Position: Organic Policy and Research Assistant
Organization: Organic Council of Ontario
Location: Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario (Possibility for some remote work with the right candidate)
Eligibility: ages 30 & under, see below
Start Date: December 2019
Hours: 30-40 hours per week (negotiable)
Salary: $36,000 - $42,000
This is a contract with a total of $18,000 in salary available (min. 4 month contract) Salary, hours and term of employment are negotiable pending experience.
This position is funded in part by the Youth Employment and Skills Program. To qualify, you must:
About the Organic Council of Ontario:
The Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) is the voice for organics in Ontario. We represent Ontario’s organic sector value chains and our membership includes over 1100 producers, processors, retailers and consumers.
About the Job:
The Organic Council of Ontario is looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and dynamic Organic Policy and Data Coordinator who is passionate about agriculture and the environment. OCO has a small staff team with a broad scope: we punch above our weight! Ideal candidates will be up for a diversity of tasks, able to balance competing priorities, and able to see a project through from concept to completion. We seek candidates with a balance of left and right brain thinking, with the ability to hold the big picture without losing sight of important details, and the problem solving chops to excel at new tasks. Ideal candidates have a curious mind and know how to ask the right questions to gain clarity or build consensus on tricky regulatory issues with diverse players. They will be able to grasp organic regulatory and standards issues quickly; contribute to our website, social media and database management; problem solve multi-stakeholder policy issues; plan member events; and have the capacity to parse complex issues into clear sentences. A successful candidate will be equally at ease chatting on the phone with farmers as they are analyzing sector-wide data.
This job is part policy researcher, part data analyst, part stakeholder management, part journalist, part event-planner, part information management specialist, and part facilitator.
The primary duties of the role fall into four main categories:
(1) General Communications (10%)
Assist the Membership and Communications Manager with maintenance and upkeep of the Organic Council of Ontario’s main website, microsites, e-news and social media;
Research, write and proofread informative blog posts that contribute to OCO's knowledge hub
(2) Special Research Projects (60%)
OCO is working on several policy and regulatory projects that include improving materials and/input review in Canada, reviewing regenerative organic incentive programs, reviewing organic business risk managmenet program and developing a proposal for low-risk certification in Ontario. The assistant will support OCO staff in these projects by conducting research, interviewing experts and planning focus groups.
(3) Data Management and Analysis (20%)
(4) Event Planning and Membership Outreach (10%)
OCO plans to host several organic farm and business tours throughout the summer as well as a large member event in September for Organic Week. The coordinator may be tasked with coordinating one or more of these events. They may:
General Project Management
As a small non-profit, OCO’s work is dynamic and project-based with the overarching goal of growing and supporting the Ontario organic sector. Our work may shift as we receive new grants for projects that fit with our overarching mandate and priorities to support the growth of the Ontario organic sector. We’re looking for a candidate who can demonstrate the necessary flexibility to adjust to such changes willingly and gracefully.
The Ideal Candidate
To apply, send a CV and cover letter in one pdf document to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 29th, 2019 at 5pm with Policy and Research Coordinator in the subject line. Please provide two samples of relevant work (e.g. report summary, communications piece).
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Nov 6 2019 ID: 55128