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Protect Our Winters Canada is hiring for the position of Executive Director to replace David Erb who is stepping down from the role March 1, 2022. 

Position: Executive Director 

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location: Remote, in Canada 



The Executive Director is the key management leader of Protect Our Winters Canada. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and community outreach and ultimately furthering POW’s mission and vision of turning outdoor people into effective climate advocates. 



Protect Our Winters Canada is a passionate community of enthusiasts, professional athletes and industry brands uniting the outdoor community to advocate for policy solutions to climate change. We believe our love of adventure in nature demands our participation in the fight to save and protect it. Our mission is to turn passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates.

  We recognize the importance of diversity of perspective and welcome individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities to apply. This includes Indigenous people, folks of colour, women+, people identifying as 2SLGBTQI+ community members, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and differently abled people to apply.



This is a full-time, salaried position (40 hours per week) with compensation ranging from $95,000-$120,000 (based on knowledge, experience, and competencies), plus health benefits.  



1)  Board Governance:  Works with the board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Responsible for leading meetings in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2)   Financial Performance and Viability:  Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support POW’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of POW Canada, including developing a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization to the Board.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3)   Organization Mission and Strategy:  Works with board and staff to ensure the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of POW Canada’s various programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that POW Canada can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of POW Canada’s external visibility  by actively collaborating with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  • Responsible for political advocacy and government relations, serving as the principal liaison to elected officials and bureaucrats at all levels.
  • Responsible for ensuring brand integrity across all touchpoints from marketing and communications to campaigns and partnerships.

4)   Organization Operations:  Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the recruitment, engagement, and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Responsible effective administration of POW Canada’s operations.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.


  1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors,  seeking their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and enhancing overall visibility of the organization.
  2. Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  3. Strategic planning and operationalization.
  4. Planning and operation of annual budget.
  5. Serve as POW Canada’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  6. Establish and maintain strategic relationships with various organizations, leveraging them to  enhance POW Canada’s Mission.
  7.  Engage in fundraising and developing other resources and revenues.
  8. Oversee the development of goals, strategies, and implementation of comprehensive marketing and communications plans
  9. Oversee and facilitate organization Board meetings.
  10.  Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
  11. In consultation with allied organizations and stakeholders, develop and execute a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances POW’s policy agenda with provincial and federal elected officials.  
  12. Review and approve contracts for services.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or combination of appropriate education and work experience.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Five or more years senior nonprofit or business management experience preferred.
  • Governance experience and comfortable working with a Board of Directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to embody and communicate the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to constituents, donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the fund development community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking for different audiences.  .
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.



  • A flexible and friendly remote work environment
  • Fair compensation and employee health benefits
  • Opportunities for professional development, adventures and networking
  • Purposeful work, that creates a tangible, measurable difference
  • POW Canada is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, ethnicity, age, gender, identity,, sexual orientation or ability.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: 

Search Committee ( The deadline for applications is January 27 @ 12 noon EST with a start date of March 1, 2022. If you are a job seeker with accommodation needs and would like someone to contact you about individualized application support, email us at  or call us at 1-833-769-2262. Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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