Project Wildfire is Toronto’s leading social enterprise incubator, with a mission to
spark and support worldchanging businesses in the city of Toronto. The heart of the
project is an annual contest consisting of an online video competition, 16-week
business model generation and market testing phase, and a final juried competition. Winners receive up to $30,000 in startup funding, a free year of workspace at the Centre for Social Innovation, and a year of in- depth mentorship.
Although open to all Toronto residents, Project Wildfire has a mandate to promote participation in Toronto Community Housing (TCH) neighbourhoods, with an eye to attracting entrepreneurs from these areas.
In addition, Project Wildfire runs a series of ongoing fee-based workshops with a goal to achieving financial self-sufficiency, including an 8-week series and intensive weekends in the Muskoka and other regions.
The Development Director is responsible for ensuring the project’s ongoing success and financial sustainability. This will include grant writing, sponsorship proposals, promoting fee-based workshops and other revenue-generating services, and more.
The Development Director position is made possible by the support of the Career Focus program, a program offered by the federal government of Canada.
Research, write and submit grant proposals
Maintain ongoing relationship with funders, including funding reports and related follow-ups
Research, develop and submit sponsorship proposals to local, regional and national sponsors
Help contribute to strategic direction and longterm vision for Project Wildfire, with the support of
the project director
Coordinate planning and outreach for entrepreneurship presentations and workshops
Market and promote workshops and other events
Other duties as required
Between the ages of 21 and 30
Not in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits
University degree (business and/or entrepreneurship focus is an asset)
A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status has been conferred Familiarity with social enterprise models and practices is an asset but not required
Strong writing skills
An interest in community development and youth entrepreneurship is an asset
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially MS Word and Excel
Strong attention to detail
Remuneration and Terms
This position is a 40-week contract position, offered at 30 hours a week @ $15/hr. Depending on the applicant’s success during the term, he/she may be offered a contract extension of up to 1 year.