Senior Manager – Terrestrial Conservation Program
Position Type: Full time (permanent)
Salary: $65,000 – $80,000 commensurate with experience plus a competitive benefits package
Location: Flexible, but Ottawa preferred
Deadline: October 3, 2021
Start Date: ASAP
Do you thrive in an innovative and exciting environment? Want to be part of a team that makes a difference? If you would like to be part of a progressive and dynamic organization and you are passionate about protecting Canada’s land, ocean, and wildlife, then come be part of our diverse team!
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) National Office is currently recruiting for a full-time National Manager, Terrestrial Conservation Program. We are seeking an experienced individual to lead our nationwide terrestrial conservation efforts, collaborate on regional conservation campaigns, and undertake policy work, campaign planning, and federal government, Indigenous, and industry relations work to achieve conservation outcomes on terrestrial conservation. We offer a collegial work environment and competitive benefits, and an organizational culture where each employee’s creativity and innovation is valued.
The CPAWS National Office Senior Manager – Terrestrial Conservation Program will be the lead campaigner within our national office in efforts to ensure the protection of at least 30% of land and freshwater in Canada, as a milestone towards our goal of protecting at least half. This senior level position reports directly to the National Director, Policy and will direct and manage policy staff on our terrestrial team, including coordinating various terrestrial conservation programs and campaigns across the country.
The Senior Manager will be part of a dynamic and experienced team of nature advocates within Ottawa and across the country at a critical juncture in international and national conservation efforts. Our objective is to build and coordinate public support for conservation efforts across the country, while providing high quality policy advice to decision makers.
CPAWS is committed to improving diversity, equity, inclusion and decolonization within our organization and all aspects of our work. Preference will be given to applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented and underserved groups.
You are a committed and experienced conservation and nature advocate. You have a demonstrated ability to design and implement public relations & advocacy campaigns aimed at the public and government officials. You have a thorough understanding of federal government function and structure with respect to nature conservation, including protected areas and other effective areas-based conservation measures, species-at-risk protection, as well as Indigenous and climate policy as they pertain to nature conservation. You understand Canada’s objectives, challenges and international obligations with respect to nature conservation. You are a leader with strong collaborative and communications skills and can work with partners across Canada, within the ENGO community and with industry representatives. You are dynamic and creative, with an ability to focus on results in an ever-evolving advocacy landscape.
Key responsibilities will include:
Design and implement National Terrestrial Conservation Program advocacy campaigns and policy development
Coordinate regional chapter terrestrial campaigns and policy that have national scope
Lead campaign support with respect to achieving at least 30% protection of Canada’s land and freshwater by 2030
Lead national species-at-risk, climate and natural infrastructure policy and advocacy, and support regional chapter work in these areas
Serve as primary terrestrial conservation policy contact with government officials and coalition partners, working with communications & government relations staff across the organization,
Coordinate the development of federal policy briefs, submissions, and participation in consultations on terrestrial conservation policy
Support fundraising efforts for the terrestrial conservation program
Support Indigenous conservation, science and parks policy staff
Collaborative closely with Oceans Program staff on common projects
You will have (required qualifications):
Eligibility to work in Canada (citizenship, permanent residence, or a valid work permit).
At least 5-10 years of work experience in nature conservation with progressive management experience in the not-for-profit sector and/or government, environmental advocacy or government relations.
Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and development
Expertise in planning and managing campaigns, and a proven track record in government relations;
Demonstrable leadership and/or collaborative skills.
Relevant educational experience, or equivalent training or experience (please describe how your education and/or experience is relevant to this role in your cover letter and resume).
Experience working with a Board of Directors and guiding and counseling senior leaders;
Experience in, or knowledge of, the not-for-profit sector and conservation issues in Canada on the public landscape (passion for protecting nature is essential);
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Capacity to communicate both in writing and orally in your second official language (English/French).
Excellent organizational skills and an eye for detail.
An inclusive, collegial, and collaborative work ethic with strong team-work skills.
A commitment to Indigenous reconciliation and anti-racism.
The ability to work remotely. (The CPAWS office is currently closed. Staff are working remotely until a safe return to the office is viable.)
Please submit a cover letter and resume saved into a single PDF with the file name LAST NAME_SENIOR MANAGER – TERRESTRIAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM by email to email@example.com no later than October 3, 2021.
We thank all candidates for their interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Why work for CPAWS?
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we are focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change. Our vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.
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