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The Cowichan Intercultural Society's Board of Directors is currently seeking a self-motivated and experienced Executive Director to strategically lead the organization.
The Cowichan Intercultural Society builds inclusive communities by helping newcomers to Canada successfully integrate into the Cowichan Valley, providing services and supports. We have been doing this since 1981. We initiate and support activities to create a more inclusive and equitable community. For more information about us, please visit https://cowichanintercultural.org/
What we offer
This is a regular full-time position (37.5 hours per week) that requires a consistent in-person presence (COVID-19 prevention protocols are in place). The minimum starting salary is $62,500/year. For candidates with extensive experience, we will consider compensation beyond this. Benefits include a modest personal health spending account, Professional Development funding, 2 cultural leave days per year, and 3 weeks paid vacation. This position will require some evening and weekend work.
Core Responsibilities - Accountable for achieving organizational outcomes in alignment with our strategic plan, policies and priorities.
- Oversee the operations of the organization mindful of client and community needs, alongside provincial and national trends.
- Lead liaison and negotiator for Provincial and Federal contracts, including submitting funding proposals.
- Establishes an effective organizational structure that is focused on delivering the mission of CIS, reflective of operational needs and directed towards accomplishing the strategic objectives and service delivery focus of the organization.
As a future-orientated leader and strategic thinker, the successful candidate will demonstrate their proven record of strong leadership skills with an ability to work effectively and collaboratively using a community development lens with staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, as well as funders, community partners and local groups.
The ED must be an effective communicator, relationship builder, and collaborative decision maker. Core qualities we seek include integrity, compassion, lateral thinking, collaboration and the ability to advocate.
- Aligns and coordinates programs to reflect our Vision, Mission and Values
- Monitors and reports on strategic planning implementation
- Identifies priority areas of need and develops operational strategies to address them
- Addresses short-term, mid-term and long-term planning around services and sustainability
- Oversees the operations of the organization in a way that centres client needs, alongside community needs, and provincial and national trends
- Advocates within the public and private sectors for issues relevant to CIS, its services and constituencies
- Acts as a resource to Board members in Board development, recruitment and orientation
- Works closely with community partners and other stakeholders to develop and implement collaborative opportunities to optimize program service delivery
- Oversees adherence to relevant regulations and legislation including privacy legislation and the principles of the Earth Charter
Financial Oversight and Leadership
- Lead liaison and negotiator for Provincial and Federal contracts, including submitting funding proposals
- Identifies broader potential financial opportunities
- Oversees financial operations, budgeting and planning
- With the Finance Committee, completes year-end financial review
- With Board Treasurer and financial team, ensures that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
- Ensures Development Team sources and applies for grants and other contributions
- Establishes an effective organizational structure that is focused on delivering the mission of CIS, reflective of operational needs and directed towards accomplishing the strategic objectives and service delivery focus of the organization
- Provides strong, effective and visible leadership
- Oversees HR functions, including recruitment; these activities may be delegated to leadership within the team structure
- Ensures all team members are motivated to contribute fully to the organization to the realization of the mission, vision, goals and objectives defined in the strategic plan
- Fosters the development of a strong culture that focuses on teamwork, innovation, continuous improvement and service excellence
- Involves and recognizes team members for identifying innovative approaches to enhance organizational performance
- Supports the implementation of the annual performance review process
- Supports training and development that motivates team members and ensures they have the necessary skills and abilities to fulfill their duties
- Ensures the existence of an effective succession planning process
- Ensures team members are focused on the organizational priorities and their delivery, in accordance with the organization’s Mission, Vision and Values
- Ensures compliance with relevant workplace regulations and legislation
- Fosters an environment of continuous improvement and appreciation
- Maintain an equity-forward environment through a trauma-informed, gender+-based, decolonisation framework
Qualifications & education of the ideal candidate:
- A minimum of three years of senior level management/leadership experience, ideally in a not-for-profit environment.
- Relevant undergraduate degree or higher; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
- Strong strategic planning and implementation skills; must be able to connect vision, mission and strategic goals and develop work plans to achieve them.
- Strong leadership and organizational development skills, broad knowledge and experience in community development initiatives and programs/services that promote integration and inclusion.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; the ability to write coherent proposals and reports; and the ability to articulate, reframe and present complex ideas and messages.
- Experience in leading grant proposals and fund development.
- Knowledge of additional languages and cultures will be considered a great asset, including understanding the complexities of the migration journey.
- Must provide a criminal record check.
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