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Community Lead (North Okanagan)

Posted on: March 4th, 2020 Vernon, BC Accelerate Okanagan

Who Are We

Accelerate Okanagan (AO) is a not-for-profit accelerator that exists to give entrepreneurs the mentorship, connections and community they need to build technology-driven ventures.

Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, AO’s foundational values are:

  • Innovation: We choose boldness, act with agility and learn from failure.
  • Inclusivity: We are intentional collaborators, creating brave spaces for every voice.
  • Focus: We are effective in our delivery, accountable for results and clear on our purpose.
  • Sustainability: We support businesses, balanced founders, and healthy communities.

These values drive our three areas of focus, Engage the Willing, Unlock the Capital and Coach the Leaders.

The Role

The North Okanagan Innovation Centre will be launching this year in the City of Vernon and AO is working alongside several community partners to move this project forward. To support the launch, growth and development of this space and programs, we are seeking a Community Lead to work in Vernon. This person will be essential in developing and maintaining strong and positive relationships with members, clients, tenants, sponsors and the greater OKGNtech community. The successful individual will have a passion for entrepreneurship, a desire to help, a startup mindset, a flexible schedule for work/events in the evenings, and have the attention to detail superpower. 

Key Functions:

Facilities Coordination 

  • Help launch the North Okanagan Innovation Centre and develop the community culture and feel of the space
  • Coordinate and manage facilities day-to-day (i.e. ordering materials, bookings and set up of meetings spaces, event logistics, maintaining the cleanliness of shared spaces and more). 
  • Onboard and facilitate tours for members and OKGNtech community
  • Coordinate office technologies, updates to the website, social calendars, event listings and more 

Community Building 

  • Ensure clients, tenants and members have positive experiences with facilities, events, programs and processes
  • Online and in person communications with tenants, community supporters and members
  • Provide resources and referrals for the greater ecosystem 
  • Host and facilitate a range of events and learning initiatives for community, and use feedback from stakeholders to improve facilities, events, and processes 
  • Relationship build with OKGNtech community through community event attendance and business development
  • Develop and deepen relationships with OKGNtech Supporters and members
  • Prospect new members and potential facility renters
  • Leverage AO team and mentors to support local entrepreneurs through existing programming and events

Administration & Sustainability

  • Source and support with grants and funding opportunities that contribute to long term sustainability of the Innovation Centre
  • Track metrics associated with the space and programming and support with government reporting
  • Collaborate alongside AO team and community supporters to develop strategic revenue streams
  • Manage vendor, member and tenant contracts and relationships 

Skills and Qualifications:  

Relationship Management

  • Able to develop meaningful relationships both internally and externally  
  • Builds rapport through empathy, treating others with respect and demonstrating credibility
  • Supports others by being helpful & resourceful
  • Able to make mutually beneficial connections through business development
  • Customer and client focused approach
  • Uses clear, concise and considerate language in written and oral communication
  • Active listener and curious 

Self-Management & Organization

  • Organize, prioritize and balance a variety of projects, client needs and tasks simultaneously 
  • Self-starter who can take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Works calmly under pressure in a rapidly changing environment 
  • Emotional self-awareness; ability to be composed and rational 
  • Foresee problems and solve them proactively 
  • Ability to toggle effectively between people and task based requests/demands 
How to Apply
The innovative nature of our organization and community demands team members who can thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. This job description was designed to be a launch pad, responsibilities will continue to evolve as we continue to innovate and grow.

If you are looking for a career filled with excitement, challenge, and good people, you’ve found it.

Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to


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