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Job Number:  46948
Executive Director
Job Posted: Thursday, 9 August 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 7 September 2018
(39 days ago)
Skills Society
Region: Edmonton area Type: Full time
Location: Edmonton Salary: (not entered)

About Skills Society


Skills Society supports people with disabilities, their families, and communities.


Through services and innovative projects, we work to help people with disabilities experience meaningful lives as valued citizens.


Many people with disabilities live on the margins of our communities, often in isolation, and are not offered the same opportunities most citizens are afforded.


Skills Society provides support services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, survivors of acquired brain injury, and their families.


Communities benefit when people with disabilities are provided stable, individually tailored services, housing and support. When people are supported to realize their full potential, they can contribute their skills, knowledge and gifts to the mosaic of talents and personalities that make our communities strong and healthy.



A community where all individuals are valued citizens deserving respect, dignity, and rights.



Skills supports individuals with disabilities and their families in their right to learn and grow in the community. We provide services that encourage and support individual choice and opportunity.


Core Values

Support Engaged Citizenship | Safeguarding Healthy Relationships | Seeking Creative Collaborations | Building and Sharing Knowledge | Embracing Complexity





Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the organization, ensuring the provision of quality supports to individuals and their families is consistent with the vision, mission, and core values of Skills Society. The ED integrates the long-term plans and decision-making of the board with the ongoing operations and provides the communication link between the board and all internal and external stakeholders. The ED oversees an operational budget of approximately $20 million and leads a team of seven which includes; Senior Manager of Community Supports, Senior Manager of HR, Accountant, Senior Leader of Quality Assurance and Provincial Standards, Senior Leader of Research and Social Innovations, Manager of Fund Development and the Office Administrator. The ED advocates to various levels of government and other organizations to continue to further the mission and vision of Skills Society.  





  • Lead Skills Society with a clearly defined sense of direction and purpose.
  • Effectively communicate the vision, mission, and shared values to employees, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Direct the day-to-day administration of the organization and provide leadership and guidance to 470+ staff.
  • Ensure the delivery of quality supports to individuals and their families, including an ongoing evaluation of services.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of Skills Society human, financial, and physical resources, including resource development, annual budgeting, financial audits, and negotiation of all contracts for service delivery.
  • Ensure open channels of communication within the organization and is visible and accessible.
  • Represent Skills Society in the community in a manner that is positive, professional, and consistent with agency policy, vision, and mission.
  • Encourage team building by facilitating open communication and positive working relationships with staff.
  • Ensure that there is an effective framework of governance which provides the direction and parameters within which operations are conducted, align accountabilities and authorities, and define any required policies, standards, and guidelines.
  • Establish control and follow-up mechanisms for the organization.
  • Maintain a culture of safety and mental wellness by ensuring adherence to established policies and standards and develop new programs and initiatives as required. Support, coach, and mentor staff who are dealing with difficult subject matter daily.

Community/Stakeholder Relations

  • Build trustworthy, respectful, and strong relationships with key organizations. Ensure effective and consistent communication and work collaboratively to develop and enhance partnerships through which Skill Society’s mandate can be promoted.
  • Represent the organization with the agencies, community organizations, and various levels of government, business, and public organizations.
  • Increase awareness of the Society by developing effective relationships with local media.
  • Promote the activities of the Society through presentations and involvement in community activities.
  • Provide oversight and maintain effective relations with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Act as the formal spokesperson for the Society in all matters, other than those that are board-related.

Governance/Board Relations

  • Play a leadership role with the board in strategy development for Skills Society. Support the board in decision-making, planning, and establishment of strategic objectives and initiatives, and the formulation of operational policies.
  • Deliver information required to the board as necessary to enable the board to meet its obligations, mandate, and discharge their governance responsibilities.
  • Identify issues and provide full and comprehensive information, analysis, and advice to the board. Discuss emerging internal or external issues and high-priority needs with the board to identify ways in which the Society can assist in addressing these issues.
  • Develop operating plans and budgets for board approval.
  • Develop policies for board approval.
  • Report regularly to the board and its committees on the activities and outcomes of the Society and its financial and operational status.
  • Attend board or committee meetings as required.


  • Participate in the formulation of the Society’s vision and strategic plan and assume overall responsibility for the fulfillment of the vision and mandate.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization's ongoing programs, services, and special projects and ensure that they contribute to the organization's overall mission and vision.
  • Develop, review, and amend (as required) operating plans, policies, and procedures that support the Society’s activities and oversee effective and efficient day-to-day operations.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services to maintain or improve quality.
  • Work with the board to formulate the organization’s annual budgets.


  • The ideal candidate will have a relevant education background, ideally a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities and related programs would be preferred.
  • The candidate will exhibit a track record of sound management with a strong history of successful leadership positions, preferably having held a similar position with a comparable-sized organization.
  • Exposure to reporting to a board of directors and solid understanding of governance structure.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


Visionary Leadership: Able to formulate and articulate a detailed vision that is supported by the board and can effectively communicate the vision and expectations to all levels within the organization as well as internal and external stakeholders. Sees and acts on immediate issues without losing sight of the long-term goals and objectives. An innovative and strategic thinker and planner, who can translate goals into an action plan. Able to identify future requirements as they relate to child protection and advocacy. A coach and team builder that identifies and mentors future leaders. A leader that maintains a steadfast and unified culture in a multidisciplinary organization comprised of multiple partners.


Decision-Making: Able to assess situations objectively and make sound decisions; is adept at problem solving; is decisive and accountable. Recognizes priorities and changing approaches. Shows compassion as well as common sense and intuitive judgment abilities. Able to make effective operational decisions.


Social Entrepreneurship: Is a mission-driven individual who uses a set of entrepreneurial behaviours to obtain a significant social return on investment. Combines visionary and real-world problem-solving creativity to create and sustain a high social value. Recognizes and relentlessly pursues new opportunities to serve the mission of the organization. Engages in a process of continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning.


Relationship Builder: Solid, dynamic communicator with the ability to establish and cultivate strong relationships with a diverse group of individuals including senior executives, the board of directors, government and community executives, staff (management and front line), and agency partners.


Operational and Political Acumen: Possesses a keen understanding of financial, operational, and personnel matters. Understands the role government plays in working with people with disabilities, advocacy, and funding relationships, and is astute in the means that secure the ends.


Communication Skills: Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as active listening skills; has a professional approach and demeanor; maintains an individual’s dignity and self-worth during conversations; demonstrates the ability to deal effectively with conflict in a diplomatic and professional manner. A strategic communicator who is able to modify the approach depending on the audience.


Organizational Skills: Excellent organization skills to work on numerous projects and coordinate multiple activities. Meets deadlines and is able to prioritize a diverse workload. Has well-developed project management skills—can plan, manage, facilitate, and participate in numerous projects at once. Is proactive and responsive; approaches responsibilities with a high degree of energy and passion.


Professional: Has a high degree of integrity both personally and professionally; is honest, sincere, dependable, and trustworthy. Able to work with minimal supervision; is self-motivated and self-directed.


Resourceful: Develops new ideas and moves them forward. Utilizes all resources available and involves other members of the team as necessary to get the job done. Is creative and takes advantage of opportunities, while recognizing the necessity of working within limited resources.


Risk Manager: A calculated risk-taker, with the ability to identify, monitor, and manage key risks in an organization.


Teamwork: Promotes and enables cooperation across an organization comprised of multiple disciplines and partner agencies; positively affects morale; is empathetic; facilitates/builds understanding, acceptance, and support for organizational operations and initiatives; delegates efficiently; understands and appreciates the effectiveness of working synergistically with others at all levels within the organization and creates a team culture; promotes cohesion and teamwork in seeking solutions and moving forward; has a willingness to listen and learn from others.



A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.



This role is based in Edmonton, Alberta.



Ardyce Kouri or Sandra McIsaac

Leaders International Executive Search

Suite 501 Fox One

10226 – 104 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 1B8


Phone: 780-420-9900

Email:    E


How to Apply:
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Send applications in PDF format to Edmonton@LeadersInternational.com.
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Contact Details:
Leaders International
501 Fox One
10226 - 104 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5J 1B8

Tel: 7804209900
www:   www.skillssociety.ca

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