ACGC – Executive Director
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Salary: $89,000 - $93,000
Reports to: Board of Directors
Anticipated travel: Within Alberta (15-20%), National one-week events (3-4 times per year), Internationally (rarely)
Open until filled.
Are you an inspiring and motivating leader with the ability to meaningful connect and engage with your employees, members, funders, and stakeholders in a well-established and growing not-for-profit organization? If so, this position may be perfect for you!
The Alberta Council for International Cooperation (ACGC), a non-profit Edmonton based organization serving Alberta’s international and community development organizations, is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.
Accountable to the Board of Directors, and guided by our organizational vision, mission, and strategic goals, the Executive Director will be responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight for the activities of the Board, including providing leadership and management towards strong human resources, finances, and program management; advancing stakeholder relations and advocacy; and supporting sound governance.
Key areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
Leadership and Management: The Executive Director ensures ACGC upholds its values in all activities, maintains programmatic excellence, and evaluates programs for consistent quality. It includes recruiting, leading, and developing staff, as well as ensuring compliance with donor standards and relevant legislation. The Executive Director is responsible to manage day-to-day operations efficiently, oversee program offerings, and strengthen accountability and anti-racist practices, including addressing and preventing sexual misconduct.
Financial Management: The Executive Director demonstrates financial stewardship and secures new revenue streams, such as institutional donors and grants. Collaborating with the Board and internal finance staff, the role includes providing oversight for financial and risk management, budgeting, financial reporting, and internal controls. It also encompasses administering funds according to the approved budget and approving expenditures within delegated authority. Reporting on revenues, expenditures, and financial position to the Board, ensuring compliance with taxation legislation, and working with auditors for financial statements and filings are additional tasks to be undertaken.
Stakeholder Relations: The Executive Director establishes connections with stakeholders locally, regionally, and internationally to advance the mission and strategic direction of the organization. Open communication with stakeholders and funders is maintained to keep them informed about the organization’s work and identify changes in the communities it serves. Active participation and leadership in meetings and information exchange within the Inter-council Network and Cooperation Canada are important. The role also includes serving as the organization’s spokesperson, handling external communications, producing official correspondence for the Board, and representing the organization at community and industry events.
Governance: The Executive Director collaborates with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the strategic plan and strong governance practices. Supporting the Executive Committee in building a strong volunteer Board of Directors, serving as an ex-officio at meetings, and involving the Board in organizational needs are key aspects. Ensuring compliance with bylaws and organization policies, and providing guidance for policy and procedure updates are additional responsibilities. Supporting and participating in Board committees as required is also expected.
Advocacy: The Executive Director serves as a representative and advocate for the members of ACGC in various forums at the local, national, and international levels. The responsibility includes voicing the interests of the organization’s members and sector in promoting sustainable human development and engaging with government representatives and key decision-makers to advance these interests.
The successful candidate will have:
- University degree (within or outside Canada) in international relations, international development, or social sciences, or Master’s degree in related discipline
- Education and experience equivalencies will be considered
- Five (5) years related experience at an executive level, working within/supporting the international aid, public engagement/human rights education, or a combination of both
- Strong Alberta and Canadian political understanding and advocacy experience
- Demonstrated experience managing funding from federal donors, including Global Affairs Canada
- Experience working overseas on international development projects (preferable)
- Strong knowledge of, experience within, and commitment to, the international cooperation sector in Canada and globally
- Strong theoretical understanding of critical global citizenship, international development/cooperation, social justice, and human rights education, with strong knowledge of youth engagement and mentorship, focusing on relationships and empathy
- Intermediate to advanced knowledge of MS Office and Google platforms
- English mandatory; French language to support national and international engagement is a very strong asset
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
- Visionary: Creative and forward thinking leader with the ability to gain support and commitment from team members
- Results-oriented: Strong project planning skills; ability to put policy into action
- Facilitation: Strong facilitation, communication, working with organizations to build their capacity
- Networking: Ability to build and maintain local, national, and international relationships with public and private partners and funders, and adapt accordingly
- Research/Writing: Demonstrated research and grant writing skills
- Collaboration: Ability to work in a small organization and both co-create and delegate work as needed
- Flexibility: Demonstrated ability to pivot based the changing internal needs and external influences upon a small organization, providing backstop support to staff or in times of scaling
- Hybrid working arrangement (in-office required, with the ability to telecommute)
- Travel is required
- Within Alberta (15-20%)
- National one-week events (3-4 times per year)
- Internationally (rarely)
- Must own and properly register and insure own vehicle
- Possess a valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract
- Must be available to work evenings and weekends, as required, to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representation of the organization at public and industry events
- Must provide a clean criminal record check and vulnerable sector check
- 37.5 working hours each week
- ACGC provides a 3% RSP cash benefit, cost-shared mandatory health and benefit package (+ HSA)
- Four (4) weeks of annual vacation, thirteen (13) annual statutory holidays, and holiday closure
- Salary band: $89,000 – $93,000
If you are looking for a rewarding career in an exciting and fast paced environment, then we invite you to submit your cover letter and resume, in confidence, by email to Barb Read at BalancedRestorativeHR@outlook.com. ACGC is strongly committed to anti-racism, inclusion, and diversity within its community, and especially welcomes applications that may contribute to the further diversification of ideas in the workplace. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.