Executive Lead – Ottawa

  • Company:
    Watershed Partners
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    10 hours ago
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Job Description


The Watershed Way:

In today’s world, organizations, communities, and even societies struggle to successfully identify shared opportunities and negotiate sustained outcomes.  Often the challenges appear too complex and insurmountably frustrating.  It isn’t all that hard to figure out why these challenges remain unsolved as communities and organizations default toward approaches that are slow, expensive, and adversarial resulting in a diminished probability for reaching a good outcome.

Watershed Partners exists to create space for a wide variety of participants to come together to create shared learning, form new individual and collective identities and develop new and innovative solutions.  We offer experiences that profoundly change the way our clients understand the systems that they live and work in and the perspectives held in existing mental models and world views.  Together, we shape outcomes that can have long lasting and transformative impacts on individual people, their organizations and communities, and quite possibly the world.   

Your work with Watershed will put you at the centre of the world’s most intractable problems.  You will find yourself in rooms with communities that have been in conflict for centuries, with organizations that have never previously seen themselves as systems thinkers or collaborators, and with societies who are coming together to seek solutions to the world’s toughest economic, social and political challenges. 

Your Role:

The Executive Lead acts as Watershed’s most senior leader in one of our major domain locations.   Your primary focus is to steer the business in that market to grow and thrive.   You will serve as a bridge between Watershed’s Strategic Business Plan and the on the ground products and services that are offered to our clients and partners.  You are accountable to build a strong network within the domain and socialize these people and organizations to the Watershed Approach as a means for solving systemic challenges.  You are acknowledged as the person to go for help in solving system wide issues and challenges that are impacting the community and organizational change and will lead the development of strategies and programs that will effectively address these needs. 

Your Resume:

  • You have a minimum of 10 years of executive experience that has resulted in the development of a strong network, leadership credibility and influence across a domain, region or sector. 
  • You have strategic business planning skills that have demonstrated your ability to take a product, service or program from concept to delivery with strong results; and
  • You have led high profile projects and initiatives that have resulted in systemic change.
  • Your considerable experience working in and/or in partnership with governments and the non-profit sector is a definite asset.
  • The ability to speak multiple languages may be required or highly desired in some locations. 

What you offer:

Ability to exercise Leadership beyond borders:  You are known for holding a compelling vision.  You are courageous and innovative and you are able to motivate and energize people to partner with you to take on a significant challenge or serve a greater cause.  At the same time, your humility, integrity and compassion for people earn you the respect you need to mobilize people to come together, share resources and follow through with action.

Ability to navigate complex systems:  People describe you as someone who can see around corners and open doors.  You are able to simplify complexity for people, identify leverage points and influence participation and connections that others might not know are available to them.  

Strategic Business Development Skills:   Your deep industry knowledge enables you to anticipate market and economic trends.   It is a given that you understand the basic drivers needed to build and sustain an effective business and you can negotiate contracts and manage partner relationships.   You take a long term view of the opportunities for business growth and you are able to put in place strategies and actions that will ensure the company will thrive in new markets.   

Strong Social and Emotional Intelligence:  You are acutely self-aware and effectively self-regulate your behaviours and interactions in a variety of situations.  In addition, you are able to effectively engage others with compassion and empathy, recognize their social and emotional limitations and demonstrate openness to new perspectives and different ways of thinking and working.

Strong Executive Presence: You have that unique blend of temperament and competencies that sends signals that you have the confidence and integrity to function at the executive level.   You exhibit the gravitas to speak the truth and exhibit your expertise in a straightforward and consistent manner, you are able to capture a room by speaking clearly, using language and manners appropriate to the audience and you exhibit the poise and composure to create credibility.

Great Team Skills:  You are both a team leader and a team player.  You work with others to create an effective working environment and contribute positively to the culture of the organization.  You contribute to knowledge sharing and capture within the team.   You know how and when to step in and lead the team and you are equally comfortable defining your role as a member in support of others, actively connecting with others to understand their needs and sharing your knowledge and expertise in ways that ensures everyone you can succeed.     

Cultural Agility:  You have a demonstrated ability to quickly, comfortably, and successfully work in cross-cultural and international environments.

Resilience:  You will work in a very dynamic environment.  The people we work with are facing the most challenging problems that the world offers.  It’s emotionally challenging work and will require you to be extremely self-aware and self-regulating.   Success in this environment will come with the ability to cope effectively with the stress and challenges that come from working with other people who may be learning to cope with the challenges in front of them. 

What we offer in return:

  • The opportunity to focus your work on transforming systems to enable biosphere integrity and build new models for working, thinking, living and being. 
  • The chance to be an early joiner in a young company that’s rapidly growing into a unique position where we can enable real progressive change in the world.  
  • A work environment where you can be your whole and honest self.  We don’t hide behind corporate facades.
  • Significant opportunities for growth and development and financial support for learning and development for people who demonstrate a long term commitment to the organization.
  • Performance Based Reward structures that are designed in the context of mutually agreed measures.
  • Support for rest and rejuvenation through flexible work arrangements as well as paid vacation up to 3 weeks per year.  In addition, the Company is closed for two weeks in December/January of each year, during which time you will be paid for an additional 2 weeks to enjoy the holiday season. 
  • We provide extended Medical, Health and Dental coverage.


Interested in exploring this further?  Email us at careers@watershed.co.  Send us a resume and tell us about your interest in this role and the company and we’ll be getting in touch.