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Vice President, Salmon

Location: Vancouver British Columbia
Req Number: JR915
Posted: 9/5/2018
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Not-For-Profit
Job Type: Permanent

Position Vice President, Salmon

Company Pacific Salmon Foundation

Location Vancouver, BC

Reporting Relationship President

Website www.psf.ca



The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), founded in 1987, is a federally incorporated non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in British Columbia and the Yukon. Operating independently from government, PSF facilitates dialogue and undertakes positive initiatives in support of Pacific salmon amongst all levels of government including First Nations; as well as industry, communities, individual volunteers and all fishing interests.


The Opportunity

The Vice President, Salmon (VPS) performs a key role in the organization and is critical to fulfilling PSF’s mission. The VPS provides a credible science-based perspective that informs PSF grants, programs and positions. This position is PSF’s subject-matter expert and spokesperson with key constituencies including governments, donors, grantees and program partners. The VPS is a senior member of the PSF management team and manages the organization’s core grant making and science programs. Externally, the VPS is PSF’s representative related to policies and processes regarding Pacific salmon science, management, conservation and restoration.



The VPS is responsible for the following:

• Develop and implement a “legacy” plan that builds on PSF’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and leverages community relationships established by PSF during the last 30+ years. (PSF has previously identified three primary objectives for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project that the legacy projects would continue to address and/or enhance.)

• Build and extend collaborative relationships with other organizations and partners - academic research institutions, governments, PSF grantees, environmental NGO’s, foundations and First Nations.

• Define a science agenda that addresses critical knowledge gaps associated with Pacific salmon health and abundance; identify the appropriate role for PSF and develop partnerships to catalyze action; undertake quality assurance.

• Monitor and contribute to external advisory, policy and research processes that are relevant to Pacific salmon.

• Serve as a senior member of PSF’s Management Team to ensure the overall success and impact of the organization and prioritize organizational objectives first, while providing subject matter expertise to the Management Team and Board of Directors in support of sound policy and programs.

• Contribute to ongoing PSF government relations activities, including fisheries policy and monitoring of Pacific salmon, input on funding proposals, and participation in briefings and meetings as needed.

• Work as senior member of the Management Team to ensure initiatives and programs comply with governance and expectations of the Board of Directors.

• Provide strategic leadership, staff supervision and technical insights to PSF core programs: Community Salmon Program, Salmon Watersheds Program and Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.

• Oversee implementation of evaluation and monitoring agreements including Percy Walkus Hatchery, Trans Mountain Pipeline and several small-scale habitat-monitoring agreements.

• Prepare written and verbal monthly reports on programs and activities for the PSF Board of Directors.

• Collaborate with the President/CEO on external presentations and proposals to potential funders and partners.

• Collaborate with the Vice President, Operations on budgeting, operational plans and human resource management.

• Assist the Development Department with the creation of stimulating content for PSF communications to existing and prospective donors/sponsors.

Exercising Judgment/Impact of Decisions

The VPS will exercise independent judgment and take initiative while performing their duties. The VPS will be accountable for the effective execution of assigned duties which is critical to the success of the PSF. The VPS interacts with varying levels of staff, consultants and other stakeholders. Errors or lapses in judgment will adversely impact the reputation and efficiency of the PSF.



• Minimum requirement is an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline required in salmon science or related fields; a Master’s level degree is preferred.

• At least ten years’ experience in research and program management in the biological sciences and/or leading a high functioning team.

• Demonstrated experience in scientific publication, presentation at conferences, and public speaking (both technical and non-technical audiences).

• Demonstrated competence computing (PSF’s system is Microsoft-based), database use, and web applications.

• Experience managing grants, awards and contracts in the environmental context.

• Experience in more than one sector preferred (government, academic, non-profit, and/or business), with a strong network of contacts.

• Experience in Program evaluation and effectiveness evaluation.

• Experience in Strategic planning and financial management.

• Strong awareness of government, political and policy context of salmon in B.C. and Canada.

• Ability to exercise tact, discretion, diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.



A competitive compensation package, including base salary, bonus and benefits.