Business Development Advisor (ENRICH)

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Job region: 
Eastern Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 5:00pm
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OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

Position Summary

As a member of the dynamic and growing Community Economic Development team, the incumbent will work cohesively with other community partners to support the social and economic integration of aspiring entrepreneurial newcomers by connecting them with training, business support, networking opportunities, mentorship, work placements, and with other market actors within the Entrepreneurial Newcomers, Refugees and Immigrants Collaboration Hub.

Under the direction of the Manager of Community Economic Development at OCISO, and in close collaboration with the Hub Manager, the Business Development Advisor will provide support to eligible newcomer entrepreneurs to improve related capacities, including business planning, incubation support, identifying work placement opportunities, as well as other business development activities related to hub promotion and project management.

Reports to: Manager, Community Economic Development


  • Promote the entrepreneurial hub and its services properly through tailored info sessions, social media, networking events etc.
  • Liaise with community partners and local businesses to identify work placement and business development opportunities and maintain excellent relationships with the prospective clients
  • Provide recommendations for approaches to identifying and creating business opportunities, initiatives, and partnerships for the development of viable services or products
  • Support businesses, cooperatives and individuals to conceptualize, develop, implement and evaluate long-term strategic business growth plans
  • Provide guidance and training to clients in business plan development and implementation, and in the review, analysis and evaluation of business strategies and plans
  • Provide advice in the marketing and sales management of businesses and cooperatives
  • Provide support in the development of work plans, policies, standards, operating procedures
  • Support in creating project promotion materials
  • Establish and facilitate volunteer Mentor and Alumni outreach and retention strategies
  • Support in recruiting and engaging mentors and alumni
  • Maintain accurate data on all business development related activities
  • Assist with marketing and project management activities, as well as project budgets
  • Ensure high standards of service delivery within an anti-racism and anti-oppression policy framework
  • Demonstrate a commitment to OCISO’s culture of respect management approach and anti-racism/anti oppression policy within the work environment and in the community
  • Other duties as required


  • University degree or college diploma in business administration, marketing, project management or related field
  • 5+ years of experience in working with small and medium business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Experience with and thorough understanding of strategic business development methodologies, tools and techniques
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to develop fresh approaches and innovations
  • Ability to engage with private sector and mobilize a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Excellent leadership, coaching, facilitation, and problem solving skills
  • Proven facilitation and presentation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively influence
  • Effective interpersonal and cross cultural communication skills
  • Fluent in English – other languages are desirable but not essential
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment

Term: Full-time – 35 hours per week (May 2020 – Indefinite)
Salary & Benefits: $55,400 – 57,000. Comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, an RRSP plan and a generous leave entitlement.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume by May 1, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. to:

Halimah Shaw, H.R Administrator


OCISO encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

OCISO is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, OCISO will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the HR Administrator upon scheduling your interview

Thank you to all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected to participate in our selection process will be contacted.