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Job Number:  41919
Pacific Programs Community Liaison
Job Posted: Thursday, 15 February 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
(84 days ago)
Tides Canada Foundation
Region: Canadian Rockies, Southern Alberta, Calgary area, Northern Alberta, Central Alberta, Edmonton area, Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island & Coastal areas, Fraser Valley, Thompson & ... Type: Contract - Part time
Location: Flexible Salary: (not entered)

Pacific Programs Community Liaison

Three-year fixed-term, 28 hours a week

Work from Home Office

Starting as soon as possible




Tides Canada is dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity,

and economic prosperity for all Canadians.



The Opportunity

The Pacific Programs Community Liaison will provide expertise in community engagement with inland, rural, urban, and First Nations communities, organizations, and networks in the Pacific region. The ideal candidate is an experienced communicator and community builder, excited by the prospects of the continued development and maturation of Tides Canada’s conservation efforts in the Pacific.



About Tides Canada


Tides Canada strives to resolve environmental and social challenges that are often addressed in isolation, but which are tightly interwoven in places like the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR), where Tides Canada’s early work in coastal British Columbia was focused.


Over the past 15 years Tides Canada has been actively adapting our approach in the GBR and extending it elsewhere on the coast, in northern watersheds, and in transboundary regions in British Columbia and Yukon. Programs focus on the conservation of wild salmon watersheds in Northwest British Columbia, enhancing youth training and leadership development, and fostering relationships among innovative community-based research and monitoring groups. Tides Canada works on aquaculture innovation, freshwater initiatives, marine spatial planning, and conservation financing. Tides Canada continues to support Pacific region First Nation communities in building healthy, effective leaders and the capacity to steward their territories for future generations.



The Position


The Community Liaison is a critical link with existing and new partner communities to identify emerging grantmaking needs, potential cross-community networks, and understand current social and environmental trends. Responsibilities include developing and nurturing relationships with community leaders, First Nations stewards and guardians, as well as elected and hereditary leaders.


The Community Liaison will monitor on-the-ground delivery of program efforts within the mission of Tides Canada and the mandates of our grantmaking partners. The Community Liaison will interface internally with all the programming teams while also developing and maintaining strategic external partnerships with colleague foundations, businesses, governmental agencies, and other key decision-makers to further the foundation’s mission to bring sustainable improvement to communities.   


Primary Responsibilities: Identification of New Grant Opportunities & Grants Implementation Monitoring

  • Screen and recommend grants for funding
  • Create and conduct grantee surveys, as needed, as a means of keeping grant programs and the grant management system relevant to grantee needs.
  • Rigorously evaluate potential grantees, both remotely and in person, based on mission-related intended outcomes and feasibility, as well as strategic fit.
  • Monitor grantee performance through analysis of outcome data, grantee reports and site visits.
  • Establish goals, outcomes and metrics to be achieved with each grantee over the term of the grant, documented in contract.
  • Identify grantee challenges and collaboratively develop recommendations for interventions.
  • Track effectiveness of interventions and develop impact measures appropriate to each community.
  • Assist in connecting and convening grantees to share best practices of their work and help inform the field of best practices to reduce barriers.
  • Facilitate on-site and remote communication with grantees, especially in regard to expectations, requirements, and progress of the grantee.
  • Build key partnerships; acting as a catalyst, colleague and advocate who is dedicated to the conversation outcomes of the region.
  • Assist communities in preparing funding documents;
  • Conduct regular site visits with existing communities and initiate on-site communication with prospective grantees in new communities;
  • Provide high-level technical assistance to grantees, including consultation on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building, and coaching.
  • Facilitate authentic, productive dialogue


Secondary Responsibilities: Evaluations, Measurement, and Communication

  • Implement communications strategies, with a focus on outreach and engagement, using a wide range of tactics (including community consultations, stakeholder meetings, media relations, speeches, advertising, marketing, social media, events, partnerships, etc.) to increase awareness of and engagement with Tides Canada
  • Contribute to Tides Canada shared learning and knowledge and participation in discussions regarding possible replication/scaling opportunities in other geographies
  • Contribute to BC-specific Tides Canada impact measurement, funding discussions, knowledge sharing, and strategy
  • Ensure appropriate stewardship of confidential and sensitive information
  • Recommend and draft content on activist stories and news; recommend capacity building topics of interest to grantees drawn from grantee activity reports and other engagement with grantees.
  • Represent Tides Canada at selected conferences, particularly where there is opportunity for new grantee recruitment




  • A degree or diploma (or commensurate experience) in communications, community development, public administration or a combination of other relevant education and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with diverse communities in community development or communications, with a focus on and demonstrated success in community engagement and/or consultation
  • Experience with program design, program piloting, and growth of both small and large-scale initiatives
  • Extensive experience working with First Nations communities in the Pacific region
  • Willingness to travel extensively
  • Appreciation of and familiarity with conservation issues in the Pacific
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder facilitation
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with Tides Canada staff
  • Ability to fully integrate a broad range of planning and engagement initiatives, resulting in an effective work plan
  • Strong program management skills, driven by a commitment to quality, results, mission-driven strategy, fiscal responsibility, and efficiency
  • Politically savvy and diplomatic


Staff Benefits:  Our competitive benefits package includes health and dental insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, transit reimbursement, RRSP contribution, committed colleagues, a culture of innovation, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from helping to create a more just and sustainable world.


How to Apply:  Together with your resume, please forward a cover letter which includes your responses to the following questions:


  1. What interests you most about this position? How did you hear about it?
  2. Why are you looking for a change?
  3. Briefly tell us how your skills and experiences are a good fit for this position.
  1. Tell us specific experience you have had working deeply with Indigenous communities in British Columbia. What was the specific relationships? What were the outcomes?
  2. We have a budget range for this position, dependent on experience, that is competitive for the non-profit sector; to ensure a mutual best fit, please advise us of your minimum salary expectations.


 Thank you.



Please send your resume and the cover letter with your responses to the above questions to

by March 2, 2018. Thank you.



Tides Canada is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment and

we welcome and encourage applications from the communities we serve.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Tides Canada will provide accommodation during all steps of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Please advise us if you need any accommodation.




Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however,

only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest!


No phone calls or recruiters please

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