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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

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​​​The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), an internationally recognized leader in watershed management, is seeking to fill the position of:  

Chief Administrative Officer/Secretary-Treasurer

As an accomplished administrator, you understand that the success of an agency depends on its ability to build new and maintain existing relationships.  As Chief Administrative Officer/ Secretary-Treasurer of the LSRCA, you will provide visionary leadership and direction to achieve our mission to work with the community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.   You will inspire and energize this organization by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and innovation that adheres to our core values of integrity, accountability, collaboration, innovation and excellence.

Reporting to an engaged Chair and Board of Directors, you will work with the Executive Leadership Team to guide a staff complement of 98 full time and approximately 20 contract employees and oversee an annual budget of $21.1 million.  You will also act as the principal liaison between LSRCA and our member municipalities, First Nations, government agencies, other Conservation Authorities, stakeholder groups and the community.  

Core Competencies

Strategic Leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to shape, create and convert the long-term strategic plan of the organization into implementation tactics to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Ensure Divisions understand the organizational priorities, inclusive of department goals, and the role of the Division in achieving them.
  • Foster collaboration between Divisions to support cross-functional projects.
  • Anticipate and evaluate future trends and the impact on the organization.
  • Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Proven success in dealing with, and responding to, highly visible, complex, and sensitive issues which involve the application of legislation and policy.
  • Exceptional communication skills and political acuity along with demonstrated expertise in briefing senior officials and political staff.

Drives Engagement

  • Exceptional leadership skills, based on a foundation of the empowerment of shared ownership, collaboration, inclusion, and coaching\mentoring.
  • Hold Division heads accountable for achieving Division and organizational goals consistently and fairly. 
  • Assess others' strengths and opportunities and invests in personal development.
  • Lead by encouraging and modelling approachability and invites input, diverse opinions, and feedback.

Financial Management

  • Take full ownership for financial outcomes of the organization.
  • Proven ability to work in challenging fiscal environments.
  • Ensure programs and services are defined and resources allocated appropriately.
  • Use data (factual and financial) to evaluate and act on strategic opportunities.
  • Stay informed of external factors (government regulations, funding) that impact budgets.


  • Allocate organizational resources (people, funding etc.) effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to reallocate resources as business needs change.
  • Model creative problem solving with a focus on solutions.
  • Create an environment of continuous improvement across the organization.
  • Guide others on the value of resourcefulness and doing more with less.
  • Identify best practices and ensures they are shared across the organization.


  • Set organizational direction and makes decisions.
  • Model composure and ensure the organization navigates difficult situations.
  • Anticipate, develop and drive the change strategy for the organization.
  • Lead others through change by communicating, modelling and focusing on moving forward.

General Responsibilities

  • Liaise with 20 watershed municipalities, the provincial, federal and international governments and stakeholders regarding LSRCA policy, planning and implementation.
  • Responsible to ensure the LSRCA BOD approves all appropriate policies and act as lead in the development of LSRCA Administrative By-Laws, as required by the Province, for Meeting Procedures and Governance.
  • Provide recommendations on policy matters to the Board, develop all Board of Directors (BOD) agendas, approve draft Board minutes, review and approve all staff reports presented to the Board, act as liaison for Board members requests to staff and attend all Board meetings.
  • Oversee the organizational operations of the LSRCA ensuring the execution of programs, projects, policies, and decisions support the objectives of the LSRCA's corporate direction.
  • Represent the LSRCA on various boards including the Conservation Ontario Council. 
  • Coordinate the LSRCA's Strategic Plan (Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives), long term Business and Annual work plans, the Corporate Culture Initiative, Visioning Sessions and performance measures.
  • Accountable for the financial management of the LSRCA and ensure fiscal responsibility, cost savings, revenue production, and compliance with auditing procedures. Provide annual budget presentations to funding municipalities and responsible for fiscal management and policy development.
  • Coordinate responses to all high-level issues such as key violations, human resource code of conduct violations and public concerns regarding LSRCA positions and policies.
  • Provide supervision to the Executive Director of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF) and attend LSCF BOD meetings to provide recommendations and advice.
  • Attend meetings and provide presentations to advance the work of the LSRCA and solicit support and funding from multiple stakeholders.
  • Ensure that LSRCA supports a Health & Safety conscious work environment through compliance with the OH&S Act and Regulations for Board Members, staff, and visitors to the LSRCA.
  • Coordinate Executive Leadership Team agendas and meetings and hold monthly staff meetings.

Education and Experience

  • University Degree in Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Business/Public Administration or a related field.
  • Management courses, particularly in Strategic Planning, Business Management, Coaching and Alternative Dispute Resolution an asset.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a senior management capacity, including 7 years of progressive experience in the environmental sector, and 5 years of experience working directly with boards, councils and/or shareholders.
  • Solid Board liaison, negotiation, facilitation, attention to detail and policy development skills required.
  • Proficient in strategic and business planning, managing complex projects and large budgets, meeting commitments, developing innovative solutions and achieving results.
  • Strong communication skills with the demonstrated ability to present clearly, promote understanding through effective verbal, written and listening skills, facilitate change, ensure accountability and build consensus.
  • Demonstrated ability to build ongoing partnerships with various stakeholders and leverage funds where possible.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the conservation, restoration and management of the watershed or the broader environmental sector.


$160,814 - $188,129 per annum, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Keri Christensen, Director of Human Resources, via email at k.christensen@lsrca.on.ca or apply by submitting your resume online to careers@lsrca.on.ca.

Closing date: September 30, 2020

LSRCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), LSRCA will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you are contacted regarding this competition and you require disability – related accommodations, please inform Human Resources. 

All personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We thank all applicants for their interest in the LSRCA; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.