Associate, Operations and Research

Social Capital Partners
Toronto, ON, Canada
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Social Capital Partners (“SCP”) is looking for an associate who can help our small organization develop and launch market-based solutions to social issues in the arenas of wealth inequality, the changing nature of work and impact investing.

The ideal candidate for this role would be an adaptable professional capable of supporting SCP as a researcher and an operator as we move from ideation to launching our ventures. While the associate’s primary focus will be on wealth inequality, we are looking for someone interested in contributing to our other themes on an as needed basis.

Who we are

Founded in 2001 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Young, SCP envisions creative, market-driven solutions to systemic social problems. And then we try to make them real. SCP is independently funded, which allows us to take risks that others won’t.
SCP’s previous projects focused on helping people facing barriers to employment, which is a part of a broader concern about inequality. As entrepreneurs and members of the business community, our team has seen how unequally wealth is distributed, how much of that is due to luck, and how that’s only increased in the past couple of decades. We’re passionate believers in the positive impact of capitalism, but are worried that our society won’t be sustainable unless we find ways to encourage a fairer access to wealth creation opportunities. We have always sought new and creative ways to use the market to encourage different behaviours, and are hopeful we can find an intentional intervention that can make a meaningful impact.
While the topics we tackle are serious, we don’t want our work lives to be overly so.  This is hard and complex work, often pushing balls up what seems to be a never ending hill.  So, we try to keep the office light and fun and our team quirky and accessible. We want to be able to talk to our friends and neighbours about what we do, so we avoid jargon at all costs. People who work here come from all sorts of backgrounds, and we think that helps us reach a broad audience with our ideas, even if our projects fail!

What’s in it for you?

You will have the opportunity to have a tangible impact on a leading social purpose organization and your community. You’ll be able to apply your entrepreneurial mindset to devise and test ideas that no one else can that, if successful, may have global applicability. In the process you will also work with leaders from all sectors: private, government and non-profit.

We are a small but highly connected organization. Past team members have gone on to their start their own businesses (social and otherwise), PhDs at Oxford, take on senior roles in government and in prestigious organizations like Grand Challenges Canada. We support our employees in reaching their longer-term career goals, whether it be graduate school joining other leading organizations.

We bet you’d also like to get paid. We’d like that too. The salary on offer is competitive, commensurate with experience. We offer RRSP contributions as well as family medical and dental insurance.

You will spend your days
•       Transforming our big (and not-so-big) ideas into compelling, well evidenced presentations.
•       Synthesizing secondary research on economic and public policy issues.
•       Mapping organizations working on wealth inequality and entrepreneurship.
•       Challenging our ideas and bringing new ideas to the table.
•       Actively participating in internal and external meetings to discuss researching findings and implications for the solutions SCP intends on building.
•       Supporting the execution of surveys and focus groups with entrepreneurs, financial institutions, policymakers and more.
•       Helping launch, in due course, a scalable, market-driven solution to wealth inequality that can catalyze change in North America and globally.

What skills we are looking for
•       Strong attention to detail.
•       Equal comfort with quantitative and qualitative research.
•       Comfort with Microsoft Office, and in particular completing data analysis in Excel and creating presentations in PowerPoint.
•       Ability to carry out policy analysis and communicate key ideas to diverse audiences.
•       The ability to research and quickly grasp complex topics then synthesize and communicate them clearly.
•       The ability to produce clear and concise insights and a knack for talking to non-subject expert audiences in an accessible way.
•       Strong project management skills and attention to detail.
•       Great organizational and learning skills.
•       Self-starter who can work independently and within a team, as necessary.
•       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Bonus points for…
•       Previous demonstrated interest in wealth inequality, or related topics.
•       Training in economics.
•       Exposure to a start-up technology firm, and exposure to modern methods of organization and project structuring.

Who you are
•       You have 1-3 years of experience in a high-performing environment, such as management consulting, public policy, or entrepreneurship.
•       You need to work at an organization whose purpose is aligned with yours.
•       You are curious about the world and how it works.
•       You recognize there are problems with the current economic structure and are committed to changing it.
•       You are willing to challenge things you don’t agree with, but are not dogmatic and open to changing your view in the face of a better argument.
•       You are comfortable with ambiguity and able to create useful work for yourself.
•       You are willing to take risk and embrace failure.

•       Receive guidance and mentoring from senior leadership.
•       Opportunity to meet leaders in the fields of philanthropy, impact investing and social innovation.
•       A great office in a nice part of Toronto – Spadina and Adelaide.
•       Competitive salary with an RRSP contribution.
•       Health, medical and other benefits for you and your family.

How to apply
Please send your cover letter, a resume and 200-250 word response to the question below to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until September 28, 2018. While we are flexible on start date, we have a preference to start as soon as possible.

Q: Why is wealth inequality a problem? (We don’t want to make work – if you’ve already written about something that fits, feel free to just give us the link as long as it’s not too long.)