We are hiring!
Harvest Impact by 10C Shared Space is looking for a Program Intake and Impact Assessment Lead to help our team to launch a new social finance initiative: Harvest Impact Fund Co-operative Inc.
Harvest Impact is being established with an immediate goal to raise $3 Million and a mandate to finance new companies arising from Guelph-Wellington’s Circular Food Economy initiatives.
This 18 month contract position offers the successful candidate an opportunity to help shape the program model for a new developmental lending organization.
You will play an important role optimizing Harvest Impact’s Investee intake systems, impact assessment methods and support program coordination as we work to be structured as a share capital co-operative to achieve these strategic objectives:
- Establish a place-based community capital institution – a social impact investment fund – for accredited and non-accredited investors alike who wish to support innovative companies contributing to a sustainable and resilient local food system.
- Support Harvest Impact’s investees with access to blended capital and wrap-around supports to achieve financial, social and environmental goals.
10C is committed to learning, equity and building a diverse community in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We welcome team members with the knowledge and skills to productively work with diverse communities. 10C specifically encourages applications from those across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and lived experiences. 10C values lived experience alongside educational and workplace experience. If you are comfortable highlighting your lived experience in your application, this will help us consider your application in a holistic way.
Nutshell: The Program Intake and Impact Assessment Lead will combine their interest in social finance and social enterprise with their knowledge in project management, grant and funding systems intake, and review processes to support program development and delivery of a suite of programs that provide funding and educational opportunities to businesses, social enterprises and individually-led ventures that incorporate the principles of the Circular Food Economy.
Program Intake and Systems Development:
- Administration of applicant intake and outgoing funding for a variety of programs using SMApply, Sametrica, DocuSign and other technologies
- Work closely with the Harvest Impact team, representatives from SMApply and COIL/Our Food Future stakeholders to integrate new functionalities and update collaborative program application processes
- Provide direct, time-sensitive support to ensure positive program participant experience through SMApply application portal, from initial application stage through to project planning, contracting and ongoing project reporting phases
- Review and provide thoughtful, scored reviews of applications to current programs to determine which applicants should be accepted into funded programs, or referred to different program options
- Coordinate all funding/financing approvals through Harvest Impact by working directly with applicants, the Harvest Impact team and external consultants to determine loan eligibility and fit
- Coordinate the signing of all legal loan documents and work with Financial Administrator to process and track outgoing funds
- Support ongoing tracking and documentation of all outgoing program finances by program category and track to project budget
Impact Assessment and Management:
- Structure and manage impact data with the Harvest Impact team and project participants, to facilitate collection and synthesis of detailed data and narrative reports on impact to be shared with funders, investors and community to align with project delivery goals and funder reporting requirements
- Develop and help Investees select relevant KPI (key performance indicators) for impact reporting systems (including processes to collect relevant information in a timely manner) for investees enrolled in funded projects
- Work with Harvest Impact team to support external communications highlighting Investees and funded projects, including sharing project descriptions, stories, and impact profiles
Program Design and Funding Development:
- Assess grant opportunities, including eligibility, funding parameters and funder priorities, and provide recommendations on programmatic focus of submission
- Draft proposal content including program descriptions, budget development, and coordination of supplementary documentation and Letters of Support, by working collaboratively with Executive Director and program leads through multiple edits to finalize and submit applications
- Collaborate with external partners to prepare multi-stakeholder funding applications for collaborative projects, including drafting content, working with partners to finalize input and revisions, gaining final approval and managing submission and follow-up
- Be collaborative – by using a mindset for seeing opportunities and making connections amongst the network and individual project participants.
- Be flexible – in working with evolving business assumptions that will require revisions and refinements to Harvest Impact’s systems and processes, its positioning, investment thesis, business plan, engagement strategies and operations.
- Dig in – work within a continual learning environment to support the team with concept creation, ecosystem mapping, financial modelling, documentation and outreach materials
- Develop – making diligent use of CRM tools and impact measurement and performance management frameworks to map stakeholders and clearly report on individual and aggregate project impacts.
- Host – public (in-person and virtual) training and skills development related to impact measurement to support Harvest Impact investee businesses.
- Lead and Listen – by supporting development of collaborative projects that promote Harvest Impact, its investees and their impact in alignment with the vision and investment thesis.
- Inspire – by building engagement to the ways in which Harvest Impact supports work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to further the goals of a circular food economy.
Skills and Expertise:
- Demonstrated expertise in systems management and extraordinarily high technical skills with a variety of digital platforms, including familiarity with SM Apply, Survey Monkey, DocuSign, CRM tools, Sametrica/RIDDL or other impact management platforms. Within these platforms, you thrive on collecting, synthesizing and analyzing details, and reporting community impact to engage various stakeholders.
- You can see the big picture and realize that it is the details that fuel this work. Within this, financial, entrepreneurial, systems design, curriculum design and design thinking skills are an asset.
- Minimum 3 years experience in a related context e.g. program management in a grant-making context, finance or community lending, development and advancement, community economic development, communications in either for-profit sector or within a non-profit organization.
- University degree or college diploma in a related discipline, including: business administration, finance, impact measurement and data management, community economic development, planning, or equivalent experience (e.g. banking, lending, community economic development, sustainable development).
- Working knowledge of various business structures – including incorporated for-profit, not-for-profit, B-Corps and co-operatives.
- Demonstrated experience and ability to use and evaluate a variety of software platforms, noted above as well as Google Workspace, CRM systems, Powerpoint, Airtable, Excel, databases, data visualization & other web-based tools.
Compensation and Details:
- Start date is June 6, 2022 (flexible)
- This is an 18 month contract position with a salary range of $53,000 – $55,000, based on 37.5 hours/week with the potential for renewal pending funding.
- This position is in Guelph with both on-site and work-from-home flexibility. Our ideal candidate has a strong connection to Guelph-Wellington.
- Work schedule to be determined based on individual schedule and the needs of the role and team. Hours of work will include some evening and weekend work.
- To support health and wellness, this role has access to:
- Two (2) weeks vacation on an annual basis, with one (1) day vacation to be added per year of work to a maximum of five (5) additional days of paid vacation;
- Additional time away of up to three (3) paid sick days, and two (2) paid ‘flex’ days off per year to be used at your discretion;
- 10C’s Health Benefits package after 3 months of employment which includes: basic life and critical life insurance, extended healthcare, dental, vision and paramedical services.
Please email your cover letter and resume, specifying Program Intake & Impact Measurement Lead in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your cover letter the answer to the question, “What is your superpower?”
Application Deadline: 5:00pm Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Interviews will be held May 24 – 27. Recognizing that the interview process takes time and effort, all interviewed candidates will receive a $75.00 stipend for participating in an interview, including providing samples of work or other follow-up materials. We will also send interview questions in advance to give time to process questions.