Job Opportunity: Director
Organization: Canadian Freshwater Alliance / ALLIANCE D’EAU DOUCE
Location: Anywhere in Canada; must be able to work from a home office.
Apply by: February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm EST
Anticipated start date: April 1, 2021
We are seeking a new leader to guide the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and shape the future of water in Canada. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a clear vision of where the freshwater community needs to go in the coming years and the persistence to get there.
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, unites, and activates networks of freshwater champions across Canada in order to secure healthy waters for everyone. We work with organizations and individuals who are freshwater champions to strengthen citizen engagement and participation in the protection of our lakes and rivers. We drive change through advocacy campaigns, engagement organizing, and by serving as a national and regional voice on key freshwater issues.
We are a project on MakeWay’s shared platform. MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada) is a national charity and public foundation with a goal to enable nature and communities to thrive together. MakeWay achieves its goals by building partnerships and providing solutions, grants, and services for the charitable sector across the country.
You will be stepping into this leadership role during a time of change. COVID-19 has shifted economic, social and political realities. While the crisis has been difficult for many people in many ways, there is also an opportunity to ensure that freshwater health and security are central to Canada’s recovery plan. We are looking for a leader who is motivated by this opportunity and the chance to guide our dedicated team through uncharted waters.
The ideal candidate is someone eager to address freshwater issues and respond to changes in federal and regional water policy, including the new Canadian Water Agency. They will share the Alliance’s commitment to supporting Indigenous perspectives and the programs and campaigns they nurture will reflect the interests and diversity of Canadian society.
As the Director of the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, you have a chance to advance clean and healthy waters for all. If this mission excites you, please read on for details.
About the Role
The Director is the senior leader of Canadian Freshwater Alliance, a ten-year strong initiative with five skilled and confident remote staff. The Director has three primary responsibilities:
On a day-to-day basis, most of your time will be spent securing resources to support the Alliance’s work, nurturing relationships with key funders and other stakeholders, and supporting staff so they can implement campaigns and programs effectively. Annually, you will craft an updated Strategic Plan and operating budget to guide the Alliance’s work and help staff and stakeholders understand the direction.
The Director reports to the Steering Committee and will receive performance reviews and feedback every six-months. You and your team work remotely.
About the Programs
Current Canadian Freshwater Alliance campaigns include Lake Erie Alive, CodeBlue BC, and the new Blue Recovery national campaign. All campaigns seek to secure healthy water, and each has its own specific objective. Lake Erie Alive unites communities to defend this great lake from toxic algae and other threats. By creating a groundswell of support, this campaign works to ensure governments keep their commitments to implement the Lake Erie Action Plan. CodeBlueBC is a plan to secure and sustain freshwater sources in BC. This campaign has garnered over 20,000 supporters and is championed by over 20 organizations. The new Blue Recovery campaign seeks to ensure freshwater health is a key part of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan by advocating for ample funding and support for solutions like green infrastructure and the new Canada Water Agency.
Each campaign is led by a dedicated staff member. The Director’s role is to help frame and focus the campaigns, provide strategic direction when needed, and ensure it has the resources and stakeholder support necessary to succeed.
Applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for the position. Applicants should highlight in their CV and/or cover letter how they meet these qualifications.
3. Fundraising and development abilities:
Desired Skills and Qualities
These skills and qualities will also help to ensure the Director will succeed in their new role:
Why Work for Us?
We are a small, supportive, charitable project with a team that is passionate about making positive change. We offer a 30-hour work week that can be executed flexibly and staff find they have a great deal of autonomy in how they carry out their work. Staff receive 3 weeks of vacation per year, qualify for benefits after a year of work with MakeWay, and receive a $100 monthly stipend for home office expenses.
As a Project on MakeWay’s shared platform, the selected candidate will be an employee of MakeWay. This is a permanent position with a 3-month probationary period. You will report to the steering committee, and will have bi-annual evaluations. The starting salary range is $65,000 to $72,000, based on experience.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “CFA Director” in the subject line. Let us know how you found out about the position in your cover letter. The names and resumes of all applicants will be held in strict confidence.
Canadian Freshwater Alliance will be prioritizing candidates from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities and/or candidates of diverse gender identities. If you would like to be considered for employment equity, please note this in your cover letter and include as much as or as little information as you would like.
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Only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or recruiters please.
MakeWay is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We will provide accommodation during all steps of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. The selected candidate will be an employee of MakeWay.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 13 2021 ID: 58293