OCO is Hiring an Executive Director (Part-Time)

Job Title:       Executive Director

Location:      This position is open to candidates throughout Ontario but requires regular travel throughout Ontario and meetings in Toronto.

Reports to:   OCO’s Board of Directors/ Executive Committee

Overall Function:

  • To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the Organic Council of Ontario
  • With the President and Executive Committee, enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and strategic goals
  • To make recommendations for the achievement of the Organic Council of Ontario’s philosophy, mission, strategy and its annual goals and objectives
  • Enable and coordinate OCO’s public visibility, liaison, networking with media, the government, the public and the agri-food sector using him/herself, the President and Board members as may be efficient and effective


  • Assist the Board with the leadership and visioning of the organization by developing long-range and annual plans, and with the evaluation and reporting of progress on plans
  • Propose initiatives that will advance the work of OCO


  • Determine contractor/staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery within the approved annual budget
  • Oversee the implementation of the operational and human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions and employment agreements for all staff/contractors
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors and staff/ contractors to ensure board needs are met and responded to in a timely and professional manner
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview and select staff/contractors that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further OCO’s mission
  • Ensure that all staff/contractors receive an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff/contractors which includes monitoring the performance of staff/contractors on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Ensure that deliverables are met in a timely and professional manner
  • Coach and mentor staff/contractors as appropriate to improve performance

Financial Administration:

  • Work with the Board of Directors to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  • Respond to the Board of Directors and members regarding finances and program delivery
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board of Directors
  • Prepare the annual budget for Board approval and manage expenditures and programs within the approved budget
  • Responsible for sound management of day-to-day financial affairs
  • Provide vision regarding overall financial health of the organization
  • Ensure that personnel, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained


  • 10 hour work week, with some evening and some weekend work required
  • Work from home office

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 120 producers, processors, retailers and consumers and includes organizations such as the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter in one pdf document to admin@organiccouncil.ca

by June 30th by 5pm with Executive Director in the subject line.

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