Career Opportunity

Are you looking for a dynamic career in Ontario’s agri-food sector? Are you excited about leading collaborations that result in a resilient and sustainable food system? This may be the opportunity for you! The Agricultural Adaptation Council is recruiting a full-time Strategic Partnerships Manager.  

The AAC has an open career opportunity for a Strategic Partnerships Manager. Read more about this exciting position below! At the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC), we are Ontario’s agriculture and food program experts. As a not-for-profit organization, AAC represents Ontario’s agriculture and food industry with 55 agriculture, food, and rural organizations comprising our membership and board of directors. This unique industry collaboration gives the AAC an in-depth understanding of needs from across the entire value chain and the ability to help facilitate effective program design, development, and delivery between industry, government, and other partners to achieve optimal outcomes from agriculture and food programs.

In 2023, the Board of Directors created the 2050 Committee to shepherd the Ontario agriculture and food industry through an inclusive and collaborative process to create a vision for the future. The 2050 Committee is guided by three strategic pillars - to convene and catalyze a collaborative, diverse, and engaged network; to establish a baseline of understanding about the future of the Ontario agriculture and food industry; and to help guide policy and programming for the future of the Ontario agriculture and food industry.  


Position Summary

Reporting to the executive director, the strategic partnerships manager provides leadership in the areas of member management, industry relations, stakeholder engagement, strategic partnerships and corporate governance. This exciting position will lead AAC’s industry facing initiatives, increasing our engagement with the industry, seeking out opportunities for collaboration, and building the future of AAC. 

Job Responsibilities 

Member Management

  • Manage membership relations including responding to new member requests, maintaining accurate membership records, coordinating the annual meeting, and assisting with recruitment and the election of the board of directors

  • Regularly liaise with members, including attending member events, using member surveys to gather member insights, and identifying opportunities to increase members benefits

  • Develop and implement a member recruitment strategy which will increase AAC’s membership, ensuring full representation of the Ontario agriculture and food industry

Member Management

  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders, including member organizations, clients, federal departments and provincial ministries, other funding agencies, and other possible new partners
  • Increase AAC’s industry presence in the agriculture and food industry, including identifying industry events and coordinating staff and board participation 
  • Act as an advocate for the AAC and AAC funding programs to raise the profile of the organization and contribute to new business development
  • Support the AAC 2050 Committee, including execution of the 2050 Committee Strategic Framework and Engagement Strategy
  • Develop a member/sector engagement strategy which will enable AAC to actively engage with the sector and strategically target and develop new partnerships and collaborations
  • Lead the program consultation project in collaboration with the program manager to improve program design and delivery in Ontario
  • Assist with the development of an AAC business plan to address the longer term diversification of AAC’s programming and other revenue generating opportunities

Corporate Governance 

  • Support corporate governance including board and committee orientation and training (incl. training manual), bylaws, director position descriptions, director code of conduct, director conflict of interest, scheduling meetings and ensuring accurate minutes of board and committee (where appropriate) meetings

  • Support the executive director in the execution of the AAC strategic plan, including special projects

Job Requirements 

  • A diploma or degree in a communications, public relations, or agriculture-related field 
  • At least 5 years' experience in senior management with a non-profit organization
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain synergistic partnerships between individuals, government and non-government organizations
  • Familiarity with the Ontario agriculture and food industry would be considered a strong asset
  • Experience with and/or strong knowledge of board and corporate governance

Job Related Core Competencies 

  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability

  • Sound analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner, establish priorities and adhere to strict deadlines    

  • Ability to work well in a team setting


  • Hybrid of remote and office work model based out of Guelph, Ontario
  • Full-time position

Salary & Benefits

  • Extended Health and Dental
  • Company RRSP plan
  • Salary range of 

Please apply in confidence by sending your resume, and a one-page summary of significant personal accomplishments that reflect your potential success in the position to:

Agricultural Adaptation Council/Canlead Solutions

or by clicking HERE to apply


AAC is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. AAC is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all candidates for the intertest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.