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Position: Executive Director
Organization: GreenUP
Location: Peterborough, Ontario

Term: Permanent Salaried Full-Time (37.5 hours/week; with exibility in work schedule)
Starting Compensation: $75,000/yr, competitive benefits package, and Pension through OP Trust Select
Desired Start Date: July 26, 2021
Reporting To: GreenUP Board of Directors

Organization Background:

For more than 25 years, GreenUP has been Peterborough region’s leading organization focused on issues of community resilience and sustainability. A non-profit charitable organization, our mission is to inspire and empower environmentally healthy and sustainable action in our community. We do this by: offering impactful, hands-on environmental education programs; leading inspiring restoration and renewal projects that demonstrate the potential for green, healthy, and active neighbourhoods; and, coordinating engaging events and campaigns that enable collaborative action.

GreenUP has an exemplary reputation for being knowledgeable, professional, inclusive, and accessible. Our current programs focus on climate action, active transportation, participatory planning, water protection, energy conservation, landscape restoration, food security, and sustainable business. We also operate GreenUP Ecology Park and the GreenUP Store, which provide citizens with the resources, information, and materials they need to create positive change. As an active community organization, we partner with individuals, businesses, other non-profit organizations, and governments to ensure that our region maintains its longstanding track record of environmental leadership in Ontario and across Canada.

Position Background:

GreenUP seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization to new successes. GreenUP has incredible and experienced staff, a diverse and engaged board, and a very strong internal structure. Our success as an organization is a function of our strength as a team, and we are investing in cultivating a safe and compassionate workplace that celebrates the deep investment staff and board have for their work.

The Executive Director must be a team-oriented, innovative, inclusive, and collaborative leader who can continue to engage and inspire all stakeholders: staff, board members, partners, volunteers, and members of our community. Building upon an outstanding legacy of environmental programming, they will sustain and expand our work, and position GreenUP to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of the climate crisis.

Professional Attributes:

  • Strategic thinker, long-term planner, and action-oriented change maker
  • Proven ability to develop multiple revenue streams, including grant funds and service delivery agreements
  • Relationship builder with experience engaging a variety of stakeholders
  • Committed to environmental and social justice with a passion for equitable and fair progress
  • Knowledge of best practices in human resources, employee relations, and NGO management
  • Effective, sincere, and clear communicator

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Program and Grant Development & Oversight (25%)

  • Secure funding for the operation of the organization, including the continuation of current programs and the development of new activities and services in collaboration with senior staff
  • Provide key oversight and management support to staff and contractors to ensure ongoing success

2. Financial Sustainability & Management (20%)

  • Develop and manage business, social enterprise, and fee-for-service opportunities to diversify our funding streams and maintain a sustainable business model
  • Collaborate with the Director of Finance in budget preparations, ongoing financial reviews, annual financial audit and required corporate reporting

3. Human Resources (15%)

  • Foster effective teamwork and communication at all staff levels and maintain our positive culture
  • In conjunction with Program Directors, HR Committee, and Board, oversee HR management functions

4. Strategy and Governance (15%)

  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff on strategic planning according to an established schedule
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services in accordance with the strategic plan
  • Report to, and support, the Board of Directors and committees based on established goals and practices

5. Partner and Donor Relations & Communications (10%)

  • Foster new and existing relationships with funders, donors, municipalities, government agencies, and partner organizations to sustain and increase the impact of our programs
  • Support the Communications Manager in implementing the communications strategy

6. Leadership and Advocacy (10%)

  • Work with all levels of government and political parties to further GreenUP’s work
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization and continue to strengthen its distinct voice as a local ENGO

7. Risk Management (5%)

  • Ensure compliance to minimum standards in accordance with government legislation, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer and nonprofit agency
  • Take direction from the Board of Directors on issues with signicant liability and/or impact on the organization


  • Five or more years experience in a senior or director-level position managing both programs and staff, preferrably within the Canadian environmental sector working on community-based climate action
  • A post-secondary degree in a related environmental field
  • A collaborative working style, strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm for building bridges between and among key stakeholders
  • Proven multi-year track record of revenue development success
  • Knowledge of the requirements of federal and provincial legislation applicable to Canadian charities

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How to Apply:

Qualied candidates are invited to submit the following materials in a single PDF le to with the subject line “Executive Director” by the deadline of June 28th, 2021, 5pm ET.

  1. Cover letter: no more than 2 pages
  2. Resume: no more than 2 pages

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GreenUP invites applications from all qualied individuals. GreenUP is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. As part of our commitment to racial justice and reconciliation, GreenUP is actively encouraging Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour candidates to apply for this position. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities, women, and people of any sexual orientation or gender identity. We encourage applicants to self identify if they wish to do so.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 8 2021    ID: 60185