Career opportunities at the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society
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The Edmonton Down Syndrome Society is a registered non-profit charity that is committed to achieving its’ mission to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families by providing information and support, facilitating services and promoting inclusion through public awareness and advocacy, in collaboration with community partners.
The Edmonton Down Syndrome Society (EDSS) has become Canada’s largest and most comprehensive regional Down syndrome society in Western Canada serving our mandated area from Red Deer north to the Territories.
Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a small team of staff and therapy consultants, the
Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, operations, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing and stakeholder/partner relations.
- Establish effective working relationships with the Board of Directors.
- Keep Board apprised of important issues.
- Provide all necessary information, in a timely and accurate manner, for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
- Support the Board in developing a strategic plan to guide the organization to ensure that EDSS can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
- In conjunction with the Board,
- Liaise and negotiate with funding bodies regarding contractual conditions and renewals. (All contracts and agreements must be authorized by the Board unless the Board has waived such rights in writing.)
- Establish annual performance goals and work plans and regularly review their performance with the Board.
- Foster and maintain a collaborative and respectful working relationship with the Steering Committee; a standing committee of the Board made up of a membership-elected parents and/or immediate family members.
- Ensure sound accounting and administrative practices and controls are implemented.
- Define long term financial objectives, oversee and monitor the annual budget and set annual goals that align with the strategic plan.
- Be responsible for the:
- fiscal integrity that includes submissions to the Board of an annual budget for approval prepared in cooperation with the Board Treasurer and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
- fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position.
- effective administration of EDSS’ operations that includes authorizing expenditures according to the approved budget and within the authority delegated by the Board, forwarding all unbudgeted items to the Board of Directors and act as a signing authority on behalf of the Board of Directors as authorized.
- Submit monthly narrative and financial reports to the Board, funding bodies and other appropriate agencies
- Support the achievement of fundraising goals.
- Broaden philanthropic giving from individuals, corporations and through grants and alternate sources.
- Develop sustainable funding by establishing strong relationships and support with funders and partners.
- Oversee the annual audit.
- Establish management processes and performance measures.
- Report any variation from approved operating plans.
- Ensure compliance with operating policies.
Community Relations & Advocacy
- Promote EDSS in the community, in its’ regional mandated area and elsewhere.
- Represent EDSS through advocacy with government, community partners, local, provincial and national organizations within this field.
- Represent the EDSS at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile.
- Build positive relationships with private and government stakeholders.
- Cultivate relationships with funders and donors.
- Garner new opportunities and strategic partnerships.
- Implement and oversee a communications plan with an emphasis on the use of social media and stronger branding.
- Monitor all public policy and procedural issues on an ongoing basis which may have an impact on the EDSS or its’ programs and operations.
- Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external influences and factors that affects the organization’s people (users of service, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control
- Ensure assets are protected and adequately insured including, Board liability insurance.
- Ensure payroll taxes and other statutory deductions are accurately filed.
- Manage organizational risk and implement appropriate controls.
- Develop, implement and adhere to organizational policies, procedures and practices; including, financial, administration and human resource and ensure that they comply with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
- Ensure oversight of criminal record checks with vulnerable sector classifications for designated employee and volunteer positions.
Operations & Program Management
- Ensure all operations and program activities operate efficiently and effectively and that they meet the expectations of the users, Board and funders.
- Responsible for managing and supervision of staff and contractors that includes ongoing monitoring of performance and an annual review.
- Oversee and ensure effective recruitment, orientation and supervision of staff and volunteers.
- Develop and foster a positive culture that encourages teamwork and collaboration, promotes open communication, and enhances organizational effectiveness.
- Develop an operational plan with the Steering Committee, which incorporates goals and objectives that fulfills EDSS’ mission and values and that works towards the strategic direction.
- Support the Steering Committee to assess, plan, develop and implement members’ ideas for programs, activities and services and ensure that they align with EDSS’ priorities.
- Respond in an appropriate manner to all issues and matters as raised by the Board, Steering Committee, community partners and/or funders with respect to the delivery of disability related services in the community.
- Serves as an ex-officio member of all committees.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- University Degree in a relevant discipline (social services, human services, etc.)
- Proven success in fundraising, grant writing and donor stewardship.
- Possess exceptional skills to proficiently utilize, interact, manage and monitor a broad spectrum of social media platforms such as, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. to reach a broad audience of members and donors to promote events.
- Must pass a criminal record check, including Vulnerable Sector search and Child Welfare check as a condition of employment.
- Minimum 3+ years’ experience working in progressively senior management positions.
- Prior leadership experience in the non-profit or for-profit sector required preferably, in the disability field.
- Prior experience working for a registered charity is preferable.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors by fostering collaboration with Board, staff and volunteers.
- Proven leadership and relationship management experience required.
- Demonstrated success in facility management and operations, revenue generation, non-profit and fiscal management.
Knowledge & Skills
- In depth knowledge and understanding of the voluntary and non-profit sector.
- Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislations as it pertains to a registered charity, voluntary sector organization and human resource management.
- Knowledge of effective leadership and governance principles.
- Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget presentation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
- Ability to problem solve and delegate.
- Ability to maintain good relations and a system of communication with the Board, Steering Committee, membership, funders and stakeholders/partners.
- Must be well-rounded charismatic communicator with proven ability to present and adjust style for various audience and stakeholders (media, members, staff, existing & potential funders/supporters).
- Must have genuine commitment to personify the philosophy of the EDSS.
- Empathetic and compassionate leader who models respect and trust.
- Must have strong personal integrity and ethics.
- Highly resilient leader that has ability to build trust.
- Excellent ability to build strong relationships.
- Strong interpersonal skills to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times.
- Fosters a collaborative approach to working with staff, volunteers, stakeholders and members.
- Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills.
- Passionate and persuasive communicator who can inspire and energize members, volunteers, staff, partners and donors and positively promote EDSS at events, in promotional materials and on social media outlets.
- Flexible work environment with some expectation to work evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and represent EDSS at public events.
- Interaction with employees, therapy consultants, volunteers, and the public at large.
- Working in a busy office environment with frequent interruptions.
- Travel may be required.
- Ability to attend and conduct presentations.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please send your resume, with cover letter, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 7, 2019.
For more information, please visit our website at www.edss.ca