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Executive Director, Oceana Canada

Location: Ottawa
Department: Executive

General Summary

Oceana Canada seeks a leader to oversee its work to preserve and restore the bounty of the ocean as a source for wild-caught fish, as well as to preserve the marine ecosystem for our and future generations. The first assignment of the Executive Director of Oceana Canada will be to establish an office, including hiring staff. Oceana Canada’s efforts take advantage of its staff’s skills in science, law, outreach, communications, and policy.

The Executive Director of Oceana Canada must also serve as a compelling external spokesperson for Oceana Canada educating decision makers and the public. Oceana Canada participates in Oceana international’s activities around the world to protect ocean resources important for the economy, jobs, families, and communities. The Executive Director of Oceana Canada will be a member of Oceana’s international senior executive team.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Recruit and manage a professional staff to accomplish Oceana Canada’s mission
  • Work constructively with stakeholders
  • Advocate persuasively with decision-makers
  • Build strong coalitions with other nonprofits and local groups
  • Broaden and grow Oceana Canada’s constituency on behalf of the ocean


Job Requirements

For this important role, Oceana Canada seeks a leader with creativity, ambition, and a well-honed instinct for achieving concrete progress at both the national and international levels. He or she must be able to articulate a vision, identify strategic opportunities, and then advance them through a range of tactics. The Executive Director of Oceana Canada should have the experience and good judgment to anticipate and target important issues, quickly formulate plans, and mobilize appropriate resources.


Education and work experience:

  • Professional education in marine science, law, communications, or other relevant field; an advanced degree is preferred
  • 10+ years related experience


Skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for progress in Canada
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budget development, and management of an organization; experience with international organizations is a plus
  • Demonstrated success in negotiation
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in media relations and public speaking
  • Ability to interact effectively with Oceana Canada staff and volunteers, the public, and government and international agency officials
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Proven ability to lead a professional staff, direct complex programs, and engage a broad array of individuals required
  • Excellent problem-solving and conflict resolution skills essential
  • Fluency in English and French is preferred; ability to speak other languages is a plus
  • A strong interest in the marine environment and commitment to Oceana Canada’s mission, goals, and values
  • Position requires extensive traveling throughout Canada, as well as international travel
  • Exceptionally positive interpersonal and communication skills


The above declarations are not intended to be an “all inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job.  Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job, and are a reasonable representation of its activities.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]