Employement at LEAF


Program Manager – One year contract (maternity leave)

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.   We are currently seeking an experienced manager to oversee programs and marketing. This one-year contract will cover a maternity leave.  The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and inter-personal skills, creative problem-solving abilities and a demonstrated passion for the urban forest. 

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

Planning and Program Management (40%)

  • Manages and leads program staff to implement the strategic goals and priority activities of the organization as defined in the strategic and annual operating plans
  • Ensures adequate work plans and targets are in place and being followed
  • Helps deliver programming as needed
  • Monitors, tracks and reports monthly on program metrics
  • Ensures all commitments to program funders are met
  • Updates strategic milestone chart semi-monthly
  • Works to maintain existing program-related partnerships and identify/foster new partnerships that will increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Regularly reviews progress against the annual operating plan, and works with Executive Director to make adjustments as needed

 Marketing and Communications (30%)

  • Establishes and follows through on all marketing/promotions plans
  • Coordinates staff involvement and ensures timely and thorough promotion of all events/programs in order to meet targets and deliverable
  • Ensures that all program communications are of professional quality and accurately represent the organization's plans and intentions

 Human Resource Management (20%)

  • Supervises program staff
  • Provides program guidance/advice to staff through written workplans and weekly 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

Administration (10%)

  • Captures institutional memory by updating program manuals as needed
  • 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
  • Acts as safety representative
  • Reviews and approves staff expensesEnsures systems and infrastructure in place and functioning well in order to successfully carry out all operational plans
  • Establishes and maintains systems and technologies to maximize program efficiency and effectiveness and identifies cross-program (organization-wide) opportunities


  • University degree in urban forestry, non-profit management or related field
  • Minimum five years’ experience working in the non-profit sector in leadership positions
  • Minimum three years’ experience managing staff in a team environment
  • 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
  • Passion for the environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access is required


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

Please send resume and cover letter by Sunday, September 18, 2016 to: Janet McKay, Executive Director, janet[at]yourleaf.org.  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.