Executive Director – Rural Ontario Institute

Key Responsibilities
Positions the organization to build community capacity and share knowledge that enables rural stakeholders to undertake capacity building and rural community development.
Develops and maintains strategic relationships with funders, sponsors, partners, community stakeholders and government representatives that support and progress key deliverables.
Coaches, mentors, supports and provides development opportunities for team members.
Supports and enhances rural stakeholder networks and engagement opportunities.
Builds awareness and support for ROI initiatives within and across government ministries and agencies, the private sector, academic research institutions, non-governmental and rural development organizations.
Leads fundraising and revenue strategies, goals and activities to sustain ROI and its products and services.
The successful candidate will have qualifications,

knowledge, skills and abilities matching the following:
Post-secondary education, ideally in rural planning, community development, organization capacity building, resilience, health & wellbeing, policy analysis and/or community economic development
7 or more years of strategic and adaptive organizational leadership experience with demonstrated success in team engagement, innovative problem solving and partnership development and maintenance
Superlative verbal and written communication skills including public speaking and advocacy skills and experience
Financial planning and administrative management knowledge and experience
Demonstrated government and media relations experience with an emphasis on municipal government and intergovernmental relations
Current passport, valid Ontario driver’s license and insured vehicle
Able to work some evenings and weekends as required for job responsibilities
Demonstrated knowledge of at least 5 of the following areas. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge in more than 5 areas.
grants and grant writing requirements
project management and program evaluation
marketing, communications and contact management
leadership development including youth engagement, adult education and online learning
non-profit management and governance
social innovation
policy analysis
rural and agribusiness issues and innovations
socio-economic research
Flexibility and humility to perform any task that may be required within a small and collaborative team
Analytical ability to enable responsiveness to appropriate opportunities while passing on those that may divert from strategic direction

To Apply:
Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume/CV to: Suzanne Trivers, Board Chair at suzannetrivers@gmail.com no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
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Currently the ROI offices are at 7382 Wellington Rd 30 in Guelph/Eramosa Township north of Guelph. There is flexibility in terms of work location and a regular schedule of in-office time is required. The full job description can be found on our website: https://www.ruralontarioinstitute.ca/careers
Questions about this posting may be directed to:

Norman Ragetlie,
226 979 6534.