Growing the Greenbelt Fund Team: Position open for a Grant Specialist


Job ID #130401 - Grant Specialist

The Greenbelt Fund and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are non-profit organizations created to support Ontario’s Greenbelt. The organizations fund projects that strengthen the viability and sustainability of agriculture and create a richer, greener and more robust Greenbelt. To do this, they work in partnership with government, industry and NGOs.

Specifically, the Fund works to increase the amount of Ontario food purchased by hospitals, long term care homes, universities, colleges, school boards and other broader public sector institutions.  The Foundation works to preserve and enhance the Greenbelt - its farms, green spaces and communities, and engage communities in the upcoming 2015 review of the Greenbelt Plan.


As the Grant Specialist, you will work closely with the Greenbelt Fund Program Manager, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Program Director, and other staff to execute multiple rounds of funding, and track and report on results. Responsibilities will include program management, performance monitoring, industry and NGO relations, and report writing.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify opportunities and challenges for local food procurement by the broader public sector, and outreach to BPS institutions and the foodservice value chain working in collaboration with the Fund Program Manager
    Assist the Foundation Program Director in identifying opportunities to create a richer, greener, more robust Greenbelt, and outreach to NGOs and other organizations
    Respond to enquiries about the grant programs
    Proactively assist grantees as required to meet their projects’ objectives and the programs’ goals 
    Organize advisory committee meetings
    Organize quarterly grantee meetings to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer
    Prepare monthly and quarterly progress reports as well as other reports
    Monitor and document the results of all grant projects and grant programs
    Work with communications staff to generate and disseminate success stories from the grants
    Conduct all other duties as directed by the CEO

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess strong project/ account management skills.  Knowledge and experience in foodservice supply chains is an advantage.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience managing grants or project/ account management experience
  • Demonstrated analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write project summaries, reports and work on diverse projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Broader Public Sector, institutional foodservice market
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the agriculture and/or food manufacturing industry


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive planning, organization, and coordination skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Self-starter, energetic team member
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to give and take constructive feedback
  • Sense of humour

This is a contract position that will conclude March 2015.  This position will be based in Toronto.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  Please include salary expectations in your application.

Please send all applications to the attention of the CEO, Burkhard Mausberg at  

Please include the Job ID and title in the subject line.

Application deadline is 9am April 24th 2013

We will only be contacting applicants we wish to interview. 

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