Local recruitment: Sr. Manager, Water Programs Western Expansion

Water First

Creemore, ON, Canada 🇨🇦


“Immediate for Hire”

Be a part of a rapidly growing organization focused on one of the most pressing challenges in Canada: supporting sustainable access to safe, clean water in Indigenous communities. Water First partners with Indigenous communities to solve local drinking water and environmental water challenges through education, training, and meaningful collaboration.

We seek a creative-thinking, experienced and detail-oriented Senior Manager, Water Programs Western Expansion.  This position will be based in Western Canada in either British Columbia or Alberta.

Under the direction of the Director, Programs, and the Senior Manager, Water Programs Western Expansion is responsible for leading the expansion of all three Water First programs: the Drinking Water Internship, Environmental Water, and the Indigenous Schools Water Program, across western Canada.  This will be done in close collaboration with the Water First leadership team and Indigenous community partners in Canada. This role will prepare and implement an efficient and successful launch of Water First’s programs while ensuring the overall activities and outcomes are aligned with Water First’s strategic direction.

Start Date: Immediately

Work from Home / Remote: Yes

Wage: $80,000 – $95,000 (Some flexibility based on level of experience)

Water First supports progressive labour policies, including:

  • Flexible hours
  • Health benefits
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Generous paid vacation

This is a remote work-from-home position. Candidates must be available to travel, as needed, to Indigenous communities throughout western Canada, and possibly other regions of Canada, approximately 10-20% of the time as well as to the Creemore, Ontario office located at 178 Mill St., Unit D, for critical meetings as required.

Responsibilities for this position include:

Program Expansion

  • Working alongside management to identify potential market opportunities and further define Water First’s overall western expansion strategy
  • Building local community relationships and identifying new Indigenous community partners, including individual Indigenous communities, Tribal Councils, and other regional Indigenous organizations in western Canada
  • Collaborating with leads in Water First’s HR, Program, and Finance departments, and with other partners as needed, to understand and adapt to provincial and local regulatory responsibilities related to operating in western Canada
  • Representing Water First by networking (online, over the phone, and in-person) and attending relevant conferences & events
  • Leading public and community relations, presentations and other public speaking engagements as needed in western Canada

Program Management

  • Supporting Senior Managers of Drinking Water, Environmental Water, and the Indigenous Schools Water Program to manage the preparation and launch readiness of programs;
  • Creating and implementing annual work plans that align with all three program department’s existing 3-year plans
  • Contributing to the next iteration of the 3-year planning process, including creating program objectives, goals, KPIs and budgets
  • Participating in senior management meetings and collaborating with multiple departments to support the achievement of Water First’s strategic goals
  • Creating, reviewing and/or approving project reports to internal and external audiences


  • Using Water First’s customer relationship software program
  • Responding to enquiries and/or resolving concerns from staff, partner communities, and/or other external partners related to the expansion and delivery of programs in western Canada
  • Assisting with the preparation of funding proposals, annual reports, and other communication materials

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

  • A related undergraduate degree, graduate degree preferred, with extensive management experience in a related field
  • Ten to fifteen years of experience in a complex program management role – program development, implementation, and management
  • Experience in cross-cultural collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations
  • Demonstrated success managing teams delivering multiple technical projects with diverse outcomes
  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams while empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance
  • Solid experience in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Strong project management & financial management skills, including budgeting
  • Strong data management skills
  • Proficient in using technology as a management tool and a willingness to learn new systems as needed
  • Dedication to the non-profit sector and passion for our mandate, which can be demonstrated through your skills having worked in a dynamic environment
  • Personal qualities of professionalism, integrity, credibility, judgment, initiative, tact, discretion, confidentiality, and diplomacy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A flexible team player with demonstrated ability to collaborate and support colleagues
  • Strong time management skills needing minimal supervision
  • Willingness to continually expand one’s professional skill set, learn on the job, take on additional responsibilities as required
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Regular access to a vehicle
  • Willingness to travel to northern Indigenous communities approximately 10% – 20% of the time to provide program and communications support for program delivery
  • Candidates must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada under relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

If you want to learn more about this exciting opportunity, we would love to hear from you! Qualified Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Water First is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and or mental handicap or financial ability.

By following the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Water First Education and Training strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.

While we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates will be required to undergo a Vulnerable Sector security check as a condition of employment.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development