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National Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them. Over past 50+ years, CPAWS has played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometers – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Their vision is to protect at least half of our public land and water so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.


As the most senior Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) staff member, the National Executive Director (NED) is the national and chief executive officer. S/he is passionate about wilderness conservation and provides strong leadership in growing the capacity of CPAWS’s nation-wide team to achieve our conservation vision.

Accountable to the National Board of Trustees, the NED ensures that all activities conducted in the name of the organization are in accordance and alignment with CPAWS’s mission, vision, operating values, National Conservation Plan, and relevant National policies and National/Chapter agreements, and that all federal, provincial and territorial legal and policy obligations are met.


The NED is specifically accountable for ensuring that:

  • CPAWS has integrated and strategically coordinated nation-wide conservation programming and funding;
  • CPAWS is an influential presence in the conservation community, the political landscape and in Canadian society.
  • CPAWS National Office efficiently provides core services (e.g. financial reporting, membership services, communications) in a way that supports and draws from Chapters;
  • CPAWS has a solid and sustainable financial foundation; and
  • CPAWS’s charitable status is secure.


  • Executive level experience in managing a complex national organization;
  • Knowledge of public policy and decision-making processes;
  • Superior fundraising experience and expertise including proficiency in strategic campaigning;
  • Understanding of effective charitable or non-profit management;
  • Experience at reporting to a National Board and ideally at interacting with regional chapters and some Regional Boards;
  • Solid experience in Financial and Human resources management including management-level understanding of project-based accounting, audit principles and charitable law.
  • Reasonable knowledge of both official languages.


  • Experience in Government relations at the Federal and/or Provincial/Territorial/Indigenous government levels, as well as related knowledge of jurisdictional issues
  • Experience in fund development, member relations, and campaigns of all kinds;
  • Strategic communications, public campaigning, and media relations experience and an understanding of the principles of branding;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous rights and relationship building, including how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) 94 recommendations; specifically intersect with conservation work;
  • Land and ocean conservation;
  • Knowledge of different regions and cultures in the Canadian federation;
  • Knowledge of national and regional conservation issues;
  • Fluency in both official languages.


  • A dynamic and innovative leader who can seize opportunities and always be ready to imagine new pathways to success;
  • Managerial approach that encourages and supports strong regional chapters and an effective national office;
  • Strong instincts and excellent skills in building relationships and working collaboratively;
  • Willing and able to find innovative solutions to difficult problems.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
A001568 (AAHH-835480) National Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - ON - Ottawa (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.