Founded in March 1988, the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation is a Canadian charity recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency. Formerly known as the Optimist International Foundation of Canada, it only serves the interests of Canadian Optimist members.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation (CCOF) Board of Directors. In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the duties of the Executive Director are:
Organization’s Governance. Works with the Board of Directors to carry out the organization’s mission, including:
- Fill the position of Secretary-Treasurer, a position of the organization;
- Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors and its committees, including coordinating meetings and preparing the necessary documentation for these meetings;
- Ensure that relevant information is communicated, in a timely manner, to the Board of Directors;
- Report on CCOF’s activities, at least quarterly, to the Board of Directors;
- Advise and support the Board of Directors in the development of strategic plans, goals, objectives and policies.
Organization’s Financial performance and sustainability. Develops appropriate resources to ensure the financial health of the organization, including:
- Implement sound administrative and financial management;
- Increase CCOF assets for designated and non-designated funds;
- Coordinate and disseminate annual financial statements, annual tax receipts for charitable activities, CRA tax returns and CCOF’s investment updates;
- As ex-officio of the CCOF finance committee, works with the board to develop comprehensive budget and strategic financial goals.
Organization’s strategy and mission. Works with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach, including:
- Develop and implement a strategic plan and action plan;
- Plan, direct and coordinate the organization’s activities in accordance with existing objectives, regulations, policies and budget;
- Maintain and develop programs and services that meet the organization’s mission and vision;
- Represent the Foundation in the community, with political actors and partners such as Optimist International, Optimistes Francophones Canadiens, and the Optimist International Foundation;
- Establish and propose short-term and long-term planning to achieve the objectives set by the Board of Directors.
Organization’s operations. Supervises and allocates appropriate resources to ensure that the organization’s operations are carried out efficiently, including:
- Ensure sound administration and management of the CCOF Assets, Offices and software Services;
- Recruit, select, hire and supervise staff and contractual resources;
- Ensure that health and safety requirements are met;
- Foster a culture of teamwork, with a focus on collaboration with stakeholders, customer service and customer satisfaction;
Organization’s Communications and Marketing Strategies, including:
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with donors, Optimist clubs, Foundation representatives, Optimist International’s and Optimistes Francophones Canadiens’ staff and the Optimist International Foundation;
- Establish and propose short-term and long-term marketing and communications strategy to reach a broad spectrum of Optimists and potential donors.
The Ideal Candidate
- Experience in developing partnership with internal and external stakeholders;
- Experience managing financial resources and assets;
- Experience in developing human resources (staff and volunteers);
- Experience in philanthropy would be an asset.
Demonstrates leadership qualities such as:
- Ability to create vision and strategy;
- Ability to mobilize people;
- Ability to collaborate with partners and stakeholders;
- Ability to achieve results;
- Ability to manage financial responsibilities and resources.
- Demonstrates effective communication skills including ability to write a variety of documents and make presentations;
- Demonstrates effective public relations skills;
- Demonstrates sound analytical skills;
- Computer skills in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office applications, data base; donation and donor management software; accounting software and video conferencing such as Zoom;
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills (French/English).
- Undergraduate university degree.
- Must have a valid drivers’ licence;
- Must be able to work flexible hours;
- Able to work in a hybrid work environment;
- Security check required.