Are you a collaborative leader looking for a new opportunity?
We are seeking an inclusive, approachable leader with experience working with ethnocultural, racialized, equity seeking communities and a passion for collaborating for equitable system change to become the next Executive Director or Co-Executive Directors. As a credible champion for full participation in social, economic, and civic life, our new leadership will be committed to offering holistic services and building the capacity and amplifying the collective voice of these communities.
The Executive Director(s) will build on Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS)’ mission, vision, and principles and lead community based initiatives for the improvement of the quality of life of newcomer Edmontonians. As a liaison with internal and external stakeholders, this position demands a deep understanding of newcomer realities (including refugees, immigrants, and persons with temporary or undocumented status), the ability to build relationships, application of intercultural and anti-oppressive principles, and outstanding organization and management skills in order to best serve MFRS’ mission and mandate.
Who we are:
Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS) was founded in 2005 by and for immigrant and refugee families. Sixteen years later, MFRS is uniquely positioned to meet the needs and build on the strengths of newcomers who are experiencing high vulnerability in Edmonton/amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, within the territories of the nations of Treaty 6 and Metis Nation of Alberta Region 4.
We (currently 23 highly skilled, experienced, and passionate staff) explore the potential of new models of holistic settlement and integration services while focusing on building the capacity of newcomer households and designing programs that respond to the needs and strengths of participants from newcomer communities. We bring our learning (and unlearning) to collaboratives and sector initiatives, while learning from others and integrating that into the promising practices of MFRS.
What we do:
To achieve our mission and vision, we work interdependently. We see other organizations as potential partners rather than competitors. As a staff team, we recognize that the wellbeing of each other is the key to delivering creative, flexible, and high-quality programs and services. We also work with systems to transform them (when they need to be refreshed). And we take action to stay accountable to the communities that our mission and vision are designed to empower.
As a values-driven organization, MFRS is grounded in the following principles and committed to continually learning about and incorporating anti-oppressive approaches.
Relational: A way of interaction with and within the community in which we take time to listen, care, connect and love to build mutual support hand in hand
Participant Driven: Participants identify what’s important to them, what they need, and what they want to achieve. Our programs meet participants where they’re at and support them in reaching their goals.
Empowerment: Building community and working together to share space, opportunities, skills, and knowledge for mutual learning, self-determination and ultimate well-being
Culturally Responsive: Safe spaces to maintain a home culture and adapt to new connections and diversity; and developing a deeper understanding between cultures that are always changing
What a day in the ED’s life could include:
Financial and risk management
Ideal Candidates have the following:
Skills and Attributes:
If you are interested:
We will be holding a virtual Candidate Open House on November 2 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn more about the position. We will review the job description, open up the space for questions from candidates, and provide examples of what our work looks like in practice. Please see Zoom information below to join the Open House.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 1765 1687
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kMIfWVPmo
In your cover letter, please explain which two of MFRS’ principles guide you as a leader in your professional work and you embody in your personal life. Please indicate in your resume any educational experiences you have had in any context that contribute to the execution of this job. We thank all applicants but only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Résumés without a cover letter will be deemed as an incomplete application and will not be accepted.
If making a submission for joint leadership as Co-Executive Directors:
Only those applicants who best demonstrate how they meet the qualifications outlined in the job posting will be contacted to advance to the next phase via e-mail or phone once the posting has closed.
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