Senior Manager

The Columbia Basin Watershed Network is a non-profit society, the go-to hub for watershed groups to find information, training or connections, and a voice for watershed stewardship across the Basin.

We are seeking a dynamic, creative facilitator and excellent administrator and communicator with a background in watershed policy, non-profit administration, and community development. This is a half-time contract position. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the $30 – 38/hour range, to start as soon as possible.

Applications are due by June 15 to cbwn.coordinator (at) for full consideration. Position open until filled.

In your application, please include a resume, samples of or links to your work, and a list of references. We will contact you for permission to contact your references.

Please contact Tara Lynne Clapp at cbwn.coordinator (at) with questions about the position.


Role summary

Manage Society and guide and implement Board policy

Reporting to

Board of Directors, through the Chair


1) General Operations / Manage Society (20%)

Financial Management

• Develop annual budget and present to Treasurer and Board
• Develop and update Financial Plan and report to Treasurer and Board quarterly
• Support and manage fiscal controls policy
• Meet budget targets for core program support, specific projects, and implementation of fundraising strategies. Advise and report to Treasurer monthly regarding meeting budget targets, budget overruns and program budget reallocation
• Serve as a main point of contact for donors
• Ensure all major gift donors receive appropriate and consistent recognition

Guide and implement Board policy

• Be an information resource to the Board of Directors in matters of member program and service needs, and communication and funding options
• Advise Board on process issues such as establishing and interpreting terms of reference, decision-making, and accountability
• Participate in Board meetings; assisting with organization, materials, and recording of notes/minutes for distribution
• Assist Board in fiduciary oversight, due care, compliance with regulations, and managing risk
• Assist Board with the development of a coordinated long-term fundraising plan and foster funding relationships to support sustainable funding of the CBWN
• Support the Board with their work to engage potential philanthropic, community, or private sector funding partners
• Advise Board about bylaws, meeting procedures, and conflict management
• Develop, update, and monitor Strategic Plan

2) Delivery of programs and services (80%)

Engagement with existing and potential community stewardship groups and partners, and experts within / outside the Basin

• Engage with member groups and experts to identify gaps, opportunities, and strategies to build capacity of watershed groups in the Columbia Basin
• Enhance visibility of CBWN and of its members through communications and events
• Work with Board to develop innovative new approaches to enhancing the impact of stewardship groups
• Assist member groups in the development of their fundraising materials (such as cases for support), as well as funding proposals and reports
• Strengthen existing partnerships with other environmental and network groups in the Basin; seek and develop new partnerships
• Quarterly provide to the Board, and other applicable bodies, summary reports of programs and services, including recommendations for improvements
• Regularly obtain statistical and qualitative feedback about programs and services
• Represent the organization on appropriate committees, networks and joint projects, providing information about the organization’s goals, programs, and services, if required

Minimum Qualifications

• Five years experience and demonstrated success working with diverse communities in community development or communications
• Related university degree / college diploma (e.g., social geography, environmental studies, planning) or equivalent experience
• Experience in nonprofit organizations and management
• Proficiency in common word processing, spreadsheet, website and web-based computer applications
• Experience in initiating, organizing, implementing and evaluating programs, meetings, workshops, and services
• Experience in personnel management and personnel policies
• Experience recruiting, selecting, training, and evaluating volunteers and contractors


• Strong program management skills, driven by a commitment to quality, results, mission-driven strategy, fiscal responsibility, and efficiency
• Experience with program design, piloting, and growth of both small and large-scale initiatives
• Excellent prioritization and time-management skills to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines
• Appreciation of, and familiarity with, conservation issues and water stewardship initiatives in the Columbia Basin
• In-depth knowledge of water and environmental issues in BC broadly
• Ability to fully integrate a broad range of planning and engagement initiatives, resulting in an effective work plan
• Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental fundraising practices
• Demonstrated ability to speak fluently to the fundraising sector, and other audiences
• Demonstrated experience writing environment-related proposals
• Demonstrated flexibility and initiative (self-starter)
• Independent thinker, very well organized; demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision from Board
• Comfortable facilitating multi-stakeholder and / or member workshops and meetings
• Good conflict resolution skills
• Demonstrated experience with contract and contractor management
• Enjoys engagement with volunteer groups
• Home office with reliable internet connection
• Dependable transportation for frequent travel around the Columbia River watershed