Community Engagement Supervisor (MT0779, ADM1A, GR03)

Job Category: 
Term positions for Management and Professionals


Position Summary:

Reporting to the General-Manager, Macdonald Campus Farm, oversees a range of year-round outreach activities and educational programs taking place at the new Macdonald Farm Community Engagement Centre (CEC). Facilitates activities such as guided tours and interactive programming for elementary school students, speaker series, workshops, seminars, week-end events for the general public, etc. Responsible for administration of the facility, hiring and supervision of guides and animators, and the Centre’s web site and promotional activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represents the CEC on the Faculty’s network of units involved with various outreach initiatives. Participates in the development and implementation of the unit’s outreach strategy.
  • Educational programs: Promotes through social media educational programs to a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. school boards, elementary schools, CPEs, day camps, neighboring municipal jurisdictions, and general public). Responsible for any request and problem resolution arising from use of Centre and activities offered at the Centre. Contacts suppliers and sponsors to solicit in-kind contributions to the educational programs and at special events.
  • Plans workshops and educational materials in conjunction with teaching units and researchers in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, as well as other stakeholders. Ensures that research activities are featured and that programming themes address the farm to fork to health continuum. Focus is on ensuring a memorable and unique learning experience for participants through “hands-on” and interactive learning modules.
  • Organizes and administers all aspects of the educational programs (hours of operations, visual displays, reservations, assignment of staff, participation of guest speakers, etc.). Participates as workshop leader or animator. Acts as knowledgeable resource person with regards to animal care practices, horticulture, general agriculture and sound environmental practices.
  • Conducts research into feasibility of an online registration application for tour and activities reservations, as well as an online payment system (through debit and credit cards terminal).
  • Management of Facility: Responsible for day-to-day administration of the Centre. Sets up and implements operating and administrative procedures with the goal of maximizing the use, efficiency and profitability of the Centre. Keeps track of and reports on attendance, revenues and expenses. Provides input into Centre budget and admission/facility rental fees. Balances cash collected towards admission fees and arranges for deposit. Makes recommendations for items to be purchased and facility improvements. Regularly reviews operational and financial status with Business Operations Manager and Farm’s General-Manager. Administers physical resources for the facility.
  • Communications: Designs and maintains the Centre’s web site to ensure optimal visibility. Promotes the Centre’s mission of educating diverse audiences and participants of all ages in agriculture, local food provenance, food security, and environmental practices. Addresses inquiries by phone, e-mail and in person. Arranges for production of promotional photos, brochures, posters when needed. Writes promotional material. Promotes the Centre to internal and external users as a venue for private events (industry meetings, conferences, receptions).
  • Interacts with agricultural stakeholders, organizations, producers, professional associations, general public, etc.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with similar food and agriculture outreach facilities and initiatives outside of the university.
  • Maintains effective working relationships and communications with Faculty’s UA staff and donors. Maintains close interaction with the Farm’s Business office.
  • Staff Supervision: Recruits, hires, trains and evaluates casual staff hired as guides, animators and as activity leaders. Writes job postings. Gathers employment forms required for pay processing (personal data, bank account, work permit, Work study agreement, union membership form, Canada Summer Jobs Employee Declarations). Allocates work shifts; supervises work and approves timesheets; monitors attendance and approves time off. Manages job performance and conflict issues. Keeps abreast of applicable collective agreement.

Education and Experience:


Three years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

University degree in animal science or other agricultural and environmental program, an asset. Proficiency with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, unit’s web page). Demonstrated experience in public speaking tailored to diverse audiences (children, adults, the public, students). Self-starter, with ability to work autonomously and take initiative, as well as work within a team. Knowledge of animal care and bio-security practices (farm animals). Strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Ability to build constructive relationships; proven ability to interact with people at all levels (faculty, students, external organizations, donors, research community). Service-oriented. Ability to set priorities and multi-task. Proven ability to supervise staff, delegate work, coach and manage conflict. Demonstrated experience with planning and organizing community engagement events. Excellent communications skills in English and French, both written and spoken. Knowledge of Banner, Minerva, MMP, an asset. Advanced abilities using various software (Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Adobe).

Additional Information:

May be required to attend occasional events during evening or week-end.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Studies at hr.macdonald [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is October 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Studies will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

In order to maintain internal priority, McGill employees must apply within the delays specified in the MUNACA collective agreement for positions covered by the collective agreement or according to the personnel policies for positions covered by the personnel policies.

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Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Macdonald Campus Farm – Community Engagement Centre
Salary Range: 
(Grade 03) $47,000 - $58,800 (midpoint) - $70,600
Two (2) years
Reporting to: 
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