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Indigenous Innovation Initiative - Gender Equality Stream - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #886152

Position: Indigenous Innovation Lab Associate – Gender Equality Stream
Site: MaRS Discovery District
Department: Grand Challenges Canada – Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Reports to: Indigenous Innovation Lab Manager
Status: Contract (1 year) - Full-Time – possible extension


As an Indigenous-led and -governed platform, the Indigenous Innovation Initiative empowers First Nation, Inuit and Métis innovators to develop and test innovative ideas that benefit their communities and advance reconciliation, while also benefitting non-Indigenous people and the Land. We do this through a gender-lens investment approach that provides flexible grant funding and culturally rooted wrap-around supports that meet innovators where they are at. We are hosted at Grand Challenges Canada, where we receive operational support from an expert team of individuals across various portfolios.

Indigenous Innovation Lab Associate – Gender Equality Stream

We are seeking an Indigenous Innovation Lab Associate to play a key role in creating the gender equality stream of an innovation lab that supports Indigenous women, Two Spirit, queer, trans, and gender-diverse innovators and communities across their innovation journeys. Reporting to the Indigenous Innovation Lab Manager and working closely with others across the team, the Indigenous Innovation Lab Associate – Gender Equality Stream will have the following core responsibilities:

  • Create the following types of protocols, processes, tools, networks, and resources to support innovators and communities at each stage of their journey (this is not an exhaustive list):
    • Onboarding process and supports
    • Journey navigation process and supports
    • Capacity support templates, tools, and resources to support innovators as it relates to budgeting and finances, business planning and development, articulating and pitching their ideas, goal and objective setting, impact measurement, storytelling, marketing, communications, networking, grant applications, due diligence activities, etc.
  • Support planning and implementation of other activities as needed, for example community engagements
  • Lead risk and issue management as it relates to the above

This is a dynamic and evolving scope of work, and the above responsibilities will expand over time.

Key attributes and experience we are looking for in an Innovation Lab Associate for the Gender Equality Stream:

  • Strong understanding of Indigenous contexts in Canada
  • Education or experience with a focus on business, commerce, innovation, entrepreneurship, innovation lab development etc.
  • Understanding of gender-affirming approaches that support Indigenous Peoples across their journey
  • Experience developing the tools, resources, processes, and protocols required to support Indigenous innovation or Indigenous businesses, organizations, and project
  • Adaptable, flexible, and willing to contribute to the co-creation of the Indigenous Innovation Lab
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality and excellence\Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to be proactive
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with an ability to work well independently and as a team
  • Creative and innovative spirit, and openness to take meaningful risks

Travel within Canada will be required (post COVID). Grand Challenges Canada is committed to supporting equal opportunities to this position - please advise if you require any accommodations and we will support them as needed. We especially invite applications from First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples and those with lived experiences that will help inform meaningful development of this stream.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If we invite you to an interview, you are encouraged to become familiar with the following foundational resources that guide all aspects of the work that we do:

Inquiry and Learning Bundle
• Indigenous Knowledges and Data Governance Protocol
Shared Values and Principles of Indigenous Knowledges Creation and Application

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: October 14, 2021                              Closing Date: Until filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

To fulfill UHN’s (and Challenge Canada’s) commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity and pursuant to Section 24 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants who identify as a member of an Indigenous community. We thank all who have applied, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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