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Position: Executive Director
Organization: Ecology Ottawa
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

About the Organization

Ecology Ottawa is seeking an Executive Director to lead our not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization that has been advocating since 2007 to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. To achieve this goal, we provide the information needed to understand local environmental issues, and the techniques and tools needed to promote environmental leadership and engagement at all levels impacting our city. To do this effectively, Ecology Ottawa uses grassroots mobilization techniques to build capacity and strategic partnerships, and promote the power of collaborative action through building a broad base of community advocates who share a green vision for the city.

Because we believe that people in Ottawa care about clean air, water and energy, protecting greenspace, smart transit options and sustainable communities, Ecology Ottawa brings together individuals and organizations who share these beliefs to make the necessary environmental, social and political changes happen. The Executive Director supports this mission by providing leadership in how the current climate crisis can be addressed comprehensively through sustainable actions and policies at the municipal level that promote a living, active and renewable city.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ecology Ottawa was born out of the belief that people of all backgrounds and in all neighbourhoods care about the environment. As a leading organization within Ottawa's environmental community that works with partners across sectors, we understand and are working towards ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are core to our continuing collective impact.

Ecology Ottawa is committed to employment equity and seeks diversity in the workplace. We welcome applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including: women, transgender, non-binary and LGBTI individuals; First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals; persons with disabilities; and members of racialized and marginalized groups.

Job Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

The Executive Director provides leadership and direction on all aspects of Ecology Ottawa’s work within the scope of our mission and organizational strategic plan, with guidance from a strong and active Steering Committee and Board, the support of an experienced staff team (5-15 people, depending on seasonal activity and funding) and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. The Executive Director works closely with the Director of Operations to carry out operational tasks.

Grassroots Engagement and Advocacy

The Executive Director is responsible for expanding community engagement to carry out Ecology Ottawa’s programs and advocacy initiatives. This involves strengthening Ecology Ottawa’s network of community supporters, volunteer leaders and partners, including community organizations, universities, colleges, business improvement areas and green businesses.


The Executive Director is responsible for securing and growing the financial resources needed to carry out Ecology Ottawa’s mission. This includes developing and executing multi-year fundraising plans, and cultivating support from individual donors, organizations and foundations. The Executive Director works closely with the Director of Development to carry out this work.


As the primary spokesperson for the organization, the Executive Director will regularly give media interviews and public talks, and engage with supporters and the public through social media and Ecology Ottawa events. The Executive Director will also oversee the rollout of Ecology Ottawa’s communications strategy.

Policy and Government Relations

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring local environmental policy informs the design of Ecology Ottawa initiatives, campaigns, partnerships and communications efforts, which will allow for effective engagement in government relations work, including strengthening strategic relationships within and outside of government.


  • Minimum three (3) years of combined experience at an operational and staff management level, preferably in the environment or non-profit sectors
  • Collaborative, inclusive management style and commitment to team building and an equity-based work environment
  • Experience in advocacy on environmental issues and in grassroots organizing
  • Understanding of climate change and its implications in municipal policy and program development and implementation
  • Proven track record in fundraising from institutional (government, foundations) and individual donors
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, and comfort with public speaking and media relations
  • Experience in collaborative engagement and building effective relationships with a range of community partners (from like-minded groups to government officials)
  • Comfort or experience with database management and an understanding of systems an asset
  • Fluency in French an asset


The Ecology Ottawa office is located in downtown Ottawa.

Compensation and Benefits

Ecology Ottawa offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience (range: $65,000–$70,000), and a benefits package. This is a full-time position requiring some evening and weekend work.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references by email with “Executive Director” in the subject line to . The deadline for applications is 30 July 2021. Only complete applications sent by email will be considered. We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 9 2021    ID: 60570