We’re Hiring! Atlantic Water Network Director *This Position Is Now Closed*

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Director Job Posting


Atlantic Water Network (AWN) is a project on Makeway’s Shared Platform and was first formed in 2004. AWN has grown to be a hub for community-based water monitoring throughout Atlantic Canada, collaborating with over 100 organizations to advance water science and stewardship in the region. AWN has been a catalyst and support system for environmental stewardship in Atlantic Canada, directly assisting the staff and volunteers of watershed groups of all sizes and capacities. Key supports include an Environmental Monitoring Equipment Bank, standardized online training via WET-Pro certification, a secure and open access data hub (Atlantic DataStream), and workshops on data management, analysis, and science communication.

Job Description 

The Director is an exciting role,and is responsible for leading and managing Atlantic Water Network in accordance with the vision and strategic direction set by the Steering Committee. This position requires a keen, innovative, and visionary individual to ensure that programming meets the needs of the Network’s community partners, while also directing programming to expand across the region. Reporting to the Steering Committee, the Director is responsible for implementing strategic priorities as well as developing and carrying out plans to achieve them, including applying for and reporting on funding. The incoming Director will work closely with the outgoing Director in a transition of responsibilities and relationships in 2023. 

In spring of 2022, AWN underwent a strategic directions exercise and identified the following strategic pillars for the following 3-years: 

  • Establishing our sustainable governance operating model
  • Harnessing diverse scientific expertise
  • Strengthening reciprocal relationships with community partners
  • Securing multi-year funding from diverse sources


  • Educational background in water resource management, environmental studies, geography, ecology or a similar field 
  • 4-6 years experience in the environmental or non-profit sector
  • 2-3 years experience in a management or senior leadership role  
  • Knowledge of community-based monitoring planning and development 
  • Experience in leading a team of diverse individuals and relationships 
  • Experience managing grant applications and funder relationships including government, environmental foundations and corporate 
  • Strong analytical skills related to budgeting and financial management 
  • Experience in government relations & engaging in academic research 
  • Innovative and big picture mindset for organizational thinking 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Experience in data collection, management, analysis, and communications considered an asset
  • French Language skills considered an asset 
  • Experience in business development considered an asset 


Based on the successful candidate’s work experience and education, the full-time (37.5 hours per week) salary will range from $60,000-$68,000 annually. Currently, Atlantic Water Network’s funding is dependent on successful grant applications. Salary increases are dependent on available funds, and as such will be determined by the Director and the Steering Committee should those funds become available through business and funding development.  

AWN’s main office is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, however applicants from across Atlantic Canada are welcome to apply. Options for remote, hybrid, and flexible working hours. The Director position is for 1.0 FTE with the option to work 0.8 FTE.  

How to apply 

Please send ONE document with a combined cover letter and CV to info@atlwaternetwork.ca. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 4th, 2023. 

Atlantic Water Network-Makeway is an equal opportunities organization and welcomes applications from underrepresented communities such as Indigenous and Aboriginal People, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, African Nova Scotians and other Racially Visible Persons or women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented. 

Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their submission.  

Please note, we thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants who have been selected for interviewing will be tested.  

MakeWay is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment and we welcome and encourage applications from the communities we serve.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

MakeWay will provide accommodation during all steps of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Please advise us if you need any accommodation.

Our sincere appreciation to all those expressing interest in the position, however, only those applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest!

No phone calls or recruiters please.


Internal Organization & Management 

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of Atlantic Water Network and overall management of affairs and implementation of its annual work plan.
  • Be responsible for effective financial management, including creating and managing the yearly budget processes.
  • Defining and evaluating the project’s long-term mission and short-term goals
  • Planning and execution for the successful achievement of project goals
  • Implement actions as set out in AWN’s 3-year Strategic Plan and Action Plan
  • Ensuring that the project’s activities comply with the project’s description and all policies and procedures of MakeWay
  • Day-to-day operations and program delivery for the project
  • Preparing and reporting regular activity report
  • Ensure that the organization’s services and activities are of high quality, including electronic communication, and other communication products.

External Relations & Engagement

  • Establish and maintain professional and collaborative relationships with multiple partners, such as local experts, governments,academics, leaders and funders relevant to Atlantic Water Network’s mission.
  • Ensure the organization is connecting with diverse stakeholders across the Atlantic region to help assess that Atlantic Water Network is inclusive and meets the needs of the region as a whole.
  • Increase awareness of the organization through acknowledgement of contributions from Atlantic Water Network and through participation at conferences, events, seminars and workshops, including at various provincial, regional, and local meetings and events.

Sustainable Revenues & Fundraising

  • Establish a long-term funding strategy to develop ongoing sustainable revenues with the Steering Committee.
  • Actively seek out fundraising and fund development opportunities (e.g. through grants, fee-for-service work, donations, partnerships).
  • Oversee the required reporting to funders and annual reports.
  • Preparing grant agreements
  • Ensuring the financial health of the project 
  • Preparing an annual budget to submit to MakeWay
  • Monitoring budgetary expenditures and limits
  • Reviewing all invoices and expense reports and ensuring all the appropriate supporting documents arrive at MakeWay accounting per the agreed schedule
  • Reviewing the monthly financial statements with the steering committee
  • Along with MakeWay, monitor compliance with the three-month reserve policy

Human Resources

  • Communicate and inform project employees and volunteers about the goals, policies and principles of the project 
  • Gain familiarity with MakeWay human resources guidelines, policies and practices, and advise MakeWay Human Resources of any personnel issues that arise.
  • Supervising all project staff and volunteers (unless a designated supervisor has been assigned)
  • Approving vacation requests as per MakeWay guidelines
  • Ensuring performance evaluations are carried out on a regular basis
  • Contracting and supervising the work of contractors 
  • Determine staffing and capacity needs, hire and manage employees and/or contractors to support effective operations. 
  • Create a positive culture of performance, respect and accountability among staff and partners.
  • Ensure policies, plans and initiatives are understood by team members, and monitor progress and milestones.

Steering Committee 

  • Support the Steering Committee in ensuring that the vision, mission, values, and desired results for Atlantic Water Network foster the long-term success of the organization; and support strategic planning for the organization.
  • Provide leadership and coordination for implementing AWN’s strategic priorities, and develop and carry out operational and financial plans and policies, which work towards the strategic direction and organizational development of Atlantic Water Network.
  • Report to the Steering Committee with accurate and timely information regarding the activities of Atlantic Water Network including finances, human resources, and the implementation of the organization’s work plans.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people, finances, reputation and image, and inform the Steering Committee of appropriate measures to control risks, staffing and capacity needs.