About Us

Empowering People. Launching Ideas.

Rise is Canada’s only national organization dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater social and economic inclusion through entrepreneurship. Through training, mentorship, micro-financing and other customs supports, we help individuals build the skills and access the capital they need to launch a small business that can improve quality of life and enable them to support themselves, their families and communities.

Since 2010, Rise has financed, trained, mentored, and coached more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and disbursed more than $2.8 million via 700+ low interest loans. Today, we work in nine locations across Canada—and growing. Learn more in our Impact Report.

Your Opportunity

Rise is seeking a highly organized and resourceful program coordinator to join our team as Training Programs Coordinator. Reporting to our Director of Programs, this role is an exciting opportunity to help our small but mighty team deliver impact. Rise Training Programs form an integral element of our offering and are often the first exposure to entrepreneurship for many of our clients. We’re looking for a driven candidate who has a client-first mentality to take charge with the logistical rollout of multiple training program cohorts and events. Dealing with concurrent projects and a positive attitude to getting the job done are critical expectations for the successful candidate.

From conducting outreach to drive recruitment, to being a student liaison and keeping things running smoothly behind to scenes, and creating a welcoming environment for learning to flourish, the Training Programs Coordinator will be integral to the success of Rise’s high-impact programs that are helping to change lives.


Finding the right person for the job

This position will serve as a member of the Rise team headquartered in Toronto, ON. But more important than location, is finding the right person for the job. So, this position is open to candidates from across Canada to be filled remotely.

Work/Life Balance

Rise offers staff in Toronto flexible working arrangements, with opportunity for in-office and remote workdays.

Key Responsibilities

Program Coordination

·       Cultivate and maintain a Canada-wide list of service providers working in Rise’s areas of interest, including employment support agencies, social service agencies who work with clients on social assistance, community mental health agencies and other community organizations

·       Work with colleagues to roll out a marketing and outreach plan to reach key audiences to drive recruitment for all training programs

·       Conduct comprehensive screening and selection processes to assess applications for fit, eligibility, and business viability

·       Serve as a student liaison and disseminate important communication for all students

·       Arrange all program logistics, including technical support workshops, student materials preparation, pitch session and graduation planning and execution

·       Manage technical platforms for delivery of training programs, including Zoom and Slack

·       Support facilitators with administrative aspects of class management

·       Setup the printing and distribution of program workbooks, disbursement of honoraria and other program supports such as laptops, and graduation certificates to Training Program participants

·       Using Slack, populate and animate channels for each cohort, as well as the larger Alumni channel

·       Work with the Training Programs Manager to setup events and workshops to enhance the learning opportunities of current clients and alumni throughout the year

Program Evaluation and Reporting

·       Ensure that any funder deliverables are tracked, and all relevant key performance indicators are collected and achieved

·       Coordinate and ensure that students complete the pre- and post-program surveys and take part in focus group interviews as directed.

·       Contribute to the drafting of funder reports and internal Rise reports relating to Rise Training Programs.

·       Make recommendations to management for program improvements

Essential Qualifications

·       University degree in education, social work, business or similar fields. A combination of relevant education and work experience may be considered.

·       Minimum two (2) years of experience in program coordination, education, workforce development or similar fields, ideally in a non-profit environment.

·       Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365, especially Excel, Word and SharePoint

·       Exposure or familiarity with small business

·       Administrative project management experience including reporting


·       A background working with people who face barriers to employment and financial stability and/or individuals who have experienced mental health or addiction

·       Existing networks and relationships with potential partners to drive pipeline development

·       Experience with Salesforce, or similar CRM systems

·       Experience with multi-stage processes and procedures

·       Experience with curriculum and or training programs including recruitment

·       Experience building networks with multiple parties and agencies (connections)

·       Comfortable with business plans, financial statements and assessing viability

·       Bilingual in French and English

Personal Attributes

·       Independent self-starter with a dedication to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives

·       Strong administrative skills with ability to juggle several projects simultaneously.

·       Tenacious and driven by deadlines

·       Strong communication skills for both external and internal audiences

·       Relationship builder with a cross section of culturally and socioeconomically diverse personalities

Rise is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We actively seek racialized and indigenous persons, people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and addiction challenges), and additional diverse identities for our team.




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The salary range for this position is $40,000-$44,000, with generous benefits, vacation and personal days.

How to Apply

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation throughout the recruitment process. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter by  Monday, December 12, 2022, to mpdbarcellos@rogers.com and include “Training Program Coordinator” and your name in the subject line.

About Rise


These values are at the heart of who we are as people, as professionals and as a team.

Rise is Canada’s only national charity dedicated to helping people with mental health or addiction challenges achieve financial independence through self-employment or small business ownership.

Our clients reflect many diverse groups that experience barriers related to access to service. They self - identify including 60% who are women, 35% who are BIPOC and 60% persons with low income. Rise aims for a fully diverse team of staff and volunteers to ensure that our funding, programs and services respect and reflect clients’ needs.

For 10 years, Rise has financed, trained, mentored and coached over 2,000 entrepreneurs disbursing more than $2.8 million in over 700 small loans. Our programs enable clients to hone their skills, achieve their goals and live their dreams. Check out our Impact Report at www.risehelps.ca