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Platform Calgary 
Empowering people // building the next economy. 
Calgary, Alberta

Who is Platform?

Platform Calgary is laser focused on making Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation. We believe that an inclusive, tech-led approach to economic growth and diversification will unlock new avenues of prosperity for current and future Calgarians. Already one of the world’s top 100 emerging innovation ecosystems, our goals are ambitious: over the next 10 years we want to see a 10x increase in the rate of startup creation and growth lead to the creation of 30,000 future proofed jobs.

To make this vision a reality, we are opening  the Platform Innovation Centre, Calgary’s Home for Innovators. With 60+ partner organizations already connected and aligned in vision under one roof, we are collectively what our name suggests: a platform upon which to build, with an expansive, efficient and well resourced network of support at its foundation. Along with our partners we offer innovators everything they need to get started and get growing: educational programming, community, advice and a globally-connected network of resources.

At heart we are trusted collaborators with our partners that work alongside us, and are tireless champions for every innovator that comes through our doors. 

What’s it like to work at Platform?

Yes, our goals are ambitious. Some might say aggressive. (Yes!) We’ve set the bar high for ourselves and for Calgary’s tech community. The only way we’ll get there is if a) the next 10 years in tech are the best in Calgary’s history (for everyone) and b) we are a catalytic organization that, at its core, is highly collaborative AND highly entrepreneurial.

Our team is passionate about supporting startups and innovators no matter where they’re at, but is equally enthusiastic about seeing our partners thrive as they deliver on our shared vision for Calgary. At the end of the day, we’re all working together to empower the people building the next economy.

We hire experts and generalists with complementary skills and a shared attitude: we value integrity, creativity and diversity, and we thrive as part of integrated teams that revel in delivering results. If you’re considering joining our team, it is important that you understand we are blazing new trails in our city. A lot of what we need to be able to do in the future is being built today. (Hint: look elsewhere for well-worn playbooks and a slow moving routine.) Read our Guiding Principles for the litmus test on how we determine and prioritize the work we do.

Diversity in the people we hire is essential for truly collaborative work, and for the impact we are accountable for in the community we serve. We foster a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and respected to fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

We operate a hybrid and flexible work environment to support the best results from our highly collaborative teams.

Our beliefs are the foundations of Platform’s growing culture. Written by all of us, we are each accountable to these beliefs and work to reinforce them in our daily work:

  • Ship It: I do what it takes to get work out the door even if it’s not perfect, and learn how to make it better.
  • Shout Out: I revel in my coworkers’ efforts and accomplishments.
  • Move the Needle: I drive transformational results by focusing on opportunities that create measurable impact at scale.
  • All Hands: I take initiative to listen, ask and contribute in whatever ways I can because I have experiences and knowledge that matter.
  • Build to Last: I make decisions today that create foundations for the future of Calgary.
  • Top Priority: I safeguard my health and wellness and know I am supported by the team to take care of myself.

If you’re ready to be a part of a highly collaborative team that is making a difference in the future of Calgary, come talk to us.

The Opportunity:

As Platform Calgary’s Lead, Community Engagement, you are energized by creating connections and value for a fast-growing community of innovators. You are a critical part of Calgary’s developing startup ecosystem, and the work you do will directly affect the success of Platform Calgary. As a member of the Platform Calgary team, reporting to the Director, Community, you’ll collaborate with colleagues, startup founders and teams, and a wide variety of partners to bring meaningful experiences to life.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a community engagement strategy for Platform Calgary and Startup Calgary: including planning, resource identification, budget management and reporting 
  • Manage and maintain Membership program
  • Manage and maintain Peer-to-Peer network program 
  • Collaborate with startup community partners to raise awareness about, and grow, a welcoming innovation ecosystem.
  • Guide and foster the development of the Coordinator, Community. 
  • Cultivate strong relationships across the organization and with startup founders and teams, enterprise, investors, Platform Innovation Centre partners, community partners and vendors
  • Lead with a collaborate first mentality to ensure every external community interaction improves the overall strength of the ecosystem, encouraging a city-wide culture of innovation

What you will bring:

  • More than 5 years’ experience in a related position, recognized as a community- and consensus-builder, and you work to create a collaborative environment.
  • You are interested in engaging with, and helping connect, early-stage entrepreneurs to the people and resources that will accelerate their growth. 
  • You love thinking through creative strategies of how to engage the startup community and create measurable impact. 
  • You are an ultimate host; your initiatives create purposeful connections while ensuring your participants receive the highest level of care.
  • You make balancing work and personal life a priority. 
  • You thrive in a fast-paced, team environment with changing priorities and tight timelines, including managing several initiatives at once.
  • You are self-driven and have excellent time management skills. 
  • You enjoy learning together with your teammates and helping others to succeed in their work. 
  • You recognize this role will require evening and weekend hours at times.
  • You are comfortable with workflow tools such as G-Suite, Asana, Slack, and HubSpot.

What will you receive?

  • Full Medical & Dental Benefits including a Health Spending Account.
  • Group RRSP matching program & Group Life Insurance.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • Salary Range: $61,000 - $85,000.

Platform Calgary is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including aboriginal persons, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

Platform Calgary requires its team members to have up to date vaccinations to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.

We thank all applicants for their interest and sending their resume to [email protected] but only those shortlisted will be contacted. We are hoping to undertake first interviews by December 6, 2021, but the role will remain open until filled.