Manager, Plastics Program

Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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This position will report to the EVP, Conservation, and is a 1 year contract with the possibility for extension.


Develops Ocean Wise Plastics Pollution strategy and leads its execution, including the monitoring of Ocean Wise’s impact.

Oversees the development and implementation of strategies to support the development and launch of the new program;
Monitors and reports on the ecological impact and performance of direct-action programming and make changes as required;
Ensures the strategies and tactics connect with the overall mission of the organization and its strategic needs
Works with the Development team to prepare proposals to fund the plastics program work
Aligns the plastics pollution agenda with Ocean Wise’s Conservation Strategy, and informs the conservation communications strategy accordingly.

Oversees the execution of the Plastics Wise 2.0 project.

Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards where applicable for the program
Designs programs and develops subject matter resources
Effectively communicates and liaises with external stakeholders
Promotes strong customer service and collaboration
Gathers data and reports on results
Monitors the program budget and provides regular status updates to superiors, noting any variances. Overseeing financial well-being of the program by analyzing cost effectiveness and exercising cost controls;
Manages the recruitment and work plan execution of an Accounts Specialist

Positions Ocean Wise as an impactful national and global player on the mitigation of plastic pollution to the oceans.

Monitors the local and international markets and conservation arena for trends, and overall actions of competitors;
As required, and in conjunction with OW Research Institute, acts as the representative for Ocean Wise, locally, nationally, and internationally and represents the organization at speaking engagements in order to enhance the understanding of Ocean Wise’s mission, vision and goals.
Acts as the radar on plastic pollution matters for Ocean Wise, identifies opportunities for influence and partnerships, and represents Ocean Wise in relevant fora.

Ensures the mainstreaming of the plastics agenda across relevant Ocean Wise programs and the aquarium.

Works collaboratively with other key stakeholders throughout the organization in order to merge programming and implement collaborative direct action.

Consciously improves the overall organization and its processes by:

Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols;
Maintaining and supporting organizational safety standards;
Abiding by all organizational policies and procedures;
Performing other duties of a similar nature or level when required.


Education and Experience

Degree in business, communications, environmental sciences or related field is preferred;
3-5 years of work experience in conservation or environmental sustainability is preferred, with a demonstrated track record in management. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
International scope of work and experience with non-for-profit organizations desirable

Technical Competencies

Personal creativity and strategic vision coupled with an ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity;
Ability to inspire trust, lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills and turn ideas to action;
A superb professional and personal presence;
A technical expert in marine plastics pollution;
Ability to think strategically, tactically and creatively;
Results-oriented, but flexible; respects the capabilities and independence of other colleagues working on plastics, and provides them with a clear sense of collective direction;
Strong work ethic and willingness to travel;
Excellent leadership-without-authority skills and abilities;
Active demonstration of the company’s values and code of conduct;
Excellent project management and time management skills, with the ability to keep on task with strategic items while managing day-to-day responsibilities;
Extensive knowledge of single use plastics and their use, particularly in the food service industry;
Excellent customer service skills;
Excellent communication skills;
Bilingual (French and English) candidates preferred, additional languages an asset.








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