Job Posting 70024

Signal Boost Coordinator
ReForest London
London area
closing tomorrow (Sun, 18 Apr)
full time - term / contract  •  37.5 hrs/week @ $20/hr

ReForest London (RFL) is a small but mighty non-profit organization with a vision to see our community thriving in a healthy urban forest. We're on a mission to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City by inspiring, educating and empowering Londoners to plant and care for trees and to be part of a sustainability-focused future for our community.

Since our founding in 2005, we have grown to become London’s largest environmental not-for-profit organization. Powered by passionate staff and volunteers, ReForest London plants, cares for, and gives away thousands of trees each year. ReForest London also offers many tree-themed educational activities such as workshops, webinars and hikes. We are big on partnerships and increasingly looking to help facilitate large-scale, citywide solutions to environmental issues. Two of our larger projects at the moment include London’s Million Tree Challenge (milliontrees.ca), which we co-founded with the City of London, and the creation of a regional environmental centre, the Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment & Sustainability (westminsterpondscentre.ca).

While we are a small team, we are energetic, passionate and we punch above our weight. Our workplace and workstyle is flexible. Staff members are accountable for outcomes but enjoy a lot of freedom in how to achieve them. Our core values are: Collaboration, Optimism, Respect and Empowerment.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Signal Boost Initiative (SBI) is a collaborative project of ReForest London and London Environmental Network (LEN), aimed at offering a wide range of environmental learning and skills-development opportunities out of the new Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment & Sustainability (WPC). The overall goal of SBI is to dramatically increase the quantity and quality of environmental education opportunities available to Southwestern Ontario residents, in order to have a positive impact on the environment and boost the capacity and impact of local environmental groups.

The Signal Boost Coordinator will manage all aspects of the initiative, and work to ensure the overall success of the program. The coordinator is responsible for planning and ensuring delivery of at least 47 workshops/year, delivered in partnership with various LEN member organizations and other project partner). The coordinator will also be responsible for managing the newly developed volunteer training space in the Bruce Pavilion at Westminster Ponds Centre, and report directly to the WPC Coordinator, Brianne Curry.

This is a 5 day/week (37.5 hours/week) position with an hourly rate of $20, expected to run from May 3, 2021 - April 2, 2022 (contingent upon funding).

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Signal Boost Coordinator will be responsible for delivering the Westminster Ponds Centre (WPC)’s Signal Boost Initiative, a collaborative volunteer training and community education program offered in partnership with London Environmental Network (LEN) and their over 40 member organizations.

 

Duties will include:

  • Facilitating the delivery of workshops, events, and other activities at the WPC by tenants and members of LEN
  • Holding regular meetings with LEN staff and member organizations in order to plan workshops and solicit feedback about the program
  • Developing and implementing social media and digital communications strategies for the Signal Boost Initiative and other WPC activities, through our websites and social media channels
  • Planning engagement organizing, storytelling, and other skills-based digital workshops to be led by external organizations with expertise in this area – our goal is to help project partners increase their own direct impact and reach!
  • Developing innovative ideas for new partnerships and collaborations between groups already connected to the WPC or LEN, as well as those who might be new to us
  • Researching and testing different digital engagement techniques and tools to increase our own outreach and impact
  • Scheduling and booking our Volunteer Training Centre to corporate groups, teachers, and any other interested groups using SuperSaaS software, including finalizing and refining the internal systems for reservations, payment, and other operating procedures
  • Ensuring the Volunteer Training Centre facility is stocked and prepared for users, and provide a positive and welcoming environment for all facility users
  • Coordinating online surveys as well as conducting a formal evaluation for the program and participating in final reporting to funders and project partners
  • Supporting tracking and reporting efforts for the Westminster Ponds Centre as a whole (e.g. # of visitors to the site per year, % leased, etc.)
  • Managing the project budget for the Signal Boost Initiative
  • Creating a digital resource library on the Westminster Ponds Centre website for all Signal Boost Initiative activities, in collaboration with our project partners
  • Participating in monthly meetings of the WPC Committee to help further develop the vision, branding, marketing, and outreach tools for the Centre
  • Working with the WPC staff team to develop new and innovative ways to transform the WPC into a thriving hub for environmental education, engagement, and action
  • Other tasks as required

 

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

The ideal candidate has a passion for the environment, and enjoys working with other organizations and individuals to make our community more sustainable. You enjoy networking and outreach, and working collectively to accomplish goals, and you have strong communication and interpersonal skills. You love keeping processes and documentation highly organized and functioning smoothly, while making use of your exceptional organizational, time management, and project management skills to deliver successful and engaging events. You are a critical thinker, an excellent judge of issues, and a quick and adaptable problem solver.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree or diploma in environment, not-for-profit management, event planning, marketing, communications, education, or a related field
  • 2+ years of practical experience in event planning, community outreach, environmental education and/or engagement
  • Ontario “G” driver’s license and access to a car are required
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, as all staff assist with tree unloads during planting season
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required

 

As this position will be funded through an employment support program, the candidate must be:

  • Under 30 years of age
  • A post-secondary graduate (this is not required for participants who live in Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status)
  • Self-assess as underemployed (meaning they are employed below their level of education, outside their field of study, hold part-time employment, or unemployed)

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent event planning skills, and an aptitude for anticipating possible problems and planning ways to address them in advance
  • Experience training or teaching staff, volunteers, or the general public
  • Experience delivering webinars and/or working with teleconferencing equipment
  • Experience with managing program budgets
  • Extremely organized and able to juggle multiple priorities at once
  • Diplomatic and willing to work with other organizations to determine how we can best meet their needs
  • Proficiency with data management, analysis, and reporting
  • Experience with customer relationship management databases (CRMs), such as Sumac or Nation Builder
  • An aptitude for graphic design, and experience working with graphic design software, would be an asset
  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Experience working with not-for-profits or social enterprises an asset
  • Experience managing online booking and payment systems an asset
  • Ability to work independently from home to accomplish goals during the pandemic
  • Visionary, with an eye to the future and what is possible if Londoners can engage more deeply with our environmental issues and each other
  • Energy and excitement for working with multiple stakeholders and groups on environmental issues

 

PERKS

  • Flexible work schedule outside of event times
  • Positive team environment: we live on a diet of optimism, chocolate, and tree puns
  • Working in the middle of a forest: Westminster Ponds is surrounded by beautiful trees and nature, and is a great place to take a walk during lunch to refocus

 

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

We work in a busy, fast-paced environment (especially during planting seasons!), and get our energy from knowing that the work we are doing is making a difference in our community and the daily lives of thousands of Londoners each year.

The position will be a blend of in-office and remote working (pending local and provincial public health rulings). You should expect to be required to work in the office occasionally and on a rotating basis to minimize contact with other staff, therefore residing in or near London is required. 

Members of our team all bring their own expertise and strengths to the table, and collaboration and reflection are both important parts of our organizational culture. For nature enthusiasts, our office is located right next to the beautiful Westminster Ponds Environmentally Significant Area, London’s largest ESA and a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch-time hike or picnic. We are passionate and dedicated individuals who truly work every day to make London a better place!

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