Contract Duration: Up to 13 months
Reporting directly to the Manager, the Coordinator, Community Engagement is responsible for developing and impementing community engagement strategies: building community capacity, coordinating events, seeking new engagement opportunities and community partnerships, and maintaining and building existing community partnerships. Other duties include assisting with the coordination of Conservation Ontario Class Environmental Assessments, and individual Environmental Assessments, identifying and applying for funding opportunities, communication and correspondence with public, and some general administrative tasks. Overall, this position plays an integral role to ensure the comprehensive implementation of watershed objectives with regard to community engagement within the waterfront watershed, and other watersheds as required.
The waterfront team are responsible for community engagment and outreach in communities found along the waterfront jurisdiction of TRCA. Communication and effective engagement strategies are essential to these front-line service-based positions, where programs and engagement strategies are developed for diverse communities across the watersheds.
- Receive inquiries from the general public, provide answers, or direct public to appropriate department.
- Support community requests for engagement opportunities (e.g., presentation development and delivery for a university class).
- Deliver Look After Where You Live waterfront park litter clean-up events with Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation, as well as other community or partner litter clean-up events.
- Provide technical support and research for municipal partner priority tasks, such as background information assimilation for Parks or properties for inclusion in Master Plan projects, Class EA’s, publications or other.
- Act as technical liaison with internal and external stakeholder groups and their subcommittees.
- Identify and secure community partnerships in event and project development and delivery.
- Liaise with existing community partners, including, but not limited to government agencies, NGOs, charities, community groups, schools, businesses etc.
- Identify and engage new community partner groups including, but not limited to government agencies, NGOs, charities, community groups, schools, businesses etc.
- Forge new networks for participant/volunteer recruitment.
- Coordinate planning and delivery of events (e.g., Environmental Assessment community consultations):
- Identify and prioritize where event goals match waterfront watershed management plan objectives;
- Develop event logistical plan;
- Secure relevant permits;
- Manage volunteer recruitment and training;
- Identify and recruit exhibitors, vendors, and performers;
- Coordinate procurement and payment of event-related expenses;
- Initiate and engage in meaningful conversations with the community through social media;
- Recruit participants by leveraging existing networks, and identify and engage new networks.
- Secure funding to support events:
- Seek new funding opportunities on the internet and available databases;
- Seek program sponsorship opportunities by leveraging existing networks;
- Develop sponsorship or grant proposals with input from the necessary team, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation;
- Monitor and administer program revenue targets and provide revenue updates to the manager.
- Under direction of the Government and Community Relations Specialist, assist with obtaining internal and regulatory project approvals, including coordination of Conservation Ontario Class Environmental Assessments and Individual Environmental Assessments.
- Coordinate planning and delivery of multiple and diverse community engagement projects of different scales across the Waterfront.
- Develop project plans with input from the Government and Community Relations Specialist and external partner groups:
- Write project plan descriptions and summaries for internal and external circulation;
- Identify and prioritize where project goals match waterfront watershed management plan objectives.
- Under direction of the Government and Community Relations Specialist, implement and coordinate project plan execution.
- Secure funding to support projects:
- Seek new funding opportunities on the internet and available databases;
- Seek new program sponsorship opportunities by leveraging existing networks;
- Develop sponsorship or grant proposals with input from the manager, the Living City Foundation, and/or external partner groups;
- Monitor and administer program revenue targets and provide revenue updates.
- Gather content and compose a monthly newsletter targeted to the Lake Ontario Waterfront.
- Post-secondary degree or equivalent in communications, environmental studies, or a related discipline.
- Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in all aspects of event management, including event development, planning, and coordination program development, or community engagement; and experience with partnership and stakeholder development.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the demonstrated ability to write for a variety of audiences, including experience writing and consolidating technical reports.
- Fundraising experience, with the demonstrated ability to write successful grant applications.
- Demonstrated ability to work with computers and software including Microsoft Suite, and utilize social media as an effective tool in outreaching and engaging with the watershed community.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
- A valid class G Ontario Driver’s License, as travel for site meetings throughout the watershed is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Hands on experience with community program design.
- Knowledge of municipal and provincial legislation relevant to environmental projects including the Environmental Assessment Act.
- Ability to work successfully with members of the public from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work successfully within a multi-disciplinary project team, or work along when required.
- Health and safety training is an asset (i.e. first aid).
- Self-motivated and highly organized with a demonstrated strong commitment for the delivery of high quality customer service under tight deadlines.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Relationship and stakeholder management skills.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting # TRCA-145-19 prior to midnight on April 30, 2019.
While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or drivers abstract check.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.