Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Director of Conservation in the Alberta Region to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science and knowledge based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature, the people of Canada, and the world. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
The senior role of Director of Conservation (DOC)- Alberta will lead and support a driven team to achieve excellence in land conservation, stewardship, and in building external land management relationships that further meaningful, inclusive conservation initiatives in Alberta. The DOC will oversee planning, collaboration, and coordination of land securement, stewardship, and planning activities. This includes, but is not limited to, leading the strategic planning and implementation, budgeting and financial management of Alberta’s conservation projects and site plans; and supporting the securement of ecologically significant lands and the effective stewardship of these lands. The DOC works collaboratively as part of an Alberta Senior Leadership Team, closely with National conservation staff, and DOCs in other regions across the country to ensure close coordination, consistency and continual improvement in conservation processes and initiatives.
The incumbent will be a thought leader and influencer for conservation in Alberta and will help NCC in developing strategies and goals for conservation success in this landscape. The incumbent can build and activate strong multi-disciplinary functioning teams within the Alberta region and with colleagues across Canada. This person will collaborate and strengthen relationships with external partners and stakeholders including land trust partners, ranchers, landowners, governments, individual and corporate donors, municipalities, and Indigenous communities.
The Director will have a strong focus on continued development of NCC’s ability to work collaboratively and effectively in the delivery of innovative Alberta conservation programming. They are responsible for guiding and supporting a driven and dedicated conservation team of 20+ people throughout Alberta. Further, this person will share and exemplify the core values of NCC being Big Thinking, Collaborative, Empowering, and have strong Determination to conserve and steward our most precious natural landscapes.
- Possesses a Bachelor’s degree in ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related discipline with 6-8 years of directly related experience;
- Preference will be given to candidates with land and water resource management or stewardship experience;
- At least 7 years of direct people management and leadership experience, able to provide strong supportive leadership, development, and mentoring to a large conservation team;
- Proven ability to build multi-disciplinary and high functioning teams across departments
- Demonstrated managerial, planning and coordination skills;
- Flexibility, reliability, self-motivation, a positive, solutions-oriented attitude with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment with co-workers from a variety of levels and departments within the region and nationally;
- Ability to develop big picture strategy, but also to provide technical guidance when needed.
- Proven operational and project management acumen, able to effectively use a variety of resources to attain multiple planned deliverables, with strong problem solving, planning and organizational skills;
- Experience in complicated land negotiations with a variety of landowners, partners, processes, and outcomes in a rural setting, inclusive of the science, securement, and stewardship aspects;
- Experience with all aspects of a not-for-profit conservation organization’s ethics, opportunities, and challenges and previous success with fundraising an asset;
- A proven ability to interact comfortably with NCC’s partners, including ranchers, landowners, donors, government representatives, NGO partners and corporations;
- A proven ability to work comfortably in many different venues, from the day-to-day office environment to corporate boardrooms and in the field;
- Demonstrated ability and comfort in media interviews, events, and public engagement activities;
- Excellent problem-solving skills and an ability to make creative, sound decisions;
- Well-developed written, verbal, listening and overall communication skills and the ability to synthesize different points of view into a common goal;
- A proactive and optimistic attitude, with a proven ability to anticipate and manage risk;
- Must be prepared to travel and work flexible hours.
How to Apply
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Career Centre by July 25, 2021, 11:59pm.
NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
Location: Calgary, AB