Strategic Initiatives SIZ Program Manager (contract until May 31, 2019)

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players. 

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool shit and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant.  

We’re looking to add some amazing people to this team. People who believe in the Communitech mission and are willing to do what it takes to help our members succeed. If you think big, but are always willing to push a broom, then we’d love to hear from you.  Wonder what it’s like to work at Communitech?  Watch this video!

Position Summary

Communitech’s  Strategic Initiatives team, based out of the Communitech Data Hub in Uptown Waterloo,  brings together key players — from startups and global brands, to government agencies, and academic institutions — to inspire persistent innovation and revolutionize the way we leverage data.

A Special Interest Zone (SIZ) is a dedicated space at the Communitech Data Hub where Canada’s largest and most successful companies collaborate with the Waterloo Region ecosystem to wrestle with their toughest problems.

Reporting to the Director, Strategic Initiatives  the SIZ Program Manager will support all Special Interest Zone clients, and take on the following:


  • Proactively provide all Special Interest Zone clients with:
    • Matchmaking and ecosystem engagement with relevant groups, including:
      • Startups
      • Scale-ups
      • Academics and students
      • Government funders
      • Other potential collaborators
    • Access to events on emerging data topics led by cutting-edge practitioners from industry, academia and government
    • Access to data sets, tools and potential customers or subject matter experts within the Communitech ecosystem
    • Coordination with all other Communitech, ODX, and relevant corridor offerings including technical growth coaches and relevant Corporate Innovation programs
    • Meet with SIZ client leads weekly to help with community engagement
  • Identify specific projects that SIZ clients could undertake at Communitech
  • Track and provide program metrics against specific targets for reporting
  • Participate in a variety of SIZ client updates, including input and attendance at all SIZ client quarterly update meetings
  • Build relationships with other groups within Communitech in support of the various initiatives
  • Build knowledge around data innovation topics including AI, Analytics, Blockchain, etc. for the benefit of our customers  
  • Represent and enable the SI team at events where required.
  • Other duties as required from time to time.


  • 5 - 7 years of relevant work experience is required
  • Previous experience working with enabling or growth organizations is an asset
  • You are a relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills and a thirst for knowledge
  • Solid organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple concurrent requests and prioritize those requests based on impact
  • Proactive and results oriented
  • Ability to maintain confidential information is required
  • Familiarity with topics relevant to data driven innovation (analytics, visualization, open data, etc.) an asset
  • G-Suite and Salesforce experience, as well as experience supporting a business-to-business sales function, is an asset

To Apply

Please click on the link below to create a Plum Profile, which will help us determine if our company is a fit for you, ensure that you will be happy and fulfilled. Please also upload your resume and cover letter by April 23, 2018.

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We thank all applicants in advance; however only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be kept confidential. Communitech’s hiring practices are aligned with human rights laws, which guarantee every person equal treatment in regard to employment and opportunity for employment, regardless of race, color, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status