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We’re Hiring! IRBE Executive Director

The Institute for a Resource Based Economy is growing, and we’re looking for a leader to help shape and implement our vision!

The Institute for a Resource Based Economy (IRBE) is an environmental and social economy organization with a makerspace with an educational focus in teaching hands-on skills for both youth and adults. The Makerspace offers a wide range of workshops and courses designed to teach practical skills to facilitate creativity, building and design such as Laser Cutting, Woodshop, Lathe and 3D Printing. IRBE works closely with our partner organizations, the Toronto Tool Library and Sharing Depot, to provide radical access to the tools and community needed to build a more sustainable, equitable future.

The ideal candidate is self motivated, with a head for complexity and strategic thinking. We are looking for a progressive leader with excellent communication skills and keen business sense.

The Executive Director reports to the IRBE Board of Directors and manages its staff team. Core responsibilities include:

  • Strategic development and implementation of the IRBE vision  
  • Financial reporting and management
  • Staff management  
  • Operations management
  • Business development
  • Partnership development

We are looking for candidates that match the following requirements:

  • 5+ years of business management and or managerial experience
  • Proven experience leading organizational growth and complexity
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team dynamics and partnerships
  • Accounting and/or bookkeeping experience an asset

Terms of Employment

  • Full time, permanent role
  • $40,000 initial salary with room for growth
  • Start time: September 2019

Please send your cover letter, resume and three professional references to Molly Fremes (she/her) at by August 6, 2019. Please package your application in a single PDF attachment with the subject line “Last Name_IRBE ED Application”.

IRBE is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from self-identified members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, LGTBQ2 youth, people with disabilities and women in STEM. We prioritize consideration of those applicants who ask to be considered for employment equity.

Thank you for your interest and best of luck in your application!

Institute for a Resource Based Economy, Board of Directors

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

– Buckminster Fuller

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