Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant – Durham Region

Communications and Outreach Assistant – Durham Region - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Are you a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships? Is planning and running events, project management, and writing some of your greatest professional strengths?  If you are the perfect balance between a hard worker and someone who can still maintain a sense of friendliness when meeting new people, then the role of Communications and Outreach Assistant, Durham may be the position for you.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food. At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to strengthen the agricultural sector, protect and restore our natural environment, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.

Scope of Work:
The successful candidate will report to the Director, Durham Region and work with other Foundation team members to:

  • Research and identify Greenbelt-related issues in Durham
  • Write content and help share positive stories about the Greenbelt
  • Conduct research and prepare reports, briefing notes, correspondence, presentations, and other documents
  • Liaise with Foundation staff in the preparation of information and supporting materials
  • Attend and organize local meetings dealing with 2015 Review issues including but not limited to “Greenbelt Days” at City/Regional Hall
  • Organize and attend public events
  • Manage special projects as required
  • Serve as Executive Assistant to the Director, Durham Region
  • Maintain up to date lists and contacts
  • Conduct all other duties as assigned

The successful candidate will have:

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience planning and executing events
  • Superior project management skills – including but not limited to developing work plans, budgets, critical paths
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar presentation software
  • Knowledge in the use of social media tools including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Knowledge of land use planning, environmental, and/or agricultural issues will be considered an asset
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A great sense of humour


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive planning, organization, problem solving, coordination 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
  • Ability to give and take constructive feedback

Application Process:  Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your interest and qualifications for this position, and quoting job # 701111 no later than end of day, January 9th, 2015 to:

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Subject: Durham Communications and Outreach Assistant #701111

Please note, only the candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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