The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. As a non-profit, charitable organization, NCC works in partnership with individuals, Indigenous partners, corporations, governments, and other non-profit groups to protect Canada’s most important natural treasures and deliver nature-based solutions. NCC takes a collaborative and evidence-based approach to delivering its mission to create a legacy for future generations by conserving important natural areas and biological diversity across all regions of Canada. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 14 million hectares (35 million acres), from coast to coast to coast. NCC’s national headquarters are in Toronto, with regional offices across the country.
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. NCC is looking for a Vice President (VP), Operations to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas that sustain all life.
The VP, Operations is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the delivery of NCC’s programs and operations across Canada. As a member of the Executive Management Group (EMG), the VP will be a key influencer in setting the overall strategic direction of the organization, providing an operational perspective that reflects Canada’s regional diversity. As a change agent, the VP, Operations will be instrumental to scaling NCC’s operations, significantly growing its ability to deliver more conservation projects that benefit biodiversity and mitigate climate change. This redefined role is uniquely positioned to guide and enable teams across the country to deliver on NCC’s Strategic Plan consistently, efficiently, and optimally. It will promote alignment, capacity-building and innovation while supporting a culture of transparency, accountability, and empowerment.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the VP, Operations will work closely with senior national staff and will lead a team of 7 Regional Vice Presidents across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC) that oversees 210 regional staff, with an estimated budget of $75M. In addition, the VP will directly oversee a dedicated operational support team of 6 FTE in the area of projects delivery through land acquisition, land stewardship activities, land use management and other regional programs. The VP will also support the National Board’s Regional Chairs Committee as well as provide guidance and support, when needed, to regional boards.
Experience managing multiple teams at a senior level in operations management, program or project delivery in a relevant business. Experience managing teams in different locations across Canada is an asset as is knowledge of or experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Strong project portfolio leadership skills, including the ability to lead multiple concurrent projects.
Experience in collaborating with Indigenous communities preferred.
Experienced team leader who can manage complex and ambitious projects and scale teams and systems.
Strong budget management skills and demonstrated experience setting and monitoring quarterly and annual goals.
Bilingualism (French/English) strongly preferred.
An engaged leader who brings a strategic vision and fosters a culture of excellence in program/project delivery and operational efficiency.
A sensitivity for Canada’s regional specificities.
A caring and mobilizing manager who builds engagement, alignment, and a trusting and positive learning environment.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate, generate buy-in and build consensus in a high-pressure environment.
Results-oriented with an entrepreneurial bent and the ability to move ideas and projects forward.
Outstanding judgment and broad contextual understanding.
Knowledge in the application of risk management strategies.
Strong analytical problem-solving skills and the ability to deliver meaningful recommendations based on data.
Outstanding communications skills; highly refined persuasion and negotiation skills.
A personal commitment for nature and conservation.
Willingness to travel regularly across Canada and occasionally internationally.
NCC values and incorporates diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
NCC is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities/racialized people; and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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