Career Opportunity: Senior Project Manager to Support Marine Conservation Finance

a small boat sailing to the right, with steep mountains rising out of the ocean in the background
Kitasoo Guardian Watchmen patrol the waters of the Fiorldland Conservancy. Through the Coast Solutions Task Group, First Nations are developing a strategy for Indigenous marine conservation and stewardship in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: Brodie Guy.

This is a contract role, managed and supported by Coast Funds’ Manager, Stewardship Funding. The successful candidate will work remotely, providing support to members of the Coast Solutions Task Group and Marine Finance Working Group.

Looking for an opportunity to put your project management skills to work helping First Nations and their partners to protect sensitive marine ecosystems? Coast Funds is hiring a Senior Project Manager to support its work with the Coast Solutions Task Group and Marine Finance Working Group to develop a marine finance strategy for lasting, Indigenous-led stewardship in the Pacific Northwest.

In this role, you’ll work to support First Nations and their partners by bringing partners together to build a first-of-its-kind conservation initiative that empowers First Nations to protect and steward the marine ecosystems they’ve relied on for millennia.

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The Opportunity

For First Nations along the coast, whose cultures and ways of life are intimately connected to the health of the oceans, their territories and stewardship practices have always included marine ecosystems.

At the request of First Nations and their regional groups, the Coast Solutions Task Group (CSTG), of which Coast Funds is a member, is working to develop a strategy that secures long-term funding for marine conservation. Once implemented, this strategy will provide permanent financial support for Indigenous-led marine stewardship, in line with the advancement of marine protected areas.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support a unique and significant regional Indigenous-led conservation initiative that ensures future generations inherit the beauty and productivity of the Pacific Ocean.

In support of the CSTG’s work, Coast Funds also serves on the Marine Finance Working Group, which provides technical support for the development and implementation of CSTG’s marine finance strategy.

The Senior Project Manager will work alongside MFWG members, First Nation members, and conservation organizations to determine the feasibility of a Project Finance for Permanence initiative – similar to the agreements that finance conservation and economic development in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

As a key resource to the Coast Solutions Task Group, you’ll:

  • Lead planning, implementation, and monitoring of the project for the CSTG and MFWG.
  • Work closely with and coordinate engagement with First Nation leaders, facilitators, and working group members including NGOs and contractors.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the CSTG’s comprehensive and integrated marine finance strategy, providing technical support as working groups develop supporting materials for potential philanthropic and Crown agency funders.
  • Guide workplans and agendas while maintaining documents for the CSTG, MFWG and working groups that manage scope, time, budget, and risk, among multiple competing priorities.
  • Coordinate the review and revision of critical feasibility questions being answered by the project teams based on input from CSTG leadership and public and private funders.
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and associated reporting for contributions that enable CSTG’s mission, if required.
  • Be available for intermittent travel to attend meetings and workshops. Day trips and overnight (two/three day) trips may be required.

About You

Coast Funds is looking for a collaborative, detail-oriented project manager with:

  • Five to ten years of experience in complex project management combined with a diploma or degree in a related discipline (e.g. planning, business administration, natural resource management and environmental studies).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate large and multidisciplinary teams of experts and consultants, providing leadership in a complex working environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with First Nations leadership, senior staff, or other decision-makers.
  • Understanding and respect for the inherent stewardship responsibilities First Nations have throughout their unceded territories, and their need for sustainable finance.
  • Experience with Indigenous stewardship or conservation, including current knowledge of planning or policy work with Indigenous or Crown governments or industry on environmental management issues would be an asset.
  • Lived or work experience in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii region. Familiarity with land and/or marine use issues in the Great Bear Rainforest region and the First Nations that participate in Coast Funds would be an asset.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with an ability to balance multiple priorities in a dynamic and deadline-driven environment. Familiarity with project management software desirable.
  • A naturally inquisitive mindset to assess and recommend a course of action based on experience, new information, or research that is proactively uncovered, and to identify risks and opportunities that may impact the project.
  • Solid listening and compassion skills with a high level of emotional maturity.

About Us

Coast Funds is a globally recognized conservation finance organization that supports First Nations investing in sustainable economies and ecological stewardship.

Established in 2007 with funds from governments and private foundations, Coast Funds has approved $104.4 million in investments towards 427 conservation and sustainable economic development projects in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds’ work and team culture. We believe that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

Team and Benefits

Coast Funds offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contributions, and support for ongoing professional development.

Our small team includes professionals from a variety of backgrounds that share a commitment to serving First Nations with respect and accountability. Together, we’re working hard to support Indigenous-led solutions that strengthen coastal economies and protect lands, waters, and life in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

How to Apply

We’ve partnered with WMC to help us find a Senior Project Manager with the experience, drive, and skills to support a unique marine conservation initiative.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume through the WMC careers page. If you have questions about the role, please feel free to contact Kataneh Sherkat (katanehs@wmc.bc.ca) or Melanie Gotsis (gotsis@wmc.bc.ca).

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and this posting will be taken down once the position is filled.

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We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Indigenous People, Canadians, and permanent residents will be given priority.