Employment Opportunities


We are Alberta’s environmental good-news storytellers. What began over 30 years ago as our signature program, the Emerald Awards, has evolved into a robust communications strategy that showcases and inspires our province’s sustainability successes, and funding opportunities that empower the next generation through environmental education. In addition to building awareness and pride within our borders, we act as an ambassador for our province throughout the country and beyond.

We are seeking our next Executive Director to lead us into our Foundation’s future. Our new Executive Director is genuine, motivated, courageous, and innovative. With one direct report, our successful candidate is part visionary leader, event planner, program manager, fundraiser, and spokesperson. They are able to nimbly navigate changing priorities, stay on top of evolving trends, identify and interpret KPIs, and be creative and impactful with a modest budget. While an understanding of climate change and other environmental challenges is an asset, we also value meaningful, effective, and innovative storytelling and community building.

Our successful candidate must be based in Alberta; however, we embrace the ability to work remotely. Some travel is required to properly support our special events held throughout the province.

The AEF offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Does this sound like you? If you answered “yes,” and you have the skills to be our lead storyteller then we want to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume to humanresources@emeraldfoundation.ca by end of day January 2, 2022.



The position of Executive Director with the Alberta Emerald Foundation is an evolving one that includes both senior-level planning and management skills combined with the ability to work directly as front-line staff.

It is expected that the Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer, responsible to the Board of Directors (direct report to the Chair of the Board) for the effective conduct of the affairs of the Alberta Emerald Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for leading and directing the overall operational and strategic direction of the Foundation and will ensure that the Foundation is strategically positioned as a leading charity of choice.

The Executive Director recommends and participates in the Board’s formulation of the Foundation’s purpose, goals, strategy, objectives, and related policies and provides leadership and executive management for the implementation of the mission of the Foundation.

AEF Vision:

Through our actions, we contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

AEF Mission:

To showcase, inspire, and empower Alberta’s environmental achievements.

AEF Values:

  • Promoting environmental leadership.
  • Communicating and collaborating with others.
  • Ensuring the integrity and credibility of the Foundation.
  • Engaging the next generation.


Board Relations – The Executive Director is the chief staff liaison with the Alberta Emerald Foundation Board. The Executive Director provides leadership to the Board and committees in coordinating efforts that are consistent with Foundation goals and, in collaboration with the Board, ensures the legal and ethical integrity of the Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible for communicating information and for facilitating and supporting the work of the AEF Board of Directors.

Communications, Public Relations & Marketing – The Executive Director is the chief staff spokesperson and representative of the Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible for communicating information and building supportive relationships with both the internal and external constituencies of the AEF.

Strategic Planning – The Executive Director is responsible for working with the Board in the development and implementation of Strategic Plans for fulfilling the vision and mission of the Foundation.

Donor and Funder Relations – The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Board, is actively involved in building stronger relationships with donors and funders and in the identification, research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship gifts and funding support.

Financial Management – The Executive Director is responsible for financial management of the Foundation according to the policies and accounting procedures approved by the Board of Directors and the law and regulations of local, provincial, and federal government and relevant certification.

Human Resources – The Executive Director is responsible for the direct and indirect recruitment, hiring, training and termination of Foundation staff, contract, consultant, student, volunteer, and other human resources. This position administers an effective personnel program that includes position descriptions, performance standards, performance appraisals, compensation, and continuing education. This position establishes the organizational structure for the Foundation office and the related staffing structure.

Operational Management – The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation including managing its physical assets. Currently the Executive Director has one full-time direct report.


  • Provide overall leadership and direction to the Alberta Emerald Foundation.
  • Participate with the Alberta Emerald Foundation Board of Directors in planning the future direction of the Foundation in a manner, which is consistent with the organizational vision, mission, values, community need, and the economic solvency.
  • Provide leadership in the development of the AEF’s long-range strategic plan.
  • Working with the Alberta Emerald Foundation Board, Committees, and board policy, assist the Board in the selection and orientation process for new AEF Board members.
  • Provide information and advice to the Board of Directors regarding current and projected trends, areas of deficiency, and significant activities in the charitable sector.
  • Recommend Foundation policy positions regarding public policy matters to the AEF Board.
  • Build a cooperative relationship with affiliate organizations.
  • In collaboration with the Board, identify and recruit appropriate community leaders to participate in the committee structure of AEF.


  • Provide overall direction in the management of AEF.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies by continually monitoring the operation of AEF’s programs and physical properties and initiating changes for improvement where appropriate.
  • Develop an organizational climate and culture which is consistent with the vision, mission, and values of the Alberta Emerald Foundation.
  • Ensure that the Foundation engages in quality, cost-effective fund development work to support the mission of the Alberta Emerald Foundation
  • Oversee the direction of all fundraising activities within the Alberta Emerald Foundation, including annual, capital, major, planned, grant, sponsorship, and special events.
  • Recruit, develop, and supervise the staff team in a manner which is effective in implementing the vision and mission of the Foundation and attaining its goals.
  • Encourage the integration of the Foundation with the community through effective communication and active involvement in a positive public relations program.
  • Maintain professional affiliations and enhanced professional growth and development by keeping abreast of the latest trends in non-profit/charitable policy and fund development.
  • Actively set the example for and implement call management, research and cultivation, solicitation and stewardship work with donors and funding prospects of the Alberta Emerald Foundation.
  • Maintain and model a high degree of motivation and superior work ethic consistent with the employment philosophy of Alberta Emerald Foundation.
  • Represent Alberta Emerald Foundation on committees as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

  • Proficiency in the software programs used by Alberta Emerald Foundation, including Microsoft Office, WordPress, and donor database software
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards for business and fundraising through membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and other appropriate organizations
  • Strong financial skills with the ability to understand financial statements (income statements, balance sheet and cash flow statements). Ability to manage and understand fund investments and endowments to ensure long term financial success of the Foundation.
  • Able to develop annual budget. Able to understand and control monthly costs to meet budget requirements.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience and skill at public speaking
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of fund development work and donor research techniques
  • Knowledge of legal and tax matters relative to charitable contributions and fund development work.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and expertise in fund development, non-profit and charitable legislation.

Behavioural Expectations: (Common to all positions)

  • Support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
  • Treat others and their ideas with respect and dignity.
  • Set a good example for others.
  • Be an active coach for everyone in the organization.
  • Maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and communication.
  • Insist on excellence and be accountable to one another.
  • Build group cohesiveness and pride through teamwork.
  • Demonstrate confidence in the Alberta Emerald Foundation and its workforce.
  • Value and promote diversity, creativity, and the change process.
  • Be a good communicator and listener; be available and visible.
  • Develop yourself to your highest potential.