Join the Team
Our team—comprised of professionals with experience from across different sectors—has the skills necessary to drive social impact in the 21st century. We rely on the talent and deep commitment of our team to advance our mission. We look for passionate people who have a demonstrated interest in fostering cross-sector collaboration, strengthening the non-profit sector and creating massive social change. Great candidates thrive in our fast-paced, high-performing, and collaborative environment.
Context and Background
The Centre applies the discipline of private equity investing to select, support and scale charities with quantifiable social impact. Created as a response to a fragmented charitable landscape, we team high-potential charities with private sector expertise to create measurable and sustainable benefits to society.
Alongside our board, advisors and sector partners—The Boston Consulting Group, McCarthy Tétrault, EY, The Offord Group, Perennial Design and Hill+Knowlton Strategies— we deliver transformative hands-on support to scale impact across Canada. The Centre works deeply with few charities, selecting only 1-2 per year,
supporting their growth across an average of 5 years.
The Centre employs a rigorous due diligence process to ensure we select the best in Canada. Few organizations or programs fit the impact and model to align with our criteria set:
- Scalability: Can the model scale 5-10x?
- Is there an unmet demand in Canada?
- Impact: Does the organization/program generate quantifiable impact?
- Leadership: Is the board, staff and leadership team strong, ambitious, relentless and passionate?
- Ability to change: Is there a culture of flexibility and desire to improve and grow?
The Centre works primarily within the sectors of Health, Education, and Employment.
LEAP is seeking a dynamic, confident, rigorous and highly organized full-time Portfolio Manager. The Portfolio Manager will lead the selection of future projects through due diligence and managing our accelerator program and support the development of charities in partnership with our Sector Partners. If you have always had a keen interest in social and charitable endeavours and are interested in leveraging your business acumen to improve the social climate, this role will interest you. This is a unique opportunity to blend your business experience with your passion for and experience in social progress and to help grow a young, dynamic organization aiming to amplify change in Canada.
1. Leading the identification of future engagements. Due diligence is at the core of the Centre’s ability to generate impact. As such, we require a strong pipeline of non-profits with the highest potential impact across the country. These interventions must be best-in-class, based on research and program evaluations, and scalable.
a. Prospect new potential non-profits that are aligned with Centre’s core mandate
b. Review past prospect lists and finalize due diligence efforts currently in progress
c. Research programs and organizations that fit the organizational criteria; reach out and meet with organizations to better understand the model and leadership
d. Prepare and present analysis on opportunities both internally to the Centre’s team, and externally, to various stakeholders
e. Assess and quantify impact of each successful intervention
f. Develop relationships with charity leaders to assess organizational fit and to transition successful applicants to the Centre’s portfolio
g. Work closely with Portfolio Director and other team members
2. Leading the LEAP accelerator program. LEAP partnered with Google.org in 2017 to launch the Google Impact Challenge accelerator for Canadian charities using technology to create social change. Over the course of the one-year accelerator, the ten selected charities receive a total of $5 million in funding, and access to targeted strategic and hands-on support from the Centre, our sector partners, and Google.org on critical challenges, and participate in several multi-day workshops on timely and relevant topics to scaling their organizations. Based on the success of our pilot accelerator, we plan to launch our next accelerator in 2018. The Portfolio Manager will lead all elements of execution of the accelerator.
3. Managing the onboarding, scope, and contributions of pro-bono service provider staff members (i.e., strategy consulting, legal, marketing, financial, government relations and fundraising), particularly around due diligence and accelerator management. Our sector partners provide a wealth of relevant ad hoc and ongoing support and there is tremendous interest in getting involved with LEAP. The quality and ability to contribute to LEAP’s mission is dependent on a well-designed and well-organized onboarding process and active support, communication and coordination from the Centre.
4. Supporting portfolio organizations to deliver against agreed to engagement goals and objectives; working with the charities to identify support needs, providing coaching and mobilizing resources to address these needs, tracking investments and reporting on impact.
5. Contributing to the development of new initiatives and continuous improvement within LEAP; this may include designing and leading new programs, setting up and refining processes and systems, codifying knowledge and best practices, developing sector relationships and staying up-to- date with sector thought leadership.
Experience, Qualifications, and Characteristics
- Demonstrated passion for the potential to generate massive social impact and foster the development and funding of charities.
- 5 or more years of relevant professional experience; including investing in, managing or consulting to fast-growing entrepreneurial organizations / social enterprises or charities.
- Outstanding analytical, research and communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple and changing priorities.
- Robust financial modelling and forecasting skills is highly desirable.
- Ability to cultivate broad networks, engage with top-tier service providers, thought leaders and industry innovators.
- Understanding and appreciation of the nuances and challenges of operating in the non-profit/ charitable sector, preferably experience working in the sector.
- Social acuity to manage complex relationships from Bay Street boardrooms to front line charity clients.
- “Roll up your sleeves” attitude.
- Verbal and written fluency in English; ability to communicate in French is highly desirable.
- Committed to drive social impact and motivated by Centre’s model to scale social impact.
- Self-motivated and proactive, able to work with a high degree of autonomy.
The Portfolio Manager may be located in Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa.
The successful candidate will report to the Portfolio Director of LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact.
To apply, send cover letter and resume in one .pdf document by April 4th, 2018 at 5pm to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.