Career Opportunity: Executive Director

The Candidate

You are an experienced natural resource management leader with a flair for working with others. Your operational background includes overseeing multiple organizational functions including finance, administration, strategy, communications, and operations. You are passionate about enhancing forests to achieve environmental, economic, and social benefits.

The Context

The Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) is a semi-autonomous agency of the BC government.  The purposes of the Society are:

  • to advance environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by:
  • preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;
  • improving damaged or low value forests;
  • improving habitat for wildlife;
  • supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low value forests; and
  • treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases; and
  • to advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests.

FESBC is seeking an Executive Director who will deliver cost-effective and impactful programs to improve BC communities’ resilience to wildfire, forest conditions, wildlife habitat, fibre utilization, and management of forest carbon.

The Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for:

  • Board of Directors support;
  • Community and Stakeholder Relations;
  • Strategic and Operational Planning;
  • Corporate Organization;
  • Corporate Policy;
  • Financial Management;
  • Fund Raising;
  • Leadership of Human Resources;
  • Resource Acquisition, Allocation and Utilization;
  • Operations;
  • Business and Economic Environment; and
  • Communications and Engagement.

The Qualifications and Experience Required

The ideal candidate for this position will likely have experience inside and outside government and a proven track record of delivering cost-effective and efficient operational programs in a natural resource setting. The successful candidate must also have:

  • A degree or diploma in natural resource management or related studies and registration as a member of Forest Professionals BC (FPBC) would be considered an asset, and a minimum of seven years of experience in resource management or an equivalent combination;
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship building across many sectors including provincial government agencies, local and First Nations governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Preferably, expert knowledge in one or more areas of wildfire planning, silviculture, terrestrial wildlife habitat, forest fibre utilization, or forest carbon.
  • Knowledge of effective public communications.
  • Knowledge and understanding of British Columbia First Nations interests, rights and title.

The Terms of Employment

Compensation for this position will be competitive with BC public sector salary levels. The base annual salary currently ranges from $119,600 to $153,000. For interested BC provincial government employees, a secondment opportunity may be considered.

Regular travel within BC will be expected. The successful candidate will be based primarily in the FESBC office in Kamloops in combination with a home office elsewhere.

The Application Process

Send an email in confidence to in a single document (which includes your last name in the file name) that includes the following three items:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and highlighting your suitability.
  2. Detailed resume.
  3. Statement (one to two pages) describing how you meet the following qualifications:
  4. Senior forest industry experience, including knowledge of fibre transactions;
  5. Senior government experience – understanding how government works; How the Ministry of Forests functions (budgeting, staffing, organizationally, decision-making, trade risk, tenures, stewardship, climate change, etc); Treasury Board vis a vis Cabinet and Legislature.
  6. Role of local governments, source of grass roots support for FESBC.
  7. First Nations (governments, organizations, businesses, etc). TRC, UNDRIP, rights, title, accommodation, reconciliation.
  8. Knowledge and understanding of First Nations interests, rights and title.;
  9. Media relations and communications strategy; and
  10. Financial management.

Applications are welcome until the position is filled, however, applications will be reviewed on Friday, May 31st 2024. Applicants invited for interviews will be contacted shortly thereafter.

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FESBC would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests.