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Position: Interim Program Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Organization: Ontario EcoSchools
Location: Queen and Dufferin, Toronto, Ontario

Status: Part-time (4 days per week), Contract until November 2019 (parental leave)

Compensation: $70,000 annually (pro-rated to 4 days per week)

Closing date: September 21, 2018
Anticipated start date: October 29, 2018

Background on Ontario EcoSchools

Ontario EcoSchools strives to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities. To do this we certify K-12 schools, create a vibrant provincial network, support strong EcoTeams, and share environmental toolkits and resources. We serve a network of over 1,800 schools and 58 school boards across Ontario. Please visit our website for more information at

In addition to providing an engaging and dynamic work portfolio, we offer our staff:

  • A collaborative and fun office culture

  • Opportunities for growth and professional development

  • Flexible schedules

  • An environment that supports self-care, openness, balance, and inclusivity

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Ontario EcoSchools program in support of its strategic objectives. The Program Director will lead the programs team to ensure the effective development, delivery, and ongoing evaluation of certification assessments, events, program resources, and support services to a network of over 1,800 schools and 58 school boards. The Program Director will collaborate with the leadership team in overall strategic and operational planning, partnership development, community engagement, reporting, and fundraising. The ideal candidate is passionate about environmental education and demonstrates a strong track record in project management, change management, team leadership, and stakeholder relations.

In addition to the Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the Program Director will be focused on the following priorities:

  • Leading the program review from prototyping to development and pilot (we are midway through the process)

  • Overseeing the coordination and programming of Ontario EcoSchools’ SuperConference in February 2019

  • Implementing programming deliverables in collaboration with corporate partners

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Planning & Administration

  • Lead the development of annual program and operating plan that are aligned with overall strategic directions

  • Ensure the highest standards of delivery of all programs and services (certification assessments, workshops and webinars, events, program resources, and network support)

  • Stay current with trends in environmental education and implement new and innovative methods for student and school community engagement

  • Develop, monitor and evaluate key performance indicators to support increased participation, staff growth and success

  • Develop strategic collaborations with stakeholders to increase support and resources to schools and school boards participating in the program

  • Report weekly, monthly, and quarterly objectives and performance to the leadership team

  • Document best practices and develop program policies and procedures

  • Work with communications team to create relevant, timely and effective outreach strategies

  • Ensure fulfillment of all contractual obligations with funders in collaboration with leadership team

Strategic Planning & Fundraising

  • Support the development of long-term strategic goals and annual operating plans

  • Provide recommendations for program innovation and development based on performance data and external trends

  • Support revenue generation through proposal writing, delivering presentations, relationship management, ongoing stewardship, and reporting

Team Management

  • Support the growth and development of program staff through coaching, training, feedback, and evaluation

  • Support team building at annual staff retreat and staff events

  • Work with Associate Director on HR policies and procedures

Financial Management & Budgeting

  • Manage the program operating budget, including regular reporting on actuals and projections

  • Ensure program-related expenses are allocated to appropriate cost centres according to funding agreements

  • Work with Associate Director on program-related finance, accounting, and procurement matters

Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Promote the Ontario EcoSchools program to senior/central school board staff to facilitate and increase participation

  • On occasion, facilitate Ontario EcoSchools workshops and webinars engaging students, staff, and school communities in the program

  • Work with government ministries to ensure alignment between the Ontario EcoSchools program and the government’s guidelines and policies

  • Support the collection and analysis of feedback from the Ontario EcoSchools community to ensure success and continuous improvement

Qualifications (required)

  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree in education, environmental science/studies, business administration, or related field

  • 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, with a minimum of 2 years in a senior management role (experience with environmental education programs preferred)

  • Experience in budgeting and financial management

  • Strong team leadership and managerial skills

  • Working knowledge of project management tools and methodologies

  • Excellent public speaking, facilitation, relationship management and communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, research, evaluation, and report writing skills

  • Resourcefulness, initiative, and flexibility to function collaboratively as part of a small team

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license

Assets (desired)

  • Experience working within the nonprofit sector

  • Experience or familiarity with the Ontario EcoSchools program

  • Fluency in French

  • Experience in partnership development and stakeholder relations

  • Experience working with Wordpress, Drupal, Salesforce, Google Apps, GoToWebinar, and/or Adobe Creative applications

  • Access to vehicle

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to:
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by 11:59 pm on September 21, 2018. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Aug 27 2018    Numéro : 47891