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Position: Project Officer, Regenerative Organic Oats
Organization: Canadian Organic Growers
Location: remote from home with periodic visits to farms in Saskatchewan

Canadian Organic Grower’s (COG) mission is to provide education, advocacy, and leadership to help build an agricultural system that empowers farmers and consumers, enhances human health, builds community, and mitigates climate change while increasing Canadian food sovereignty (http://www.cog.ca).

Job Title: Project Officer ROO [Regenerative Organic Oats in the Prairies]
Compensation: $55,000 - $68,000 range, commensurate with experience
Status: Full Time Employee
Start date: December 6, 2021
Hours per week: 37.5

Reporting Relationship:

Reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and under the direction of COG’s Executive Director.

Authority:

Directly responsible to the Director of Marketing and Communications with authority of Executive Director and overall authority of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Organic Growers (COG).

Summary:

We are searching for a skilled, organized and self-motivated person to lead our Regenerative Organic Oats project in the Prairies [ROO]. This pilot project between COG and industry partners will lead the way to help farmers transition to Regenerative Organic Certification. It is the first of its kind in Canada. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the candidate will manage the project delivery lifecycle from end-to-end including: the creation and management of full implementation plans; liaising with all stakeholders; and managing the completion of activities and all associated deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Prepare budget based on scope of work and resource requirements
  • Track project costs in order to meet budget
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress [quarterly and annually]
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques and standards throughout entire project execution
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement
  • Ensure project deliverables are completed on time and on budget
  • Ongoing fundraising: cultivate potential industry sponsors, write funding proposals; maintain sponsor databases

Core Competencies:

  • Strong decision-making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget and timeline
  • Demonstrates initiative to suggest improvements, find solutions and encourage positive results
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities

Working Conditions:

  • This role is primarily remote, with periodic visits to farms in Saskatchewan

Relationships:

  • Director of Marketing and Communications
    • Receives ROO and personal performance direction, guidance, and encouragement; discusses plans and priorities, maintains control through teamwork and direction.
  • COG Staff, Members, Committees, Consultants and Contractors
    • Demonstrates courtesy, cooperation, and teamwork; maintains professional and ethical behaviour; Represents and promotes the interests of the COG using sound judgement and respect while following the policies of the COG and its Ethical Code of Conduct.
  • Strategic Program Partner organizations
    • Professionally represents and promotes COG; actively maintains awareness of relevant programs and policy.
    • May work with specific groups such as youth entrepreneurs, new immigrants, BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

Employment Requirements:

The preferred candidate will have:

  • Post Secondary degree or diploma in project management in the agriculture or sciences sectors
  • 2+years of project management and related experience
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral proficiencies in English
  • Proficient in video conferencing via Google Meets, Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom
  • Adept at Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, CRM (Salesforce), and strong familiarity with project management tools (ASANA), methodologies, and best practices;
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote work setting and manage shifting priorities;
  • Experience in project management, client relations, and/or customer service
  • Must have a valid driver’s licence

Assets include:

  • Awareness of organic and regenerative organic agriculture sector including industry trends, technology and development
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both of Canada’s official languages

Other Duties:

This role may include other tasks and responsibilities that may arise during the term of this position. However, every effort will be made to provide advanced notice and keep tasks within reason to the original duties outlined within this job description.

Equal Opportunity:

COG provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at COG. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

Please send covering letter and resume to hiring@cog.ca by November 30, 2021.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 15 2021    ID: 61885