OCO is Hiring: Executive Director

Excited to join a passionate team dedicated to advancing Ontario’s organic food movement? The Organic Council of Ontario is seeking a Executive Director to lead our organization. If you’re ready to make a lasting impact in the agrifood sector, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Our Ideal Candidate

A visionary and strategic leader with knowledge of the Ontario agrifood 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. Conscientious of our diverse membership, you are always ready to listen, learn, respectfully debate, and incorporate dissenting views while maintaining a trajectory 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 are an excellent judge of character, able to find the skills and abilities in others 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 and can  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.   

We encourage all participants who meet or have experience in at least 80% of the criteria to apply. To apply, send your resume and cover letter in a single PDF format to: hiring@organiccouncil.ca by May 21st, 2024 at 8am.

About OCO

The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is the Voice for Organics in Ontario. We represent over 1400 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. 

Read more about our Mission and Vision and Values.

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