Job Title: Executive Director (Acting - Maternity Leave)
Organization: Organic Council of Ontario
Location: Toronto, Guelph or home office anywhere in Ontario
Salary: $55,000 to $62,000 depending on experience
Benefits: We offer a health savings account, but no health insurance plan.
BYOD: We have a Bring Your Own Device policy, including cell phone and laptop
Reports to: OCO’s Board of Directors/ Executive Committee
Location: Home Office (anywhere in Ontario); preference given to candidates who can work from our Toronto (720 Bathurst st.) or Guelph (5420 hwy 6 North) offices.
Start Date: November – December 2019
Contract Length: 12 - 16 months
Ontario is an organic leader, inspiring innovation and improving the health of our economy, environment, and communities.
We foster excellence and encourage growth by acting as a unifying voice for Ontario organic, from field to plate. We protect and promote organic through advocacy, research, capacity building, and education.
The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is the Voice for Organics in Ontario. We represent over 1300 certified organic operators across the value chain, as well as the businesses, organizations, and individuals that help bring food from farm to plate. We work to catalyze sector growth, support research, improve training, increase data collection, encourage market development, protect the integrity of organic claims, and inform the public of the benefits and requirements of organic agriculture.
About the Role
A visionary and strategic leader with knowledge of the Ontario food and agriculture sector, you believe in systemic change and have the patience and determination to make it happen. You are an inclusive, consultative, and empowering individual with experience hiring and motivating small and dynamic teams. You are both a thinker and a doer, able to review and analyze complex regulatory issues one moment and lead a farm tour the next. You know what it takes to run a member-based association: you are always ready to listen reflectively, debate openly, and incorporate dissenting views without losing momentum in taking action towards a goal. You are a savvy communicator with political acumen: you have the ability to identify the most important audiences and deliver messages to achieve your goals.
You trust in the skills, ability, and capacity of others, are an excellent judge of character, and are always on the lookout for new opportunities that allow OCO to punch above its weight! You have the courage to try new approaches, structures, and processes that are well-informed and well-reasoned, while understanding the historical and legal context in which you work. You are a systems builder, striking a balance between creating organizational structure and staying nimble and action-oriented.
You have experience and confidence in managing complex, nuanced relationships across a broad spectrum of interests. You have a proven track record of successfully developing effective, lasting relationships with staff, members, funders, national and provincial partners, governments, and policy and change-makers. You are entrepreneurial by nature. You juggle multiple projects and grants with a close eye on cash flow, while seeking new opportunities to achieve the organization’s mandate and build financial resilience.
As Executive Director of the Organic Council of Ontario, and with support from our skilled board and staff, you will improve organizational effectiveness, build on our funding base and capacity, and support Ontario’s local organic food leaders to grow and thrive.
The ideal candidate will have:
To apply, please send your cover letter and CV in one pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th, 2019 with “Executive Director” in the subject line.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Aug 6 2019 ID: 54391