Portfolio Director

Context and Background:

LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact envisions a society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since LEAP was founded over six years ago, it has built a unique venture philanthropy model across the country, catalyzing large-scale social impact by selecting, supporting and scaling breakthrough social ventures and unleashing the potential of collaboration across sectors. Today, LEAP’s portfolio consists of 14 social ventures and it has mobilized over $12M of pro bono, influenced over $50M of funding toward its portfolio, and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands across Canada and beyond.

LEAP is seeking a dynamic, confident, and highly organized full-time Portfolio Director based in Toronto, Canada. The Portfolio Director will support the development of social ventures, collaboration with sector partners and broader networks and funders and will also support the growth of LEAP itself and new initiatives, including selection of social ventures to the LEAP portfolio (diligence).

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 broad social progress and to help grow a young, dynamic organization aiming to amplify change in Canada.


Primary Responsibilities:

Portfolio Venture Coaching and Support

  • Managing relationships with portfolio ventures on a day-to-day basis in order to deliver against agreed upon engagement goals and objectives

  • Working with the social ventures to identify support needs, and providing coaching and mobilizing resources in order to address those needs

  • Tracking progress of social venture investments along co-developed targets and reporting on impact


Portfolio Team Management

  • Supervising Portfolio Team consisting of Portfolio Manager(s), Portfolio Analyst(s), including coaching, performance management and development of the team

  • Providing support for recruitment of new portfolio team members


Portfolio Venture Selection (Due Diligence)

  • Overseeing 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, charities and social enterprises with the highest potential impact across the country. These social ventures must be best-in-class, based on research and program evaluations, and scalable.


LEAP Leadership

  • Supporting 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 and codifying knowledge and best practices

  • Developing sector thought leadership and elevating experiences of the portfolio ventures across the organization

  • Supporting the strategic direction of the LEAP organization, represent LEAP organization leadership to stakeholders

Sector Partner Engagement

  • Managing relationships with pro-bono service providers (including strategy consulting, legal, marketing, financial, government relations, and fundraising) to ensure value delivered to social ventures, positive experience for pro-bono sector partner staff, and sector partner pro-bono aims achieved


Experience, Qualifications, and Characteristics

  • Demonstrated passion for the potential to generate large-scale social impact and foster the development and funding of social ventures; motivated by Centre’s model to scale social impact

  • Master’s degree highly desirable; 8-10 years of relevant professional experience, including investing in, managing or consulting fast-growing entrepreneurial organizations or social ventures

  • Outstanding analytical and communication skills and ability to manage multiple and changing priorities; robust financial modelling & forecasting skills are highly desirable

  • Ability to think quickly and problem solve in the moment with social ventures; understanding which decisions are critical to the success of the organization

  • 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 and charitable sector, preferably with experience working in the sector

  • Social acuity to manage complex relationships from Bay Street boardrooms to front-line social venture clients

  • Expertise in health, education and/or employment preferred

  • “Roll up your sleeves” attitude

  • Verbal and written fluency in English; ability to communicate in French is highly desirable

  • Self-motivated and proactive, able to work with a high degree of autonomy

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage all qualified candidates, without regard to race, colour, citizenship, religion, sex, marital / family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, Aboriginal status, age, disability or persons who may require an accommodation, to apply.


The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director of LEAP.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to cheryl@leap-pecautcentre.ca by August 30. We are only able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the process.