SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DIRECTOR

SUMMARY

Forests Intl.’s mission is to fight climate change by empowering rural communities to thrive with nature. We embrace social enterprise as a tool for advancing this mission, and have created a number of businesses and organizations to grow our impact. Together, we save old forests and plant new forests. We bring clean energy and clean water to remote island communities. And we build supply chains connecting New Brunswick to London to Zanzibar in the most unlikely but transformative partnerships.

Together, we have created a place where good ideas become reality - and now we are building an ecosystem where good ideas can grow.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Social Enterprise Director will help Forests Intl. build out an ecosystem of mission-driven people and organizations by providing business supports to partners around the world. They will work with a deeply collaborative team to:

Write the playbook . . .
Formalize the organization’s process framework for climate smart enterprise creation so that it can be replicated more frequently and more rapidly. Or in other words, make sense of our approach to turning program innovations into new startups so we can share our model and make it better.

Increase the impact . . .
Help grow existing social enterprise initiatives including climate smart spice trading in Zanzibar and carbon offsetting in the Acadian forest. Identify and evaluate additional social enterprise opportunities to guide forward strategies.

Grow the network . . .
Facilitate the launch of the Ecosystem Collective, a multi-stakeholder cooperative for people and companies that put fighting climate change at the core of their mission. Guide members to consensus and action.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Assist people and companies in the fair trade and low-carbon sectors with market assessment, financial modeling, and sales with the goal of increasing revenues and creating 2 new businesses (currently incubated) over 12 months.
• Pursue capital opportunities for social enterprises including community capital options such as New Brunswick’s Community Economic Development Corporations (CEDCs).
• Establish a data collection and evaluation system to track collective impact and guide strategic decisions within the ecosystem.
• Bring key leaders to the Ecosystem Collective.
• Guide members to consensus and action to achieve the mission of the Ecosystem Collective.

EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES

• Mission driven to fight climate change and uphold Forests Intl.’s core values of trust, empowerment, and sustainable abundance.
• Ability to work effectively within and across diverse teams and sectors.
• Experience in business development, entrepreneurship, and sales.
• Financial modeling, reporting, and management experience.
• Strong communication skills in writing and speaking.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong leadership skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience working or living in diverse cultures.
• 5+ years in a leadership position or running your own business.
• B.B.A / M.B.A
• Ability to locate creative solutions to complex problems.
• Track record of successful project design and execution for social impact.

APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV outlining your experience as it relates to this job description and provide an expected salary range for the position. Send materials to jobs@forestsinternational.org with the subject heading ‘Social Enterprise Director’.

Forests Intl. is committed to diversity in our workplace and encourages applications from racially visible persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We hope that’s you : )

COMMUNITY CAPITAL OFFICER

SUMMARY

Forests Intl.’s mission is to fight climate change by empowering rural communities to thrive with nature. We embrace social enterprise as a tool for advancing this mission, and have created a number of businesses and organizations to grow our impact. Together, we save old forests and plant new forests. We bring clean energy and clean water to remote island communities. And we build supply chains connecting New Brunswick to London to Zanzibar in the most unlikely but transformative partnerships.

Together, we have created a place where good ideas become reality - and now we are building an ecosystem where good ideas can grow.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Community Capital Officer will help Forests Intl. build out an ecosystem of mission-driven people and organizations by providing financial planning and management supports to partners around the world. They will work with a deeply collaborative team to:

Manage low-carbon investment opportunities . . .
Coordinate with social impact startups, the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of NB, and the public at large to mobilize new equity crowdfunding vehicles, specifically Community Economic Development Corporations (CEDC), in support of low-carbon economic development regionally.

Support data-driven decision making . . .
Help grow Forests Intl.’s in-house data collection and management platform, FieldVIEW, to include Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to both individual and collective impact strategies within an emerging ecosystem of climate smart organizations and business.

Build regenerative financial plans . . .
Provide financial management and planning supports to members of the Ecosystem Collective, a multi-stakeholder cooperative for people and companies that put fighting climate change at the core of their mission.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Assist organizations and companies in the fair trade and low-carbon sectors with capital raises, financial modelling, and sales with the goal of creating high-impact, low-carbon investment opportunities for the public at large.
• Develop and manage equity crowdfunding vehicles for social enterprise creation including New Brunswick’s Community Economic Development Corporations (CEDCs).
• Establish and manage a data collection and analysis system to track individual and collective impact, and guide strategic decision making for Ecosystem Collective members.

EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES

• Mission driven to fight climate change and uphold Forests Intl.’s core values of trust, empowerment, and sustainable abundance.
• Ability to work effectively within and across diverse teams and sectors.
• Experience in business development, investment, and sales.
• Financial modelling, reporting, and management experience.
• Strong communication skills in writing and speaking.
• Data management and analysis experience, including Key Performance Indicator (KPI) design and analysis.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience working or living in diverse cultures.
• 5+ years in finance or running your own business.
• B.B.A / M.B.A
• Experience developing and tracking Social Return on Investment (SROI) metrics.
• Track record of successful financial management for social impact.

APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV outlining your experience as it relates to this job description and provide an expected salary range for the position. Send materials to jobs@forestsinternational.org with the subject heading ‘Community Capital Officer’.

Forests Intl. is committed to diversity in our workplace and encourages applications from racially visible persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We hope that’s you : )

Limited Term Appointment- Assistant Professor

International Development Studies Program
The International Development Studies Program at Saint Mary's University invites applications for an eight-month position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2018. The successful applicant will teach five one-semester courses (equivalent to a 3/2 or 2/3 load). Preference will be given to applicants able to teach introductory development studies, research methodology, and development theory, and to those specializing Asia, critical approaches to development, and the political economy of development. Applicants should hold a PhD (or be ABD and close to completion of the PhD), with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.
Details on the Program and current course offerings can be found on our website: http://www.smu.ca/academics/departments/international-development-studies.html.
The International Development Studies Program offers degree Programs at the undergraduate, Master's, and PhD levels, making it the largest interdisciplinary Program at Saint Mary's University.

The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018.
Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching dossier including evidence of teaching effectiveness and course evaluations; 4) one example of recent scholarly writing; 5) graduate transcripts; and 6) names and contact information for three referees. Please merge these documents into one PDF file.
Applications are to be submitted online using the CareerBeacon application system. Applicants should visit www.smu.ca/employment, select the position for which they are applying, and click on the ‘Apply Online Now’ button.
Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. The University encourages applicants from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at www.smu.ca.
Saint Mary's is a public university with over 7,000 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our university is committed to serving the local, regional, national and international communities, and integrating such activity as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people. Halifax is a major educational centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located near to recreational areas and to other major urban centres in Canada and the Northeastern United States.

If you require further information, please contact the IDS Program Coordinators:

1) Dr. Kate Ervine, Graduate Program Coordinator, International Development Studies Program: kate.ervine@smu.ca

2) Dr. Evangelia Tastsoglou, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, International Development Studies Program: evie.tastsoglou@smu.ca