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Position: Director of Communications
Organization: Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Are you passionate about engaging the public on environmental issues? If you're looking to work with a great team for a good cause, this might just be the career move for you!

The Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation is focused on making the right investments in the interconnected natural, hydrological and economic systems that Ontario's Greenbelt protects. By ensuring continuous, progressive investment in the Greenbelt, the Foundation nurtures a living, thriving Greenbelt for all to enjoy

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications will report to the CEO, and work closely with the Executive Management Team to lead all communications activities for the Greenbelt Foundation.

The incumbent will be responsible for:

General Communications

  • Execute high-quality communications for all aspects of the Foundation and its programs, including earned media, which promote the Greenbelt and Foundation to wide-reaching audiences
  • Lead the team in planning, project managing and successfully delivering key projects, materials and partnerships including events, marketing materials, website projects, etc.
  • Write and edit meaningful content for dissemination including proofing
  • Oversee the development and execution of the annual report
  • Oversee the annual Friend of the Greenbelt Award event
  • Manage relationships with external suppliers, including agencies and advertorial campaign partners
  • Oversee communications planning, working closely with other departments to support all organizational priorities
  • Oversee strategic media opportunities to support strategic initiatives and annual campaign
  • Develop and build relationships with reporters, editors, producers, columnists, etc. in print, television, radio and online media, both mainstream and trade
  • Assist in the managing of issues/crisis communication as required
  • Act as an organizational spokesperson as required

Organizational Leadership

  • Create and achieve departmental benchmarks and indicators for success
  • Lead the development of strategic communications plans and the annual work plan
  • Manage the Communications Advisor, and other internal and external resources to establish work plans, deliverables and goals, managing workflow and conducting an annual review
  • Support Foundation government relations, including through the development of communications materials and campaign plans around key issues
  • Conduct all other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Core Competencies

  • Strategic planning experience – demonstrated experience leading annual planning processes and providing strategic advice to senior team
  • Strong writing skills – demonstrated experience producing high-quality writing for a range of audiences with minimal revision.
  • Media relations experience – passion for news media and understanding of the contemporary news landscape.
  • Government relations – working understanding of political and bureaucratic processes at all three levels of government.
  • Policy – proven ability to understand and absorb a range of policy frameworks. Experience with agricultural, environmental and land use policy will be considered an asset.


The position will be based at our Toronto office (downtown) in a typical office setting. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and we particularly welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest, but only successful candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume through our online portal. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a writing sample.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 15 2019    ID: 53525