and challenging conversations and driving people to action.

What skills we are looking for 
  • A communications style that fits with our personality as an organization. If we understand our personality (which is hard to know for sure) we believe this to be quirky, challenging, with both humour and as little fear as possible.
  • Ability to carry out policy analysis and communicate key ideas to diverse audiences. 
  • The ability to grasp complex topics and synthesize, communicate and organize them clearly.
  • The ability to produce clear, concise written reports and a knack for talking to range of expert and non-subject expert audiences in an accessible way.
  • The ability to write engaging blog-style opinion pieces.
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Great organizational and learning skills. 
  • Self-starter who can work independently and within a team, as necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Understanding of social media platforms (Medium, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn).

About you personally 
  • You may be an experienced journalist looking for a stable income while building a freelance career.
  • You have similar experience at a think tank or in public policy and want more creative and topical freedom. 
  • You need to work at an organization who’s purpose is aligned with yours.
  • You are curious about the world and how it works.
  • You are willing to challenge things you don’t agree with, but are not dogmatic and open to changing your view in the face of a better argument.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and able to create useful work for yourself
  • You recognize there are problems with the current economic structure and are interested in writing about it.
  • You want to produce writing that people care about and have examples of writing to share. 

Perks
  • Build your portfolio of work and influence the type of content we create- there will be few constraints and lots of freedom in how you speak and how you write. 
  • Receive guidance and mentoring from senior leadership.
  • Opportunity to meet leaders in the field and learn the many aspects of our business.
  • Negotiable work schedule- we’re flexible to your schedule (option to work 3, 4 or 5 days a week, allowing for time for independent work). 
  • A great office in a nice part of Toronto – Spadina and Adelaide.
  • Competitive salary
Notes: 
Full time permanent 
3-5 days/week depending on candidate
Salary Range for 5 day week: $40K-65K commensurate with experience 

 

About us

Social Capital Partners was founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Young. We tackle important social problems by developing creative and high-risk solutions, then work to make the best of them real. We are guided by where and how we can have the greatest impact.
 
We don't want to own our ideas long-term. So, we design solutions that can be adopted and scaled by others, and work with lots of partners. We are proud that this approach has allowed us to play early and influential roles in social finance, social enterprise and demand-led social hiring.
 
Today, we are thinking about workforce development, impact investing, community businesses and the future of work (we didn’t say laser-like focus was a particular strength!). 
 

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