Executive Director, Water Protection and Sustainability
Management Band 5
This position is located in Victoria; Nanaimo or Surrey may also be considered.
An eligibility list may be established.
This position is excluded from union membership.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of BC’s water, land, air and living resources. The Ministry mitigates and manages the risks and consequences from climate change, including developing plans to set and meet carbon pollution reduction targets. It also oversees provincial government assessment. Staff expertise in policy, science, research and analysis are central to supporting all Ministry responsibilities. Ministry legislation, regulation and public outreach activities ensure a safe and healthy environment for British Columbians, while supporting a strong, sustainable economy.
The Water Protection and Sustainability Branch oversees and exercises provincial leadership in the development of science and evidence-based water strategies, plans, policies and legislation for the sustainable management and stewardship of BC’s water resources. The work of the Branch guides the decision-making and regulatory actions of the provincial water program and the Natural Resource Sector and other ministries. Working collaboratively with BC ministries, other governments, industries, businesses, communities, universities and non-government organizations, the Branch directs provincial programs, services and investments to achieve BC’s social, economic and environmental outcomes related to water. The Branch is also responsible for trans-boundary water agreements and water research initiatives.
The Executive Director, Water Protection and Sustainability Branch is the most senior provincial official responsible for water policy, legislation and science. The Executive Director articulates government-wide vision, directions and outcomes for water, delivers science and information, and establishes broad-based alliances with other ministries, other levels of government, First Nations and Indigenous organizations, industry, business, academia, non-government organizations and the public to share responsibilities for achieving outcomes.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Jennifer.McGuire@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca before the stated closing time and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
- Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management or other relevant natural resource discipline [e.g., biology, geography, environmental studies], Business/Public Administration or law with a minimum of 5 years of practical experience with a preferred focus on water resource management. Master’s in natural resource management or other relevant natural resource discipline, or law preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in a progressively senior management capacity.
- Experience dealing with politically sensitive, and provincially significant issues.
- Experience developing policy, procedures and corporate practices, strategic business and organizational planning, and procurement and financial management [more than 5 years of experience preferred].
- Minimum 5 years of experience collaborating with First Nations, including developing engagement strategies and identifying pathways for effective communication [more than 7 years of experience preferred].
- Minimum 5 years of experience leading high-profile projects and initiatives and providing leadership to teams comprised of cross-functional and multi-jurisdictional government representatives and external stakeholders [more than 7 years of experience preferred].
- Experience leading and coaching diverse, geographically dispersed teams, including developing strategic goals, defining performance measures, managing a budget and assigning resources, and supervising staff [preferred].
- Experience in positively and innovatively preventing and resolving conflicts, preferably at the senior/executive management level.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile.
A Criminal Record Check [CRC] will be required.
Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Résumé: YES – Ensure your résumé includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including job titles, start and end dates [month and year] and your job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed in the job profile.