Social Economy Developer

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Social Economy Developer

The OFIFC is an award winning leader in culture-based management providing innovative research, policy, training and community development to 28 Friendship Centres and other urban Aboriginal service providers across Ontario. Located in downtown Toronto, the OFIFC engages all levels of government and mainstream agencies.

OFIFC is a purpose-driven organisation which offers unique and challenging work. A rewarding and enriching career awaits if you are skilled at critical thinking, building relationships, take personal accountability for getting things done and enjoy working as part of a team to collaboratively solve problems.


Working as part of a team in a fast paced environment where the main responsibility is to build capacity of the member Friendship Centres for greater engagement within the social economy with a goal of self-sufficiency and assists the OFIFC with its social economy approach. A job description is attached.


  • Awareness of Indigenous culture;
  • Post-secondary education in relevant field, combined with minimum 1 year experience in social innovation and social enterprise;
  • Minimum 1 year experience delivering training;
  • Experience working in Aboriginal community economic development desirable;
  • Ability to develop strategic partnerships;
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver presentations;
  • Knowledge of the social economy sector, particularly social enterprise;
  • Strong listening, oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability in Project Management;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Knowledge of Business Administration desirable; and
  • Criminal Reference Clearance (CPIC) and Vulnerable Sector Clearance are requirements of the employment offer.


Employed by the OFIFC, responsible to the policies and directions as determined by the Board of Directors and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, or designate. Daily supervision is designated to the Education and Employment Manager.


Primary Objective:

To build capacity of the member Friendship Centres for greater engagement within the social economy and with a goal of self sufficiency and assists the OFIFC with its social economy approach.


Core Competencies:

  • Culture – Takes personal responsibility to increase sensitivity, awareness and implementation of OFIFC’s Neha (bundle) including foundational teachings and organisational practices in both professional conduct and work-related deliverables.
  • Accountability – Takes personal ownership and responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work commitments.
  • Critical Thinking – Applies systematic, logical reasoning when addressing problems or situations in order to arrive at an appropriate solution or outcome.
  • Building Relationships and Strategic Partnerships – Builds, develops and sustains business relationships / strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and grounded in trust and respect. It is recognising we are all interdependent and working towards the common good of the organisation.
  • Results Orientation – Accomplishes established goals, delivers the outcomes required and achieves the results. It includes the efficient and effective use of all resources (time, financial, people and technology).
  • Teamwork and Collaboration – Works collaboratively with others and addresses conflict in a win-win productive manner. This includes a mindset of sharing with others whether it is knowledge, recognition, information and skills. Working towards a common purpose for the good of OFIFC and the communities of people it serves.
  • Communication – Effectively delivers information in a transparent, honest and clear manner. It includes actively listening, comprehending and responding appropriately when interacting with people. It is about being respectful when expressing opinions and points of view.

Technical Competencies:

  • Ability to develop strategic partnerships.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Knowledge of the social economy sector, particularly social enterprise.
  • Strong listening, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability in Project Management.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of Business Administration desirable.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Time Management
  • Public Relations
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Research/Data Gathering

Education/Work Experience:

  • Post-secondary education in relevant field, combined with minimum 1 year experience in social innovation and social enterprise.
  • Minimum 1 year experience delivering training.
  • Experience working in Aboriginal community economic development desirable.


Work Environment:

Works in a safe and suitable office environment faced with simultaneous and tight deadlines.

Working Hours:

Some evening/weekend hours may be required to attend meetings, special functions and to meet work deadlines. Travel to Friendship Centres/event venues/other meetings and across Canada 6 – 10 times per year for the purposes of workshop delivery, support and stakeholder engagement.



To provide support and expertise in increasing overall Social Economy capacity within Friendship Centres that supports the Self-Sufficiency priority of the OFIFC’s long-range strategic plan.

Key Contacts/Relationships:


Primarily communicates with the Education and Employment Manager, Research, Policy and Kitigan staff in a collaborative integrated approach.


Acts as a technical resource and supports Friendship Centres through their Social Economy projects. Communicates with special project partners, participants, contract workers and Social Economy partners/stakeholders/government and funders for the purposes of sharing and exchanging information, providing feedback, and collaborating.

Key Responsibilities:

Social Economy Projects, Education and Training (60%):

  • Reviews and assesses current legislation, regulation and policy approaches relevant to the development of Social Economy capacity in Friendship Centres, and identifies gaps and barriers;
  • Develops training and educational materials and tools for distribution and use ensuring their availability through electronic means;
  • Delivers and develops information presentations related to Social Economy;
  • Monitors progress, assesses incoming information, establishes promising practices and assists in local capacity-building and training;
  • Writes annual reports outlining developments and progress on Social Economy projects;
  • Aligns work with the OFIFC’s Urban Aboriginal Social Economy Framework;

Stakeholder Engagement and Support (35%):

  • Develops strategic partnerships to support Social Economy activity in Friendship Centres, all levels of government, the private sector and other agencies as required;
  • Provides expert direction, guidance and coordination to specialised support for Social Economy initiatives;
  • Develops Requests for Proposals for Friendship Centre Social Economy projects and advises on selection of projects targeted for support;
  • Creates Plans of Action for selected projects and assists with complex project management support in fulfilling the objectives of each project, including technical support and training as required;
  • Identifies funding options and opportunities for member Friendship Centres;
  • Participates in OFIFC organisational social economy approaches as identified;
  • Participates in research, policy and program design to ensure Friendship Centres’ social economy needs are considered;

Other (5%):

  • Maintains and upgrades professional skills;
  • Promotes a healthy, safe work environment; and
  • Performs other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate.

Contact Information:
If you are interested in qualifying in this role that offers an exceptional compensation package, please send your resume and cover letter to:
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres:

Tracy Syrette, HR Manager
219 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
Fax: 416.956.7577

Posting Deadline: Until Filled

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted