Portfolio Manager

Context and Background:

LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact envisions a society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Since our founding over six years ago, the Centre 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, our portfolio consists of 14 social ventures and 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, analytical, relationship-oriented leader with a drive to get things done and to coach leaders and their organizations to their potential.  The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for supporting and coaching portfolio ventures and their leaders along their scaling journey and to achieve their long-term growth and impact targets, for coordinating and project managing our private sector projects, for effectively implementing our next accelerator cohort program and reporting out regularly on impact.

This position offers a unique opportunity to blend your go-getter attitude and your skills and knowledge with your passion for and experience in social progress and to grow a young, dynamic organization to amplify change in Canada. The role reports into the Centre’s Portfolio Director and works closely with the LEAP team, our portfolio ventures and our sector partners, located in the Boston Consulting Group office in downtown Toronto. 


Primary Responsibilities:

The Portfolio Manager will be primary responsible for supporting and coaching social entrepreneurs and their teams, for mobilizing resources and reporting impact to enable portfolio social ventures to deliver against engagement goals, and for managing our next social venture accelerator.

Support, coach and track portfolio social ventures

  • Support a portfolio of up to 3-5 social entrepreneurs leading high impact social ventures seeking to scale impact 

  • Serve as a primary relationship manager for social entrepreneurs and their teams over the course of the Centre’s engagement, seeking to build strong, trusting relationships 

  • Contribute to due diligence process to ensure a seamless transition to portfolio for selected ventures

  • Provide ongoing coaching, strategic support and hands-on assistance to deliver against short and long-term goals

  • Work closely with social entrepreneurs to identify support needs to address challenges and unlock opportunities

  • Track progress of social ventures against engagement goals and report on impact

Mobilize sector partner resources

  • Engage with private sector partners to match high priority, social venture needs with sector partner expertise

  • Manage the onboarding, scope, and contributions of pro-bono service provider staff members 

  • Facilitate connections and communication among Centre, portfolio ventures and sector partners to ensure smooth project delivery and positive project outcomes 

  • Develop relationships and foster ongoing communication with sector partner staff and leaders and continue to provide value to partners through Centre’s engagement

Manage the next LEAP accelerator

  • Lead the execution of the Centre’s next accelerator, expected to launch in 2019

  • Plan impactful and inspiring in-person forums for ventures 3 to 4 times per year

  • Organize targeted and concrete virtual learning sessions 3 to 4 times per year

  • Identify opportunities to build meaningful cohort connections and collaboration

Contribute to the Centre's knowledge base and thought leadership

  • Use the lessons from the portfolio social ventures to develop thought leadership to advance the social sector 

  • Further develop and contribute to the Centre's Knowledge Hub to provide valuable resources to portfolio ventures

  • Collect and analyze data and reports from our ventures to capture critical lessons learned to improve our processes, to inform our strategy and to ensure we are appropriately responding to the needs of our ventures

  • Develop reports and narratives to capture the stories and impact of our social ventures along their scaling journey


Skill Requirements:

  • Passion for creating social change and addressing systemic inequities 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to build strong relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders

  • Experience coaching, consulting or leading executives in not-for-profit or for-profit environment(s)

  • Excellent project management skills, such as setting and achieving strategic objectives and plans

  • Strong strategic thinking, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated leadership, initiative and willingness to be hands-on through prior experiences

  • Ability to develop high-quality, compelling written materials (presentations, articles, etc.) 

  • Strong skills in Excel and PowerPoint are required

  • Flexibility to perform a multi-functional role on a small, nimble team 

  • Demonstrated cultural competence working across many different populations

  • Positive attitude and sense of humour

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and especially welcome applications from persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute diverse experience and perspectives to our team and our work.   

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to cheryl@leap-pecautcentre.ca. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We are only able to contact candidates who are selected to move forward in the process.