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Position: Senior Manager
Organization: Atlantic Water Network / MakeWay
Location: AWN’s main office is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, however applicants from across Atlantic Canada are welcome to apply. Options for remote, hybrid, and flexible working hours.


The Atlantic Water Network (AWN) builds capacity for an expansive network of community partners with the common goal that Atlantic rivers, lakes, and wetlands are healthy and stewarded by local communities.

Formed in 2004, AWN is now a project on Makeway’s Shared Platform and has grown to be a hub for community-based water monitoring throughout Atlantic Canada, collaborating with over 100 organizations to advance water science and stewardship in the region. AWN has been a catalyst and support system for environmental stewardship, directly assisting staff and volunteers of watershed organizations of all sizes and capacities. Key supports include an Environmental Monitoring Equipment Bank, standardized online training via WET-Pro certification, a Knowledge Hub of water monitoring resources, a secure and open access data hub (Atlantic DataStream), and workshops on data management, analysis, and science communication.

Job Description

The Manager is responsible for leading and managing AWN in alignment with the vision and strategic direction set by the Steering Committee. This position requires a keen, and innovative, individual to ensure that programming needs of the Network’s community partners are met, while also developing innovative initiatives across the region. Reporting to the Steering Committee, the Manageris responsible for implementing priorities as well as developing and carrying out plans to achieve them, including applying for and reporting on funding.

In spring of 2022, AWN underwent a strategic directions exercise and identified the following strategic pillars for the following 3-years:

  • Establishing our sustainable governance operating model
  • Harnessing diverse scientific expertise
  • Strengthening reciprocal relationships with community partners
  • Securing multi-year funding from diverse sources

To date, there have been several advances in most of the pillars, however securing multi-year funding from diverse sources remains an ongoing priority.


  • Educational background in water resource management, environmental studies, geography, ecology or a similar field
  • 3-5 years experience in the non-profit sector
  • 2-3 years experience in a management or leadership role
  • Experience in leading a team of diverse individuals and relationships
  • Experience managing grant applications and funder relationships including government, environmental foundations and corporate
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills
  • Innovative and big picture mindset for organizational thinking
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Skills that would be considered an asset

  • Knowledge of community-based monitoring planning and development
  • Experience in data collection, management, analysis, and communications
  • French Language skills
  • Experience in business development or areas of entrepreneurship
  • Experience in fundraising from non-conventional sources
  • Experience in government relations & engaging in academic research


Based on the successful candidate’s work experience and education, the salary will range from $55,000-$58,000 annually for 32 hours per week (which is equivalent to a full time annual salary of $68.7K-$72.5K). Currently, Atlantic Water Network’s funding is dependent on successful grant applications. Salary increases are dependent on available funds, and as such will be determined by the Steering Committee should those funds become available through business and funding development.

AWN’s main office is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, however applicants from across Atlantic Canada are welcome to apply. Options for remote, hybrid, and flexible working hours.

How to apply

Please send ONE document with a combined cover letter and CV to with how you heard about this position and what interests you in it. Please indicate you saw this posting at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated start date of May 1st, 2024. Thank you to all those who apply for the position.

MakeWay is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment and we welcome and encourage applications from the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. MakeWay will provide accommodation during all steps of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Please advise us if you need any accommodation.

Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however, only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest!

No phone calls or recruiters please.


Sustainable Revenues & Fundraising

  • Establish a long-term funding strategy to develop ongoing sustainable revenues with the Steering Committee
  • Actively seek out fundraising and fund development opportunities (e.g. through grants, fee-for-service work, donations, partnerships)
  • Oversee required reporting to funders
  • Prepare grant agreements
  • Manage and report on overall financial standing of AWN
  • Prepare an annual budget to submit to MakeWay
  • Monitor budgetary expenditures and limits
  • Review all invoices and expense reports, ensure all appropriate supporting documents arrive at MakeWay accounting per the agreed schedule
  • Review monthly financial statements with the Steering Committee
  • Along with MakeWay, monitor compliance with the three-month reserve financial policy

Internal Organization & Management

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of AWN and overall management of affairs and implementation of its annual work plan
  • Be responsible for effective financial management, including creating and managing the yearly budget processes
  • Define and evaluate the project’s long-term mission and short-term goals
  • Plan and execute activities to support the successful achievement of project goals
  • Implement actions as set out in AWN’s 3-year Strategic Plan and Action Plan
  • Ensure that project activities comply with the project’s description and all policies and procedures of MakeWay
  • Day-to-day operations and program delivery for the project
  • Prepare regular activity reports
  • Ensure that AWN’s services and activities are of high quality, including electronic communication, and other communication products

External Relations & Engagement

  • Establish and maintain professional and collaborative relationships with multiple partners, such as local experts, governments, academics, leaders and funders relevant to Atlantic Water Network’s mission.
  • Ensure the organization is connecting with diverse stakeholders across the Atlantic region to help ensure that AWN is inclusive and meets the needs of the region as a whole.
  • Increase awareness of the organization through acknowledgement of contributions from AWN and through participation at workshops, events, seminars and conferences, including at various provincial, regional, and local meetings and events.

Human Resources

  • Communicate and inform project employees and volunteers about the goals, policies and principles of the project
  • Gain familiarity with MakeWay human resources guidelines, policies and practices, and advise MakeWay Human Resources of any personnel issues that arise.
  • Supervise all project staff and volunteers (unless a designated supervisor has been assigned)
  • Approve vacation requests as per MakeWay guidelines
  • Ensure performance evaluations are carried out on a regular basis
  • Contracting and supervising the work of contractors
  • Determine staffing and capacity needs, hire and manage employees and/or contractors to support effective operations
  • Create a positive culture of performance, respect and accountability among staff and partners
  • Ensure policies, plans and initiatives are understood by team members, and monitor progress and milestones

Steering Committee

  • Support the Steering Committee in ensuring that the vision, mission, values, and desired results for AWN foster the long-term success of the organization; and support strategic planning for the organization.
  • Lead the implementation of AWN’s strategic priorities, and develop and carry out operational and financial plans and policies, which work towards the strategic direction and organizational development of AWN.
  • Report to the Steering Committee with accurate and timely information regarding the activities of AWN including finances, human resources, and the implementation of the organization’s work plans.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people, finances, reputation and image, and inform the Steering Committee of appropriate measures to control risks, staffing and capacity needs.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 2 2024    ID: 70803