Job Posting 71879

Director of Organizational Development
Urban Roots London
London area
closes in 2 days (Wed, 16 Jun)
full time - term / contract  •  $25.00/hour


Director of Organizational Development 

Are you looking to be part of a rapidly growing non-profit organization that supports our community? 

We have just the opportunity for you to get your hands dirty!


 Urban Roots London is recruiting for a Director of Organizational Development!



Urban Roots London is a non-profit organization that revitalizes underused land in the City of London for agriculture by: 

  • Producing high-quality, organic vegetables and herbs 
  • Distributing produce locally, directly to consumers and to private and social enterprises
  • Developing agricultural opportunities for the neighbourhood, social enterprises, and community organizations within the City of London 
  • Growing a self-sustaining, urban agricultural model to germinate to new sites 

Urban Roots London is a relatively new and growing organization. If having the opportunity to have input and collaborate on building out the Board’s strategic vision sounds like a fit, we’d love to hear from you! 


Position Overview

The Director of Organizational Development provides leadership, direction and guidance of Urban Roots London’s non-farm activities; analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of non-farm organizational operations; develops and maintains organizational structure; oversees seasonal non-farm personnel; and coordinates major activities through volunteers. 

The Director of Organizational Development will be deeply motivated by the potential to grow and strengthen the local food network and by the great things local groups can accomplish, recognizing that community members and partners have different needs and ways they can accept support from Urban Roots London. 

The Director of Organizational Development is responsible for:

  • Supervising and supporting seasonal communications and farm market staff, and having input into recruiting processes   
  • Building and maintaining community partnerships
  • Supporting engagement and management of volunteers 
  • Coordinating with the Board and supporting the Farm Manager regarding timing and facilitation of on-farm educational events
  • Overseeing financials including payroll administration and non-farm related budgets
  • Liaising with the Farm Manager regarding produce availability and distribution
  • Supporting the Farm team with produce orders (e.g. invoicing, packing slips and delivery) as necessary according to our model of thirds
  • Tracking and analyzing data for annual reporting
  • Managing incoming and outgoing communications, including media requests and monthly newsletters
  • Attending monthly Board meetings and collaborating with committees to support their work 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities  


∙ Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization. 

∙ Correspond on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board of Directors when appropriate.

∙ Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile. 


Operational Planning and Management  

∙ Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day non-farm operations of the organization, including but not limited to the following: 

∙ Make recommendations to the Board on recruitment, hiring and orientation of non-farm staff members 

∙ Supervision, support, and evaluation of non-farm staff members

∙ Development and maintenance of a safe, healthy, and collaborative workplace 

∙ Ensure that donor, partner, member, and volunteer files are securely stored, and privacy/confidentiality is maintained. 

∙ Attend monthly Board meetings.

∙ Prepare annual reports for the Annual General Meeting. 


External Relations 

∙ Establish and strengthen relationships with existing and new partners and community groups.

∙ Develop communication and marketing strategies in coordination with staff and volunteers.

∙ Act as primary liaison for funding agencies and government partners, as needed by the Board.

∙ In collaboration with the Board and Farm Manager, plan and execute educational, teambuilding, and special events. 

∙ Oversee the creation of content for a monthly newsletter. 

∙ Develop and implement an outreach and recruitment approach for attracting volunteers.

∙ Support the management of volunteers

∙ Identify and implement opportunities to celebrate and share organizational successes.


Program Planning and Management 

∙ Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services. 

∙ Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board of Directors. 

∙ Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the non-farming programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality. 

∙ Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of non-farming special projects. 


Financial Planning and Management 

∙ Work with the Board of Directors to prepare a comprehensive budget. 

∙ Work with the Board of Directors to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization. 

∙ Participate in fundraising activities. 

∙ Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board of Directors.

∙ Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.  

∙ Administer the non-farming funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.  

∙ Provide the Board of Directors with comprehensive, regular reports on the non-farming revenues and expenditures of the organization. 

∙ Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments. 


Community Relations/Advocacy 

∙ Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization. 

∙ Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the strategic goals of the organization.




∙ University Degree or College Diploma in Not for Profit Management or a related field, or equivalent combination of skills/experience an asset. 

∙ 3-5 years of management experience in the non-profit sector with a track record of superior performance and good judgment. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

∙ Knowledge of and enthusiasm for urban agriculture, equitable food systems, and the local food economy   

∙ Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to non-profit organizations  including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, taxation, CPP and EI

∙ Demonstrated experience in financial, project, and volunteer management  

∙ Proficiency in program development, delivery, reporting and evaluation required

∙ Human resource management experience 

∙ Demonstrated fundraising and grant proposal writing skills is an asset 

∙ Proven experience building and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders 

∙ Excellent interpersonal skills, including written, oral and presentation skills 

∙ Understanding and experience working with the media and acting as a spokesperson 

∙ Demonstrated flexible and collaborative leadership 

∙ Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, projects and timelines 

∙ Experience working in a small non-profit setting 

∙ Ability to work in a computerized environment, including working knowledge of Google Workspace 

∙ Knowledge of Quickbooks or similar accounting software considered an asset 

∙ Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required 

Proficiency in the use of computers for: 

∙ Financial management 

∙ E-mail 

∙ Mail Chimp, Survey Monkey 

∙ Google applications 

∙ Social media


Job Details

∙ Wage: $25.00/hour

Hours per week: 37.5  

Duration: Full-time to December 31, 2021 with possibility of extension   

Schedule: Flexible 

Start Date: June 28, 2021

Location: Remote, and occasionally on-farm and within the City of London

Urban Roots London values its place in an interconnected world and desires to reflect this value, acknowledging our responsibility to strive towards a diverse and equitable employment environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Applications from all qualified individuals are invited. We thank everyone for their interest; only those selected to proceed will be contacted. Should you require accommodation in making an application, we welcome you to please contact

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