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Canadian Water Resources Association

Executive Director


Ottawa attendance neededED 2017-1502466

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About CWRA

CWRA is a national organization of individuals and organizations from the public, private and academic sectors that are committed to raising awareness of the value of water and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada. CWRA’s membership consists of approximately 1000 water resources professionals including managers, administrators, scientists, academics, students and young professionals.

CWRA  organizes conferences, symposiums, workshops and webinars dealing with a wide range of water issues, publishes the Canadian Water Resources Journal and Water News on a quarterly basis, as well as other papers and reports, and promotes effective water management through other events and activities.

CWRA has branch organizations in most Canadian provinces and members can also participate in the affiliates dealing with education (Project WET), hydrology (CSHS) or water and agriculture. (CANCID)

Job Description

Executive Director

As Executive Director of CWRA, you can make a difference to how Canada respects and manages its water. If you have a passion for what you do, have strong organizational skills, and can think strategically then this position is for you.

 Education and Experience Requirements

Degree from a recognized university in a Water or related Science, Engineering, Environmental or Natural Resources field

  • Experience in public administration, business or public communications an asset
  • Ten years or more experience in a water-related or environmental field
  • Five years or more in a senior leadership role, preferably in a grant-funded non-profit environment or related field.
  • Bilingual language skills are an asset.

 Position Description

Hours:       Half to full-time but negotiable

Location:      Negotiable (most of the work done online and via teleconference)

Reports to:      CWRA Board of Directors

Remuneration:  $60 - $100k based on full time equivalent and related experience

 CWRA Executive Director Qualities

  1. Passion: Motivated by CWRA’s Mission of promoting effective water management.
  2. Work Independently.  Able to make critical and timely decisions that are aligned with the CWRA’s vision and priorities.  Goal driven and possess a high degree of motivation and energy. Creative, dynamic and have a record of productivity.
  3. Financial Acumen.  Understand finances, know how to budget and recognize both financial opportunities and threats.  Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques.
  4. Ability to listen, accept and motivate others.  Know how to actively receive input and listen to other viewpoints. Collaborate with others, and have the ability to attract and inspire others, including volunteer board members and staff.
  5. Sound Judgment. Have the ability to sift through alternatives, deliberate, and then arrive at a sound decision. Do not let obstacles stand in their way and can persevere through difficult times for the organization.

 CWRA Executive Director Roles and Responsibilities


  • Acts as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of CWRA's activities
  • Assists the Board of Directors in developing strategic plans to guide the organization
  • Identifies, assesses, and informs the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect CWRA
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the CWRA.
  • Manages official correspondence on behalf of the CWRA, as appropriate

 Operational planning and management:

  • Develops and execute an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of CWRA
  • Oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization with minimal board input
  • Drafts policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the CWRA’s policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board
  • Provides support to the Board by overseeing the preparation of meeting agendas, briefing material, and support documents

Program planning and management

  • Oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of the CWRA's programs and services as well as special projects
  • Monitors the day-to-day delivery of programs and services of CWRA to maintain or improve quality and to ensure programs and services reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Advises, assists and provides logistic support to: Executive, National Board, and National Committees to ensure efficient CWRA meetings, and deliver quality programs and initiatives.
  • Advises and assist Branches and Affiliates as required for effective delivery of programs and initiatives.
  • Ensures CWRA publications and communications are timely, pertinent and reflective of the  organization.

 External Relations / Advocacy

  • Represents CWRA to enhance the organization's Public profile
  • Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with other organizations to help achieve the goals of CWRA


Human resources planning and management

  • Recruit, interview and select staff/contractors that have the right technical and personal abilities to help advance the CWRA's mission
  • Manage CWRA contractors and the activities of the Membership office

 Financial planning and management

  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans, and write funding proposals to raise funds for CWRA’s programs and services
  • Participate in fundraising activities
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board

 Contact info

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 Closing Date:  April 7, 2017

Contact Information

Canadian Water Resources Association
Frederick Ross
Executive Director
Posting Date: 14-Mar-2017Executive Contract, Part-Time ContractToHire Open 1 ASAP
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