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As communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast experience the impacts of climate-related weather events, natural asset management is an increasingly important way to help communities protect and manage the ecosystems that deliver the key services on which all of us rely.

This is the mission of Natural Assets Initiative (NAI), a multi-award-winning not-for-profit: to make natural asset management a mainstream practice across Canada, and in support of this, for local governments and others to adopt methodologies and tools in standard ways across the country.  More on us here!


The Director of Operations and Finance is responsible for ensuring excellence in NAI’s administrative and financial systems and processes.  This is critical to the timely, coordinated delivery of effective projects and activities and to NAI’s reputation as a trusted partner. Our organization is experiencing rapid growth, and so experience with change management would be a great asset in this dynamic role.

The Director of Operations and Finance works collaboratively as part of the leadership team with the Executive Director, the Project and Ops Assistant, the Board Treasurer, NAI project managers, and oversees the work of a contract bookkeeper.

This position is supported by NAI’s Project and Operations Assistant and an external bookkeeper.


As a highly qualified candidate, you have at least 5 years of experience in operations and financial management, either in a non-profit or consulting firm environment, OR a combination of relevant skills and experience (i.e., 3 years’ operations experience plus 2 years’ finance). You have an operational and systems mindset and work well in a team.


To qualify for this position, you have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to evaluate systems and protocol, determine potential improvements, implement and support change, with the goal of improving daily operations
  • Deep understanding of budgeting and accounting principles and practices, including payroll
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and Quickbooks Online, and be comfortable learning and using new systems for project management (Teamwork)
  • Excellent verbal & interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong initiative / self-motivated
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to inspire a team

Additional relevant skills or experience include:

  • Human Resource management
  • Board of Directors support
  • Knowledge of contract management, procurement and best practices


We are proud to offer:

  • Competitive wages
  • Comprehensive health package for staff and their families
  • Enhanced (5 weeks) vacation benefits
  • Flexible paid sick/wellness time
  • Training and professional development
  • Remote position (anywhere in Canada)

If you want to surround yourself with a fantastic team doing inspiring work — we would love to meet you!


To be considered for this position, please send your resume outlining your employment and educational experience and a cover letter that describes how your skills and experience will allow you to be successful in this role to [email protected]. Applications will be received until the position is filled, however our first screening of applicants will occur April 2.

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