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Job Opening: Executive Director

Title: Executive Director
Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Wage: $28.50 – $32.50/hour

Application Deadline: June 5 2018; 4:30pm.

HAT's Executive Director, Jill Robinson will be resigning at the end of July 2018 (Letter of Resignation). We are now seeking a new dynamic and motivated individual to lead Habitat Acquisition Trust’s operations. The Executive Director will implement the Board of Directors’ strategic direction for the organization, and to manage all aspects of HAT’s day-to-day operations. 

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator and have experience writing grant proposals, managing staff, and working with a variety of partners and interest groups. They will demonstrate strong leadership skills, a commitment to continuous learning and a passion for conservation.

Please submit a resume and cover letter that demonstrate how the candidate meets the qualifications and competencies in the job description below. Applications should be addressed to the Board of Directors and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with subject “Executive Director Application”. Applications longer than 6 pages will not be accepted.

Program Area Overview:

The purpose of HAT Operations is to ensure the cost-effective and time-efficient development and management of plans and programs consistent with HAT’s mandate to preserve and protect natural environments and ecosystems in the Capital Region.

Position Overview:

Accountable to the Board Chair and reporting to the Board of Directors on a consistent basis, the Executive Director manages HAT day to day operations including: developing and establishing work plans and programs; providing leadership and direction to staff; monitoring and evaluation of programs and activities to ensure alignment with strategic goals; managing and reporting on financial activity; acting to ensure compliance with all legal, statutory and policy requirements; and, managing HAT’s assets and reputation.

Position Deliverables/Accountabilities:

  • Ensures the Board of Directors is provided with timely, accurate and comprehensive information to facilitate decision-making in matters of policy, strategic planning and governance, including recommendations on process when appropriate;
  • Assists the Board in the development of strategic plans by providing staffing projections, funding targets, project themes and information on challenges and opportunities;
  • Ensures the effective implementation of Board direction in a manner consistent with the values and ethics of the organization;
  • Attends all Board meetings and assists in the preparation of agendas and reports including those prepared for the AGM;
  • Provides leadership and direction to HAT staff, encouraging collaborative relationships with partners, supporters, contractors and volunteers;
  • Manages personnel processes and procedures to produce the required outcomes including: staff recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, corrective discipline, performance evaluations and terminations;
  • Ensures that staff are given the information, training, tools and support to fulfill their respective roles safely and effectively;
  • Coordinates the acquisition, management and effective utilization of physical and financial resources for the achievement of strategic goals and plans, including office space and related equipment, administrative and financial management processes and technology, and field-related resources;
  • Ensures the maintaining of accurate and comprehensive files and records to mitigate risk and support planning;
  • Acts as the organization’s Privacy Officer and takes appropriate measures to mitigate risk associated with the protection of personal and/or proprietary information including processes to maintain secure, accurate and comprehensive files and records;
  • Provides leadership for community outreach and education initiatives designed to encourage investment and engagement through funding, donations and other forms of community support;
  • Provides leadership and support on key fundraising activities to facilitate achievement of fundraising targets;
  • Promotes collaborative partnerships with other stewardship agencies, organizations, First Nations and government departments;
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with the media, business and community leaders.

Position Competencies:

Organizational Insight: Uses subject matter knowledge and expertise to develop plans for the effective securement, allocation and utilization of resources to meet or exceed organizational objectives;

Effective Communication: Expresses ideas, facts and information in a clear, timely and organized manner, and articulates a clear vision;

Relationship/Partnership Development: Adapts and uses an array of skills and techniques to build and sustain positive, supportive relationships;

Leadership: Acts with integrity and takes responsibility for own actions, builds a culture of mutual respect, co-operation and understanding by engaging and motivating staff, coaching and managing performance and fostering long-term learning and development;

Situational Insight: Adapts to and works effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals or groups, modifying approach as operational goals and plans evolve, maintaining an awareness of the needs of subordinates and continuously seeking ways to improve outcomes.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Strong interest in land conservation and HAT’s mission;
  • Post-secondary accreditation in an applicable field of study, or significant relevant experience, preferably in a non-profit environment;
  • Management or supervisory experience, preferably in the non- profit sector;
  • Demonstrated ability in project planning, development, evaluation and management;
  • Demonstrated skill in fundraising, community outreach and communications;
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills, ability to interact and consult with individuals at all levels inside the organization and in the broader community;
  • Well-developed computer skills and ability to effectively use basic office technology and software (eg: word processing, presentations, web site maintenance, database management);
  • Willing and able to work irregular hours including some evenings and weekends;
  • Willing and able to undertake professional development and training as appropriate
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle preferred.



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