Nature Canada
Elk and Magpie by Christopher Ulmilla

Organizing Manager

The Opportunity

The COVID -19 pandemic has underscored that healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity are essential for a healthier more sustainable future and Canadians value nature more than ever. Nature Canada is engaged with hundreds of nature groups across the country who care deeply about the protection of land and water. Our Nature Network Organizing team works to build connections with these engaged citizens, facilitating and encouraging grassroots groups to make their voice heard at all levels of government.

We are looking to hire someone to join our organizing team as Organizing Manager. Reporting directly to the Organizing Director, this person will support in the creation of high-level strategy and day-to-day management of our Naturehood, Bird Friendly Cities and Work to Grow programs. Ensuring programmatic deliverables are met, working across teams to produce results and supporting the professional development of the organizing team are all in a day’s work for the Organizing Manager. As the Organizing Manager, you are responsible for keeping the team moving forward, developing strategies and finding solutions in the execution of the three programs.

Organization

Nature Canada connects the dots between local action and systemic change. For more than 80 years, we have been Canada’s voice for nature. We work to ensure that solving the biodiversity crisis is a government priority. We advocate on behalf of other species for habitat protection and good policy. We facilitate mobilization among our extensive network of partners and individual nature-lovers to achieve our shared goals and generate the political will for needed transformation.

Job Summary

This position is right for you if:

  • You understand that organizing means empowering others to take action – the best organizers eventually organize themselves right out of a job (but not really because there are always more people to engage!)
  • You have experience managing budgets and distributing small grants
  • You have a strong attention to detail but get excited about big picture thinking
  • You have experience hiring and training and managing staff
  • You have administrative skills and can be self-organized
  • You have knowledge of and interest in climate and conservation issues in Canada
  • Bonus points if you are familiar with engagement organizing, are bilingual, or have database skills (especially Salesforce).

We are looking for someone who knows that all change starts with a small committed group of people consistently taking small actions that grow bigger outcomes.

Description of Duties

Essentially, you are the strong right arm of the Organizing Director. You support the creation of strategy for our municipally based campaigns and programs and work with the Nature Network Organizers by managing, coaching, mentoring, and connecting. You ensure all deliverables are met on time, and keep a bird’s eye view of the work getting done to ensure that it fits with our overall mission in the Nature Network of building a strong movement of nature organizations mobilized to seek greater protections for nature. 

Your duties would include managing and supporting organizers in the Naturehood, Work to Grow and Bird Friendly Cities programs on their day-to-day completion of program deliverables. Oversight of budget and strategy across three programs including leading on the strategy for outreach on our new youth employment program. 

In addition, you would be required to work alongside external partners in the development of contracts and reporting. You would work closely with the Organizing Director to schedule and facilitate partner engagements related to a wide variety of campaigns. You would also be responsible for supporting the Organizing Director in hiring, and organizing training opportunities for the team on campaigning, advocacy, and community engagement practices. 

The position is based in Ottawa, where we hope to one day return to our office space on Bank Street. This position joins a team of Nature Network Organizers and reports to the Director of Organizing.

Summary of Qualifications and Experience

When assessing your application, we will look for 

  • Relevant higher education or life experience
  • A people-person who is outgoing and friendly
  • Knowledge base in conservation, environmental advocacy or related
  • Experience in administrative management
  • Experience providing training or coaching to groups or individuals
  • A strategic instinct that can see the opportunities for change to happen and the path to get there
  • Experience using a CRM, tracking and maintaining database information
  • Strong time management skills, ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong verbal, written and digital communication skills
  • Fluency in French a strong asset
  • Commitment to the mission, values and work of Nature Canada

Salary

The salary for this position is $65,000 – $70,000/year, depending on experience, with a benefits package that kicks in after a 3-month probation period.  

To Apply

To apply for this position, please send a CV highlighting your relevant skills and a one-page cover letter describing why you want this job to info@naturecanada.ca with “Organizing Manager” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: February 18, 2022

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