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Position: Director of Operations
Organization: Water First
Location: Creemore/Collingwood, Ontario

Water First is a rapidly growing charity focused on one of the most pressing challenges in Canada: clean water in First Nations communities. From both an environmental water and drinking water standpoint, Water First partners with Indigenous communities to solve local water challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration. With expanding operations, we are seeking an experienced non-profit program manager as our Director of Operations. The position will also involve fee-for-service program development. Reporting to the Executive Director, the individual will support effective and efficient program delivery while managing and collaborating with an incredible team of program staff.

  • Full time position
  • Competitive compensation: $70,000 - $85,000 full time annual salary range
  • Innovative team addressing an important contemporary challenge
  • Progressive holiday package and flexible hours that maintain a healthy work-life balance
  • Health benefits package

Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing deliverables associated with multiple projects supported by a broad range of funders
  • Managing a diverse team of staff with a wide range of skills including water treatment, water quality analysis, fish habitat restoration, education, training, environmental research
  • Managing multiple project budgets
  • Reporting to and stewarding relationships with formal funders, donors and First Nations community partners
  • Public relations, including attending special events and public occasional speaking

Mandatory Requirements:

  • At least 8-12 years of in-depth non-profit program management experience with varied funders
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Significant experience writing complex funding proposals
  • Demonstrated track record of leadership experience
  • Top notch professionalism, judgement, initiative & tact
  • Self starter, requiring limited oversight, capable of identifying opportunities, creating strategies and successfully putting plans into action
  • Willingness to learn and take on additional responsibilities as appropriate
  • Ability to commute to, or relocate to, the Creemore/Collingwood Ontario region
  • Regular access to a vehicle and ability to travel to northern First Nations 10 - 15% of the time

Desired Assets:

  • Academic background: related degree and work experience in one or more of the following fields: water treatment, water engineering, geography, water sampling, hydrology, ecology, fish habitat restoration, environmental remediation
  • Advanced degree in one of the fields of study above
  • Experience collaborating with First Nations communities
  • Experience with capacity building and community development initiatives

Please submit your cover letter and CV to:
carli.lang mask*
by 5pm, Aug 2nd.

Please note, applicants selected for an interview will be expected to participate in two interviews during August 2019. We will strive to accommodate summer holiday schedules as much as possible. The position ideally begins in September, 2019; specific date negotiable.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for advanced consideration.

Qualified Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

We thank all candidates who apply. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Water First strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require an accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 11 2019    ID: 54158