Employment Opportunity: Campaigns & Engagement Manager


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Campaigns & Engagement Manager will oversee our advocacy and education campaigns including Bloor, Danforth and Yonge among others. Cycle Toronto is searching for a creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial Campaigns & Engagement Manager to help grow our impact.

Our Work Environment:

We’re a small team who gets a lot done. Our dynamic team trusts and depends on each other and we hold personal accountability in high regard. We work collaboratively, yet manage many of our projects independently. We work under tight deadlines and each team member delivers multiple projects at once. We are supported by hundreds of volunteers who pour their hearts into achieving our mission. We’re entrepreneurial and no task is too big or too small. We laugh a lot. We’re all committed to the success of Cycle Toronto and transforming Toronto into a world-class cycling city.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Campaign Management

  • Develop and implement Cycle Toronto advocacy and education campaigns

  • Maintain relationships and build alliances with community, business, BIAs, elected officials and other relevant stakeholders

  • Organize and attend Cycle Toronto campaign meetings and ensure excellent communication between campaign team members

  • Recruit, train and mentor members for campaign working groups

  • Organize and implement door-to-door local resident and business canvassing and related materials

  • Meet regularly with stakeholders in different parts of the city

  • Support campaign working groups to run innovative events

  • Utilize grassroots planning and organizing tools to ensure success

  • Work with Communications & Digital Marketing Specialist to develop innovative and strong evidence-based materials and determine the best methods for distribution

  • Organize part-time and volunteer canvassers to extend Campaign & Engagement Manager’s impact

Ward Advocacy Management

  • Recruit, train and mentor local ward advocates to support Cycle Toronto’s goal of active ward groups in at least half of all wards in Toronto

  • Liaise with ward advocates, provide strategic advice and help support regular ward advocacy group meetings. Provides ward advocates with campaign updates and looks for opportunities for integration

  • Lead the organization of the annual Cycle Toronto Advocacy Forum

  • Develop and implement regular ward advocacy group training

  • Oversee all aspects of ward advocacy fund which makes funding available to ward advocates for education and capacity building related events and programs


  • Passionate about making Toronto a safe, healthy, vibrant cycling city for all

  • A post-secondary degree in public policy, government relations, political science, community organizing or a related field, and 2-4 years of professional experience in political and or grassroots campaign management.

  • Demonstrated background and interest in community / city building, politics, transportation, and/or grassroots advocacy

  • Experience leading teams and recruiting, training and mentoring volunteers

  • Proficiency organizing successful advocacy and or educational campaigns

  • Demonstrated experience developing a strong vision for a project and implementing it - inspiring others

  • Proven ability to manage and prioritize projects with a strong attention to detail

  • Proficiency in setting targets and making strategic decisions over short and long term deadlines

  • Engagement with a broad spectrum of stakeholders of diverse interests and backgrounds in an inclusive environment

  • Experience developing and managing budgets and maximizing limited resources

  • Sound judgement on when to keep people informed and how to solve problems creatively

  • Producing and delivering evidence-based and compelling oral and written presentations

  • Canvassing residents and businesses on a campaign or local issue is considered a strong asset

  • Experience working in a non-profit environment is a strong asset

  • Thrives in a fast paced and social work environment

  • Rides a bicycle to attend regular meetings and business engagements

Terms of Employment:

2 year limited term contract with potential for a longterm role (contingent on funding). 3 month probationary period. 40 hours per week starting in early February with regular evening and weekend work. $40,000 - $45,000 per year (pro rated) commensurate with experience, with competitive vacation and benefits package. Successful applicant must be a member of Cycle Toronto. Reports to Executive Director.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume, and one writing sample of your work in one package by Tuesday January 10 at 4:00pm to work@cycleto.ca with the following subject line: Campaigns & Engagement Manager.

Cycle Toronto values diversity and we are an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Cycle Toronto is a member-supported non-profit organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, and vibrant cycling city for all. We run campaigns for protected bike lanes on Bloor, Danforth and Yonge St. in Toronto, and encouragement programs like Bike Month across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We also educate cyclists through our Street Smarts programming which includes on-street outreach and delivering safe cycling workshops. We engage cyclists and non-cyclists in our work and pursue evidence-based transportation solutions that make cycling a viable option for all Torontonians. Recent advocacy successes include bike lanes on Richmond St, Adelaide St and Bloor St and doubling the amount the City of Toronto spends on cycling infrastructure to $16 million per year.

By Jared Kolb on Dec 22, 2016