Secretary General[Ottawa]

Secretary General



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Secretary General




Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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Ottawa, Ontario


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Job Start Date:

1 - aug-2019


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Job Description:


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth Forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. The work of the Commission ranges from commemorating the war dead through building and maintaining cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories, through to preserving extensive records and archives. Headquartered in the UK, the Commission is a Royal Charter body, funded by six-member Governments in direct proportion to the number of servicemen lost. Canada is the second largest contributor after the UK. It is within this context that the CWGC is seeking a Secretary General in Canada.

The Secretary General (Canada) manages the staff and operation of the $1.8M Canadian agency and carries out three principle functions; inspecting and arranging the maintenance of CWGC cemeteries across Canada; inspecting and arranging for the maintenance of cemeteries and memorials throughout the Americas; and lastly, overseeing the maintenance of Canadian Veterans’ Graves and Fields of Honour on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada. Furthermore, the Secretary General, Canada will work with head office colleagues to develop strategies for communication and engagement with younger generations of Canadians, using digital and traditional means.

As the ideal candidate, you have practical operational experience in horticulture, construction, conservation or a related discipline, along with experience managing small scale contracting and procurement. You are a proven leader who has experience developing strategic relationships both within government and externally, across a wide variety of cultures. You have a penchant for diplomacy and are comfortable acting as the public face of an organization, and focused on collaborative engagement with stakeholders. You are passionate about continuous improvement, and share the organisation’s values of excellence, respect, teamwork and commitment. An ability to communicate in both official languages of Canada is essential. You must be willing and able to travel worldwide. If you are interested in joining this vitally important conservation organization, send a copy of your CV in confidence to Paul Marshall and Renée Young at
Please include “Secretary General - CWGC” in the subject line of your e-mail. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.