Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Victoria, BC
Nov 05, 2019Full time
SEARCH FOR A CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER With the current Chief Executive Officer retiring, the Board of Directors of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is searching for an individual with a strong conservation background, who has demonstrated leadership skills, and who is innovative and passionate about conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats and related environmental education. OVERVIEW OF HABITAT CONSERVATION TRUST FOUNDATION As an independent non-profit charitable foundation, HCTF acts as Trustee of the “Habitat Conservation Trust”. HCTF came into existence because its major contributors (hunters, anglers, trappers, and guide-outfitters) were willing to pay for conservation work above and beyond that expected by government for basic management of wildlife and fish resources. HCTF is a proposal-driven organization that invites grant applications from anyone who has a good idea that would benefit fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. Each year, HCTF receives many more applications than can be funded, so a thorough review process is used to determine which projects will provide the greatest conservation benefits within the context of HCTF’s Strategic Plan. HCTF receives outstanding results and value for money by carefully selecting projects with a high likelihood of providing demonstrable, measurable benefits to native species of fish and wildlife. Since the inception of HCTF in 1981, the Foundation and its predecessors have invested over $180 million in more than 2800 projects across BC. If you are considering applying for this position more information is to be found in legislation and on HCTF’s website including the Strategic Plan and financial statements . PURPOSE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S POSITION The Chief Executive Officer of HCTF reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and advances, first, HCTF’s Vision, which is a future where freshwater fish, wildlife and their habitats are healthy and valued by all British Columbians and, second, HCTF’s Mission, which is to make a difference by funding conservation projects and by educating and engaging the public about BC’s natural assets. All activities of HCTF and the Chief Executive Officer are guided by the legislated Habitat Conservation Trust purposes, which specify that all HCTF activities must focus on: conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, fish, wildlife and their required habitats; acquisition and management of land and water for same; and environmental education. The Chief Executive Officer: Promotes the value of and generates financial support for HCTF’s conservation objectives; Provides leadership to ensure grant evaluation processes are fair and transparent, and that technical review of grant applications meets the highest professional standards; Provides leadership to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of funded programs; Provides leadership to ensure the delivery of high quality educational programs; and Provides support to the Board of Directors and leadership to HCTF operations. ACCOUNTABILITIES OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Promotes habitat conservation Develops broad strategies, in consultation with the Board of Directors, to enhance habitat conservation in BC; Actively promotes the habitat conservation beliefs of HCTF and its stakeholders; Engages in public speaking and presentation opportunities to educate and gain support for habitat conservation; Serves as the lead spokesperson and representative for HCTF and its initiatives ensuring that HCTF, its mission, programs and activities are consistently presented in a strong, positive image that is aligned with the interests of its stakeholders; Acts as liaison between HCTF and government, BC communities, and other organizations with interests in habitat conservation; Maintains existing and develops new partnerships to secure and increase funding for conservation initiatives; and Maintains currency with habitat conservation best practices and trends. Directs program delivery Manages compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; Establishes procedures for implementing plans approved by the Board; Leads the design, delivery and quality of HCTF’s grant programs to ensure fairness and transparency; Leads the design and implementation of technical evaluation processes for grant reviews to ensure they are independent, objective and meet the highest professional standards; Leads the purchase and management of conservation lands in British Columbia; Leads the design, delivery and quality of auditing and monitoring programs that ensure recipients of grants are meeting their commitments and that there is value for HCTF’s investments; Leads the design planning and delivery of education initiatives including curriculum materials, programs, campaigns and resources to ensure that they are of high quality and meet community needs; and Evaluates program effectiveness and refines or adjusts policies and operations based on the results. Stewards financial resources Leads the development of annual budgets that support HCTF plans for Board approval; Ensures prudent management of financial resources within Board approved budgets; Ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; and Ensures timely and accurate financial reporting to the Board. Leads people Promotes a culture that reflects HCTF values, encourages exceptional performance, continuous improvement and rewards productivity; Establishes open and effective communication links to and from staff; Oversees and/or directly hires, manages and severs human resources according to the Board’s policies and the collective agreement; Establishes and supports a culture of employee learning and professional development; Promotes and supports a healthy and safe working environment; Models the highest ethical standards; and Evaluates performance of directly reporting staff and reviews evaluations of other staff. Develops and Implements Plans Collaborates with the Board and stakeholders to define and articulate HCTF’s vision and the strategies/programs that will achieve that vision; Establishes annual operational plans that support the achievement of HCTF’s vision and strategic plan; Builds capacity within HCTF and more broadly within the habitat conservation community; and Mindfully develops future leadership succession for HCTF. Aids the Board Supports and develops the Board; Serves as an ex-officio member of the Board and Board Committees; Advises and supports Board members; and Ensures effective communications between the Board and employees. MEASURES: Revenues $6M to $10M per annum Endowments to $20M Expenditure profile – Program grants 85%, Operations 15% Expenditures $8M to $10M Staffing 11 full-time employees (9 union and 2 union exempt) POSITION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for this position your application package must clearly demonstrate how you meet the following education, experience and abilities requirements: Completion of a degree from a recognized university in biological sciences, or natural resource planning and/or management, or a related discipline with a focus on fish/wildlife and habitat or, for persons without the forgoing, an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. This position requires extensive and progressive leadership experience, as well as, demonstrated success in: Building effective relationships with stakeholders; Building teams and commitment within an organization; Developing, implementing and managing strategic, business financial and human resources plans; Designing and delivering programs; and Managing corporate governance and policy making. The successful candidate must have: At least 10 years demonstrated experience working in fisheries, wildlife or habitat conservation; At least 10 years demonstrated experience working in a variety of locations across BC, and an understanding of the conservation management challenges in the province; The ability to work effectively with and develop the Board; Demonstrated ability to make a leadership contribution to habitat conservation in BC; and Superior verbal and written communication skills that will build effective government, public and private sector shareholder and stakeholder relationships, as well as, advocate for HCTF’s Vision. Preference may be given to candidates who have operational experience working with or within British Columbia’s provincial government natural resource agencies. Must hold a valid BC Driver’s Licence. HOW TO APPLY: A cover letter is required as part of your application package. The content and/or format of your cover letter will be evaluated as part of the assessment process. Please ensure your cover letter specifically addresses each of the qualification requirements by detailing how your educational accomplishments and employment history have prepared you for success in the Chief Executive Officer position. A résumé is also required as part of your application package. Please ensure your résumé includes detailed information on your educational accomplishments, employment history, including position titles, start and end dates [month and year] and your job-related responsibilities for each position in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to HCTF’s Chief Executive Officer position. Please note that your references will be contacted, as required. A Criminal Record Check will be required of the successful candidate prior to employment. The application package should be forwarded to HCTF’s Human Resources Advisor prior to the closing date and time at: email@example.com . Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !