Job Posting: Research and Policy Manager

Come help make a difference to the future of southern Ontario, leading impactful and diverse projects, working collaboratively with a variety of partners and organizations.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen rural economies, and protect and enhance natural systems. The Foundation undertakes as well as funds research to: (i) contribute to the increased understanding of the Greenbelt, (ii) support achieving the Greenbelt’s objectives, and (iii) help guide our activities as a grant-making organization.


The Research and Policy Manager reports to the Vice President, Research and Policy (R&P), and works in close collaboration with R&P team members, as well as the Program/Grants team. Areas of focus for the position include land use planning, climate change mitigation and adaptation including through improving soil health, ecological restoration and the use of natural infrastructure, and promoting the cost effectiveness of nature based solutions.




The Manager is responsible to:

· Lead and manage research projects involving a range of specialists, including developing terms of reference, selecting consultants, and guiding project execution

· Conduct research and analysis, using qualitative and quantitative methods as appropriate

· Prepare and edit reports, briefing notes, presentations, correspondence, and other documents

· Maintain Foundation partnerships, including representing the Foundation on EcoHealth Ontario

· Develop and build relationships with staff in governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, conservation authorities, academics, industry associations, and other organizations

· Design, coordinate and/or facilitate roundtable discussions, workshops and other events

· Liaise with communications colleagues to disseminate research findings to wide-ranging audiences

· Contribute to fundraising activities, including grant applications

· Manage special projects as required



The successful applicant will have 7+ years related work experience and the following qualifications:


· Degree in a related field

· Understanding of the regional natural heritage and agricultural systems in the Greenbelt and Greater Golden Horseshoe, experience with ecological goods and service valuations, and knowledge about practical nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation

· Well-developed project management skills

· Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies and quantitative statistical techniques

· Effective written and oral communication, and facilitation skills

· Proven ability to interpret and apply legislation and regulations

· Track record of developing and maintaining relationships across organizations and at different levels within organizations

· Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills

· Working computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or similar presentation software

· Valid Ontario Drivers’ license


This is a one-year position covering a sabbatical (January - December 2020. The position is based at our Toronto office (downtown) in a typical office setting. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Application Process


Please send a cover letter and resume outlining your interest, qualifications, and salary expectations through this portal.


The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.

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