The Riverwood Conservancy – Executive Director

The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Due to a retirement, the Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director.

Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, TRC’s mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.

TRC is a volunteer and member-based charity that provides programs and services focused on environmental education, conservation and gardening. Founded in 1985 as the Mississauga Garden Council, today The Riverwood Conservancy operates under a management agreement with the City of Mississauga to deliver programs at the Riverwood Park to the public.

About the Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is the key strategic and management leader of TRC. The board seeks a self-driven and experienced ED to give voice to and to continue to grow the organization, designing and directing strategies to support and enhance operations. The ideal candidate will share the mission of TRC, advance the strategic plan of the organization, and communicate TRC’s vision clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences. The successful individual will lead and mentor TRC staff, creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace while actively fostering diversity and leadership.

A key focus of the role involves passion for and protection of the natural world, horticulture and outdoor education, all while championing the organization, and developing long-term and trust-based relationships with potential donors and the communities The Conservancy serves, including direct involvement in fundraising. The role involves close interaction and ongoing relationships with the City of Mississauga, including the Mayor, City Councillors, City staff, and the Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

The successful candidate will maintain and enhance TRC’s close working relationships with the University of Toronto Mississauga, Peel Region School Boards, ErinOaksKids (Ontario’s largest Children’s Treatment Centre), Visual Arts Mississauga, our local Indigenous community and other major corporate and non-profit organizations in the area.

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