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Company: Meewasin Valley Authority
Date Posted: September 7, 2017

Meewasin Valley Authority is looking for a new leader to help establish a renewed vision and role for the MVA in guiding the future of our cherished river valley into the next century. We are seeking a dynamic Executive Director who can build on the legacy of partnership and innovation that has created a model of success for river stewardship and help chart the course into the future.

Created in 1979 by the Act of the Province of Saskatchewan, Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) is a conservation agency dedicated to conserving the cultural and natural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley in accordance with the Meewasin Valley Authority Act. It is the means by which the three participating parties (City of Saskatoon, Government of Saskatchewan, and University of Saskatchewan) have chosen to work together as partners through a single agency to accomplish more than they could individually. For further information, go to


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is the MVA’s chief staff officer, leading the strategic mission and vision of the organization. The CEO will lead strategic planning, the organization’s proactive engagement to meet the needs of its public and funding partners, and support the Board of Directors. The CEO serves as the face of Meewasin, acting as a community leader and advocate for Meewasin, and as the senior leader of a professional management team, staff, and volunteers. The CEO collaborates closely with municipal and provincial governments, the University of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders.

This position is a tremendous opportunity for a community leader that enjoys building collaborative relationships, engaging the community, and advocating on key issues that will support conservation, development and education in the Meewasin Valley. This person will be a positive leader, strong communicator and creative visionary who is passionate about making the MVA thrive in the context of its high public popularity and relevance and a dynamic funding environment.



Advocacy and Government Relations:

  •          Develop positive working relationships with the three MVA partners to ensure ongoing support and stability for the Meewasin Valley
  •          Serve as ambassador and chief advocate for Meewasin by ensuring the organization meets the multiple interests of the funding partners and the public
  •          Research and remain informed of emerging trends and innovations that are important to the future of the Meewasin Valley
  •          Act as managing partner for Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Inc.



Strategic Planning:

  •          Operationalize and lead implementation of current strategic priorities while identifying and planning short and long-term goals and initiatives
  •          Work with the Board to monitor and evaluate the relevance of the MVA’s strategic priorities to their partners and stakeholders
  •          Develop and implement systems, policies and strategies to monitor progress toward achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives
  •          Analyze situations and make decisions that will directly impact the MVA while managing differences between partners and stakeholders


  •          Assess and manage the financial activities of the organization
  •          Ensure timely and accurate financial reports are presented to the Audit Committee and the Board
  •          Assist in preparing the annual operating and capital budgets to meet the oard’s objectives and/or directives; monitor the financial performance of the MVA and compliance with the budgeted expectations
  •          Work with the partners and the Board to ensure support of short and long-term finance goals

People Leadership:

  •          Provide dynamic and constructive leadership ensuring a healthy, positive culture to purposefully engage all internal staff, committees, and volunteers through effective and consistent communication and messaging
  •          Be accountable for recruitment and performance of the management staff while continuing to mentor, support, and empower new and existing employees and volunteers


Community Engagement and Relations:

  •          Develop and maintain ongoing positive working relationships and open multi-directional communications with stakeholders to serve Meewasin Valley community interests
  •          Ensure the MVA is well represented at community activities and events, and serve as the face of the organization
  •          Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders and partners
  •          Oversee development and delivery of presentations and other communications to media, funders, stakeholders and community organizations


Board Governance:

  •          Work with the Board chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance role and focus the Board’s attention on key issues and short and long-range strategic issues
  •        Identify and address problems and opportunities; escalate issues as appropriate to the Board and/or its committees and facilitate discussion and deliberation
  •          Collaborate with the Board of Directors while acting as a liaison between the board and the employees
  •          Prepare reports for the Board and Board Committee Chairs (as appropriate). Attend meetings, orientations, and functions pertaining to the Board of Directors as needed



Education and Experience:

  •          A university degree, professional designation, or the equivalent in a related field
  •          7-10 years in a senior leadership role. Experience with not-for-profit organizations is an asset
  •          An understanding of and commitment to the goals of conservation, development, and education
  •          Proven change management experience
  •          Ability to create and manage a balanced budget, and understand financial statements
  •          Firm understanding of government relations
  •          Accountability for leading a team of staff, with performance management experience in a unionized environment.
  •          Demonstrated experience and success with fund development
  •          Strong understanding of board governance


Competencies and Skills:

  •          Visionary leader able to think laterally, creatively, and strategically
  •          Extremely strong communication skills; written, verbal, and presentation
  •          Ability to build, cultivate, and nurture relationships among diverse stakeholders
  •          Highly organized, able to prioritize and multi-task
  •          Critical decision-making skills; ability to understand what is important now and into the future
  •          Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

If interested in the position, please submit your resume to: by no later than 5:00 p.m. September 29, 2017

For further information and/or inquiries you may contact Vicki Towriss at 306-370-9429