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Executive Director, GTA Agricultural Action Committee

Full Time, 3-year Contract (With Possibility of Renewal)

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has a highly dynamic agricultural
industry, driven by the need to adapt to opportunities to remain viable
despite many pressures. The four GTA Federations of Agriculture and
Regional Municipalities, with the support of the City of Toronto,
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Agriculture,
Food and Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Toronto Food
Policy Council and industry, developed the GTA Agricultural Action Plan
to foster a positive climate for farming in the GTA. The GTA
Agricultural Action Committee (GTA AAC), an action-oriented team of
experts, is directing Action Plan implementation.

The Executive Director, working closely with the Chair and reporting to
the GTA Agricultural Action Committee, will lead the delivery of the
GTA Agricultural Action Plan to help achieve a viable and sustainable
GTA agricultural industry for generations to come.

Major Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership
Together with the GTA AAC,

  • Ensure the continued relevancy and innovativeness of the GTA Agricultural Action Plan
  • Act as a catalyst for the changes identified in the Action Plan needed to sustain agriculture in the GTA
  • Enhance the profile of GTA agriculture and achieve positive program recognition
  • Identify and pursue strategic funding opportunities for short and
    long-term requirements, ensuring that the organization and its partners
    have the resources required to implement priority actions

Program Delivery

  • Prepare work plans for delivery of the GTA Agricultural Action Plan
  • Develop a financial management strategy and annual budgets,
    scheduling expenditures, forecasting and analyzing variances, and
    initiating corrective action if needed
  • Oversee data management and research activities
  • Establish and support sub-committees that focus on key action areas
  • Track and report on program results

Communication and Liaison

  • Steward relationships with existing partners and forge new
    partnerships that will contribute to successful implementation of the
    Action Plan
  • Develop a Communication Strategy to promote the Action Plan and prepare annual report cards to keep stakeholders informed
  • Provide excellent customer service to the GTA AAC, agricultural organizations, the public and the media

Organizational Management

  • Provide operational support to the GTA AAC by consulting with
    members and keeping them informed, organizing meetings and developing
    procedures to ensure effectiveness
  • Hire and supervise staff and project-specific consultants if required
  • Ensure that staff works in a safe manner, following all measures
    and procedures required by the Occupational Health & Safety Act and
    Regulations

Qualities Required

  • Post Secondary education in Agriculture, Economic Development,
    Business Administration, Planning, related discipline or equivalent
  • Minimum of five years of experience in taking multi-partner projects to successful completion
  • Excellent "people" skills
  • Sound business planning and financial management abilities
  • Excellent oral communicator, marketer and writer
  • Highly organized and motivated with the ability to manage numerous demands
  • Keen awareness of the issues shaping the agricultural and rural areas of the GTA
  • Being well connected to GTA agricultural stakeholders would be an asset
  • Effective supervisory and human resource management skills
  • Competency in computer usage for word processing, data management, research and electronic
  • communications
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends

Location: GTA location to be determined
Compensation: $75,000 - $85,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, Benefits negotiable
Staff Team: Administrative assistance available

To pursue this attractive opportunity, please apply on-line, quoting
File #EXE-01, by December 16, 2005. You can apply on-line via
Workopolis or visit us at http://www.peelregion.ca, click on Employment and then Current Job Listings. For more information please visit, http://www.rpco.on.ca/RPCO+GTA+Caucus/Agricultural+Action+Plan+for+GTA.htm.

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

[Source: Toronto Food Policy Council list, http://www.toronto.ca/health/tfpc_index.htm]