The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is seeking an exceptional Operations and Special Projects Coordinator for a one-year maternity leave contract.


The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is seeking an exceptional Operations and Special Projects Coordinator for a one-year maternity leave contract.  We are looking for a versatile, positive self-starter and multi-tasker who can contribute to the general operations of the organization, while supporting the coordination of special projects, including fundraising and program-related events.  This position requires taking responsibility and accountability for important functions, along with utmost discretion in handling confidential information. A liaison for a wide range of stakeholders, this individual will report to the Director of Finance, with line management to the Manager of Development. Passion for JGI Canada’s mission is a key success factor for any candidate.

Scope of Responsibilities 

Operations & Administration (60%): 

  • Review and respond to incoming correspondence, inquiries and phone calls in a timely manner 
  • Schedule, organize, and prepare for JGI staff meetings including off-site locations, logistics and post-meeting minutes or notes 
  • Prepare documents, presentations, and materials for diverse stakeholders
  • Organize supporting documents for accounting and financial record-keeping 
  • Manage contracts, confidential records and inventories of assets and office supplies 
  • Develop, review and update JGI Canada policies and corporate documents as required
  • Provide administrative support to the CEO, and Board of Directors including scheduling meetings, preparing and distributing agenda, distributing board documents, taking minutes  and maintaining board records and member documentation 
  • Ongoing development and management of the Institute’s volunteer program 
  • Liaise with the IT department to provide technical support for the organization 
  • Monitor and maintain a safe, efficient, professional office environment and act as the  liaison with the landlord – University of Toronto 

Special Projects (40%): 

  • Assist the Manager of Development with planning and execution of Dr. Goodall’s speaking engagements in Canada (virtually and in-person)
  • Research potential sponsors and build event sponsorship packages
  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment for events and other special projects
  • Develop creative event materials as necessary
  • Strategize new and innovative event opportunities for the Institute
  • Assist the Manager of Development with the coordination of logistics for donor trips in Africa
  • Assist with the preparation and logistics for other JGI events, including travel and accommodations arrangements and on-site support 
  • Other duties or special projects as assigned


  • Post-secondary education and minimum of 3 years’ related administrative, operations and event planning experience (combination of  work experience, education, and training)
  •  A highly developed sense of judgment and discretion with confidential and sensitive information 
  • Proven ability to operate professionally and with consistently high standards of excellence and responsibility 
  • Outstanding organizational skills and demonstrated ability to effectively handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize work, and complete deliverables  
  • A self-starter, able to think critically and be proactive in anticipating needs and taking initiative 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G-Suite
  • Ability to work from home and to occasionally work in the JGIC office at the downtown Toronto campus as needed 

About the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada 

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global, community-centred conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall in over 30 countries. It aims to understand wildlife and their habitats, and to empower people to be compassionate citizens dedicated to conservation. 

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada furthers this work here in Canada by mobilizing local and national movements around the convergence of three crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity, while engaging youth, communities, corporations and governments. In Africa, we support community-centred conservation programs in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Senegal. To learn more about our work, visit

How to apply:

If you’d like to join us to turn hope into action, apply through Charity Village with a cover letter and resume.

JGI Canada is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family status or disability. If you have a disability and would like to inquire about individualized application support, please contact us at

The deadline for application is Monday, July 18th. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note: Applications must be accompanied by a covering letter explaining why we should hire you and why you want to work at JGI Canada.

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