Hiring: Grants Coordinator

We are excited to announce that we are hiring for a Grants Coordinator to oversee and coordinate our two grants: Sustainable Community Grants and the Social Innovation Fund. View the full job posting here.

To apply:

If you wish to pursue this exciting opportunity, please send an email, containing your resume and a brief cover letter, to josh@embarksustainability.org (CC: programs@embarksustainability.org) with a subject line of the following format: "First name Last name, Grants Coordinator Application 2016"
Applications must be received no later than 09:00 am Monday, July 18th 2016.
We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. A summary of the position can be found below.

Position summary

Work Term:  September 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017

Direct Supervisor(s):  Programs Manager, Embark

Hours of Work:  Averaging 3-5 hours per week, for a minimum of 60 hours per semester

Honoraria:  Eligibility for $1500 honorarium (distributed in two equal installments in January and at term end) if minimum hours are exceeded

Embark Sustainability Society offers two grants available to the SFU community: Sustainable Community Grants and Social Innovation Grants. The latter is offered in partnership with RADIUS. The grants are awarded from two funds that totals $11,000 per year. Embark is looking for a Grants Coordinator to support the administration of the funds.

The Grants Coordinator will:

Outreach & Funding Application Assessment

  • Conduct outreach across SFU campuses, reaching out to innovative student groups and to professors/instructors leading classes with the potential to generate innovative student projects

  • Respond to student inquiries and support students in the application process

  • Recruit and coordinate two granting committees that review applications and award funds

  • Communicate the decisions and feedback of the committee to the applicants

Storytelling & Project Support

  • Produce materials that tell the stories of the projects awarded funding, e.g. through blog posts, and archive this information on Embark’s and RADIUS’ websites

  • Provide peer coaching to project teams to strengthen their applications and projects

  • Work with Embark and RADIUS to connect teams to appropriate mentors and resources as needed


  • Support effective evaluation of the impact of funded projects and the overall effectiveness of the fund - e.g. coordinating submission of project learning reports, compiling fund statistics, etc.

Ideal candidates are:

  • Passionate about supporting student innovation to address social and environmental challenges

  • Personable, friendly, and able to support a multistakeholder team of volunteers

  • Creative, resourceful, and collaborative

  • Excellent time managers, capable of balancing academic and volunteer commitments

  • Experienced in developing and evaluating the impact of student projects

  • A current student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at Simon Fraser University


  • Contribute your time and skills to meaningfully make SFU more sustainable through student leadership

  • Learn about collaboration around sustainability and social innovation at a large, institutional organization like SFU

  • Gain experience in mentorship, volunteer coordination, storytelling, and project management while working alongside Embark and RADIUS teams;

  • Network with social innovation and sustainability-related professionals and organizations in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby.

  • Receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of assigned responsibilities.

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