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Director of Spatial Planning and Innovation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada , Canada

Posted By: Meg Southee, February 10, 2021

Location: Canada/Flexible
Position details: Full time

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Director of Spatial Planning and Innovation to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and species they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and local regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

The Director of Spatial Planning and Innovation is the lead position responsible for the development and implementation of NCC’s conservation planning framework, strategic conservation planning research efforts, and new conservation technology initiatives.

The Director also provides leadership to improve best practices and skills for spatial planning practitioners, and to creatively respond to new and emerging conservation questions. Job duties incorporate a range of strategic conservation plan development, research, managerial and technical responsibilities. In particular, the Director will:

  • Advise NCC leadership on recommended enhancements to NCC’s existing conservation planning framework, and related processes, that integrates new technologies and innovative approaches, as well as all making sure that NCC-wide initiatives (e.g. indigenous, carbon …) are accounted for;
  • Advise national and regional staff on industry-leading approaches and practices to adopt and implement for effective conservation planning that pursue strategic conservation outcomes;
  • Lead the development, testing, implementation and maintenance of NCC’s conservation planning framework and operation, spatial prioritization models and associated tools, conservation priority setting and metric reporting;
  • Develop topical expertise on conservation planning issues that support cross-functional projects and strategies;
  • Liaise with new and existing partners on conservation planning innovations;
  • Support the Chief Conservation Officer in overseeing the alignment between conservation priorities in the Regional and National business plans, strategic plans and budgets.
  • Work with NCC’s Information Technology (IT) department to ensure integration and alignment.

This position will maintain and enhance the scientific and technical rationale in support of NCC’s conservation goals and priorities while identifying opportunities to improve existing processes and systems by integrating new technologies, approaches and capabilities. The position requires strong knowledge of current state of the art in conservation planning and familiarity with related scientific literature, excellent problem-solving, analytic and synthesis skills, which the incumbent uses to help the CCO guide conservation operations, programs and policies across NCC. The Director also shows excellent interpersonal skills and through active collaboration, develops relationships across NCC, with regional teams, other Business Units and external partners.

Position Requirements

  • Graduate Degree in ecology, conservation biology or related discipline with at least 7 years of related experience or the equivalent;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, working on systematic spatial conservation planning
  • Advanced knowledge in decision support and decision making using spatial information, data and systems to inform conservation policies, projects and programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in spatial modelling for conservation purposes.
  • Proven ability at successfully applying and interpreting complex conservation planning data, information and models to achieve high quality conservation outcomes.
  • Advanced GIS and spatial analysis skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of decision science and optimization software;
  • Proactive and creative solution oriented – able to anticipate and plan for future needs and to think beyond existing practices, methods and objectives;
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • High-level thinker – ability to think strategically and not be caught in technical operations;
  • Problem-solving skills; ability to make decisions, sound judgment and innovative;
  • Strong ability to foster good working relationships with NCC staff at regional and national levels as well as external partners;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort communicating with a wide variety of audiences – fluent in both Official Languages, an asset
  • Flexibility in approach – the ability to work independently and as part of a team;

How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre.

NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.