Job Description and Project Background

Scale is seeking a Coordinator to support community engagement and coordination of the outcomes related to the delivery of the Business Legacies Initiative. The Initiative supports non-profit organizations to acquire existing businesses as a social enterprise strategy. It is being developed in partnership with Royal Roads University.

The pandemic, technological change and increased competition are seeing small businesses close at unprecedented rates across BC and Canada, representing a significant loss to communities. The non-profit and charitable sector is left to fill in the gaps while ensuring its own survival, often by starting a social enterprise. The Business Legacies Initiative seeks to identify models and strategies for communities to acquire succession-ready small businesses and transition them to a social enterprise model. The Business Legacies Initiative has three phases. The first phase focuses on awareness and capacity building among the non-profit and small business sectors around the acquisition pathway to social enterprise. In phase two and three the project will pilot test a community trust model.

This role is for Phase 1: building tools, resources and processes for non-profits that build awareness of business acquisition as a social enterprise option, support acquisition-readiness and identify pilots to transition existing businesses into social enterprises. Phase 1 is focused on the Vancouver Island region and will focus on mapping opportunities and understanding challenges.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work within an innovative new program that supports Vancouver Island’s social impact ecosystem.


Contract Position: 20-25 hrs/week; Flexibility on days/hours worked
Compensation: Total contract budget of $45,000
Date: June 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 (possible extension for Phase 2 & 3 of the project)
Location: Central & Northern Vancouver Island

Contract Responsibilities:

  • Awareness-raising of the ‘social acquisition’ concept
  • Outreach to non-profits and community businesses in communities north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island, including Powell River
  • Community-based and regional research on promising sectors for acquisition
  • Mapping the acquisition process; including identification of key resource people in the region
  • Oversee an awareness raising campaign on social enterprise acquisition concept
  • Develop educational tools and resources to accompany the acquisition readiness process
  • Host information sessions on non-profit acquisitions and business legacies
  • Identify and coordinate pilots and opportunities to become ‘acquisition-ready’
  • Support 5-8 pilots through acquisition readiness process, connecting them to appropriate supports and resources
  • Identifying key community assets for future community acquisition
  • Evaluation and reporting


  • You hold a graduate degree and five years of related experience in business, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • You demonstrate an ability to work both independently and in a team, with a proactive approach including the appropriate follow up to ensure goals and objectives are met
  • You have a passion for social enterprise, and a strong understanding of the non-profit and charity sector
  • You have a solid understanding of the region’s economic landscape
  • You demonstrate sound research and analytical abilities and have experience gathering relevant information, including market research, from a variety of sources
  • You have solid writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to gather and synthesize information in a comprehensive fashion, preparing concise and clear communications in a variety of written formats
  • Demonstrated ability to interact, build strong relationships and work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors
  • You have excellent communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to communicate technical concepts and information to non-technical audiences in a manner that can be easily understood
  • You have a passion for building capacity, and have experience in hosting workshops and developing learning resources
  • You take initiative and are self-motivated
  • You are a natural connector and have networks in communities across the region
  • Preference will be given to candidates who live north of the Malahat, and/or have knowledge of Vancouver Island communities and are available to travel within the region.

Contract Requirements:

  • Contractor must provide own computer, phone, home office and vehicle
  • Contractor will meet regularly with project team using virtual meetings
  • Supervision provided jointly by Scale Collaborative and Royal Roads
  • Bi-monthly advisory group provides project oversight
  • Pre-approved travel costs are in addition to contract amount.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our team including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Kristi Fairholm Mader at

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and until the position is filled. While we value all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted.