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for Steering Committee

Role: Steering Committee Members
Type: board of directors position / unpaid
Organization: Green Neighbours Network of Toronto 
Toronto, Ontario

Green Neighbours Network of Toronto

Green Neighbours Network of Toronto (GNN) is seeking Steering Committee members to take a leadership role in building this dynamic new organization.

About Green Neighbours Network

Launched in April 2018, GNN is a network of independent community groups and individuals working together with a common goal: to help make Toronto a city of greener, more vibrant neighbourhoods and a leader in the worldwide urban movement against climate change. GNN aims to facilitate collaboration among members and mentorship of new green groups. We strive to help our members develop skills for effective civic engagement and to build a rich web of alliances with other groups in the areas of health, environment, transit, housing and social justice. We are keen to expand this new network across the city.

Steering Committee

GNN is governed by a Steering Committee with responsibility for strategic direction, as well as overseeing outreach and mentoring, communications, volunteer recruitment, projects, partnerships, and finances. Steering Committee members are all unpaid volunteers. Guiding a new and emerging network, Steering Committee members are actively engaged in planning and development of exciting new strategies and projects.

GNN seeks to promote ethnic, geographical, age, ability and other diversity in its membership and its Steering Committee. We seek to engage with diverse communities across the city, including refugees, newcomers and indigenous communities to foster green initiatives that bring both environmental and social benefit to those communities.

If you are someone with drive and passion for creating a greener, more livable, and equitable city, this is an excellent opportunity. You will join a dynamic, committed group of volunteers learning from neighbourhood groups across the city while making connections, making friends, and making a difference.

(1) Steering Committee Members

GNN seeks energetic people interested in being members of the Steering Committee.

Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:

  • A passion for improving the local environment and community-building.
  • Commitment to the goals of GNN.
  • Keen to help GNN fulfil its mission of supporting environmental groups across the City of Toronto.
  • Experience in strategic planning with various organizations.
  • Commitment to ethnic, geographical, age, ability and other diversity in GNN.

As a member of the Steering Committee you will have ready access to all GNN information such as meeting minutes, organizational records, financial statements, and governance and policy documents.

Responsibilities of Steering Committee Members:

The Steering Committee Member position will involve a time commitment, on average, of 4 hours per week involving the following roles.

  • Be familiar with and act in accordance with GNN governance structure, policies, activities and current projects.
  • Participate in making decisions regarding GNN project and program planning, finances.
  • Maintain communication with GNN members groups on behalf of the Steering Committee as needed.
  • Attend Steering Committee meetings regularly and participate in discussions and decision-making.
  • Help with proposals for funding on behalf of GNN.
  • Help set the strategic direction of GNN, and oversee and evaluate all areas of GNN’s work.

(2) Steering Committee - Volunteer Coordinator

GNN is also seeking a Steering Committee member who will hold the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

Purpose: To manage volunteer resources to assist in the delivery of GNN’s programs. This includes communication with potential volunteers, coordinating volunteers, and providing guidance, support, and resources to GNN volunteers.

Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:

  • Experience with supervision, management, and volunteer leadership
  • Relationship-building: Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of GNN
  • Commitment to fostering teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Organizational skills: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Problem-solving: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations to the Steering Committee and/or resolve the problem, as appropriate.
  • Excellent communications skills in English. Other language skills would be an asset.
  • Commitment to promoting ethnic, geographical, age, ability and other diversity in GNN membership and the communities receiving support from GNN.


The GNN Volunteer Coordinator position will involve a time commitment, on average, of 4 hours per week and will entail the following tasks:

  • Participate as a voting member at a monthly GNN Steering Committee meeting.
  • Develop a volunteer plan including: recruitment, engagement, retention and evaluation.
  • Respond to volunteer inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Schedule meetings (virtual or in-person) with prospective volunteers.
  • Maintain ongoing engagement with GNN volunteers.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the City is an asset but not required.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Closing date: December 15th, 2018

GNN is an equal opportunity organization that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment. We welcome and encourage applications from members of equity seeking groups, including but not limited to, candidates who are racialized, indigenous, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 21 2018    ID: 49369