Leader, Arctic Initiative

Posted on 24 October 2013
As Leader of WWF’s Arctic Initiative, based in our Ottawa office, you will provide dynamic leadership to a diverse international team of highly skilled professionals working in a multi-office structure to make tangible progress in achieving breakthrough conservation results. You are an outstanding communicator, effective in corporate boardrooms, legislatures and remote communities. This is a fantastic opportunity if you are looking for a challenging environment in which to showcase your strategic thinking and creative problem-solving abilities as well as build on your track record of accomplishment.

 I.    Major Functions:
Leads the Network in achieving the ambitious goals of the Arctic Network Initiative by ensuring:
  • Engagement and commitment of all relevant Network partner organisations in the Arctic Network Initiative; 
  • The successful further development and effective implementation of the Arctic Network Initiative in collaboration with the WWF Network; and
  • Providing effective leadership and management of the Arctic Network Initiative Core Team.
II.    Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Programme development and implementation: development and implementation of all programmatic, operational, financial and legal aspects of the Arctic Network Initiative;
  • Network mobilisation / coordination: mobilises and engages the WWF Network in support of the Arctic Network Initiative;
  • External relationship-building and policy work: develops and strengthens relationships and strategic partnerships with key external stakeholders;
  • Fundraising: identifies internal and external fundraising opportunities in support of the Arctic Network Initiative and facilitates Network engagement with donors;
  • Financial planning / management: develops, manages, and oversees an Arctic Network Initiative business plan;
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on the progress of the strategic plan;
Core Team leadership and management;
  • Communications / outreach;
  • Governance support and other duties as required.
  • A higher university degree, preferably in conservation or natural resources management;
  • Proven experience in developing and leading the implementation of large, multi-disciplinary programmes; and
  • Extensive international working experience, including in the coordination of teams with diverse cultural backgrounds.
 Other Skills & Abilities:
Required Skills and Competencies
  • Excellent communication skills and team-working abilities;
  • A proven track record of leading and working successfully in network organisations and with dispersed teams;
  • Proven experience in policy / advocacy work;
  • Experience in analysing complicated and sensitive environmental issues, and in identifying and evaluating possible policy responses to those issues, taking into account ecological, economic, technical, legal, political, and social considerations;
  • Demonstrated abilities to effectively manage and supervise people and projects, and to plan, schedule, and budget large, complicated projects;
  • Experience in raising and mobilising funding;
  • Fluency in oral and written English (proficiency in other languages is an advantage);
  • A minimum of 10 years progressive senior professional work experience
Salary Range: $100,000 - $140,000
Other Information:

Job Location:
275 Slater Street, Suite 810
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5H9

Working Hours:  37.5 Hours per week

Benefits:  Dental Benefits, Disability Benefits, Group Insurance Benefits, Life Insurance Benefits, Medical Benefits, Mileage Paid, RRSP Benefits, Vision Care Benefits

How to Apply:

A resume and cover letter referencing “Leader, Arctic Initiative – LA234” and your salary expectations should be directed to Human Resources at CA-jobs@wwfcanada.org by April 30, 2014. Please reference the above position in the subject line as well.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

245 Eglinton Ave. East
Suite 410
Toronto, ON
M4P 3J1

Tel: 416-489-8800
Fax: 416-489-3611

WWF-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.