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Employment Opportunities

Partnership Developer and Community Animation Assistant (Summer)

Posted May 21, 2019
Deadline to apply: Midnight May 23, 2019

ReForest London is a charitable non-profit organization determined to make our community better through the many environmental and human health benefits of trees. We work to get more trees planted in all corners of our city, in parks, in yards, in schools and at businesses. 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.

Position Summary

The Partnership Developer and Community Animation Assistant will work to support two ReForest London programs:  London’s Million Tree Challenge and the Signal Boost Initiative. 

London’s Million Tree Challenge (MTC) is ReForest London’s city-wide tree planting initiative, launched in 2011 to engage and inspire Londoners to plant a million new trees for our city. To date, the campaign has seen over 420,000 new trees planted within London. One of the key elements of the Million Tree Challenge is our partnership model, through which we collaborate with a diverse range of other organizations to achieve our goals. For some MTC partners, this has meant planting trees on their own land, while others have sought to support the Challenge in ways that are a particularly good fit with what they do, whether that is through in-kind or cash donations, volunteerism, event hosting, publicity and advertising, or more.

This year, ReForest London, in partnership with the London Environmental Network (LEN) will be launching a major new community outreach initiative, called Signal Boost, to increase the number of environmental education opportunities being offered out of the new Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Through this initiative, we will be collaborating with other LEN member organizations to help them deliver workshops, presentations, and volunteer training events. This initiative will greatly increase the capacity of London’s environmental sector, as well as its connection with the general public.

In this position, you will work closely with the Partnerships & Marketing Manager to help build strong, effective, mutually-beneficial MTC partnerships, and strengthen our brand and relationship with the community. You will also work closely with the new Signal Boost Coordinator, to assist with planning and developing programming and environmental education opportunities for Londoners through the Signal Boost initiative.

Million Tree Challenge Partnership Development: The goal of this role is to help ReForest London increase business and corporate support for London’s Million Tree Challenge through research, communications, meetings, storytelling, publicity, acknowledgment, and tracking – providing a valuable ROI for businesses and corporations with a focus on “green” community support.

Your job responsibilities for this program will include: 

Identifying businesses in London that put an emphasis on sustainability and/or corporate social responsibility who would be good candidates for Million Tree Challenge partnerships, or who may wish to plant trees on their own properties

Scheduling and participating in meetings with potential MTC partners to learn more about their sustainability or CSR programs, to explore ways we might collaborate, and to pitch MTC partnership 

Working with partners to identify potential planting opportunities on their land, and assist with funding requests through the City of London’s “TreeMe” match funding program for plantings on private land

Developing social media content to recognize the support of local businesses of our various environmental initiatives and London’s Million Tree Challenge

Developing presentation and lunch & learn materials for ‘green’ businesses. The creation of online web stories to showcase the work of MTC partners

Assisting with outreach to local media about MTC initiatives being undertaken with members of London’s business community

Track MTC partner actions through our Customer-Relationship Management database (Sumac)

Reviewing and putting into practice various cold-call strategies for new prospective MTC partners that we have not worked with before

In-person meetings with business people from Marketing and HR Assistants to CEOs

Phone and email conversations to articulate the MTC program and its benefits to business, and to schedule meetings 

General communications support for other ReForest London program activities and events as required 

Signal Boost Community Animation Assistant: The goal of this role is to support our new Signal Boost Coordinator in developing, planning and facilitating the many environmental education activities and workshops that will occur at the new Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment and Sustainability. ReForest London relies heavily on collaboration with our community, and we will seek your help in finding ways to effectively engage with outside organizations in this new program; together, you will work as a team to ensure the first year is a success. 

Your job responsibilities for this program will include:

Working with the Signal Boost Coordinator to plan out the program for the year

Holding one-on-one meetings with LEN members to help identify and/or develop suitable activities, workshops, presentations, etc. that could be offered as a part of the Signal Boost program

Scheduling Signal Boost events

Assisting with advertising and promotion for the events to ensure a good turnout to Signal Boost events

Identifying suitable speakers for a “skills development” series that will be offered to the LEN member organizations themselves

Researching and developing copy for use in marketing materials about the Bruce Pavilion and the former rehabilitation centre / new Westminster Ponds Centre

General support for other ReForest London programs and events, as required

This is a full time contract position beginning in late May. The term of employment will be 14 weeks, given a Monday, May 27 start date. 

Qualifications:

Fluency in English

Post-secondary studies in one of the following fields: Business, Marketing, Media, Non-Profit Management, Event Planning or Project Management

Due to funding requirements, applicants must also be:

Between 15 – 30 years of age

Canadian Citizens, permanent residents, or persons on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and

Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

Skills:

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and comfortable making outreaches          to new prospective partners

Flexible, skilled in juggling multiple tasks

Creative, strategic thinker

Professional, diplomatic, punctual

The ability to take initiative and make decisions within a set of guidelines

Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, In-Design) Microsoft            Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Intermediate knowledge of social medial platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instragram, LinkedIn)

Photography and design skills strongly preferred.

Experience:

The ideal candidate has post-secondary education or work experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Advertising, Marketing, Communications & Public Relations
  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning

Experience using social media in a professional setting

Experience with graphic design and photography

Sales experience is an asset

Public relations experience is an asset

Experience working or volunteering for a non-profit organization is an asset

Experience with data management is an asset, including event tracking and database management (e.g. Sumac, Nation Builder, etc.)

Other requirements: 

Access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s licence is an asset

Perks

Flexible work schedule 

Positive team environment - we live on a diet of optimism, chocolate and tree puns

Regular potluck lunches (we have serious potluck game)

Working in the middle of a forest. Westminster Ponds is surrounded by beautiful trees and nature – take a walk during lunch to refocus

Your work will make a difference for the environment!

Hours of work and Remuneration

35 hours / week for up to 14 weeks (depending on start date) at $14.25/hour

To apply: 

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage any qualified people, including indigenous youth, new immigrants and refugees, women and LGBTQ2 individuals, to apply. 

To apply please email a cover letter and resume, indicating Partnership Developer and Community Animation Assistant in the subject line, to sheila@reforestlondon.ca by Thursday, May 23, 2019. Interviews are planned for May 27-29. Send cover letter detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position, along with your resume, in Word or PDF format. Please confirm in your cover letter that you meet the eligibility requirements and whether you have access to a vehicle.

All applications received will be acknowledged with a reply email. However, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

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