The Doorway is looking for a collaborative, community focused leader to be their next Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will be an engaging, inclusive, approachable leader with lived experience in ethnocultural, racialized, equity seeking communities and a passion for collaborating for equitable system change. Grounded in the belief of a youth’s ability to self-determine and a passion for helping young people help themselves, the candidate will display values of empathy, compassion and a commitment to possibility and hope in their every interaction. A great team leader, the candidate uses good listening and communication skills to work well with others, respecting their views and supporting staff and volunteers to develop their skills. Positive and encouraging, the candidate will have an open and flexible style. They will be good at problem solving and able to make sound decisions that generate unified support from diverse groups of stakeholders.
They will be a confident leader who can network and speak publicly about The Doorway in a business environment yet still be able to engage with participants on a meaningful level. An accomplished relationship builder, the candidate will be able to participate in positive ways in community initiatives to support youth. They will have the skills to raise significant support to fund our mission and will strategically engage with the community for greater awareness and stronger partnerships to ensure The Doorway thrives into the future, reaching and serving more youth.
The candidate will have extensive knowledge and direct experience with vulnerable youth such as in social work, addictions, family services, mental health, or other similar work experience. The candidate focuses their practice within a participatory action research framework and is committed to outcomes evaluation.
The successful candidate will have experience supporting a nonprofit board of directors in its governance duties and working with an engaged, passionate workforce of staff and volunteers. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of non-profit finances, including project-based funding, grant applications, reporting and their implications.
In the late 80’s The Doorway piloted as an experiment in social change addressing young people living on the streets in Calgary. A sociological frame started with learning directly from the young people. An understanding of the differences between street culture and mainstream culture led to an awareness that the definition of ‘on the street’ was and still is today different than ‘homeless’.
The Doorway Approach engages both young people living on the streets and mainstream community members in a self-determined planning process and cross-cultural exchange to make these lasting changes. It is an approach based on the following principles:
Our Vision and Mission:
An equitable world where young people have the tools to thrive
Making change possible by empowering young people to take steps toward a better quality of life
The Doorway welcomes all young people (17-30 years old) who want to get off the street. We are a community here to listen without judgement. We give young people a safe space where they can tap into their innate wisdom and chart their own path forward. Change is possible.
The firm foundation we’ve built over the last 35 years of listening to and learning from young people involved in street culture provides The Doorway with a unique opportunity to contribute to system changes that reduce the reasons young people find themselves on the street. When organizations work effectively together, we believe that those young people can have barrier free access to a holistic group of services and supports. We are seeking an experienced and energetic leader to work with our dedicated staff and committed Board to enhance our support of young people through collaborative, diverse and adaptable programming that addresses the complex challenges they face. Key to our success is a research based approach focused on outcomes evaluation that welcomes and supports all young people that find themselves on the street, regardless of their background or situation. Together we make change possible.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management at The Doorway (The Backdoor, Youth Employment Society) and for consistent achievement of its mission and strategies. The ED’s major mandate is to ensure that The Doorway has a long-range strategy for success in supporting positive outcomes for participants. As the senior staff member of The Doorway, the ED clearly understands, demonstrates and practices the values and philosophy of the organization while providing leadership to a small, capable, engaged team of staff and community volunteers. Key responsibilities include Fund Development; optimal use of organizational finances, staff and resources; long range strategic and fiscal planning; operational oversight and support; building collaborative relationships with other agencies toward systemic change; enhancing The Doorway’s role in the community; and ensuring The Doorway’s programs evolve to meet the changing and complex needs of young people engaged in street culture.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and has several direct reports;
Leadership and Management
Community Leadership and Advocacy
Financial Planning and Management
Governance and Board Relations
Key competencies the candidate must demonstrate are:
Post-secondary degree in social work, sociology, community development, education or a related discipline, supplemented by business or management experience.
Candidates with a different combination of relevant experience and education are welcome to apply.
Please Note: WorkInNonProfits.ca is not affiliated with and in no way endorses or vets the organization that posted this job. Any links posted within the job will take you to their external site where the same disclaimer applies.
Thanks for looking on WorkInNonProfits.ca and good luck with your job search!