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Thursday, January 12, 2012 | announcements & events

Job opening: Executive Director


Summit Park (photo by Emrys Miller)

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The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the conservation and restoration of one of Canada’s most imperilled ecosystems. Over the last ten years GOERT has successfully developed a well-respected, diverse, and highly integrated ecosystem and species at risk recovery program.
A tremendous opportunity awaits an energetic, motivated individual with proven skills in program administration, inclusive leadership, and habitat conservation in a consensus-based, team-oriented working environment. The Executive Director is based in the Victoria office and reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors.
GOERT has an operating budget of approximately $500,000 (dependent on funding), six full-time and one part-time staff, a national Recovery Team and several Recovery Implementation Groups that contribute more than 3000 hours annually, and a growing society membership (200+).
The Executive Director is responsible for GOERT operations, funding and budgets, personnel and leadership of the GOERT program. S/he will work closely with the recovery team to lead implementation of the national recovery strategy for Garry Oak ecosystems and species at risk and implement policies, programs, and a strategic action plan to advance the goals and objectives of this strategy. The Executive Director, working with the Recovery Team, Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and partners will continue to advance GOERT’s position as the primary source of expertise on Garry Oak ecosystems and associated species at risk in Canada.
The Executive Director will initially focus on the following priority areas, in addition to his/her regular responsibilities:
• Launch updated Garry Oak ecosystems (GOE) recovery strategy and engage partners
• Develop strategic action plan for the GOERT Society, based on the GOE recovery strategy
• Support development of Board-led fundraising and finance committees
• Assist staff in implementing the current programs: Landowner Contact, Local Government and First Nations Outreach, Outreach to Address Threats to GOEs, Bring Back the Bluebirds Reintroduction Project, and Species at Risk Recovery Planning
• Provide direction and oversight of outreach, social media and marketing activities
• Conduct fundraising, including grant-writing, to support immediate needs
• Launch GOE Endowment Fund
• Facilitate potential office move in June 2012
Please see full details on the position listed below.
Applicants will be initially screened against the experience and education criteria and must clearly indicate how they meet these criteria in their application.
• Three years of recent (within last 10 years) experience working at a management level in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment, preferably in the non-profit and/or local government sector.
• Experience working with a large team and team-building, coordinating and delivering programs or projects in a multijurisdictional, multidisciplinary context, preferably in the resource management or conservation field.
• Significant leadership experience including effective staff and contract management skills.
• Experience serving on, or working for, a Board of Directors.
• Experience in strategic planning for an interdisciplinary program, preferably in the resource management or conservation field.
• Strong financial management expertise and experience in developing and managing complex budgets.
• Preference may be given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the following:

  • leading an environmental non-profit organization
  • conserving rare species or habitats
  • fundraising
  • communication, outreach and education

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Resource Management or a similar field related to the functions of this position is required. A communications, education or similar degree with strong background or experience in biology or similar field may be considered.
• Preference will be given to candidates with higher education in a related field or equivalent experience.
• Knowledge of office administration, financial and personnel management procedures is required. Knowledge of managing an incorporated society and/or registered charity is an asset.
• Knowledge in ecology, conservation biology or related discipline is required. Knowledge of Garry Oak and associated ecosystems and their conservation issues and management challenges is an asset. Knowledge of species at risk recovery in Canada is an asset.
• Knowledge of facilitation, conflict resolution and negotiation techniques and practices.
• Knowledge of principles of conservation biology, ecosystem management and the management of species at risk is required.
• Knowledge of Garry Oak ecosystems, their associated species at risk and the threats they face is an asset, as is knowledge of acts, policies and programs related to the management of ecosystems and species at risk in this region.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others and build and maintain partnerships.
• Strong leadership, communication, consensus-building and staff management abilities.
• Excellent oral and written communication abilities.
• Ability to raise funds, manage finances, budgets, workplans and complete funding reports.
• Ability to multitask, oversee multiple projects, work within tight timelines, manage multiple deadlines and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to follow and provide strategic direction and effectively represent GOERT and the GOE strategy to partners, members, volunteers, and funders, as well as the general public.
• Ability to use computers and modern office software and applications (abilities in database development and management and spatial information tools such as GIS is an asset.)
Personal Suitability
• Passion for Garry Oak ecosystems or species at risk. Enthusiastic and dedicated to protecting and restoring rare ecosystems and species.
• Excellent interpersonal relations skills. Able to establish and maintain positive, productive relations with other passionate stakeholders and partners. Works in a co-operative, consensus-based manner.
• Initiative and leadership. Takes action to influence events or develop new ideas and activities. Ability to inspire and motivate others. Able to lead others toward a goal or vision. Works well independently. Self-starter.
• Strong integrity, tact and sound judgment. Dependable and can be relied upon to protect confidential information and to perform duties in a responsible and ethical manner. Respectful, polite, diplomatic and able to deal calmly with people in difficult situations. Ability to facilitate agreement in a consensus-based manner. Makes appropriate logical and practical decisions based on objective analysis. Able to think strategically and critically evaluate information.
Employment Conditions
• Willingness to travel and work irregular hours; including working in Garry Oak ecosystems
• Maintain a valid driver’s license and use personal vehicle for GOERT business
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary. The position will start as soon as possible and is ongoing. Remuneration will be determined based on qualifications and experience within a salary range of $55,550-$60,600. There is a generous health, medical, and dental benefits plan, as well as paid vacation and sick leave.
Applications will be reviewed January 26th but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. Please submit a cover letter and resume, with ‘GOERT Executive Director’ in the subject line to: Shyanne Smith, Executive Director, at shyanne.smith@goert.ca.
For further information about this opportunity, please contact Shyanne Smith (250-383-3224), or Jennifer Psyllakis, Chair of Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Society Board of Directors.
Please note: Email applications are strongly preferred. Receipt of all applications will be confirmed by email. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.
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