Director Of Partnerships and Outreach via LinkedIn

Rivershed Society of British Columbia

British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦


Position: Director, Partnerships & Outreach

Location: Home office with travel occasionally required in the Fraser Watershed

Position type: Full Time, permanent

Pay: $60,000 to $70,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications. 

2 week paid vacation first year, 3 week in second year. 

Optional extended health and dental. 

Application deadline: September 30, 2021

The Rivershed Society of BC is looking for an outgoing and passionate person to join our team as a Director, Partnerships & Outreach.

The Director of Partnerships and Outreach will play a lead role in building a movement of 100,000 Watershed Defenders in the Fraser Watershed. The position will develop partner network that will work to identify priority regional protection campaigns and restoration projects, build our supporter database and lead the implementation of engagement programs throughout the Watershed.

The Rivershed Society of BC is a non-profit dedicated to using Watershed CPR (Connect. Protect. Restore.) to transform the Fraser into a resilient watershed, with people, salmon, and economies flourishing in rivershed communities.

Primary duties and responsibilities


  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with community groups, NGOs, institutions, and other partners throughout the Fraser Watershed, in fulfillment of Rivershed’s mission and goals
  • Recruit new partners for the Watershed Defender Movement.
  • Work with Director of Communications and Design to manage partner communication within and for the Watershed Defender Movement.
  • Organize regional meetings to engage key partners in all six regions of the Fraser Watershed.
  • Participate in partner and network meetings, communication channels, and events (e.g. Our Water BC, Adapting for Ecological Resilience Network)
  • Research and identify new partnerships/networks to engage in Watershed CPR
  • Support regional partners with Watershed CPR Campaigns and projects.
  • Ensure the database is kept up to date and effective.


  • Lead development, implementation, and evaluation of all Watershed CPR programs (formerly SLLP, River Clinics, FraserFEST).
  • Manage contractor relationships, communication, timeline, and deliverables associated with Watershed CPR programs (e.g., web developers, videographers)
  • Oversee all communication with program participants
  • Ensure the creation of safety plans for all in-person Watershed CPR programs
  • Work with Director of Communications to promote Watershed CPR Programs.


  • Provide strategic advice to the Rivershed team on priority protection campaigns and restoration projects in the Fraser Watershed.
  • Hire, supervise and mentor department staff.
  • Participate in Director meetings and attend Board meetings as requested.
  • Work with Rivershed’s Directors to develop and execute strategic organizational plans, operational goals, and performance metrics to support the growth and productivity of the organization


  • Participate in ongoing decolonization and reconciliation discussions.
  • Assist in writing and preparing grants, progress reports, presentations, and other documents as needed
  • Assist the Rivershed team with the development of programs, ideas, and strategies to improve the function of the organization and fulfill Watershed CPR goals and objectives
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and experience

Time Management and Organization Skills:

  • Ability to keep track of and meet deadlines.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision.
  • Can create in depth, strategic workplans and manage the day to day and big picture pieces of various projects.
  • Attention to detail and ability to keep online files organized.

Verbal Communication Skills:

  • Partnership minded – a people person who makes friends easily and can leverage existing relationships
  • Outgoing with advanced interpersonal skills including the ability to create new relationships while maintaining our existing ones.
  • Ability to tell stories, inspire and build long-term, meaningful relationships.
  • Written Communication Skills:
  • Strong, persuasive, and concise writing skills.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback from team members with an open mindset.

Leadership Skills:

  • Able to work effectively in a remote work setting and collaborate with others to ensure high quality products.
  • Be a self-starter but be engaged in organizational efforts.
  • Energetic, self-starter who exhibits strong leadership skills and a “can-do” attitude.
  • Ability to mentor and supervise staff working in your department.

Tech Skills: 

  • Must be able to work in a collaborative online setting from a home office.
  • Experience working with Microsoft 365 Suite.
  • Must have own computer, phone, and access to highspeed internet.

Knowledge of Watersheds:

–       An understanding of the Fraser Watershed and its significance


Degree in related field or equivalent experience.

How to apply:

Please send the following to Justine Nelson, [email protected], by November 30, 2021.

Cover letter


Two references

** No phone calls, please.

Only those who are being asked for an interview will be contacted.





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