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Title: Community & Growth Manager
About The Upside Foundation
The Upside Foundation enables founders of early-stage, high-growth Canadian companies to build social responsibility into their business by pledging equity to the charity of their choice, and join a community of like-minded founders. Nearly 300 companies have pledged to give back through us so far, including Wealthsimple, Borrowell, Hopper, Wattpad, and Hubba. After they pledge, founders become part of the Upside community, where we work to support their success by connecting them with like-minded leaders and build social responsibility into their brand & culture.The Role
A rare opportunity to join a small team working to make an outsized impact. Work directly with Canada’s most respected and high potential founders to help them embed giving back into the DNA of their business, and help them to make the most of their affiliation with The Upside Foundation through connecting with the community, building their brand as a purpose driven company, and helping them to build a socially responsible company.This role is perfect for a bright, driven entrepreneurial leader interested in tech, innovation and social impact, who is looking for a meaningful role with a lot of freedom, responsibility and opportunities for growth. This person will own multiple core functions: from reaching out to founders to onboarding new companies and supporting existing Members, from programming to marketing and communications.
You will be one of only two full time employees, so will need to be equally strong in making high level strategic decisions and hands-on implementation. You will work closely with Upside’s Executive Director to develop strategies, processes and plans to grow and engage Upside’s Membership network, and then work independently to execute. You will build an incredible network through working directly with startup founders, venture capitalists, and tech community leaders. You will be one of only two full time employees, so will need to be equally strong in making high level strategic decisions and hands-on implementation. You will work closely with Upside’s Executive Director to develop strategies, processes and plans to grow and engage Upside’s Membership network, and then work independently to execute. You will build an incredible network through working directly with startup founders and CEOs, venture capitalists, and tech community leaders.
Most importantly, your work will have a long lasting, exponential impact for Canadians and Canadian business culture.
Remote for the time being, must be able to be downtown Toronto a few days a week once in-person gatherings resume
Salary: $65,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience
Full time, permanent role
40 hours a week, flexible working hours
Engage with founders in the tech startup community to support them throughout the decision making and onboarding process when deciding to pledge equity for charity
Work with existing Members to help them get value out of working with Upside, and bring their Upside pledge to life in their company and brand
Design and execute programming for Members, prospective Members, partners and the broader startup community (including events, networking / mentorship opportunities, resources and guides)
Design and execute Upside’s communications & marketing strategy across all platforms for all stakeholders to continue to build Upside’s brand as the social responsibility leader in the Canadian startup community and tell compelling stories about our Members (including copywriting, graphic design and social media management)
Manage and evaluate data relating to the efficacy of Upside’s Member growth and engagement initiatives in order to drive decision making
Represent Upside in the community online and at events when in-person gathering resume
Experience in helping guide prospects to commit to working with you: whether this be through fundraising, sales, or storytelling
Experience working with C-suite or senior executives and managing a portfolio of projects / clients / functions
Experience with high net worth philanthropy or tech startups considered an asset
Exceptionally well organized, detail and process oriented; thrive in a fast paced environment with lots of moving pieces
Comfortable taking ownership of multiple organizational functions and driving them forward towards objectives
Able to flex between high-level strategic work and rolling your sleeves up to get it done- this is a very small organization where you need to be able to operate equally well at strategy and execution
Strong written and verbal communication skills; able to tell compelling stories that drive people to action
Entrepreneurial and craving an opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility; fast learner, comfortable with ambiguity and changing priorities
Friendly, warm, energetic- a great people person
High degree of comfort learning and using new tools
Driven by the opportunity to make a positive social impact
Flexible work hours and location
3 weeks vacation + winter break
Healthcare Spending Account
Professional Development spending account
Opportunities to attend industry events & conferences
A MacBook laptop and phone allowance
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Upside, we are committed to better understanding the role we play in broader social and economic systems that are lacking in diversity, and do not provide equitable opportunities for all. We continuously strive to improve the diversity of our team, ensure that founders from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to benefit from the Upside community, and to leverage our position in the industry to advance thinking about how we can be anti-racist and anti-oppressive.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note that all candidate profiles and resumes will be reviewed the week of January 4, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
IQ PARTNERS is committed to operating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and we encourage candidates of every race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience to apply for this position. We’d be happy to provide accommodation for any candidate that requires assistance due to a disability or medical need. Please contact us at 416-599-4700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss specific accommodations.