Eligibility: ages 30 and under as of start date, see additional eligibility criteria below
Hours: 30-35 hours per week (negotiable)
Salary: $42,000.00 – $45,000.00 pro-rated annually (negotiable)
Location: Remote, ideally situated south-central Ontario. The candidate will be expected to attend in-person meetings and events in Toronto, Guelph, and other locations across the province on an occasional basis (typically 4-6 events annually, plus monthly in-person meetings, as necessary). During Covid-19 and until further notice, in-person meetings are not required.
This position is funded in part by the Youth Employment and Skills Program. To qualify, you must be:
- 30 years or younger at date of hire
- unemployed, underemployed, or a student
- have not participated in any other Youth Employment and Skills Strategy program (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program)
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Duties & Responsibilities:
General Communications and Outreach (60%)
- Oversee and implement the development, design, branding and maintenance of OCO communications channels including website, e-news, social media and general correspondence;
- Ensure OCO’s communications and messaging are consistent, professional and relevant to our mandate and membership;
- Create media releases and ongoing media strategy to showcase OCO’s accomplishments and relevant activities, acting as media liaison to OCO’s board & staff;
- Improve member and stakeholder communications & analysis to ensure OCO continuously improves its capacity to address member and sector issues, requests and needs;
- Oversee the development and design of graphic materials for print and display;
- Work with other sector stakeholders to promote and build brand integrity for Ontario Organic;
- Assist with organizing, promotions and outreach for OCO events.
Membership and Directory Maintenance (20%)
- Oversee OCO’s annual membership and collections contributions strategy;
- Manage OCO’s membership program: promote membership, develop strong relationships with members, and communicate OCO’s benefits and value in order to expand and retain membership;
- Oversee administration and payment of membership fees, advertising strategy and other fee for service programs related to the directory and membership;
- Manage the maintenance of OCO’s Ontario organic directory, working with certifying bodies and developers to ensure accuracy and ease of use.
Data Management and Analysis (15%)
- Acquire data from partners and perform regular updates to the Ontario Organic Data Portal & Directory using custom-built tools;
- Analyze and assess the data collected to highlight trends and insights;
- Oversee ongoing data management and process optimization using OCO’s member database and custom-built membership management tools.
Special Projects and Policy Support (5%)
- Support various projects, related but not limited to: development of the Ontario Organic Knowledge Hub, Regenerative Agriculture programs and supports, the Campaign for Organic Regulation, and OCO’s Stable Funding initiative.
The ideal candidate will be:
- Comfortable with diverse online communications and membership management tools and databases (e.g. WordPress, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Google Analytics, Canva, Google Suite, Survey Monkey, Hubspot);
- Experienced in graphic design (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Canva etc.);
- Skilled at juggling and prioritizing multiple priorities;
- A strong researcher and excellent writer;
- Familiar with non-academic report writing and/or journalism;
- Experienced managing information and/or data systems including data analysis;
- Passionate and knowledgeable about organic agriculture;
- Equipped with an understanding of the Ontario agri-food landscape and the Ontario political climate and public sector;
- A curious and engaged systems thinker;
- Highly motivated and able to work efficiently both independently and in a team;
- Keen to take initiative to constantly improve their work and the work of the organization;
- Skilled at building strong, healthy relationships with stakeholders, members, partners, and the public;
- French language skills,
- Familiarity working with regulatory and policy language,
- Web development experience (html, css, project management).
This position reports to the Executive Director (Acting) and the Communications and Fundraising Committee.
About the Organic Council of Ontario:
The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is the voice for organics in Ontario. It represents Ontario’s organic sector value chains and has a membership of over 1,300 producers, processors, businesses and consumers.
Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume (in one document) to Laura Northey at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 9, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to to include examples of their past work (e.g. websites, reports, writing samples, etc.) with their application.
OCO encourages applications from members of equity-seeking groups, and is committed to providing a supportive and healthy work environment.