Job Title:

Project Manager, Professional Services


Culinary Tourism Alliance


Toronto , ON

Closing Date:

November 21, 2021

Where:                     Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada – Work from home office

Reports to:                   Director, Business Development

Schedule:                    Contract Full-time, January - December 2022, with possibility to extend.

Salary:                         The annual salary between $75,000.00-$85,000.00 + benefits

Closing Date:              CTA will be accepting applications until November 21st, 2021

The Culinary Tourism Alliance is a not-for-profit organization on a mission to ensure that culinary tourism is a meaningful and sustainable contributor to local economies in destinations worldwide. We work with communities to grow culinary tourism by leveraging the history, heritage, and culture behind the food and drink that makes each destination unique.

We are searching for a remarkable, passionate person to lead destination development focused project work as a professional service. Reporting to the Director of Business Development, the candidate will manage the professional services project delivery lifecycle from end-to-end (including the creation and management of full implementation plans, liaising with clients and stakeholders, and managing the completion of activities and all associated client deliverables).

They will work collaboratively with clients at many levels of government, destination marketing organizations, industry associations, as well as educational and research Institutions to grow food tourism in their regions. Projects include but are not limited to researching, developing, and implementing culinary tourism and/or agritourism strategies, frameworks, product and program development, stakeholder engagement and capacity building, feasibility studies and business plans, marketing, and storytelling. For more detail visit:


About the Role & Responsibilities

  • Determine and define project scope and objectives
  • Predict resources needed to reach objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner
  • Prepare budget based on scope of work and resource requirements
  • Track project costs to meet budget
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution
  • Monitor progress and adjust as needed
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement
  • Manage Research & Engagement Coordinators, including actively participating in the hiring, training, supervision, performance assessment, and career development of these individuals.
  • Facilitate client check-in meetings and project-specific internal meetings
  • Lead the design and development of research methods and related tools
  • Perform primary and secondary research
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on data collected for projects, including for thought leadership
  • Design, format, prepare, and deliver materials for in-person and virtual sessions and workshops
  • Take ownership over the preparation and delivery of high-quality destination development outputs and deliverables (from writing and editing papers and reports to integrating client feedback into final versions)
  • Support business development activities, including but not limited to scanning for requests for proposal, drafting work plans and proposals 
  • Test and implement project management tools and processes
  • Support CTA marketing efforts, including staying on top of industry trends and sharing insights
  • Actively contribute to professional services and organizational growth strategies including participating in speaking engagements and written marketing opportunities

 Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required (Business, Marketing, Tourism, History, etc.)
  • 5-7 years of experience of project management
  • Project Management Certification or related master’s degree preferred
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively and be resourceful
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle
  • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline
  • Experience leading qualitative and quantitative research with excellent analytical skills
  • Strong numerical fluency, including experience measuring social impact, demonstrating value, managing budgets, and ROI
  • Applicable knowledge of inclusion work in an organization, and an appreciation of the complexities of inter/intra cultural interactions;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, assessment, and leadership skills;
  • Adept at Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, CRM and strong familiarity with project management tools, methodologies, and best practices;
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote work setting and manage shifting priorities;
  • Experience in project management, client relations, sales and/or customer service
  • Knowledge of local food systems, tourism sector, rural development
  • Working knowledge of the UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and/or ESG Framework
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license, there will be travel required as part of your role
  • Bilingual, preferred


More about you:

  • Problem solver not a barrier builder
  • Comfortable with self-directed project work
  • Thrive in ambiguous situations, and on exceeding targets
  • Think critically and make effective decisions
  • Enjoy working on a small, nimble team


To apply, please email the CTA Director of Business Development, Valerie Keast at, including a cover letter, resume, and any relevant examples of past projects, by Sunday November 21st 2021.   

The annual salary range is $75,000.00-$85,000.00 + benefits, with compensation based on previous experience and level of expertise.

The Culinary Tourism Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities. 

No phone calls please. We'll contact applicants that fit directly and invite them for a video conference interview.

Posted 2021-11-01

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