Executive Director, Observatory Operations

Position Summary

Reporting to the President, the Executive Director Observatory Operations holds oversight for the department's three work units and leads the development and implementation of plans for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the ONC’s sub-sea, mobile and shore-based observatories. As a member of ONC's five person Executive this position provides organizational leadership by: informing and advising the Executive on matters related to the observatories; contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of ONC's strategic and operational plans, strategic risk management, organizational development and policy development; leading projects and initiatives; and, formulating responses to issues on behalf of ONC. This position provides counsel to the President and ONC’s Board of Directors, as well as reports to the Board on a range of issues and projects.

The Executive Director Observatory Operations:

  • Develops and implements an annual department work plan that supports the maintenance, improvement, upgrade and expansion of the observatories.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operation and monitoring of the observatories.
  • Oversees department budget planning, procurement, contract management, expenditure tracking, reporting, risk management and human resource management.
  • Develops and leads large capital projects, and provides leadership on specific initiatives or issues on behalf of ONC.
  • Oversees and participates in at-sea expeditions to execute maintenance, repair and installation plans.
  • Participates in ONC's strategic and operational plan development, implementation and evaluation, policy development, strategic risk management, organizational development etc.
  • Provides support and counsel the Executive, President and ONC Board of Directors, as well as reports to the Board.
  • Represents ONC to external organizations and stakeholders.
  • Oversees safe practices and adherence to WorkSafe BC guidelines for ONC.

​Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, however a Master’s is preferred. Professional certification as a Professional Engineer in the Province of BC is required.

Required Experience 

  • Strong operational experience, ideally has worked in a senior management role for 15+ years.
  • 7- 10 years of supervisory experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years financial and project management experience.
  • Marine experience with vessels or infrastructure.
  • Proven track record in successfully leading complex operational organizations.

Key job-specific competencies

  • Strong team leadership, supervisory experience and an aptitude to operate as an effective tactical as well as a strategic thinker.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work with confidential and/or sensitive issues with strong conflict management skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize projects/work to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, consider various courses of action, understand implications of alternatives and undertake or recommends next steps.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, ONCs board of directors, funders and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated performance in field settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgement independently.
  • Strong understanding of information systems, business software and data management.
  • Demonstrated abilities in electrical or mechanical engineering design and trouble-shooting.

Unusual working conditions

  • Work involves travel nationally and internationally to meet with stakeholders, coordinate with related projects etc.
  • May occasionally lead expeditions on vessels operating in coastal and offshore waters where there is a significant risk due to ship board operations and inclement weather e.g. motion sickness. At sea operations are 24/7 and require the Executive Director to be on call to respond to urgent matters.
  • During expeditions, while on shore, the Executive Director is required to be on call to respond to urgent matters.
  • Due to the many priorities and deadlines that the Executive Director must accommodate in their work, a necessary high level of quality assurance, and crisis management skill is required for this position and can be a source of significant mental stress, particularly in the lead-up to the expeditions.

Opening Date: 

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 10:00

Closing Date: 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 16:00