Toronto and Region Conservation

Branch Vaughan ON CA

Vaughan, ON

Summary of Function This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about working with diverse partners to ensure policies are implemented to

Summary of Function

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about working with diverse partners to ensure policies are implemented to provide sustainable water quality and quantity for current and future use. Using your collaboration skills, technical knowledge, and strategic vision, you will provide leadership to the technical, planning, GIS, and administrative staff assigned to source water tasks from the three conservation authorities to effectively support delivery and report on progress in implementing the CTC Source Protection Plan. You will also be responsible for developing and managing partnerships; supporting municipalities and other implementing bodies and working with other program managers across the province.

You will develop and manage an annual work plan and budget in accordance with provincial targets and direction. Representing the CTC and program partners at boards and committees is also a key requirement of this position. The position is based in Toronto, with direct report to TRCA and accountability to the Chair and members of the CTC Source Protection Committee.

Program Description

Source water protection is a provincially funded, local watershed based program to protect the sources of municipal drinking water. The CTC Source Water Protection Program is managed by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in partnership with the Credit Valley and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authorities which together form the CTC Source Protection Region. The technical work and development of the source protection plan is overseen by the CTC Source Protection Committee – made up of the Chair and 21 members representing municipalities, businesses and the public who live or work in the CTC region. The technical work and plan are approved by the province. The plan contains mandatory policies which will be implemented by municipalities, provincial ministries and other named bodies. The science work and policies will be updated in the future and the terms of reference for this first update will be due approximately three years after the plan comes into effect. For more information on the Source Water Protection Program please visit: http://www.ctcswp.ca/.


  • Four year university degree or equivalent in related fields (preference for literacy in water-related science);
  • Five years of experience related to the major tasks, especially project management, budget and work plan development and management;
  • Experience in successfully leading and working collaboratively with multi-stakeholder groups to achieve agreement on products such as terms of reference, technical reports and policies;
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills to effectively define clear objectives and work to tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in a demanding, customer-oriented environment;
  • Demonstrated understanding of political sensitivities in order to prioritize issues expeditiously;
  • Ability to lead and coordinate team members in multiple locations; assign and follow-up on tasks to ensure that work is in conformance with work plan deadlines;
  • Familiarity with provincial and municipal planning processes including working knowledge of the Source Water Protection program is desirable;
  • Experience in working on and understanding Lake Ontario water management issues and programs is a strong asset;
  • Strong communication skills to synthesize and present technical information to non-expert and public audiences, including report preparation and presentation skills;
  • Computer literacy required in all Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with database management and GIS software is an asset;
  • Familiarity with applicable privacy legislation including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act to ensure sensitive information is properly managed; and
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s license.


1. Manage and develop project work plans and budget to ensure project milestones are met by: preparing interim financial and progress reports, including anticipating need for and approval of variances;

  • preparing budget and project work plan annually in consultation with other staff for approval by CTC Management Committee and submission to the province for funding;
  • coordinate staff to deliver approved work on time, within budget and in accordance with provincial direction;
  • develop and maintain MOA/MOUs and contracts with partner municipalities and other clients and vendors consistent with the policies of TRCA, including overseeing approval and payment of invoices; and
  • maintain knowledge and understanding of current provincial direction through regular formal and informal discussions with provincial officials and ensure that CTC team are aware of requirements in a timely manner. Manage diverse teams to ensure excellent and timely customer and client service.

2. Work with the CTC Management Committee, Source Protection Authorities and Source Protection Committee to ensure internal and external stakeholders including municipalities, economic sectors, public and province are supported in the shared delivery.

3. Organize and facilitate various meetings and workshops with internal and external stakeholders, staff and other working groups to support effective delivery of the source protection plan.

4. Prepare written material to support implementation including: internal communications content, board reports (SPC/SPA), summaries of technical documents, source protection plan policy interpretation, website content with technical, planning and communication with support and input from other CTC staff.

5. Supervise administrative support staff to provide excellent administrative, financial and record keeping support for the source water protection program.

6. Ensure that meeting agendas, minutes and records of financial matters are properly identified and tracked in accordance with the provincial requirements for data retention and management.

7. Identify and prepare agenda (including staff reports with recommendations) for the CTC Source Protection Committee.

8. Ensure any public consultations meet Clean Water Act requirements.

9. Plan and attend public consultation meetings outside regular office hours, when required.

10. Represent the CTC at public meetings, before municipal councils, at provincial or Conservation Ontario teleconferences, webinars and meetings.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Vaughan, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-08-17
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