Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is the national network of Canada’s 191 community foundations: local philanthropic organizations that help Canadians invest in building strong, resilient and sustainable places to live, work and play. Our purpose is to relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs, and we’re building a movement of community foundations, partners and Canadians to make this future a reality.

We are a small team of 21 staff that dreams big about community impact, with a supportive culture rooted in learning, collaboration, and a dedication to teamwork. Our team is distributed across the country, with our main office in Ottawa, and we work closely with our network that has deep roots in communities from coast to coast to coast.

We are looking to fill 2 (two) Summer Student Coordinator roles. The Summer Students will play a central role in the administration and delivery of special projects with the broader team at CFC, starting in May 2021. 

Who are we looking for? 

We’re looking for a self-starter with a can-do, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, who’s not afraid to dive in wherever necessary to get the job done. The right candidate will have a special mix of skills that combines a keen eye for detail; a warm demeanor that puts people at ease; significant autonomy; and a resilient and solution-oriented attitude. That person will have strong interpersonal skills, patience, and will genuinely enjoy helping people take advantage of opportunities and solve challenges. 

Who you will work with & how will you spend your time?

This role will involve working within a small project team on national granting programs or technology platforms, to support a variety of detail-oriented and time-sensitive administrative and program-related processes. This includes:

  • Program Asset Management (33%). Creating an inventory of program templates and commonly used assets that ensure consistency across program materials. This can include presentation decks, budget templates, reporting documents, email templates, etc 
  • Impact Reporting Enhancements (33%). Assisting Program Officers to input data, collecting impact stories, and maintaining online program information, and generating reports.
  • Program Dashboards & Data Management (33%). Assist with developing actionable reports and dashboards for different program teams. This may include enhancing our existing data model plus sourcing data from external sources to enhance our current data library. Where necessary, you’ll be tasked with combining one or more data sources across programs. 

This position will also be responsible for fielding inquiries in both official languages concerning CFCs current program offerings from the general public and community foundations. As part of CFCs culture of collaboration, partnership, and support, the Summer Students will provide other logistical, engagement, communications, and administrative support to CFC’s practice areas and initiatives as needed. 

How will this role will help your career?

As workplaces have moved to remote and online collaboration, new digital skills and competencies evolved quickly. As reported by LinkedIn Learning Solutions, Data Analysis is one of the five fast growing skills since the pandemic hit. The components to Data Analysis are these components:

  1. Spreadsheet mastery: spreadsheet formulas, functions, macros and pivot tables;
  2. Analytical reasoning: ability to understand data and generate conclusions based on analysis; and
  3. Business analysis: ability to work with data for analysis, problem solving and presentations

Data Literacy is the new computer literacy. In a recent Udemy Report: The 2021 Workplace learning trends, Jose Porilla states: “Clear understanding of dashboards, visualizations and analysis will soon become a default skill set required of any office worker”

If your career aspiration is to help organizations make good data-driven decisions, then these summer positions are right for you.

We’re keen to find a dynamic and motivated individual who has:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and French
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Experience providing high-quality support or service in a team environment 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple, changing priorities
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with experience working both independently and in a team
  • Demonstrated competencies with cloud-based solutions, specifically Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets and knowledge of MS Office
  • Working knowledge of data management & dashboarding practices 

The Specs: 

These positions are both 12 weeks in duration and are being funded through the Canada Summer Student Jobs Program so you must be between the ages of 15 and 30.  In alignment with CFCs current practice to limit contact due to COVID-19, these two positions will be remote within the Ottawa region. Compensation will be between $20 and $22 per hour depending on experience.

How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the following form: click here. Please make your cover letter out to Lesley Inglis, Director of Corporate Services. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for this role.

The deadline for applications is May 14th, although applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so please apply early. The selected candidate must be able to start no later than May 31st and preferable earlier.

What to Expect:

For each candidate we will be engaging in a conversation with, we have a three part process:

  • Part A: Zoom Call (15 mins)
  • Part B: Skill Challenge: (60 mins). You’ll be tasked with completing a time-bound exercise
  • Part C: Skill Challenge Presentation (30 mins). You’ll be invited to present your analysis

For candidates who are asked to participate in a skills challenge, we offer a stipend of $100 for the activity you are asked to participate in.