Careers

There are two new positions available at Park People. Please see below for details.

Project Manager Job Posting

Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada.

We support a Canadian network of park people by sharing knowledge, connections and funding that bolsters their great work in parks. We also mobilize Canadians by highlighting the insights, policies and practices that help city parks meet their full potential.

Join us and make awesome things happen in city parks.

In this new role, you will help strengthen community involvement in urban parks by supporting the growth of Park People’s programs across Canada.

Working with a small and collaborative programming team, you will help identify opportunities to build partnerships between park stakeholders (communities, business, funders, local governments) to support better urban parks.  Your portfolio of projects will change over time in response to new partnerships and opportunities.

Key areas of focus for 2018 will include building and deepening relationships with municipal staff and community groups across Southern Ontario and leading program evaluations. You will help deliver a new program benefiting diverse urban communities across the country, including refugees, newcomers and indigenous communities. You will also be the lead in developing a new program benefiting residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research including conducting informal needs assessments, asset mapping exercises, environmental scans and identification of emerging models
  • Design and manage projects, including developing project plans and timelines, managing project teams, and collaborating with external stakeholders on joint deliverables
  • Develop and manage partnerships, including those with municipal staff and funders, to help identify programming and funding opportunities.
  • Create content for Park People’s website and social media channels to support members of the Park People National Network
  • Plan and implement program evaluations
  • Support fundraising efforts by assisting with grant proposals, drafting reports, and engaging in funder stewardship and partnership management

This role is suited to a creative, analytical and organized project manager who loves researching and understanding issues, developing projects from the ground up, and building partnerships.  Park People is a fast-paced, collaborative working environment with many opportunities to take on leadership roles and to develop and deepen professional skills.   

The skills and experience you bring to the role include:

  • Demonstrated project management, evaluation and program delivery skills
  • Experience building multi-sectoral partnerships (funders, municipal staff and community groups)
  • Experience writing successful grant applications and project proposals to governments and foundations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment
  • Understanding of and commitment to community-building, the urban parks movement and placemaking
  • 5 years’ relevant experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • University degree or combined relevant experience and education
  • Strong communication skills including written, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Bilingualism (French) a strong asset
  • Familiarity with major Canadian cities an asset
  • G class driver’s license an asset (local travel in the GTHA will be required)

Salary Range: $42,000- $47,000 annually, pro-rated to a .8FTE (four day work week) with an anticipated start date of mid-December.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to our cities and communities while working with a dynamic, results-driven and expanding group that is at the forefront of an emerging urban park renaissance, this is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a connector and city builder with a high degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive for bringing positive change to our cities. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence by November 5, 2017  to admin@parkpeople.ca. Please reference Project Manager in the subject line of your email.

Program Coordinator Job Posting

Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada.

We support a Canadian network of park people by sharing knowledge, connections and funding that bolsters their great work in parks. We also mobilize Canadians by highlighting the insights, policies and practices that help city parks meet their full potential.

Join us and make awesome things happen in city parks.

In this new role, you will specifically support the growth of Park People’s National Network through the administration and promotion of a micro-grants program, extensive outreach efforts to groups across Canada, and the coordination of resource development and online programming elements. You will also provide general support for all other Park People programs as required.

As a Program Coordinator your role would include:

  • Outreach: Email and cold call potential partners, community groups and others involved in the city parks movement across Canada to explain and invite them to join the Network and coordinate programming opportunities as they arise.
  • Micro-Grants Program: The overall administration of a new micro-granting program, which will include coordinating the call for proposals, responding to inquiries from potential and successful grantees, coordinate the awarding of grants, the collecting of reports and feedback from grantee groups for evaluation purposes and tracking of information for the program evaluation.
  • On-line Programming: Coordinate content for newsletters and how-to resources and assist in content creation when appropriate, coordinating social media outreach and promotion and online directories, maps and calendars. Coordinate translation processes for web content, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Event Coordination: Provide support for various Park People educational, promotional and networking events such as conferences, launch events, forums, webinars and workshops.
  • General Program Support: Provide support for other programs and team members as required and time allows; attend Park People events as required; participate and contribute to programming team efforts as required.

The skills and experience you bring to the role include:

  • Strong communications skills: written, verbal and proficient using social media. Diplomatic and tactful when delivering disappointing news. Comfortable “cold calling” potential partners.
  • Attention to detail; able to develop systems that are efficient yet flexible.
  • Demonstrated ability to move multiple processes of a complex project forward simultaneously; ability to meet tight deadlines with grace and humour; always the ability to multi-task!
  • Collaborative and communicative team member who is able to work independently.
  • Comfortable reaching out to new program partners and stakeholders (funders, municipal staff and community groups).
  • Bilingualism (French) a strong asset.
  • Experience planning public events an asset.
  • An interest in community-building, the urban parks movement and/or urban planning an asset
  • General familiarity with Canadian cities and geography an asset
  • A university degree or combined relevant education and experience.

Salary Range: $ $36,000-$42,000 Full time position. Anticipated start date early December 2017.

If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to our cities and communities while working with a dynamic, results-driven and expanding group that is at the forefront of an emerging urban park renaissance, this is an excellent opportunity and challenge for a connector and city builder with a high degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive for bringing positive change to our cities Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence by November 5,2017  to admin@parkpeople.ca. Please reference Program Coordinator in the subject line of your email.

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