The Watershed Way: 

In today’s world, organizations, communities, and even societies struggle to identify shared opportunities and successfully 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 slow, expensive, and adversarial approaches resulting in a diminished probability of 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 our clients’ way of understanding the systems 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 Role: 

Advisors support their team, led by a Director, to develop and maintain relationships between our organizations and actors within the complex systems in which we work. Externally, they are ambassadors for Watershed. Internally, they support the development and implementation of our relationship-based strategies. Advisors are responsible for supporting the growth of Watershed’s externally-facing work. Advisors work closely with Watershed’s Practice Team to help inform specific offerings that meet
prospective clients’ needs.

Your Resume: 
  • Must have 5+ years of relevant work or educational experience related to either
    local governments, provincial or territorial governments, or civil society
  • Must have demonstrated work or educational experience related to at least one
    of the following topics:

    • Diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Board governance
    • Social service or social support reform
    • Local or regional economic development
  • Must be a strategic thinker that can see connections between people, policies, and problems, and correlate those connections to opportunities
  • Must be confident helping senior staff in pursuing, developing and closing business opportunities for professional services
  • Must be oriented towards working with others to solve big, complex, societal problems
  • Must have an ability to generate insights about the future of markets in the system-in-focus and use their insights to identify emerging business opportunities that lead to the transformation of the system-in-focus
  • Must be committed to advancing collaboration as a means to improve systems so that they serve those for whom they exist
  • Must have research and writing skills
  • Must have experience in grant writing and/or fundraising
  • French/English bilingualism is an asset
Your Day-to-Day Responsibilities: 
  • Supporting Directors in developing key strategies for Watershed’s Canadian
    operations to ensure we are seen as a trusted and credible agent of
  • Supporting Directors in building and maintaining an ecosystem of relationships
    to raise awareness of the Watershed Approach to systems transformation
  • Identifying and triaging business leads and actively collaborating with team
    members throughout the sales process
  • Providing client-facing services related to advice, strategy, research and
What We Expect of You:

Pursuit of Mastery: You see learning as a lifelong journey that starts at birth and recognize that the more we know about something, the more we know we don’t know.

Entrepreneurial Spirit: You are open to actively developing new business opportunities through actively engaging with your own and Watershed’s network.

Role Model: You act as a role model for both the team and clients. You create an effective working environment and contribute positively to the spirit within the team. You quickly and effectively develop working relationships.

Team Player: You create an effective working environment and contribute positively to the positive spirit of the team and to the culture of the organization.

Comfort with Ambiguity: You don’t seek binary answers and are happy with complex and challenging situations that often have no ‘one’ answer.

Conflict Management: You bring conflicts and disagreements into the open and secure optimal resolution through escalation and support, particularly in high-stress situations.

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 emotional work and will require you to be highly self-aware and self-regulating. Success in this environment will come with the ability to cope effectively with the stress and challenges present when working with other people who may be learning to cope with what’s in front of them.

What You Can Expect From Us:
  • 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 believe in hiring for culture “fit.” We’re more interested in how you will add to our existing culture and help shape our future. 
  • We encourage and incentivize all employees to seek professional development opportunities that support their learning and growth. 
  • A generous annual allowance is provided to all employees in order to create and maintain a safe and comfortable workspace. 
  • We believe all systems require rest, including our organization. We go offline for two weeks in December/January of each year, during which employees continue to receive their salary. Each employee also earns three weeks of paid time off per year and paid personal days to use as they see fit. 
  • We offer all employees extended health benefits and an EAP. 
Location & Other Details: 

This is a remote position based out of Canada. We welcome candidates located anywhere in Canada, with a preference for those who are based in Northern or Eastern Ontario, Quebec, or Atlantic Canada.

Because we understand that great relationships are not formed overnight, we take the time needed to get to know each other honestly. Hiring the right person, in the right role, at the right time is a process that can’t be rushed. We cannot contact each individual that applies for positions in our organization, so only those moving forward in the process will be contacted. If you are interested in further exploring this opportunity, please email us at [email protected] with your resume to get the conversation started.