Career Opportunity

Position of Executive Director for Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

The Executive Director is the key management leader of Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the LSWC President

 Executive Director Duties and Responsibilities:

1)Works with President in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for leading LSWC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2) Financial Performance and Viability. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of LSWC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support LSWC’s mission.

3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of LSWC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that LSWC can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of LSWC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

4) Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the effective administration of LSWC’s operations.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision  making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of LSWC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Planning and operation of annual budget. Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for            the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  2. Serving as LSWC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  3. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the states and Provinces utilizing those relationships to strategically enhance LSWC’s Mission.
  4. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Conservancy throughout the Lake Superior watershed.
  5. Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  6. Strategic planning and implementation
  7. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  8. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  9. Review and approve contracts for services.
  10. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Salary commensurate with experience and other qualifications, quality benefits package includes: health and PTO

Email your resume and other information to the following:

Ruth O’Gawa President LSWC:

Closing date for this job is: Friday, August 12, 2016

How to Apply:

  1. Please submit the Executive Director Profile Form, resume and an explanation of how you would use your skills, and the approach you would take, in fulfilling this opportunity.
  2. If you are interested in this position, ONLY electronic submissions (no mailed applications) to be sent to:  Ruth O’Gawa, LSWC President
  3. We would like to thank you in advance for your interest in the position. We will only be able to respond to those who are qualified and meet our requirements. No Phone calls please.

2016 LSWC Executive Director Profile Form

Candidates applying for the position of Executive Director for Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy Board of Directors are asked to complete this form and submit it along with their resume and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of 3 references to the LSWC Hiring Committee.

Name _____________________________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________

City ________________________________________ Postal Code / Zip Code ___________

Telephone Numbers – Home _____________ Mobile ______________ Work _____________

E-mail _____________________________________________________________________

Please rate your knowledge/skill/experience in the areas listed below, using the following ratings.

Expert: You possess a degree/certificate/diploma in the skill area and/or have significant related work experience.

Strong: You have experience or significant familiarity with the field as part of your employment or volunteer activities.

Good: You understand the basic concepts in this skill area.

Basic: You have some knowledge of this topic

N/A:    You have no familiarity with the topic or area


Skill / Knowledge Rating
1. Experience as a director on a Board of Directors.  
2.   Knowledge of not-for-profit and charitable organization regulations.  
3.   Knowledge of accounting processes and ability to read financial reports.
4.   Experience reading and approving service contracts.  
5.   Experience in land acquisition.
6.   Knowledge of conservation and preservation.  
7.   Knowledge of ecotourism.  
8.   Experience in scientific study.  
9.   Experience making presentations to individuals and groups.  
10. Experience in fund raising.  
11. Experience in strategic planning.  
12. Skill in the use of information technology software.  
13.   Knowledge of legal contracts.  
14.   Experience in human resources management.  
15. Knowledge of continuous improvement practices.  

Date _____________________     Signature___________________________________

Lake Superior: a World Wonder!    


Welcome to the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, an international charitable organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainable health of the Lake Superior watershed.

The Conservancy is working with Trans Canada Trail Foundation and many partners along the east and north shores of the lake to develop the Lake Superior Water Trail (LSWT) section of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

The TCT LSWT spans 1,000 kilometres between Gros Cap Harbour in Prince Township (just west of Sault Ste. Marie) and Fisherman’s Park in Thunder Bay. The LSWT connects to the TCT North Channel Cycling Route at Gros Cap and the Path of the Paddle Water Trail in Thunder Bay.

 For more information about the TCT LSWT click here.

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