Job Posting 67359

Chief Impact Officer
Ecotrust Canada
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closing tomorrow (Mon, 18 Jan)
full time  •  Starting $95,000 - $115,000 annually

 Position: Chief Impact Officer

Location: Based in Vancouver, BC, and will require regular travel throughout Canada. Ecotrust Canada is open to the person selected for this position being located elsewhere in British Columbia, with the understanding that frequent travel to Vancouver may be required.

Start Date: February, 2021

Position Status: Full Time (37.5 hours/week), Salaried.
Salary Range: 
Starting $95,000 - $115,000 annually, depending on experience. Generous benefits package available after three months.


About Ecotrust Canada

Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit that works with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant cultures and inclusive societies. We call this approach building an economy that provides for life. Our on-the-ground work and systems approach is entrepreneurial, partnership-based, and relentlessly practical. Learn more at


Job summary

Ecotrust Canada is creating a new executive position to enhance innovation, collaboration, and communication in the organization, with a specific focus on creating greater collective impact across its programs — Climate Innovation, Indigenous Home-Lands, Community Fisheries, Community Energy, and our emerging work in food security through the North Coast Innovation Lab. 

The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) will report to, and work closely with the CEO, and will manage, support, and mentor senior program staff. The CIO will work with staff to remove roadblocks to teams’ success, including allocating resources, setting priorities, fostering needed skills, and career development. They will also be responsible for leveraging capacity and expertise across program teams, and for identifying and securing funds to support program specific work. The CIO will also join the CEO and Ecotrust Canada’s leadership team in developing and implementing a strategy toward decolonization throughout the organization.   

This is a full-time position based in Vancouver, BC, and will require regular travel throughout Canada. Ecotrust Canada is open to the person selected for this position being located elsewhere in British Columbia, with the understanding that frequent travel to Vancouver may be required.


Who you are

You are a leader with a track record of internal and external collaboration, relationship management, coaching, mentorship, program evaluation, fundraising, budgeting, and strategic planning. You have experience creating systems-based solutions that advance environmental and social well-being in concert. You know the funding landscape as it pertains to social change organizations, and you have the knowledge and confidence to win major private and government grants and contracts.

You have a strong understanding of complex issues related to Indigenous rights and title, and the impacts of rural development on the cultural-ecological and economic futures of Indigenous Peoples. You are passionate about, and dedicated to, Indigenous resurgence, reconciliation, and decolonization. 

You are adept at identifying synergies and opportunities across programs, teams, and mandates to realize programmatic and strategic goals. You enjoy collaborating with, and enabling, the professional development of staff and have proven experience as a manager and mentor who is humble, patient, collaborative, and empathetic. You have the utmost integrity and the ability to nurture a culture of transparency. You are proactive, analytical, curious, creative, and flexible. You understand how to translate human capacity, relationships, and financial resources into on-the-ground impact. You have a commitment to, and passion for, Ecotrust Canada’s mission and are eager to use your influence to help make our programs the most impactful they can be.


Equity at the centre

Ecotrust Canada holds a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do, and we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that foster learning, creativity, and innovation. Likewise, decolonization is central to the change we seek to make in the world and we highly encourage Indigenous applicants to consider this leadership position.



  • Work with leadership to set strategic priorities and create synergy across Ecotrust Canada’s fisheries, energy, climate, home-lands, and food Initiatives in service of the greater collective impact.
  • Develop and implement an impact evaluation and monitoring framework for the organization and foster a learning culture within the organization around that framework.
  • With the CEO and the organization’s board, co-lead development of Ecotrust Canada’s response to the findings of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and align our strategy and approach toward the principles of decolonization.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop senior staff to grow their initiatives, increase impact, and advance decolonization within their programs.
  • Work closely with the CEO and program leads to meet annual budget targets through active fundraising with private and government grants and contracts.
  • Explore and identify solutions to issues challenging program success, including allocating resources, setting priorities, and fostering needed skills.
  • Work closely with communications staff to convey Ecotrust Canada’s impact on its website and through the most effective digital media platforms.
  • Play a key role in leading internal staff communications, including developing organization-wide training and development opportunities as appropriate.
  • Co-lead Ecotrust Canada’s Leadership Team with the CEO, including convening and facilitating regular leadership team meetings.
  • Model Ecotrust Canada’s core values in all aspects of work.



The successful applicant will demonstrate a deep understanding and commitment to Ecotrust Canada’s mission and values.


In your application, be sure to describe any transferable skills gained through education, work experience, or life experience and explain how they are relevant for this position.


Management and People:

  • High emotional intelligence; display empathy, transparency, trust, and thoughtfulness in interactions with colleagues and external partners. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: good listener and thoughtful respondent; positive influencer, seeks collaboration among the teams and external partners.
  • Demonstrated success as a manager with responsibility for staff supervision, planning, and budgeting.
  • Commitment to decolonization and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Strength in managing, developing, and retaining individuals and teams, and empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance.
  • High level of integrity and the ability to handle confidential information with discretion.



  • Experience creating systems-based solutions at the intersection of environmental and social well-being.
  • Experience building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, especially within rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.
  • Experience in social change program innovation, impact delivery, and impact evaluation.
  • Ability to lead multiple program departments and develop cross-team processes.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Understanding of the funding landscape for social change organizations and experience fundraising and managing private and government grants/contracts in support of program execution. 


Preferred but not required:

  • Preference for 8+ years of leadership, including 5+ years of supervisory experience.
  • Preference for the position to be based out of Vancouver, BC. However, Ecotrust Canada is open to the person selected for this position being located elsewhere in BC with the understanding that frequent visits to Vancouver may be required.
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Canada.
  • Experience with place-based economic development and natural resources management.
  • Specific experience leading programmatic work that intersects with at least one of Ecotrust Canada’s core program areas of forestry, fisheries, food and farms, or work supporting Indigenous communities.
  • Experience with public policy as it relates to our core program areas.
  • Experience living and working in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across Canada.


To Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references to with “Chief Impact Officer” in the subject line by midnight by January 18, 2021.

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