Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, CPAWS Yukon is looking for you to help us advocate for the territory’s most valuable and priceless resource: our abundant nature. You can help us create and continue fostering strong relationships with First Nations and all levels of government, local organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure the natural wealth we enjoy today is available for our children tomorrow, and future generations.
CPAWS Yukon represents the views of many Yukoners who want the Yukon to be an example for the world of how people can live in balance with the natural resources we depend upon. We aim to work "in a good way” that recognizes the agency that First Nations and Indigenous People have in being key decision makers and stewards of the land and water. You will have the amazing opportunity to live, work, and grow in one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada, while working with a committed and passionate team of environmental advocates.
Reporting to CPAWS Yukon’s Board of Directors and working with the support of an established staff leadership team, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In this role, you will administer, manage and operate the chapter.
CPAWS Yukon is an independently incorporated chapter of an organization with chapters in almost every province and territory in Canada. You will work closely with CPAWS Executive Directors from across the country, as well as staff at CPAWS National in Ottawa.
Our priority is to find a proven leader, who can steer the organization. It is important that you are passionate about preserving the Yukon’s important ecological and cultural values, but you do not need to have experience in the conservation or environmental non-profit sector.
You will lead the implementation of our Strategic Plan and set a consistent organizational vision, while supporting staff to deliver it. The ideal candidate for this role has the skills to meet the responsibilities listed below, while maintaining a commitment to supporting the conservation goals of First Nations and running the organization in a way that upholds justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
The conservation sector is rapidly evolving at this time and we are looking for someone who remains open to continued learning and growth.
CPAWS Yukon is committed to operating in a way that upholds justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. In our hiring processes, we take active measures to overcome biases and to address systemic imbalances. We are also working to ensure our office is an inclusive and safe place for people from diverse backgrounds. To learn more about the action we’re taking, please visit the transparency page on the CPAWS Yukon website.
The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for the following major functional responsibilities
The Executive Director is a leader, and can set the overall tone for the organization. It’s critical for the health of the organization that this is done in a good way:
Provide leadership and actively participate in CPAWS Yukon campaigns and projects, as required:
Fundraise as required to ensure necessary funds are available to deliver the outcomes as outlined in the strategic plan and budget and other functions as they arise:
CPAWS Yukon has made a commitment to always act in a way that upholds the spirit of reconciliation. We have defined what this means, and specific actions we will undertake, through the organization’s Commitment to Reconciliation. The Executive Director will:
Working with the Conservation Director, the Executive Director is responsible for stewarding relationships with elected officials, and senior bureaucrats within the Territorial and Federal governments. As such the ED must have thorough knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of various government agencies and processes particularly those engaged in the environment, fish and wildlife, parks and recreation and agencies that issue permits for industrial development and other potentially destructive activities.
The Executive Director will:
CPAWS Yukon is accountable to its Board of Directors who provide governance and oversight of the organization, and to CPAWS National through our affiliation agreement as a chapter. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and will act as the liaison between the organization and CPAWS National. This includes the following responsibilities:
In addition to the above specific functional responsibilities, the following general job performance categories will be used as criteria for annual job performance reviews of the Executive Director, by CPAWS Yukon’s Board of Directors.
Hours: This is a full-time position, with a standard 37.5 hour work week. Some additional evening and weekend work will also be required. This position also involves travel within and outside of the Yukon.
Pay: $78,975 annually, plus paid overtime or two weeks “management leave”.
Vacation & Benefits: Three weeks vacation, paid time off between December 24th and January 1st, as well as eleven Statutory Holidays. CPAWS Yukon has an Inclusive Holiday policy which offers the flexibility to take days off that are important to individual employees if they differ from the standard Holidays. We offer a health and dental benefits plan (including life insurance & long-term disability) as well as the option of joining a RRSP group plan after the probationary period.
Duration: This is a permanent position. It would be ideal for the successful candidate to start in November or December 2022, though we can offer flexibility depending on your needs.
Schedule: Regular office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. CPAWS Yukon offers flexible work arrangements, including the possibility to work from home.
Location: While we welcome applications from anywhere, it’s important for the successful candidate to be willing to live in Whitehorse.
About CPAWS Yukon’s office: The CPAWS Yukon team consists of nine passionate people with diverse backgrounds, and two office dogs. Our office is located in a bright, modern space in downtown Whitehorse next to a city park and close to the Yukon river. This welcoming place shows the history of our organization, is accessible, and includes a couch room (a.k.a. meeting room), kitchen, and bike storage.
Hiring process and timeline: We want to hear from you right away if you think this position is a great fit! Applications will close at midnight on Sunday October 9, 2022 and we’ll do our utmost best to meet the following target dates:
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