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Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is growing - we are hiring for 2 positions

July 21, 2017
The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is growing. We have two opportunities available to join our team as we launch exciting new granting programs and engage with people across Toronto to improve our parks and green spaces. 
 
Volunteer Program Coordinator for Allen Gardens - closes on August 14th, 2017
Communications Manager - closes on August 25, 2017

See below for details. 
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
Allan Gardens, Toronto, Ontario

About TPTF
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation has been helping Toronto transform its parks and green spaces since 2002. We work in partnership with the City of Toronto, community groups, neighbourhoods, individuals and the business community to re-imagine local parks and improve the health of Toronto's urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts. For more information visit torontoparksandtrees.ca 

About Friends of Allan Gardens
The Friends of Allan Gardens (FOAG) is a registered not-for-profit organization composed of neighbours, civic leaders, city builders, and other volunteers who advocate for the heritage, horticulture, and community uses of one of Toronto’s oldest designed parks.  Allan Gardens, located at the north end of the City of Toronto's Garden District includes the heritage-designated conservatories with 16000 sq. feet under glass with seasonal as well as permanent horticultural displays.  The park includes a children’s playground and off-leash dog area. It is a vital area visited daily by tourists, local residents, and students from Ryerson and others as well as organized groups that regularly hold events in the park.

Position Summary
This is a unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive volunteer program for one of Toronto’s beloved green spaces, Allan Gardens.  The Volunteer Program Coordinator is a full-time, one-year contract position. The Volunteer Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and will work closely with the board of Friends of Allan Gardens (FOAG) and City of Toronto staff at Allan Gardens.

The Volunteer Program Coordinator will be responsible for developing a volunteer program that fits the needs of the surrounding residential community and liaises with the many adjacent social service centres whose clients use the park daily; work with partners to propose and implement creative volunteer opportunities ideally with a horticultural theme (gardening, interpretation, enjoyment of nature. For instance, FOAG is interested in working with the Coordinator to develop a volunteer docent program for interpreting both the collections and displays within the conservatories and the grounds), and to expand access and engage the diverse community members at Allan Gardens.

Responsibilities include building strong, strategic relationships with community members and organizations, especially Indigenous groups and youth, assist partners with a variety of volunteer activities, and maintain horticultural thread across all volunteer opportunities. Finally, the Coordinator will lead a consultative process to develop a sustainable volunteer program.
 
Duties include:
  • Design and lead community consultation process to enhance volunteer access to Allan Gardens;
  • Develop a volunteer program and handbook suitable for implementation
  • Use community feedback to design volunteer events and programs for Allan Gardens
  • Conduct a review of volunteer programs for similar gardens in Toronto and beyond, making suggestions for Allan Gardens
  • Research other sources of funding to support Allan Gardens initiatives including, but not limited to the continuation of the volunteer program and completing grant applications
  • Support the Friends of Allan Gardens in general administration, fundraising events and related activities
  • Deliver community events at Allan Gardens, including recognition events
  • Liaise with the many groups that already use Allan Gardens for outreach and horticultural activities; act as point-person to assist with broader volunteer efforts
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Bachelor’s or College degree in Horticulture, Environmental Sciences, Cultural Heritage or related fields; minimum two years experience in successful program development, community outreach/recruitment and volunteer coordination
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience
  • Experience designing, implementing and compiling community engagement events and feedback
  • Highly organized, analytical, IT-competent – proficient in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently, time management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, while having the ability to inspire and motivate partnering organizations and volunteers
  • Ability to organize and maintain detailed records; complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines
To apply:
Please email cover letter and resume attached in one PDF document using file naming format {yourlastname_Volunteer} to info@tptf.ca

Please type “Volunteer Program Coordinator” in the subject line.

Terms:  One-year, full-time contract, salary range $50,000 - $55,000

Posting closes at 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017

No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posting can also be found here, https://GoodWork.ca/996814.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Communications Manager 
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation helps Toronto transform its parks and green spaces. We work in partnership with the City of Toronto, community groups, neighbourhoods, individuals and the business community to reimagine local parks and improve the health of Toronto’s urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is the official funding partner of the city of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division. Our goal is to foster a culture of collaboration citywide to help provide the park and green space enhancements that cannot be achieved through public funding alone. To learn more about our projects, visit www.torontoparksandtrees.ca.

Overview of Position
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Manager crafts compelling communications targeting Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation’s various audiences, and supports the organization’s community engagement programs and fundraising efforts. This position works closely with the Executive Director, and other staff, Board members and volunteers. The candidate should have a relevant communications or public relations degree and 5+ years of communications experience. Government relations experience an asset.
The candidate should possess excellent written and verbal communications skills, and must be able to work independently and to deadline.

Job Description
  • Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Manager leads the development and execution of a strategic communications plan, which includes: compelling communications, media relations tools, marketing materials and online social media vehicles among the organization’s various audiences, including the Board of Directors, partners, media, funders and potential donors, sponsors and the public.  
  • The Communications Manager is responsible for providing leadership, direction, planning, and strategic management to all areas of Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation’s communications, public relations and media relations efforts, including: Overseeing various communications vehicles including website, e-newsletter, annual report, advertising, our social media platform and other communications initiatives.
  • Leading media relations efforts – from writing and issuing news advisories and releases to scheduling interviews and drafting key messages.
  • Working with staff – overseeing key messaging, signage, and presentations for consumer shows, workshops and public meetings.
  • Overseeing corporate graphic standards and helping to further develop and sustain the organization’s brand and awareness with its target audiences.
  • Working with the Executive Director to recognize funding and support from governments, individuals and corporations.

Qualification and Experience:
A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at an agency, association or foundation, overseeing communications, marketing, public relations, media relations and online/social media work.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including writing, editing and design skills.
  • Experience working with staff, volunteers and consultants.
  • Excellent leadership, judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Strong presentation, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to deadline.
This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary range of $55,000 - $60,000.

Deadline for applications: 5:00 pm on Friday, August 25, 2017

Contact: Please email cover letter and resume attached in one PDF document using this file naming format {yourlastname_Communications} to info@tptf.ca
Please use “Communications Manager” as the subject line.

No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posting can also be found here, https://GoodWork.ca/947814