Manager of Water Resources – Grand River Conservation Authority – Ontario

General Accountabilities
Reporting to the Director of Water Management, the Manager of Water Resources is part of the GRCA’s management committee. This position is responsible for the administration, coordinating and management of water quality, source water protection, hydrogeology and conservation outreach programs.

Specific Accountabilities
Participate on Management Committee contributing to the development of corporate strategic plans, goals and objectives, policies and annual budgets.
Establish strong working relationships and open collaboration with the Management team, the Water Resources team, and all staff within the GRCA.
Provide guidance, direction, mentorship and support for the Supervisors and staff in Water Resources, to ensure effective delivery of programs and employee development. Promote and practice the GRCA’s values in all actions. Schedule and attend regular department meetings.
Prepare short and long term work plans, management plans and set priorities, goals and strategies to guide the development and management of the Water Resources program that align with the strategic objectives of the GRCA.
Responsible for the preparation of the department’s annual budget submissions. Approves expenditures, monitors costs and ensures budgetary control for Water Resources, as required. Provides budget estimates and forecast updates to Finance as required.
Establishing and maintaining working relationships with municipal, federal and provincial agencies, user groups, and private interests.
Responsible for the Provincial and GRCA’s surface and ground water quality monitoring and modeling programs.
Provides oversight on the watershed based source protection program of the Lake Erie Watershed Region that is administered by the GRCA.
Responsible for Conservation Outreach and Services activities and initiatives within the Grand River Watershed.
Prepare and present reports to the General Membership with respect to Water Resources programs and operations.
Promote a health and safety culture within Water Resources by ensuring compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, other applicable legislation, regulations, and GRCA policies and procedures. Conduct regular workplace inspections and audits to demonstrate due diligence.
Regularly evaluate programs, policies and decisions within the department to ensure continuous improvement and effective service delivery. Oversee the development of department policies and standard operating procedures as required.

Technical Accountabilities
University degree in environmental or natural science, water resource and civil engineering, or a related field.
At least 10 years of relevant experience with a minimum of 6 years of management experience in a public sector organization.
Demonstrated organizational, leadership and team-building skills with experience managing staff in a unionized environment. Strong collaboration skills with employees in all areas of the organization, external agencies, other partners and third parties as applicable.
Strong strategic thinking skills in combination with strong research, analytical and problem solving abilities and demonstrated experience effectively preparing and managing budgets.
Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare correspondence, technical reports, board reports and other documents. Experience with proposal writing, policy development, procurement and contract administration.
Strong verbal communication skills with experience presenting information and making recommendations to boards, councils or committees. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.
Proven ability to interact effectively with other managers and contribute significantly to the strategic decision-making process of a senior leadership team.
Current working knowledge relevant federal and provincial legislation, policy and guidelines such as the Conservation Authorities Act, Clean Water Act, Environmental Assessment Act and other environmental legislation. Solid understanding of workplace legislation including but not limited to the Employment Standards Act, WSIA, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and AODA.
Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, MS Office and GIS mapping software.
Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout the watershed.

Competencies and Abilities
Professional Judgement
Demonstrated ability in the area of critical thinking, analysis and assessment of risk and implications, making connections of underlying issues and ownership of the outcome. Sound judgment resulting in fair, efficient and effective decision making bringing clarity and resolution to complex and ambiguous situations, and discretion in dealing with confidential information. Ability to carry out skillful negotiations and interest based conflict resolution.
The willingness to hold oneself and others accountable for acting in ways that are consistent with stated values, principles and professional standards. Maintaining impartiality, objectivity and fairness when dealing with employees, consultants, stakeholders and other agencies.
Goal/Action Oriented
Effective problem solving, collaboration, negotiation and facilitation skills. Develops goals that align with and support the strategic plan. Does not shy away from challenges and seldom gives up, especially in the face of resistance, setbacks or change. Seizes opportunities; takes initiative and is self-motivated. Organizes work, plans activities and sets priorities in a manner that meets competing needs and timely resolution of matters. Maintains high level of productivity and self-direction. Demonstrated experience in Project Management with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks simultaneously with changing or competing priorities. Achieving high standards of performance from others is important. Excellent organizational skills with respect to project management, project planning, contract management and time management.
Team Work
Interacts with people respectfully and effectively as part of a team. Able and willing to share and receive information. The ability to gather facts and pertinent information to gain an understanding before drawing conclusions, taking action or resolving conflict. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and alliances with peers, business communities, partners and staff. Exceptional internal communications skills are required for staff relations, working with other internal teams to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and to provide support to other programs within GRCA.

Customer Focus
Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Develops and maintains effective relationships and ensures good communications with other staff, external stakeholders, consultants, contractors and other agencies. Works in close collaboration with internal stakeholders to keep them apprised of relevant information and significant issues in a timely fashion. Demonstrated ability to build ongoing working relationships and communicating with tact and diplomacy
Maintains a calm and professional attitude in the face of change, stressful situations and challenges. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Effectively manage employees, developing a team atmosphere, providing information to employees and having strong interpersonal skills being able to know about employee’s concerns and questions. A high level of personal and professional excellence including the ability to align personal and organizational values. Excellent interpersonal and people management skills including the ability to attract, retain, coach and develop others. Demonstrated ability to ensure a safe working environment while being innovative, flexible and entrepreneurial.
Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm, Friday March 25, 2022
Approximate Start Date: May 2022
The annual salary range for this position is Job Level L $109,854 to $133,654 per hour/35 hours per week
GRCA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision care, life and disability insurance; membership in the OMERS pension plan and a pass for free entry into GRCA conservation areas.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and covering letter to in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Manager of Water Resources” in the subject line.