Director – Canadian Freshwater Alliance

Job Details
Minimum Qualifications
Applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for the position. Applicants should highlight in their CV and/or cover letter how they meet these qualifications.
1. Experience:
More than 5 years experience in a similar role, as a senior manager, and/or with equivalent fundraising, management, and leadership demands;
Experience in the environmental or conservation sector in Canada and an understanding of the organizations and individuals working in this field;
Proven ability to empower people to work collaboratively to overcome challenges, adapt to opportunities, and celebrate successes;
Experience designing and managing successful public interest campaigns.
2. Passion:
A love and understanding of freshwater issues in Canada;
A commitment to environmental justice and reconciliation with Indigeneous Peoples.
3. Fundraising and development abilities:
Career history of securing at least $500,000 in grants or other non-profit revenue;
Experience nurturing relationships with funders.

Desired Skills and Qualities
These skills and qualities will also help to ensure the Director will succeed in their new role:
Self-motivated with an infectious enthusiasm for Canadian Freshwater Alliance’s mission;
Confidence in your vision and the ability to communicate it clearly to a variety of audiences;
Track record of building and growing an organization or initiative that engages a broad diversity of supporters across geographic, political and social spheres;
Significant understanding of water/conservation policies and policy change processes including organizing, lobbying, and government relations;
Experience with engagement organizing and collaboration with community-based organizations;
A good listener, with a willingness to understand different perspectives and the ability to incorporate lessons learned into the Alliance’s work;
A proven record of professional achievement and innovation;
Flexibility and ability to adapt and seize new opportunities as circumstances evolve;
A proven ability to think strategically, develop and implement plans and manage complex and changing projects;
Experience with human resources, supporting management and staff, and a history of contributing to a healthy organizational culture. This includes knowledge of best practices relating to accessibility, diversity and inclusion;
A commitment to empowering others, including the desire to see staff, stakeholders, and partner organizations succeed around you;
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural sciences, the social sciences, community development, or a related field is beneficial;
A history of acting with integrity, respect, and honesty;
Exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills, in particular the ability to trust and value the contributions of your team;
Experience reporting to or sitting on a board, Steering Committee, or similar advisory group;
Fluency in English is required. The ability to speak French and/or an Indigenous language is an asset.

Why Work for Us?
We are a small, supportive, charitable project with a team that is passionate about making positive change. We offer a 30-hour work week that can be executed flexibly and staff find they have a great deal of autonomy in how they carry out their work. Staff receive 3 weeks of vacation per year, qualify for benefits after a year of work with MakeWay, and receive a $100 monthly stipend for home office expenses.
As a Project on MakeWay’s shared platform, the selected candidate will be an employee of MakeWay. This is a permanent position with a 3-month probationary period. You will report to the steering committee, and will have bi-annual evaluations. The starting salary range is $65,000 to $72,000, based on experience.

How to Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to: with “CFA Director” in the subject line. Let us know how you found out about the position in your cover letter. The names and resumes of all applicants will be held in strict confidence.
Canadian Freshwater Alliance will be prioritizing candidates from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities and/or candidates of diverse gender identities. If you would like to be considered for employment equity, please note this in your cover letter and include as much as or as little information as you would like.
Please include the following information in your cover letter;
A summary of your experience in fundraising and managing teams;
A brief example of a public interest campaign you led: the issue you addressed, the approach you took, and the outcome;
A brief explanation of how you see yourself adding value to the work of one or two campaigns/ initiatives from the CFA website;
One idea or perspective you would bring to CFA to help further our commitment to environmental justice and reconciliation.