Chief Program Officer

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BirdStudiesCan Bird Studies Canada

Job Description

Chief Program Officer

Location: preferably at BSC Headquarters, Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada

Job Type: Full-time position

Application Deadline: July 12, 2018

Job Summary

Bird Studies Canada is seeking a highly motivated and experienced person to lead all aspects of conservation and science. Reporting to the President, she/he leads strategy, planning, staffing, supervision, reporting, and evaluation of all research, Citizen Science, conservation stewardship, and policy work. She/he is the principal program staff member coordinating at a senior level with counterpart staff leading communications, fundraising, human resources, and finance and administration. This is a new, permanent, full-time position.

The position is well suited for someone who has a passion for birds and nature conservation, and who brings extensive, demonstrated, leadership experience in conservation, science, and policy.

Education, Skills, and Experience

The Chief Program Officer should have:

  • a Master’s level degree or equivalent experience;
  • a decade of recognized work relevant to the role, which may be in one or more sectors, but includes working in or with the non-profit sector;
  • a very high level of strategic skill, organization, initiative, attention-to-detail, communications savvy, and interpersonal abilities;
  • strong, demonstrated experience in fundraising, communications, program leadership, and supervision of staff, both in-person and remotely;
  • excellent communication skills in English, with French-language abilities highly desirable.

Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Develop long-term program priorities, in consultation with the President.
  2. Develop, lead, and evaluate programming to meet long-term goals.
  3. Hire, supervise, evaluate, and develop senior thematic and regional program staff.
  4. Budget and forecast, making adjustments where needed, for the financial resources needed for annual program delivery, in consultation with BSC’s Chief Financial Officer.
  5. Advise and support BSC’s major donor and membership leads on fundraising from individuals.


  1. Develop and maintain a wide professional network of scientists, conservationists, and sustainability leaders, to help BSC develop and reach its goals.
  2. Develop relevant partnerships, in consultation with the President, to help BSC best achieve its goals.
  3. Represent BSC in leading forums in all sectors.
  4. Represent BSC in traditional and social media, in consultation with BSC’s communications lead.
  5. Identify issues of national concern and draft statements of BSC’s views and intentions.
  6. Fundraise from institutional donors (governments, foundations, corporations).

To apply: Please submit a short resume with a cover letter, outlining your suitability for the role, to

Bird Studies Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Closing date for competition: July 12, 2018. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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