Executive Director - Start Me Up Niagara
Start Me Up Niagara is searching for an Executive Director who is compassionate, committed to social justice and who values collaboration with program participants, staff, and community stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a passion for working to improve the health, community integration and skill development of individuals facing significant life challenges such as: addiction, mental health issues, poverty, homelessness, and unemployment.
Start Me Up Niagara is in St. Catharines, Niagara Region and it provides programs such as employment services, food programs and a community garden, social enterprise, participant newspaper, drop-in, emergency shelter, information and referral, income tax clinics and housing help. With its service partners, it offers on-site mental health and addiction supports and primary health care.
The Executive Director supports the Board of Directors to advance the mission of the organization and is responsible for overall management of administration and all program operations. The Executive Director creates opportunities for acceptance, support, skill development and capacity building for participants. The Executive Director collaborates with community partners and faith communities in service delivery to address service gaps and barriers faced by marginalized individuals. As a well-connected community leader, the Executive Director advocates to stakeholders, governments, donors, and the media to advance the organization’s mission and plays a critical role in person-centred service planning in the region.
The Executive Director develops fundraising opportunities; pursues external funding and gifts in kind, and social enterprise opportunities; and ensures that government and foundation funding is accessed to sustain Start Me Up Niagara’s many programs and to develop innovative programs in response to urgent community needs.
Qualifications and Competencies:
The successful candidate will have a not-for-profit leadership record with excellent administrative skills and knowledge and will know how to build a strong and effective organizational culture. Ideally, the individual has developed, managed, and evaluated programs and services that are person-centred and responsive to community needs. In addition, we are looking for an individual who can motivate and inspire staff and volunteers, while advancing the mission of the organization.
As a strategic thinker who has strong experience reporting to community boards, the successful candidate understands how to support effective board governance and the development of healthy board and staff partnerships.
The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrated commitment to working with individuals facing significant life challenges
- Understanding of equity and inclusion principles and working within trauma-informed service and social justice frameworks. An ability to communicate these models effectively and integrate them in operations and service planning
- 10 years experience in a non-profit organization leadership role, serving diverse communities, working with and reporting to a board of directors
- Strong financial management and budgeting skills; proposal writing; revenue generation through public and private fundraising; development of capital campaigns; and donor relations
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills including social media, public speaking, media relations and writing policy analysis reports
- People leadership skills, ability to adapt management style and coach/mentor diverse staff and motivate them to achieve success
- Conflict management and de-escalation skills and ability to set effective boundaries
- Strong change management skills and implementation of HR practices that motivate and inspire staff and volunteers and create a workplace culture of learning
- Proficiency with standard office software and technology (e.g., Office, Adobe, Zoom, Word, Excel, client data management programs, and social media platforms).
Compensation and Benefits:
The Executive Director position receives a comprehensive compensation and benefits package that includes a health, travel, and professional development allowance. The starting salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and within a 4-step salary range of $80,000 to $90,000.
How to Apply:
Applications should be submitted by September 18th, 2020 on the Charity Village website by including a current CV and cover letter. All applications will be kept in strict confidence.
Must consent to a vulnerable sector screening criminal record check as required for this position.
Start Me Up Niagara strives for meaningful employment from all communities and for its team to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves. First Nations, people of colour, and people across spectrums of gender, sexuality, age, and abilities are encouraged to apply. Start Me Up Niagara thanks all applicants for their interest in this position.
Please note that only people who will be interviewed for the position will be contacted.