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National Network Manager

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, bringing them 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 new role, you will lead Park People’s public programs through the next exciting phase of growth, working with national and regional partners to deliver new and expanded programs across Canada. The National City Parks Network will unite and serve a network of local volunteers, park groups, community agencies, local park staff and funders across Canada. Using web-based services and social media, a key focus will be best practices and opportunities to build partnerships between park constituencies (communities, business, funders, local governments) to support better parks.

The role of the National Network Manager will be to research, plan, develop, and deliver The National City Parks Network and other new projects according to agreed upon milestone deadlines. We are looking for someone with a sound knowledge of Canada and its cities and communities, someone comfortable developing projects from the ground up and comfortable strategizing, managing and overseeing while at the same time providing hands-on delivery when needed.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create, from the ground up, a community parks virtual network, national in scope, to unite local volunteers park groups and community agencies from across the country.
  • Research and assess the needs of community parks stakeholders to determine the most effective tools and resources to support and maintain the network.
  • Oversee and/or deliver key elements of the national network including but not limited to database listings, park friends map, social media campaigns, surveys and toolkits.
  • Inspire, train and make presentations to national and provincial organizations and citywide gatherings on tactics and opportunities for strengthening community involvement in local parks.
  • Oversee the content development of a two day parks network conference in 2017; provide oversight to the contract events team.
  • Build relationships and operational models to work with partners across the country to deliver on the ground initiatives and programs.
  • Develop national and regional funding partnerships; work with partner organizations to submit collaborative funding proposals. Manage multiple projects simultaneously including oversight of staffing resources, budget management and funder relationships.

Qualifications:

  • 5 years’ relevant experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • University degree or combined relevant experience and education
  • Ability to work in a fast paced collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to build virtual networks using social media and other tools
  • Knowledge and experience in community engagement and placemaking
  • Strong communication skills including written, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Fluency in French (written and oral) a definite asset
  • Event management experience an asset

Salary Range: $50,000- $55,000 annually

This is a continuing position with an anticipated start date June 2016. If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to Canadian parks 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. Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to admin@parkpeople.ca

Park People supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Park People is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you are contacted to participate in the recruitment or selection process, please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations. While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Park Program Coordinator (2 Positions)

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, bringing them 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.

Role:

This role will support Park People’s Administrative and Program teams with a wide variety of tasks: helping to facilitate the organization and on-the-ground delivery of programming in Toronto parks and working closely with community groups and organizational partners to animate public spaces throughout the summer of 2016. As well, the role will support the organizational administration when required. The candidate will join a team of seven colleagues and will report directly to Program Manager while working closely with other members of the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the coordination of logistics of programs and events on the Green Line, such as walks, plant giveaways, and community garden harvest festivals
  • Assist in the coordination of the Moonlight Movies programs, including evening onsite support and assistance with all aspects of logistics and volunteer support specifically with Friends of Parks groups
  • Promote park events and programs through community media, direct outreach and social media
  • Represent Park People at civic engagement events and festivals throughout the city
  • Provide administrative support for and ensure proper tracking of summer parks programs specifically for evaluation and reporting; assist with other administrative tasks, such as updating the Events database, responding to emails, some basic bookkeeping and budget tracking
  • Support research projects or data collection activities led by Park People’s Policy and Research Manager

Qualifications:

  • High degree of organization and ability to work within deadlines
  • Comfort working with diverse communities and a willingness to reach out to community members
  • Experience doing community engagement or community development work
  • Knowledge of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas an asset
  • Ability to work independently and able to work all across Toronto
  • Previous experience managing programs or organizing events including logistics and communications an asset
  • Some experience doing research projects or experience with interviewing; comfortable making cold calls
  • Able to work evenings and weekends with notice
  • Excellent verbal/written communications skills; ability to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently towards projects deadlines
  • Two years’ post-secondary education preferred

Eligibility Criteria:

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs. To be eligible to apply to this position, individuals must:

– Be between 18 and 30 years of age.
– Be full-time College/University student.
– Be returning to full-time studies at a College/University in the fall.
– Be able to commit to the full term of employment.

Wage: $15/hour

Start Date: early June or early July, for eight weeks, 35 hours week.

Please send your resume and cover letter in one electronic file in confidence by Sunday, May 29, 2016 to admin@parkpeople.ca

Park People supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Park People is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you are contacted to participate in the recruitment or selection process, please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations.

While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.