Employement at LEAF


Residential Planting Programs 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 our Residential Planting Programs. This one-year contract will cover a maternity leave.  The ideal candidate will possess exceptional organizational and inter-personal skills, creative problem-solving abilities, excellent writing skills and a demonstrated passion for the urban forest. 

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

Program and partnership development (35%)

Undertake strategic planning for the program

Write reports for funding partners

Meet with funding partners to share program results

Provide research and writing support for funding proposals

Develop partnerships with other organizations/groups

Develop new business opportunities

Create and implement yearly marketing and promotional plan

Participate in organizational development (strategic planning, program development)


Operations Management (55%)

Ensure all deliverables are met

Create and implement a yearly operational plan for all activities

Manage all field and office operations

Cost/benefit analysis of program activities

Hire, supervise and evaluate staff

Provide regular support/guidance and ensure productivity of staff

Ensure highest quality of customer service

Devise and supervise systems for data collection and research

Ensure accuracy of client database, invoicing, inventory, etc.

Request office volunteers and provide training and supervision as needed

Coordinate and manage program-related interns, consultants and contractors

Oversee all office administration

Ensure adequate safety procedures are in place and followed

Supervise underground locates process

Oversee content for all educational and promotional materials

Monitor and update website content

Monitor and evaluate program success

Update procedural manuals as needed


Education and Outreach (10%)

Develop and implement marketing plans

Promote programs at events as needed

Speak at workshops, talks and events as needed


  • University degree in urban forestry, non-profit management, environmental studies or related field
  • Minimum four years’ experience working in the non-profit sector in leadership positions
  • Deep knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to urban forest issues
  • Experience hiring and managing staff in a team environment
  • Ability to determine priorities, adhere to deadlines and multi-task
  • Attention to detail and superior organization skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in relationship management
  • Superior communication skills including presenting to groups
  • Excellent writing skills and experience writing project proposals, reports, articles and blogs
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity and drive to succeed
  • Experience in public outreach/education and creative ideas for marketing community-based programs
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access is required

Full time position (35-40 hrs/week).  Compensation commensurate with experience.  Reports to the Program Manager. 

Please send resume and cover letter by Sunday May 3, 2015 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.


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