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Position: PLWA Executive Director
Organization: Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
Location: Pigeon Lake, Alberta

The PLWA is seeking a proven leader for the role of Executive Director to lead our progressive charitable, membership organization. The PLWA works closely with the watershed residents, lake leaders and governments to bring about the changes needed to enhance, preserve and protect the lake and its watershed for current and future generations. Pigeon Lake is the largest central Alberta lake. While still a wonderful lake, its history of land use has sped up the eutrophication of the lake and annual algal blooms occur. The PLWA is a recognized leader in developing and implementing best watershed practices and now requires a position dedicated Executive Director. We seek grants and contributions to forge ahead on critical on-the-ground actions for the health of the watershed.

The Position: The Executive Director’s job is to manage and deliver the PLWAs work and all that entails. The PLWA has taken on the role and responsibility to implement of much of the land and shore work from the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan, working with the PLWMP Steering Committee, the PLWA Executive Committee and reporting to the PLWA Board. With limited support from the PLWA board, and a Treasurer and bookkeeper who are both CAs. The Executive Director will seek resources (funding, partnerships, staff and volunteers) to deliver on as much as is possible within the capacity that this person can create. This position should interest people looking to combine ecology and social systems focusing on water resources.

Position Type: Full time during the spring and summer. Open to negotiating the off-season hours as less days per week or extended holidays.

Salary Range: $50K - $60K annual compensation plus expenses depending on qualifications, experience and hours.

Location: Pigeon Lake - about one hour south west of Edmonton. Candidate is required to live at Pigeon Lake for periods of time during the summer. Meetings occur throughout the year, many in Edmonton.

The Successful Candidate: As the successful candidate, you are a quick learner with a track record of results by working well both independently and effectively with a full range of urban and rural community members, volunteers, governments, healthy lake partners and experts. Your background enables you to run the day-to-day operations and projects, as well as, providing effective related communications and community engagement. You have fund development skills. You are passionate about lakes and able to engage and inspire people to want to learn more about being healthy lake stewards: the privilege and responsibilities of living by water. You will become the face of the PLWA, representing the PLWA at conferences and meetings throughout the year.

Candidate Skill Sets include:

  • Strong interpersonal attributes, able to establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Strong organizational and administrative abilities, able to balance numerous activities
  • Communications: Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical and creative thinking: Proven ability to analyze issues and sustain effective recommendations.
  • Strong leadership skills, able to chair meetings, give direction, delegate tasks and work cooperatively with Committee members and watershed stakeholders
  • Demonstrated computer skills including word, excel, data base, presentations and website
  • Budgeting / fiscal management and a track record of effective grant writing.
  • A foundation of water quality / lake and/or ecology experience / knowledge.
  • Attributes include:
    • Passionate about Pigeon Lake and it’s watershed
    • Self-starter, able to work with little supervision yet adheres to board policy and direction
    • Flexible schedule, able to attend meetings at odd times and locations
    • Able to provide and drive a motor vehicle
  • Experience Encouraged in:
    • Living by water / Ecology / water quality
    • Leading Change
    • Recreational lake experience
    • Stewardship organization and/or a not-for-profit a definite asset as would an understanding of municipal government
    • Some achievement in a complex organization or environment
    • Recruiting and managing staff and volunteers
    • Project Management
    • Pigeon Lake

Please e-mail your resume and covering letter to:
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GoodWork ID: 45108       Date posted to Apr 10 2018