Manager of Northern Conservation Planning (maternity leave replacement)
Reporting to NCC’s Vice President of Conservation Policy and Planning, the Manager of Northern Conservation Planning is responsible for the delivery of projects and programs in Canada’s northern regions. The ideal candidate will bring project planning and management skills and this role will contribute knowledge of northern planning approaches to NCC’s conservation work. The candidate will also have experience working with external partners including Indigenous governments, communities and organizations. This role will oversee the work of the Northern GIS and Conservation Planning Analyst, and work closely with the Director of Conservation Philanthropy, NCC staff, strategic advisors and external partners from across Canada.
Project work will include the ongoing implementation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) support projects in collaboration with Indigenous partners, the delivery of multi-partner boreal conservation planning and securement projects, support for the advancement of NCC’s Indigenous Conservation Engagement Framework, and the exploration of new and emerging opportunities for NCC to support conservation in Canada’s northern geographies.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage and collaborate on the delivery of NCC’s existing northern projects, including support for Indigenous-led conservation, partner liaison and project promotion
- Identify, manage and collaborate on new/emerging opportunities for NCC to support conservation in northern geographies (boreal and/or arctic), including support for Indigenous-led conservation
- Develop and track project work plans and budgets for multi-partner projects
- Work with Northern GIS and Conservation Planning Analyst and external partners to develop and complete conservation analyses, information summaries, maps, and other materials (text, media, spatial data) for presentations, technical project reports, interactive online platforms, and story maps
- Work with NCC’s IT and GIS staff and external partners to create and manage web-mapping tools and platforms to share NCC’s conservation science and planning work, including story maps
- Work with regional staff across NCC to coordinate approaches to boreal/northern conservation planning projects and provide collaborative leadership to develop regional plans for implementation of applied conservation actions in areas identified as high priority for NCC
- Work with NCC’s Director of Conservation Philanthropy to develop funding proposals and donor reports
- Establish and manage contracts, contribution agreements, MOU’s, and data-sharing agreements with external partners
Required Skills and Attributes
- Post-secondary degree in conservation science, landscape ecology, natural resource planning and management, geographic information systems, or another related field
- Effectively manage own time and staff resources (direct reports, contractors) to prioritize and complete necessary work associated with multiple conservation projects with competing deadlines
- Knowledge of available and emerging northern conservation planning frameworks and GIS tools for developing/leading projects, and to advise science and conservation project leads on best practices and approaches to conducting large-scale spatial conservation assessments and prioritization analyses
- Ability to foster good working relationships to achieve success with external partners including other ENGOs and Indigenous governments, communities and organizations
- Ability to proactively manage workload efficiently, including setting priorities and achievable deadlines, managing and adapting to external project constraints, and communicating future needs and challenges early to help find appropriate resolutions
- Ability to travel to northern and remote locations
- Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific information to a variety of audiences (technical staff, corporate management, public) including orally, in writing, and using maps, graphics, interactive mapping platforms and other types of media
- Self-motivated and comfortable working with dispersed project partners and staff
- Problem-solving skills; ability to make decisions, sound judgment and the ability to recommend solutions or alternatives when problems arise, and keep “big picture” in mind
- Working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop software for editing, analysis, and management of large spatial and tabular datasets
- Effective use of available technologies to manage projects in collaboration with geographically dispersed project partners and staff (file-sharing platforms, conference lines, screen sharing software, etc.)
- Working knowledge and experience using MS Office suite (MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint)
- Knowledge of relevant land management frameworks and legislative tools, including Indigenous land claims, protected areas and resource management policies and legislation, historical and modern context of Indigenous conservation engagement, and international biodiversity targets and objectives
- French language skills would be considered an asset
Planned start date is April 15th, 2020, ending July 31st, 2021.
Application Deadline: March 15th, 2020 at 11:59pm eastern time.
How to Apply: If you are interested in joining our team, please forward your resume and cover letter indicating “Manager of Northern Conservation Planning” in the subject line via e-mail: email@example.com
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