Waterfront Initiative Lead

Established in 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) mission is to promote the sustainability of the Strait of Georgia, Canada’s most at-risk environment, its adjoining waters and communities.  GSA is committed to a future for our region that includes clean water and air, healthy wild salmon runs, rich marine life and natural areas, and sustainable communities.  We currently have over 15,000 members and supporters who work collectively to address root causes of threats to the Strait and find solutions that protect it. Our main office is in Nanaimo with a program office located in Vancouver.

GSA is seeking applications from suitable consultants to fill the role of Waterfront Initiative Lead. This contractor will implement the goals and objectives of the organization’s Waterfront Initiative and deliver on a number of priority deliverables.

The contract may be extended based on funding and performance.  Contract to begin as soon as successful candidate found.  Location: Vancouver.

Total contract value: $32,000

Contract period: June 2017 – March 31, 2018

Reporting to: Executive Director

Scope of work:

  • Act as an advocate for waterfront planning in Vancouver, including the development of a comprehensive action plan.
  • Promote the vision of the Waterfront Initiative, an ongoing collaborative network of waterfront stakeholders working towards a common vision for the city’s waterfront
  • Promote the Waterfront Initiative’s goals and liaise with government officials, including First Nations, as well industry, businesses and community groups, as necessary to achieve comprehensive waterfront planning in the city.
  • Facilitate discussion and collaboration amongst Waterfront Initiative network members to achieve the initiatives goals
  • Coordinate stakeholder network, working groups, including ongoing communications, as needed
  • Moderate discussions within network and help facilitate goal setting and work planning, including identification of pilot projects, as needed
  • Lead the strategic development and oversight of the Initiative and the network, specifically to budget, funding applications/reports and assist in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the project


  • Expand and strengthen the Waterfront Initiative network (Timeline: throughout contract period)
    • Grow network strategically and adaptively in targeted or under-represented sectors including private land developers as well as land-based and maritime industries on the Fraser
    • Pursue opportunities as they arise to expand initiative beyond City of Vancouver by strategically working with the region and targeting adjacent municipalities (Burnaby, North and West Vancouver, and Richmond)
    • Establish 3-5 thematic working groups with assigned chairs and oversee their work
    • Grow advisory committee to 10+ members from its current membership of 8
  • State of Waterfront Report and Action Plan
    • State of Waterfront report published and dispersed widely (Timeline: by end of November)
      • Press release, social media campaign, and OpEd following publication of State of Waterfront report to share findings and bring in more partners to develop Waterfront Action Plan, working with GSA staff
      • Gain specific support of member groups, including key decision makers at the City of Vancouver
      • Engage members of city council to gain support for Waterfront Initiative
      • Present report to to Vancouver City Council and other elected bodies and work towards adoption of report and action plan
    • Host two forums that detail findings of report in order to begin setting objectives, targets, and actions for Waterfront Action Plan. (Timeline: by end of contract period)
      • Lay out framework for measuring progress and identify priority action areas
  • Ensure long-term sustainability of the project (Timeline: throughout contract period with 1 new funder secured)
    • Pursue strategic funding opportunities from within waterfront network and expanding scope to broader funder network
    • Develop a set of year-over-year metrics (including the successful completion of program metrics, membership, fundraising, pilot projects etc.) to demonstrate value, and track progress year over year
  • Facilitate projects that demonstrate value of WI (Timeline: throughout contract period with 1 project identified by end of calendar year)
    • Explore opportunities for pilot projects addressing a specific issue or part of the waterfront, and provide support (in form of participation, engagement, leveraging network) to partners where possible to showcase the value added by the Waterfront Initiative
  • Develop and implement internal (WI network) and external (public) communication plan for the WI working with GSA staff.

Skills required

  • University or college degree in environmental management, resource management, social sciences, arts or equivalent
  • Extensive experience in cross-sectorial processes (5 years +)
  • Strong facilitation and coordination skills (5 years +)
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of urban planning and/or waterfront planning
  • Comfort with working in business, government and NGO environments
  • Experience in communicating and engaging with municipal government, First Nations, industry, elected officials and the media
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to work in constantly changing environment
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, with a solution based approach to issues
  • Excellent time management skills and accountability
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team
  • Ability to travel for meetings within the region
  • Commitment to Georgia Strait Alliance’s mission, values and culture

The contractor will need to work from their home office, have access to a computer and smartphone.

Proposals should include the following:

  • An overview of how the contractor would approach meeting the deliverables
  • A general estimate of how the contractor/team would propose to spend time available with in the budget
  • Hourly rate(s) for contractor(s) working on contract
  • Name(s) and bio(s) of contractor(s) working on contract
  • Examples of relevant previous individual/team work experience and/or contracts on events of a similar nature
  • Three references (relevant past employers/clients)

Deadline for proposals: Proposals will be considered as they are received will be reviewed on a rolling basis; please apply at your earliest convenience.

Please email your proposal to  Only those contractors selected for interviews will be contacted.