Position: Project Coordinator

Organization: Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA)

Location: Based out of our Toronto office, located at 550 Bayview Ave, Suite 402 (with ability and willingness to travel within Ontario, Canada, and internationally)   

Reports to: Director, Food Tourism Development & Innovation

Direct reports: NA

Hours: Full-time (with ability and willingness to work evenings/weekends, as required)

Application Deadline: Wednesday 26 July 2017

Start Date: Monday 14 August 2017


About CTA

Food serves to connect us with the land, our heritage and the people around us. It is a diverse and dynamic channel for sharing stories, forming relationships and building communities. By combining local food and drink with travel, food tourism offers both locals and tourists alike an authentic taste of our bountiful province while contributing to a sustainable world economy.

By bridging the gap between the food and travel industries, we are strengthening the links between the viticulture, agriculture, and aquaculture sectors to the hospitality sector to promote the growth of food tourism. Our work lies in developing strong relationships between growers, chefs, processors, restaurateurs, accommodation providers, distributors, government and industry organizations. We also act as the leading voice to share Canada’s culinary stories with passion and pride.


A glimpse at the role

The Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) is leading efforts in research, education and product development to promote the growth of the food tourism industry. As a Food Tourism Development Coordinator, you will support these efforts by working to grow food tourism across Ontario, Canada and internationally. More specifically, you will be responsible for researching and writing strategies for a wide range of clients looking to attract visitors through developing their unique “taste of place”. We are firm believers at the CTA that every business, community, and region has the potential to become a food tourism destination. Your job will be to show our clients how!

As a Project Coordinator, you will also support the Director, Food Tourism Development & Innovation in working to ensure the CTA and its Grow Food Tourism arm are constantly innovating while growing sustainably. This includes helping to coordinate research activities, contributing to the evolution of research methodologies and processes, and supporting the development of new projects, including identifying and responding to requests for proposal.


Some of the things you’ll get paid to do

  • Collect and compile data for client projects, including utilizing the CTA’s Experience Assessment Tool™ and performing both primary and secondary research
  • Actively participate in regular check-in meetings with clients as well as internal team meetings
  • Contribute to the design and development of research methodologies, and produce customized data collection tools
  • Design and lead community-based and collaborative research activities, including facilitated sessions and workshops
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on data collected for projects
  • Write and edit content and communications related to client projects, including presentation materials, research reports, strategies, and action plans
  • Write and edit content for the CTA’s industry-facing Grow Food Tourism newsletter
  • Maintain and grow the CTA’s inventory of tools and resources to support its food tourism consulting services
  • Develop and deliver a variety of food tourism development ancillary services, which may include workshops and webinars, and regularly update related content with new research and trends.
  • Actively participate in business development activities, including scanning for requests for proposal and proposal writing
  • Participate in networking opportunities and contribute to business development activities
  • Ensure high quality deliverables are produced and be open to taking on additional responsibilities as necessary and required to projects are completely successfully (on time and on budget)

The things you can’t believe you’ll be getting paid to do

  • Travel and taste your way across the globe, inspiring and educating clients and their stakeholders on growing their food tourism offerings
  • Make meaningful connections with individual business operators of all different shapes and sizes to help them grow sustainably through food tourism
  • Have a hand in reshaping the way visitors and locals alike experience true tastes of place
  • Put your professional and personal strengths to work in a growing and dynamic organization
  • Help to grow the CTA into a world recognized centre of excellence for food tourism

Required Education and Experience

Relevant Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Post-secondary education in tourism, economic development, and/or business management
  • Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience working with community-based/non-profit organizations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders, including CTA members, partners, clients, and funders
    • Previous experience writing research reports and/or strategies
    • Successful candidates will be required to provide a writing sample upon interview
  • Advance computer skills, including Microsoft Office, internet use, including Google Apps; proficiency with research-specific and project management tools is preferred, including SurveyMonkey and Dropbox
  • Knowledge of local food systems, including their sectors and stakeholders
  • Proven leadership and facilitation skills
  • Analytical, troubleshooting and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Desire to drive local food system and economic development through food tourism
  • Strong organizational skills, time-management skills, and detail-orientation; previous project management experience an asset
  • Ability to tackle multiple projects simultaneously and work in a fast-paced environment
  • High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information
  • Eagerness to learn and desire to grow as an expert in food tourism development
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license


  • Proficiency in Canada’s official languages
  • A passion for nutritious and delicious food and excellent palate with exceptional sensory skills

Salary Range

  • $45,000 – $50,000 (commensurate to qualifications and experience)


Please email your resume and a cover letter to

The CTA is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities.

No phone calls please. CTA will contact shortlisted applicants to participate in an interview.