Community Animator

Impact Hub Ottawa Published: September 18, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario
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About Impact Hub Ottawa

Impact Hub Ottawa is a non-profit community and coworking space with a mission to inspire, connect, and enable people and organizations to take action for a more just and sustainable world. We use the Sustainable Development Goals and their commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ as a lens through which to view our impact in the world, and we offer coworking, office, meeting, and event space, as well as programs and services, to help purpose-driven people to work together to bring about meaningful change in their communities.

Powered by a community of over 300 members and a 16,000 sq.ft. space designed for people to work, meet, and collaborate, we are part of a global network of over 15,000 individuals and organizations in 100+ Impact Hubs around the world. Since opening in 2012, Impact Hub Ottawa has evolved into one of the city’s most vibrant, multi-sector communities and incubators of projects that drive positive social and environmental change, serving thousands of people each year.

About Our Team

At the heart of Impact Hub Ottawa is a small but mighty team of dedicated and passionate people. We are big believers in the power of collaboration to bring out the best ideas, and we work together to manage our space, host our community, and design events and programs that help people #DoGoodBetter.

We love to work with passionate and empathetic people and are committed to creating an inclusive team and community where everyone feels welcomed and valued. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersecting identities. 

About This Opportunity

As we experiment with new ways to engage our community at a safe distance, it’s more important than ever to ensure that our members feel connected to one another and the services we offer. That’s where you come in! We are looking for an outgoing and passionate Community Animator to join our team and activate our community of people and organizations working to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

You will put your organizational skills to use in helping us deliver virtual networking and capacity-building events, and apply your communications chops in getting to know our members, identifying opportunities to support them, and sharing their stories on our blog.

Based in our bright and open coworking space in downtown Ottawa, you will support the team in welcoming visitors, managing the space, and running in-person events when they start up again - all from a safe distance. You should be passionate about the SDGs, a creative thinker, and comfortable working on a small team, where fresh ideas and taking the lead are encouraged.

This is an excellent opportunity to expand your network and have a positive impact in a fast-paced, thriving community of over 300 social innovators. If you’re a curious storyteller with ideas to improve member experience, we would like to meet you! 

Duties and responsibilities


  • Work with the team to identify new ways to host and engage our members virtually and in-person (where safety permits), including: managing member slack channel, improving member onboarding, hosting info sessions, organizing virtual meet-ups, etc.
  • Help to create a warm and welcoming environment, both virtually and in-person, by attending Hub events, making connections, inviting questions, and encouraging engagement among members 
  • From a safe distance, welcome members and guests to the space and support the team in maintaining cleanliness and general upkeep of coworking and meeting areas
  • Support team with opening and closing responsibilities

Impact Storytelling

  • Get to know our members and partners, conducting interviews to write profiles and engaging digital content (e.g. blog posts, member spotlights) that showcases our strategies used by our community to advance the SDGs
  • Design interactive experiences that educate and engage our members and guests about the SDGs, and develop creative ways to connect and showcase members to one another and with the broader social innovation community in Ottawa
  • Develop processes to track, measure and share the impact of our members as it aligns with the SDGs

Program & Communications Support

  • Support our Programs Lead with the coordination and delivery of virtual events, workshops and networking opportunities, including our weekly Brown Bag Lunch series, other workshops and larger events, including our ‘Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs’ series
  • Support our Digital Marketing Coordinator in strengthening our online presence by writing and curating content for our website, social media channels and weekly newsletters

Knowledge and skills

You are

  • A natural host, a curious conversationalist, and a people-connector, ideally with experience in facilitation and experience design
  • A skilled writer, able to produce compelling copy on short notice
  • Able to work well in a fact-based, collaborative environment 
  • Passionate about making the world a more just and sustainable place, and about advancing the SDGs through collaboration and social entrepreneurship
  • Interested in new technologies and digital tools and eager to test them out

Education required

Ideally, you will have a post-secondary education in a field relating to communications, journalism, entrepreneurship and/or community development.

Certification required


Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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