The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Management and Operations
Full-time - Permanent

Halifax Partnership is seeking a Director, Innovation Halifax. Reporting to the President and CEO, this new role will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the 2021-23 Innovation Halifax Program focused on:

  • Connecting Halifax start-ups and scaleups to programming and initiatives that will help increase their resiliency and competitiveness.
  • Enhancing collaboration between Halifax start-ups and established businesses.
  • Identifying and sharing the needs, gaps, and opportunities for co-creation spaces to support the continued growth and success of start-ups and scale-ups.
  • Raising awareness of the Halifax Innovation District's assets and value proposition.
  • Leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the Halifax Innovation Outpost (housed at Volta), including:
    • Supporting the growth of start-ups and scaleups by helping founders' pilot, evolve, and bring products and services to market through the City as a Living Lab initiative.
    • Addressing social, civic, and environmental challenges in the pursuit of a more livable, inclusive, sustainable, and innovative city.
    • Advancing the role of innovation within our city and municipal government.

Funding support for this work is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Inclusive Economic Growth, Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Partnership.

What you'll do


The individual, will lead, guide, and direct the Halifax Partnership's Innovation Halifax Program, including:

  • Overall planning, management, and delivery of the Program, including establishing strong and effective working relationships with the Halifax start-up community, Innovation District partners and key public and private stakeholders (local, national, and international).
  • Lead the day-to-day operations, program delivery and initiatives of the Halifax Innovation Outpost. This includes working collaboratively through the Outpost to identify/pilot innovative opportunities that will accelerate the goals of HalifACT, Halifax's comprehensive climate action plan.
  • Develop and launch Halifax Partnership's Corporate Meets Startup Connector Pilot Program aimed at connecting established companies to Halifax start-ups to identify and collaborate on innovative solutions that address company challenges.
  • Direct and manage Halifax Partnership's Account Executive/outreach to Halifax start-ups and scaleups and help make connections to private and public sector resources needed to accelerate their growth.
  • Manage the process to undertake a Needs Assessment that will identify the gap between what start-ups, scaleups and new companies choosing Halifax need for working space for the next phase of their growth. Present and share results with key stakeholders and commercial landlords.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Marketing and Communications develop and implement an Innovation Halifax Communication and Engagement action plan focused on raising awareness of Halifax Innovation District's value proposition and assets and create opportunities for greater engagement amongst start-ups, scaleups and established companies.
  • Collaborate with the Province of Nova Scotia's Innovation Outpost.
  • Track, promote, and report on progress on the implementation of the Program's initiatives and budget.
  • Lead the development of a longer-term strategic plan and funding model.
  • Represent the Innovation District in interactions with public and private sector, community leaders, media representatives, and others.
  • Establish quarterly performance targets to act as a guideline that enables measurement and tracking in Salesforce of individual and group performance.
  • Manage┬áservices and benefits agreement with Volta.

What you'll need



  • Master's degree in political science, economics, innovation, entrepreneurship, business, and/or related field is preferred; and
  • A combination of experience and education may be considered.


  • Five+ years relevant experience in a senior leadership capacity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project and/or program delivery and governance.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Proficient with MS Office applications. Financial and project management expertise. Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Knowledge of strategic and operational planning, negotiation, implementation and evaluation of priorities, significant achieve Proven track record of building and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated collaborative approach. Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, including facilitation and presentation abilities.

A little bit about us

Halifax Partnership

Halifax Partnership is Halifax's public-private economic development organization and with our many partners we mobilize and lead our community in executing Halifax's Economic Growth Plan. Together, we are working toward an ambitious long-term vision to grow Halifax's population to 550,000 and its GDP to $30 billion by 2031. In short, we help keep, grow, and get, business, talent, and investment in Halifax.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

The successful candidate will be an adaptive and dynamic individual comfortable working in a fast-paced organization and embody Halifax Partnership's core values:

  • Partnership and Collaboration: We believe in the power of partnership and are committed to working collaboratively, exchanging experiences, information, knowledge and finding solutions.
  • Accountability and Transparency: We are responsive and accountable to the community and honour our commitments to each other, our partners, investors, and clients by doing what we say we will do.
  • Inclusion: We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion free from discrimination and harassment and where, employees, partners, investors, clients, and the communities we serve are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
  • Boldness: We believe in openness, creativity, experimentation, and the generation of ideas in the pursuit of excellence and growth.

Terms of Employment

  • Fixed-term contract to March 31, 2023; full-time, 37.5 hours per week.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, your work location may be a hybrid model shared between the Halifax Innovation Outpost at Volta, Halifax Partnership office and/or at home. Work location will be determined by operational requirements, public health recommendations, and government requirements.

Commencement Date


To Apply

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, in confidence to Thursday, July 22, 2021, by 4:00 p.m. Please state the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Halifax Partnership is committed to fostering a culture that is grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal peoples, women, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, persons of minority sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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