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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation

Company: Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation
Location : Toronto ,ON
Company Profile

The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation continues Rob’s mission of education and awareness through the Shark Free Campaign, widespread distribution of his films, use of content creation for film, TV, online, multi-media & widespread social media, work with NGOs and other organizations focused on likeminded initiatives.

Job Description

The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation continues Rob’s mission of education and awareness through the Shark Free Campaign, widespread distribution of his films, use of content creation for film, TV, online, multi-media & widespread social media, work with NGOs and other organizations focused on likeminded initiatives.

The foundation will support high reward projects, while leveraging world-class business & scientific expertise combined with renowned world-class media creators and well-known influencers.  Through film, TV and multimedia, Rob believed he could educate and inform people of the issues that need addressing: everything from eliminating the use of fossil fuels to over-fishing our oceans to stopping the killing of sharks, whales’ rays and other species.  The purpose of the foundation is to support this work around the world through teaching people to “Live in Harmony with Nature.”

We are seeking an experienced, highly-skilled Executive Director to join our team.  In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing & managing the entire foundation’s activities and will report directly to the Board.  You will lead a diverse team of passionate leaders to ensure that our organization is meeting its goals and objectives efficiently & reliably.  You will be an outstanding collaborator and problem-solver who can use data, business acumen & leadership to drive the foundation forward across multiple functions.  You will be energized by a fast-paced environment and excited about working with both strategic & tactical issues.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Planning:

Act as an advocate for the foundation’s overall vision and purpose
Participate in strategic & operational governance processes of the foundation as a member of the senior leadership team and through the direction of the Board
Lead the foundation’s strategic and operational planning to achieve overall goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing foundation initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment & cost-effective management of current & future programs across the foundation
Develop and maintain an appropriate foundation structure that supports the needs of the organization
Establish foundation goals, objectives and operating procedures
Contribute to overall strategic development of the organization
Operations and Influence:

Oversee all administrative, financial and legal program operational activities
Liaise between all media outlets and public relations to create press releases & social media roadmaps (may involve collaborating with PR firm)
Procure buy-in from senior Board for needed projects
Manage relationships with leading NGOs who support the work of the foundation i.e. HSI, Oceana, WWF, Sea Shepherd
Develop and negotiate contracts & ongoing legal solutions, including development of legal documents
Manage and oversee all stages of the lifecycle for new projects
Ensure quality of website functionality and content
Drive efficiency and innovation in fundraising opportunities, including the complete oversight of event planning
Lead special projects, such as development & implementation of a new database management software solution and development & implementation of new website platform
Maintain knowledge of key topics of foundation involvement – oceans, sharks, general fishing issues, competitive landscape, conservation, environmental organizations
Assist with granting projects
Organize and prioritize critical issues for the Board to facilitate efficient decision-making
Provide systems and processes that enable all reported issues to be resolved quickly & efficiently

 

Qualifications

Required:

Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the NGO / Charitable Foundation industry with progressive career path into senior leadership roles
Proven exposure to business leadership, including areas such as budget management, P&L, financial analysis, business reporting, contract negotiations, foundation operations, senior communications and public relations
Passionate and well-versed in the foundation’s core focus areas
Excellent program management skills, including ability to set & meet aggressive deadlines and outstanding attention to detail
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to work independently, as part of a team and with a wide range of personalities & seniority levels
Excellent written, oral and computer skills, including MS Office Suite
Ability to think both strategically and tactically
Entrepreneurial and pro-active approach, with a keen sense of pace and urgency
Preferred:

Proven strength in developing a high-performing team
Experience building and maintaining strong relationships with multiple agencies / firms for communications & Public Relations
Relevant undergraduate degree