Career Opportunities

The Partners in Protection (PiP) is a multidisciplinary non-profit association, made up of members representing national, provincial and municipal associations, Indigenous community partners, government departments responsible for emergency services, forest and parks management, land use planning and private business and industry. Partners in Protection became an official organization after it was incorporated in Alberta on February 8, 1993, under the Societies Act of The Province of Alberta. Partners in Protection has since grown the FireSmart brand into becoming FireSmart Canada with the program being supported adopted by membership across Canada.

Executive Director

The Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director to provide guidance and leadership for the day to day operations of the FireSmart Canada program.


The Executive Director is responsible for developing strategy and tactics to meet the demands of governance, partnership development, seeking out funding and business opportunities that will drive revenue growth, communication and public relations, research and development, management, and overall administrative oversight of Partners in Protection Association. The Executive Director reports directly to the Partners in Protection Association Board of Directors.



Guide the overall strategic planning and governance of Partners in Protection:

  • Develop and execute a multi-year strategic plan for Partners in Protection in consultation with the Board of Directors
  • Monitor and respond to trends in research, education, training, and applied practices related to wildfire resiliency for Canadian communities
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the Association activities
  • Represent the Association and make presentations on behalf of the Association to clients, members and potential members and sponsors
  • Identify key strategic partners and funding streams to build and support sustainable Association activities
  • Develop formal partnerships with external stakeholders, and
  • Represent the Association by preparing and submitting input and advice to various internal and external legislative and regulatory bodies by working with committees and applicable agencies that may include, but not be limited to workshops and other interactive forums.


Manage all operational and supervisory functions of Partners in Protection (finance, legal, administration, human resources, etc.) including, but not limited to:

  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board, as appropriate
  • Oversee the development and implementation of safety programs (policies, procedures and practices) for Partners in Protection, including Safety Standards for contractors.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff
  • Determine sustainable staffing requirements for the Association’s management and program delivery
  • Hiring and supervising Partners in Protection support staff (casual, temporary, students and future permanent positions), including aspects of training and development, performance appraisals, and assigning job responsibilities.
  • Maintain new membership recruitment and renewals
  • Ensure that personnel, members, and sponsors files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the applicable Employment Standards Code and awareness of relevant legislation changes
  • Maintain the constitutional bylaws and provide expertise on bylaw interpretation to members of the Association
  • Focus on researching and securing partnerships and business opportunities to provide adequate and sustainable funding for the operation of the Association
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping, accounting principles and procedures are followed
  • Prepare a sustainable annual operating budget and administer the funds of the Association according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  • Provide the Board with monthly financial reports for Board meetings and Annual General Meetings
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage


  • Build capacity to advance the goals of Partners in Protection by developing new and sustainable partnerships and nurturing existing relationships with a diverse group of industry, government, non-governmental organization, and academic stakeholders in Canada.
  • Plan, organize and execute a strategy for partnership development that will enable Partners in Protection to secure sustainable financial and in-kind resources to deliver on its mandate from a range of sources, which may include public grants, corporate or government research agreements, sponsorship, and/or philanthropic donations.
  • Steward collaborations by managing expectations and tracking outcomes of partnership arrangements and activities on an ongoing basis.


  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Association’s programs and services
  • Ensure programs and services offered by the Association are sustainable and contribute to the Association’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the Association to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects
  • Oversee the timely and appropriate maintenance, enhancement and upgrade of the website
  • Responsible for the policy enforcement of the Association’s logos and copyright materials
  • Oversee and manage national FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program with provincial and territorial agencies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and applicants, ensuring applications, documentation and review process is continuously improved.



The Executive Director should have a combination of post-secondary business management education and demonstrated management skills in the following:

  • Business management and entrepreneurship
  • Social media management, marketing and communications
  • At least five years of experience with client/partner relationship development and management (both government and business-related experience preferred).
  • Work experience with wildland-urban interface fire response, wildfire behaviour, prevention and mitigation programming (wildfire agency, rural fire service, Indigenous fire service or emergency management agency background), would be a strong asset.
  • Being bilingual in French would be a strong asset.


Commensurate with experience.


Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications. The review of applications will start on December 20, 2018.

Applications can be made to the attention of Laura Stewart, President, FireSmart Canada