Employment Opportunities

Community Programs Manager 

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our community-based programs seek to engage residents as active urban forest stewards through accessible, on-the-ground programs.

The lists below outline the major tasks; however additional tasks may be assigned as needed.

Planning and Program Management (70%)

  • Works with Program Manager to create their own yearly work plan that specifies projects, tasks, deliverables, timelines, and progress
  • Develops sustainable programs with diverse funding sources, engaging diverse partners and developing funding/partnership proposals
  • Leads and supports Community Programs staff to implement the strategic goals and priority activities of the organization as defined in the strategic and annual operating plans
  • Ensures all commitments to program funders are met
  • Regularly reviews progress against the annual operating plans, and works with Program Manager to make adjustments as needed
  • Ensures adequate work plans and targets are in place and being followed
  • Monitors, tracks and reports monthly on program metrics
  • Updates relevant strategic milestone chart semi-monthly
  • Captures institutional memory by ensuring program manuals are updated at least semi-annually
  • Works to maintain existing program-related partnerships and identify/foster new partnerships that will increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Participates in organizational development (strategic planning, operational planning, promotions, etc.) identifying cross-program (organization-wide) opportunities and gaps
  • Keeps abreast of urban forest issues, identifying opportunities for the organization to have a voice and advance the cause of urban forestry


Marketing and Communications (15%)

  • Works with Program Manager to establish annual communications plans for Community Programs
  • Follows through on all marketing/promotional plans to ensure completion; monitors effectiveness and suggests changes where needed
  • Coordinates staff involvement and ensures timely and thorough promotion of all events/programs in order to meet targets and deliverables
  • Ensures that all program communications are of professional quality and accurately represent the organization's plans and intentions


Human Resource Management (10%)

  • Together with Program Manager, hires Community Programs staff
  • Directly supervises Community Programs staff
  • Provides program guidance/advice to staff through written workplans and regular planning meetings
  • Conducts performance reviews with staff and communicates progress against work plans, strengths, and areas for further development
  • Provides support for training/professional development plans with staff fostering leadership and creativity
  • Ensures all policies and procedures are in place and followed by staff and volunteers; recommends changes to policies and procedures when needed
  • Brings to the attention of the Program Manager any human resource issues in a timely manner
  • Undertakes their own yearly, 360 degree performance appraisal with Program Manager


Administration (5%)

  • Monitors existing and, where appropriate, recommends and initiates new policies and procedures to ensure the effective operations of the organization
  • Assesses risk associated with programs; recommends and implements appropriate mitigation measures
  • Reviews and approves staff expenses
  • Ensures systems and infrastructure in place and functioning well in order to successfully carry out all operational plans
  • Works with Program Manager to establish and maintain systems and technologies that maximize program efficiency and effectiveness


Undertake a yearly, 360 degree performance appraisal with immediate supervisor (Program Manager)



  • University degree in urban forestry, non-profit management, volunteer management or related field
  • Minimum five years’ experience working in the non-profit sector in leadership positions
  • Experience leading staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience including proposal and report writing and relationship management
  • Deep understanding of program design and impact
  • Analytical and written skills, including the effective design and compelling description of programs
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity and drive to succeed
  • Attention to detail and superior organization skills
  • Ability to determine priorities, adhere to deadlines and multi-task
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Deep knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to urban forest issues and passion for the environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access is required


Professional Qualities

  • High degree of self-awareness and open to continuous self-improvement
  • Manage and perform well during times of ambiguity, stress and growth
  • Willing to address issues with partners and staff quickly and effectively by challenging what needs to be challenged
  • Ability to make decisions in a timely fashion using data, seeking input, thinking creatively
  • Propensity to apply critical thinking before making significant decisions
  • An effective promoter of people who understands the importance of developing the skills, knowledge and abilities of staff and volunteers


Full time position (40 hrs/week). Compensation commensurate with experience. Reports to the Program Manager.

Please send resume and cover letter by Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00PM to: Melissa Williams, Program Manager, melissa[at]yourleaf.org. Applications will be considered as they are received. No phone calls or in-person visits please.

LEAF is an equal opportunity employer. We regret that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

LEAF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), LEAF will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability-related accommodations, please inform us at the time of application.