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Executive Director

Website CPAWS Yukon

Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, CPAWS Yukon is looking for you to help us advocate for the territory’s most valuable and priceless resource: our abundant nature. You can help us create and continue fostering strong relationships with First Nations and all levels of government, local organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure the natural wealth we enjoy today is available for our children tomorrow, and future generations.

CPAWS Yukon represents the views of many Yukoners who want the Yukon to be an example for the world of how people can live in balance with the natural resources we depend upon. We aim to work “in a good way” that recognizes the agency that First Nations and Indigenous People have in being key decision makers and stewards of the land and water. You will have the amazing opportunity to live, work, and grow in one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada, while working with a committed and passionate team of environmental advocates.

Reporting to CPAWS Yukon’s Board of Directors and working with the support of an established staff leadership team, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In this role, you will administer, manage and operate the chapter.

CPAWS Yukon is an independently incorporated chapter of an organization with chapters in almost every province and territory in Canada. You will work closely with CPAWS Executive Directors from across the country, as well as staff at CPAWS National in Ottawa.


Our priority is to find a proven leader, who can steer the organization. It is important that you are passionate about preserving the Yukon’s important ecological and cultural values, but you do not need to have experience in the conservation or environmental non-profit sector.

You will lead the implementation of our Strategic Plan and set a consistent organizational vision, while supporting staff to deliver it. The ideal candidate for this role has the skills to meet the responsibilities listed below, while maintaining a commitment to supporting the conservation goals of First Nations and running the organization in a way that upholds justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

The conservation sector is rapidly evolving at this time and we are looking for someone who remains open to continued learning and growth.

CPAWS Yukon is committed to operating in a way that upholds justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. In our hiring processes, we take active measures to overcome biases and to address systemic imbalances. We are also working to ensure our office is an inclusive and safe place for people from diverse backgrounds. To learn more about the action we’re taking, please visit the transparency page on the CPAWS Yukon website.


The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for the following major functional responsibilities

Organizational Leadership
The Executive Director is a leader, and can set the overall tone for the organization. It’s critical for the health of the organization that this is done in a good way:

  • Work with CPAWS Yukon’s staff leadership team to set a consistent vision and ensure all staff understand where the organization is going and why.
  • Empower staff to do their work in the best way possible.
  • Nurture staff and ensure they feel supported and that they have everything they need to meet their potential, e.g. by finding training and development opportunities.
  • Demonstrate an ability to self-reflect in order to grow as a leader and learn new and better ways of running a non-profit organization.
  • Consistent with policies – including the JEDI hiring policy – the ED has oversight of hiring, disciplining, and terminating staff as required.
  • Ensuring the workplace is free from harassment – sexual, physical, and mental – by addressing any complaint or incident expeditiously.
  • Complete annual reviews with all direct reports.
  • Work with the Operations Director to complete all reporting required by CPAWS National.
  • Maintain a workplace climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Prepare an annual workplan for the organization.
  • Work with staff and Board to develop and implement a 3 to 5 year Strategic Plan.
  • Work with the Board to identify mid-to-longer term (2-3 years) project plans and funding options.
  • Ensure staff have up‐to‐date job descriptions and workplans, and directs staff in these duties.
  • Ensure records of CPAWS Yukon accomplishments are organized and properly archived.

Advocacy/Conservation
Provide leadership and actively participate in CPAWS Yukon campaigns and projects, as required:

  • Ensure that the organization has a short, medium and long-­‐range strategy to achieve its vision, and that the conservation goals and strategy of the Board are being addressed.
  • Ensure each campaign and project has an active team and a clear workplan.
  • Lead and participate in campaign and project advocacy work as needed.
  • Meet regularly with staff to ensure appropriate progress is being made on each campaign and project.
  • Work with the team to decide if and when to engage in public processes designed to gather inputs for government strategies, policies, regulations and legislation.

Fundraising
Fundraise as required to ensure necessary funds are available to deliver the outcomes as outlined in the strategic plan and budget and other functions as they arise:

  • The Executive Director is the primary fundraiser for the organization. This means building and maintaining relationships with foundation staff and writing/submitting the narrative section of all major funding applications and reports.
  • Together with the Operations Director, the ED develops and implements an annual (or as required) budget (fundraising strategy), and maintains its currency during the year, that outlines fundraising targets from key sources (major donors, foundations, corporations, and government).
  • Actively pursuing existing and new funder/donor opportunities.

First Nations Relations and adherence to CPAWS Yukon’s Reconciliation Commitment
CPAWS Yukon has made a commitment to always act in a way that upholds the spirit of reconciliation. We have defined what this means, and specific actions we will undertake, through the organization’s Commitment to Reconciliation. The Executive Director will:

  • Ensure that all actions undertaken by the organization align with the Commitment to Reconciliation.
  • Working with all CPAWS Yukon staff, but particularly the Community Outreach team, the Executive Director will steward relationships with elected leadership and government employees within Yukon First Nations, Inuvialuit and trans-boundary First Nations.
  • Work with the CPAWS Yukon team, particularly Community Outreach staff, to grow and steward relationships with inherent leaders (youth, elders, etc.) within Yukon First Nations, Inuvialuit and trans-boundary First Nations.
  • Find opportunities for continued organizational growth and learning where it relates to reconciliation and Indigenous allyship.

Territorial and Federal Government Relations (GR)
Working with the Conservation Director, the Executive Director is responsible for stewarding relationships with elected officials, and senior bureaucrats within the Territorial and Federal governments. As such the ED must have thorough knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of various government agencies and processes particularly those engaged in the environment, fish and wildlife, parks and recreation and agencies that issue permits for industrial development and other potentially destructive activities.

Maintaining a public presence
The Executive Director will:

  • Work with the Communications Director to ensure CPAWS Yukon’s public communications remain timely and engaging.
  • Act as the public voice for CPAWS Yukon where appropriate, and at other times find the best person within the organization to represent their work.
  • Maintain positive relations with CPAWS National, media, mandated boards and councils and other conservation groups.
  • Maintain close ties with associated organizations and partners (e.g. First Nations, Yukon Conservation Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wilderness Tourism Society Yukon, Tourism Industry Association).

Board/Chapter Servicing
CPAWS Yukon is accountable to its Board of Directors who provide governance and oversight of the organization, and to CPAWS National through our affiliation agreement as a chapter. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and will act as the liaison between the organization and CPAWS National. This includes the following responsibilities:

  • Maintain a close relationship with the Board of Directors, particularly the Board Chair.
  • Attend a monthly board meeting after-hours, and prepares an Executive Director’s update in advance of the meeting.
  • Ensure National and Chapter’s constitutions, policies and directives are properly followed and a CPAWS Yukon Annual General Meeting is held.
  • Ensure that the Board and Executive Committee are provided with the information necessary to make policy decisions as required.
  • Ensure the Board is aware of comments submitted and/or positions taken with respect to consultations and requests for input from government and other organizations.

General Job Performance Categories
In addition to the above specific functional responsibilities, the following general job performance categories will be used as criteria for annual job performance reviews of the Executive Director, by CPAWS Yukon’s Board of Directors.

  • Teamwork/Interactions with others: maintains effective and positive working relationships with Board, staff, internal CPAWS and external contacts. Elicits the willing cooperation of these people/groups to achieve common objectives to the best benefit of CPAWS.
  • Staff/Team Development: provides effective, timely and regular feedback and coaching to staff; is accessible to staff to discuss any needs; gives staff recognition of their accomplishments in an appropriate manner; creates and nurtures an effective team environment.
  • Communications: communicates well both orally and in writing; effectively presents/expresses ideas and information; keeps the right people informed of current problems/changes.
  • Energy and Enthusiasm: provides a positive role model of commitment, energy and enjoyment of work; takes strong initiative; manages energy well (doesn’t exhaust or underutilize); shows high levels of commitment to CPAWS mission.
  • Organizational Skills/Time Management: prioritizes and organizes tasks to ensure effective completion within timelines; maintains an orderly work environment.
  • Job Knowledge/Skills: demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of job responsibilities and possesses the skills needed for the job.
  • Ability to Achieve improvement targets: sets realistic/achievable targets; consults with others on goal setting when appropriate; chooses most effective courses of action to achieve goals.
  • Job Support: advises the Board regarding whether CPAWS is providing the support needed to achieve excellence in job performance; there is a high level of commitment to management.

Hours: This is a full-time position, with a standard 37.5 hour work week. Some additional evening and weekend work will also be required. This position also involves travel within and outside of the Yukon.

Pay: $78,975 annually, plus paid overtime or two weeks “management leave”.

Vacation & Benefits: Three weeks vacation, paid time off between December 24th and January 1st, as well as eleven Statutory Holidays. CPAWS Yukon has an Inclusive Holiday policy which offers the flexibility to take days off that are important to individual employees if they differ from the standard Holidays. We offer a health and dental benefits plan (including life insurance & long-term disability) as well as the option of joining a RRSP group plan after the probationary period.

Duration:  This is a permanent position. It would be ideal for the successful candidate to start in November or December 2022, though we can offer flexibility depending on your needs.

Schedule: Regular office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. CPAWS Yukon offers flexible work arrangements, including the possibility to work from home.

Location: While we welcome applications from anywhere, it’s important for the successful candidate to be willing to live in Whitehorse.

About CPAWS Yukon’s office: The CPAWS Yukon team consists of nine passionate people with diverse backgrounds, and two office dogs. Our office is located in a bright, modern space in downtown Whitehorse next to a city park and close to the Yukon river. This welcoming place shows the history of our organization, is accessible, and includes a couch room (a.k.a. meeting room), kitchen, and bike storage.


Hiring process and timeline: We want to hear from you right away if you think this position is a great fit! Applications will close at midnight on Sunday October 9, 2022 and we’ll do our utmost best to meet the following target dates:

  • Applications are reviewed in the week of October 10 and interviews will be scheduled between this time and the second half of October.
  • We aim to hire someone by the first half of November.
  • There will be two rounds of interviews. Only the top ranked interviewees from the first round will be invited for the second interview.
  • Each interview will take approximately one to two hours and can be in person at our office or online.
  • Candidates who are invited for the second interview will be asked to deliver a short presentation and/or written exercise. We will provide an honoraria to compensate you for preparation time associated with these exercises.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, we will not consider your job application.

How to apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume by email to EDhiring@cpawsyukon.org. Cover letters are important, as they allow us to learn about who you are, what motivates you and what makes you a perfect fit for the job.

To make an inquiry about this position contact the hiring committee at EDhiring@cpawsyukon.org.

To apply for this job email your details to EDhiring@cpawsyukon.org

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