Job Posting 75004

Black Entrepreneurship Alliance Manager
Black Creek Community Health Centre
York / Durham area
closed 8 days ago (Wed, 15 Sep)
full time - term / contract



Manager, Black Entrepreneurship Alliance


Black Creek Community Health Centre provides health and social services to residents of Northwest Toronto.   In 2021, the Federal Government awarded funding to entrepreneurship ecosystems to support Black entrepreneurship across Canada. As a recipient of this funding, Black Creek Community Health Centre (BCCHC) and York University has created the Black Entrepreneurship Alliance (BEA).


The BEA Manager holds an entrepreneurial spirit and will be taking full ownership of the entrepreneurship development programs to help support and impact 350 Black founders in the community. The Manager will be actively engaging with supporters and stakeholders from Toronto’s startup ecosystem, while building on this network to support the program’s growth.


BEA is comprised of a suite of agri-food, technology, and community programs to support Black entrepreneurs and young professionals. The overall goal is to support Black entrepreneurs in building successful companies that will lead to the creation of jobs, the development of new products and services, and have a positive impact on the Canadian economy.




Reporting to the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship in Innovation York at York University, the BEA Manager is responsible for overseeing the strategy, the progress, and success of the Black entrepreneurship programs. Working closely with multiple partner organizations, the Manager’s role will include day to day management, partnership building, financial administration, and continued development of the Black entrepreneurship programs. The Manager might also act to offer guidance and mentorship in the space to support our entrepreneurs.


It will be the role of the BEA Manager to facilitate, manage, and grow these activities that will create impact and as well as raise the profile of BCCHC and York University.




  • Develop and implement the programming for BEA, collaborating with internal and external parties, working with and managing the BEA team, and promoting the program to increase community engagement.


  • Manage workshops, events, and training programs to ensure high quality is maintained and that attendance is high. Community building should also be a key aspect to integrate in BEA’s programming.


  • Market BEA to internal and external stakeholders to ensure high engagement and high satisfaction. BEA should also leverage marketing to raise BCCHC and York University’s visibility and reputation.


  • Oversee the budget and all reporting responsibilities for BEA.





  1. A) Project Management
  2. In collaboration with the Associate Director, Entrepreneurship and Director, Innovation York, BCCHC management and the program team, develop and finalize the BEA program plan, providing recommendations for resource allocation:
    • Develop and carry out outreach campaign to GTA community members, external and internal partners and stakeholders;
    • Assess, evaluate, and identify required actions and activities to fulfill program deliverables;
    • Develop performance indicators; and
    • Establish a project advisory committee to ensure consistent engagement with community and all stakeholder groups
  3. Lead and manage BEA’s program and staff (including leadership, staff, logistics, partners, etc.) to meet program deliverables.
  4. Monitor and ensure progress against the BEA program plan. Revise the program plan as required.
  5. Have a risk mitigation process in place, including issue resolution and when to flag issues to the leadership at BCCHC and York University
  6. Maintain communication through regularly scheduled meetings with the program team and external and internal partners, as necessary, to address administrative matters related to BEA, including risk management and program delivery.
  7. Manage BEA governance activities. Ensure leaders and key (internal & external) stakeholders remain informed and engaged. Incorporate their recommendations and integrate as relevant in plan of action.


  1. B) Event Coordination
  2. Manage workshops and events in accordance with the program plan including booking facilities, resources, catering, announcements as well as materials and logistics on site.
  3. Schedule and manage speakers and external and internal partners to ensure the agenda is developed appropriately and that the necessary room and equipment are available.
  4. Manage program members, external and internal partners, and other attendees to market workshops and events, and ensure they are well attended.
  5. Work with external and internal partners and the program team to develop and launch the accelerator programs. Coordinate and manage the application process and the delivery of the accelerator programs.


  1. C) Marketing and Communications
    1. Manage the marketing of BEA as per its marketing strategy:
      • Marketing goals will include reaching a wide audience of potential applicants, obtaining high visibility for BCCHC & York, its entrepreneurs, its programming, and its exceptional leaders, having an ongoing presence (on/offline) to share BEA’s milestones and progress, and advertising success stories.
      • Marketing will involve the creation of marketing materials (e.g. posters, brochures), creation and maintenance of an active presence on social media (e.g. twitter, facebook, linkedin), and working with Communications unit to write publications and press releases as necessary.
    2. Prepare and deliver presentations to a range of stakeholders.


  1. D) Financial Administration and Reporting
  2. Report on a regular basis to the Associate Director, Entrepreneurship and BCCHC management.
  3. Ensure all narrative and financial reporting requirements are met. Solicit input from program team to draft scheduled narrative reports. Work collaboratively with Finance, program team and external and internal partners on financial reports. Prepare other special reports as required. Facilitate audit activities and/or site visits, if needed.
  4. Oversee all aspects of the BEA’s financial administration and ensure budget is utilized in accordance with BCCHC and York University’s policies and funder guidelines. Liaise closely with external and internal partners to facilitate financial transactions and reporting and ensure compliance with funder practices and processes.
  5. Working closely with Finance:
    1. minimize institutional risk through careful determination of the eligibility of both expenses and program contributions;
    2. design and implement financial tracking and approval mechanisms for program activities;
    3. design and implement claim processes, templates and schedules for activities led by external and internal partners;
    4. monitor the program budget, maintain accurate records and supporting documentation for expenditures and cash/in-kind contributions, and to reconcile transactions.





This position involves supervising and managing two Officers and two Coordinators that will be working on BEA’s programming.


As a supervisor, the Manager, BEA, is expected to:

  • Provide clear oversight and direction of the program;
  • Delegate responsibilities, set clear deadlines, and follow-up;
  • Maintain employee work schedules;
  • Provide guidance to enable professional and personal growth of the employees;
  • Build a culture emphasizing quality, satisfaction, and reliability of outputs, leading to employee development and retention, and high performance.





Type of financial or budgetary control exercised by this position.


            Payroll Budget                        $500,000 / year

            Operating Budget                   $100,000 / year

            Programming Budgets            $400,000 / year


Other major accountabilities, e.g., information, materials, buildings, equipment, etc.


Position will be responsible for the aforementioned cash budget, as well as the in-kind contributions of project partners totaling $1,243,662. FedDev will provide $2,999,431 over three years, as long as those funds are matched by the cash and in-kind contributions listed in the funding application. The total project value that this position will manage is $4,243,093.




  1. Educational Requirements:

University degree required. Graduate degree preferred.


  1. Experience Requirements:
  2. Minimum of 5-7 years’ related, progressive experience.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in the management of innovation projects.
  4. Experience working in the areas of entrepreneurship and commercialization.
  5. Experience working with or living within the Black Creek/Jane and Finch community or other similar communities.
  6. Knowledge of start-up company environment, as well as the creation and growth of start-up companies.
  7. Demonstrated expertise working with the Black community, with lived experience an asset.
  8. Experience working in post-secondary environments is an asset.
  9. Experience working within multi-stakeholder environments, including community groups


  1. Skills (Specialized knowledge):
  2. Demonstrated exceptional project management skills
  3. Excellent financial administration skills and a demonstrated capacity to manage large project budgets and maintain accountability
  4. Strong planning, coordination and organizational skills
  5. Commitment to anti-oppressive, anti-racism approaches with knowledge of anti-Black racism
  6. Superior communication skills and effective presentation skills
  7. Excellent writing skills and ability to prepare reports, including financial reports, for various audiences
  8. Initiative and high level of self-directedness
  9. Strong problem-solving skills
  10. Tact and diplomacy in interactions with internal and external contacts; teambuilding skills
  11. Proficiency with MSOffice (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and email software programs
  12. Demonstrated experience with on line collaboration platforms and social media


Application process:



Please submit a cover letter and resume to Patience.DaveO on or before September 7, 2021 by 5:00 pm.  Note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  Interviews will take place during the week of September 7, 2021



Black Creek Community Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer that serves one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods.  Applicants from racialized and other marginalized communities, including Francophones and Indigenous, are strongly encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided for candidates with disabilities, where needed and on request, to support their participation in all aspects of the recruitment process.


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