Park People is an independent charity that builds stronger communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in the city. As Canada’s first citywide parks organization, we’re leading a renaissance for our parks, built around a simple principle: when communities get involved, parks get better. We support more than 100 community park groups in the Toronto area and are expanding our network across the country, bringing groups together with city staff, funders, businesses, and other partners to host events, plant more trees and gardens, build new park infrastructure, steward volunteers, and transform parks into dynamic community hubs.
In this role, the Coordinator, Park Friends Groups will support Park People’s existing local Park Friends network of volunteer groups as well as grow the local network through developing and delivering training workshops, park talks and park forums, garden and park tours, tabling, meeting and corresponding with groups, assisting groups with queries, concerns and following up on all opportunities as they arise. He/she will assist individuals looking to start new groups, spending at least half his/her time out in the community meeting with and supporting community groups and individuals as well as attending and tabling at citywide events. This person will also organize and provide support for many of Park People’s events including the Toronto Park Summit and programming on the Green Line. He/she will also provide content for resources, newsletters and social media campaigns. The Coordinator will work closely with the National Network Manager and under the direction of the Program Manager.
- Experience in community engagement and outreach (comfortable meeting groups and individuals offsite independently)
- 2+ years in an office environment, preferably in the not for profit sector
- Experience in workshop development and delivery an asset
- Strong interest in Toronto’s urban parks, urban planning, city life including an understanding of the city’s neighbourhoods and NIAs (neighbourhood improvement areas)
- Experience in event management an asset
- Strong attention to details; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
- Experience using social media (facebook, twitter, Instagram)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong commitment to customer service
- Proactive problem-solver, with the ability to work independently
- Proficiency in all MS Office programs including Excel, PowerPoint and Word; proficiency using the internet
- Driver’s license and access to a vehicle required
- Second language an asset
- Availability to work evenings and weekends as required
This position is a .8 FTE (32 hours/week).
Salary Range: $38,000 – 40,000 (pro-rated to .8 FTE)
Availability to work evenings and weekends required.
Anticipated start date: as soon as possible
If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to our city 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 for a team player with a degree of diplomacy, sound judgment and personal drive for bringing positive change to our city. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence by end of day Wednesday, October 12th to admin@parkpeople