We’re Hiring: Communications & Membership Manager

Start Date: October 2020
End Date: March 31, 2021 (with strong possibility of renewal, pending funding)
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;

Other assets:

  • French language skills,
  • Familiarity working with regulatory and policy language,
  • Web development experience (html, css, project management),
  • Photography and videography skills.

This position reports to the Executive Director (Acting) and the Communications and Fundraising Committees of our Board of Directors.


Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume (in one document) to Laura Northey at jobs@organiccouncil.ca 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.

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