Director of Conservation & Advocacy

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Remote

Full time

Jul 25

About the Role

The newly created role of Director of Conservation & Advocacy is a senior leader within CPAWS-BC responsible for the oversight and implementation of conservation campaigns and advocacy. They will provide leadership in developing and enacting campaign strategy, developing effective government relations and advocacy plans, oversee stakeholder relations and coalition-building strategies in order to work towards conservation goals.


The Director of Conservation and Advocacy has overall responsibility for:

  • Working with conservation staff to develop strategic campaign and advocacy plans that drive success on CPAWS-BC’s Impact Measures.
  • Overseeing the development and leading the implementation of a strategy specific to Indigenous relations within conservation campaign and advocacy initiatives (e.g., reconciliation, decolonization and/or Indigenization of partnership relations, funding, and governance models, and/or staff competencies)
  • Hiring, directing, and managing the conservation team to ensure a coordinated approach and strategy to CPAWS-BC’s work to achieve new public protected areas in BC, ensure the proper management of established protected areas, and defend other ecologically significant areas from harm.
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director and the Development team on the funding, budget, and governance support required for conservation work.
  • Liaising between the conservation staff and the Board of Directors, and providing guidance to the Board on conservation and strategic decisions (e.g., impact measures)
  • Facilitating all government relations related to CPAWS-BC’s conservation program and campaign areas, including lobbying activities, preparation of policy papers and briefs.

The ideal candidate brings:

  • A strategic and creative approach, being detail-oriented, highly motivated, diplomatic and tactful, with excellent judgment and demonstrated problem-solving skills, with the ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
  • An encouraging and supportive leadership style which aims to bring out the best in people and aligns them around bold goals
  • Demonstrated ability in identifying innovative solutions and opportunities, taking risks, and implementing goal-oriented strategies
  • A passion for protecting Canada’s lands, ocean, wildlife, and species at risk

The successful applicant will have the following knowledge, experience, and skills:

  • Progressive experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the conservation non-profit sector and/or government and working effectively across the organization and functions
  • Expertise in program development and managing campaigns, and a proven track record in government relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective communications and community engagement strategies to galvanize public opinion and buy-in, and affect change within regional, provincial and/or federal policy and public opinion
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to JEDI principles (justice, equity, diversity & inclusion), including and specifically in reconciliation, decolonization and/or Indigenizing relationships

How to Apply

Should you be interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Joel Harnest, in confidence, at

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We will respond to all who express interest.

CPAWS-BC strives to maintain and expand a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage applicants to state whether they are part of a visible minority, experience challenges with ableism, or are Indigenous. We also welcome applicants who are diverse in other ways, including in sexual orientation, gender identity, or other aspects that contribute to the mosaic of backgrounds at CPAWS-BC.

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis, with an intended start date no later than November 1, 2022. | Follow us! @CPAWSbc

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Current status: Open/apply now.  Date posted: Jul 20 2022    ID: 65161

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