Call for Board Treasurer - Peele Island Bird Observatory

Strategic Context

The Board of Directors has crafted an ambitious new strategic plan and is working on a corresponding 3-year operational plan that will amplify the impact that this mission-focused organization can bring to international, national, and local levels of bird conservation through its research and education. One key pillar of the plan is the development and launch of a $5 million endowment fund spearheaded by Margaret Atwood to secure a legacy for future generations in Canada and internationally. The other key pillar is the creation of a new Pelee Island Bird Centre on the Island to further develop the scientific research, education and international outreach of PIBO. The new Treasurer will invest their talents and be a key team player in PIBO's next exciting chapter succeeding a life legacy of the organization’s founders.

Position Overview

The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing PIBO’s financial activities and ensuring proper management of its financial resources. They will ensure that the organization maintains accurate financial records, tracks income and expenses, and prepares financial reports for the organization's board and external stakeholders. Key tasks include oversight accountability to ensure precise financial record maintenance, budget formulation with the Executive Director, and regulation compliance.

Virtual board meetings will occur monthly through this period of transition. Initially, a thorough financial organizational assessment is required, followed by regular commitments of 8-16 hours monthly.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will expertly guide PIBO’s financial strategy and contribute to effective board governance with the following skills:

  • Provide strong financial acuity and stakeholder leadership, crucial in fortifying PIBO's fiscal integrity, facilitating our bird research and conservation missions.
  • Be a Certified Public Accountant (or with senior financial management experience)
  • Have board and financial governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Be passionate about conservation of the environment and, ideally but not a must, an active birdwatcher.
  • Reside in Southwestern Ontario (preferred).

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