Watershed Specialist (Watershed Strategies)

Vaughan, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Position Overview:

To undertake the role of pro-active corporate advocate for the health and enhancement of TRCA watersheds, waterfront and Lake Ontario.  Provide strategic oversight to multi-stakeholder watershed planning, reporting, advocacy and engagement programs for the organization; be a major relationship manager at a senior level facilitating strong alliances with senior government staff, elected representatives, stakeholders, community organizations, businesses and watershed residents.  Develop innovative flagship projects and programs to facilitate implementation of TRCA’s corporate and watershed priorities and manage the secretariat /governance bodies of major stakeholder collaboration initiatives and watershed-based citizen committees.  Provide strategic input to planning, policy and development review, environmental assessments and municipal master planning activities in the watershed.  Support TRCA municipal budget process working closely with the Finance Division. Other administrative responsibilities include: management oversight of watershed service teams and project budgets; supervising staff and guiding their professional development, and preparing internal and Authority reports and communications.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 4 year University degree in environmental sciences, engineering, planning, public administration/management, or environmental studies is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of work experience in natural resource management, urban sustainability, climate change and integrated watershed planning and management settings.
  • Thorough knowledge of TRCA watersheds, land use issues, and environmental management methods.
  • In-depth understanding of and extensive experience in integrated watershed planning and management.
  • Knowledge of Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27, provincial and municipal land use and environmental legislation, regulations and policies relevant to watershed management.
  • Good working knowledge of the Ontario Water Resources Act, Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Clean Water Act, and associated regulations and related legislation.
  • Good working knowledge of the federal Fisheries Act, Canada Water Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and associated regulations and related legislation.
  • Good to excellent working knowledge of Canada-US Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and the work of the International Joint Commission.
  • Excellent knowledge of political processes in both municipal and provincial government.
  • Excellent understanding of financial management in municipal government and other levels of government and public sector organizations.
  • Excellent working knowledge of best practices in community consultation and engagement.
  • Well-versed in best practices in partnership and business development.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Ontario Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, and federal, municipal and urban land use planning and land development policies and regulatory processes.
  • Aptitude for excellent client relations, established network of senior agency staff, elected representatives and other strategic contacts.
  • Advanced skills in Public relations, Organizational leadership and change management, partnership and business development, strategic planning, Fundraising, Watershed planning and watershed management, and municipal finance.
  • Demonstrated ability in innovation, situation analysis, problem solving, program development and management.
  • Excellent communications skills, including media.
  • Leadership skills, high EQ, ability to form partnerships and sustain strategic long term business relationships and successfully manage diverse teams.
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Valid Ontario G driver’s licence.

Major Responsibilities: 

  1. Facilitate and manage stakeholder, government, and community relationships and ensuring that the CEO and Senior Leadership Team is kept informed on any opportunity and issues.
  2. Provide advice on watershed management issues and priorities to senior leadership and senior staff in partner organizations as well as elected officials to ensure that their watershed and environmental management efforts are aligned with TRCA priorities, and that their program and project approaches follow best practices.
  3. Establish extended networks of leaders to influence: government policy relevant to TRCA objectives, funding support for TRCA projects and programs, innovation within TRCA and partner organizations to accomplish collective impact and strategic goal alignment, and the evolution of best science and practice related to TRCA program and project delivery.
  4. Represent the Authority on strategic issues of corporate interest in public forums, on advisory panels and other working groups.
  5. Proactively collaborate with TRCA’s development planning and policy teams to support stakeholder engagement and find creative solutions to sustainable growth planning and development in TRCA watersheds/waterfront.
  6. Respond to TRCA Board, public and stakeholder inquiries and issues related to watersheds, manage conflict and resolve issues in a timely manner.
  7. Provide strategic oversight to the development of watershed and sub-watershed plans, regional and watershed report cards.
  8. Lead program and project development to advance TRCA and municipal partners priorities.This may include developing and sustaining new and unique business models and partnerships.
  9. Provide oversight of multiple project and program budgets for major TRCA cross-divisional and multi-partner projects and programs including all aspects of work planning, project management, convening and managing cross-divisional and cross-organizational teams, and all aspects of financial reporting.
  10. As a corporate program sponsor, host and manage TRCA’s multi-partner, multi-agency programs where TRCA acts as a host to these programs.
  11. Deploy creative solutions that advance TRCA strategic priorities while satisfying multiple government, business, non-profit and community stakeholders with diverse/broad ranging opinions and perspectives, and find ways to combine staff expertise and resources from across TRCA departments and divisions to create unique cross-disciplinary teams that achieve positive impacts and outcomes.
  12. Manage, facilitate and act as secretariat for TRCA citizen advisory committees such as the Regional Watershed Alliance.
  13. Direct the teams to lead all aspects of community and stakeholder engagement activities (mandatory and mission-specific) using a variety of tools, programs and approaches as directed by TRCA’s Community Engagement Strategy.
  14. Direct staff teams to deliver TRCA’s signature projects and events in collaboration with other staff and external partners.This may include major public-facing events that are a critical part of the TRCA branding and are important relationship building and management opportunities.
  15. Act as a TRCA liaison to the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation to optimize funding partnerships including joint ventures with governments, businesses, academic institutions and community groups.
  16. Act as subject matter and community relations experts for media and communication needs of TRCA.
  17. Support Finance Division as content, program and relationship experts to facilitate all aspects to TRCA municipal budgets.
  18. Provide expertise and mentorship to other Authority staff as needed on specific watershed issues. Hire and manage staff and consultants, and maintain effective and efficient work teams through training, development, motivation and performance evaluations.
  19. Lead multiple teams that are diverse in both technical complement and specific program objectives.
  20. Prepare written reports and verbal presentations to the Authority, municipal councils, public meetings, conferences and seminars.

TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require accessibility related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.