Director, Program

Are you wanting to be a national leader? Want to help grow and support conservation across the country? Work from home with flexible hours? We are seeking a motivated individual who’s keen to accelerate private land conservation across Canada through partnerships, sound conservation policy and best practice. Join us for a rewarding experience in fostering stewardship of lands and conservation of nature!

The Centre for Land Conservation (CLC) is a not-for-profit, registered charity that seeks to support land conservation by private and non-profit organizations in Canada.  Our vision is for conservation lands in Canada to contribute significantly to nature conservation through strong and leading-edge practices.  Our approach reflects a commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and collaboration with conservation partners.  We adhere to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in the conduct of our business and at all times work to ensure our actions and activities are respectful and inclusive.  As custodian of the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices, the Centre works with the land conservation community as an independent voice to enhance public trust and confidence in private land conservation.

Our specific goals are to:

  1. Accelerate the contribution of the private and non-profit community and organizations in the delivery of sustainable land conservation
  2. Encourage the adoption of a whole landscape approach to conservation supported by sound information and conservation science, and be a centre of excellence for conservation research, policy and programs

Position Summary

The Director, Standards Program is responsible for the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices ensuring these remain current with societal expectations for organizational governance and management.  The Director is also responsible for all activities related to the Standards and Practices in particular the launch and implementation of a performance assurance program for private land conservation organizations.  While the focus of the position is on the Standards and Practices, the Director will also have the opportunity to contribute to other CLC initiatives related to conservation research, policy and programs.

The Director is the primary liaison person with partner organizations including private land conservation organizations, their alliances, government and private funders as necessary.  The Director shows excellent interpersonal skills and through active collaboration, develops relationships across and beyond the private land conservation community.

While the CLC is located in Ottawa, we work virtually.  The successful candidate can be located anywhere in Canada. 

What we’re looking for

The CLC works to the highest professional standards and is committed to diversity and inclusion.  Diversity factors including but not limited to gender, racialized persons, geography, age, and language will be considered in the selection process.  With this in mind, we are keen to find:

  • An eager, goal-oriented individual keenly interested in advancing sustainable, durable land conservation as a critical response to the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change
  • Someone who is excited to continue growing and developing themselves, our programs and our organization
  • An energetic, enthusiastic team player who takes pride in achieving results through partnership and collaboration with our partner organizations
  • Someone with an interest in growing the effectiveness and impact of the private and non-profit land conservation community

The success candidate will demonstrate:

  • Program management experience
  • Strategic thinking and ability to analyze complex issues
  • Ability to foster good working relationships with internal and external counterparts
  • Problem-solving skills, ability to make decisions, sound judgment and creativity
  • Well-developed communication skills, written, verbal, listening

Ideally, the successful candidate will also demonstrate:

  • Broad understanding of land conservation issues and challenges, and knowledge of current and emerging expectations for land conservation
  • French language skills an asset

Education and Experience

  • Under graduate degree preferred
  • 4-6 years of practical experience in a conservation organization with an emphasis on program design/development and management
  • Advanced knowledge of MSExcel, MSWord, MSPowerPoint

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for the position is $60,000 to $80,000 negotiable based on experience, knowledge and skills of the successful candidate.  In addition to 11 statutory holidays, the successful candidate will start at three weeks of annual leave.  Hours and location of work are flexible.

When and how to Apply

Please provide a short cover email/letter and resume to

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