Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Location: Edmonton, Alberta (required)
Position type: Full time (37.5h/week), permanent
Salary: $89,000 - $93,000
Reports to: Board of Directors
Anticipated travel: 30% travel required within Alberta, Canada, and internationally.
Application deadline: May 7, 2023
The Alberta Council for International Cooperation (ACGC), a non-profit organization serving Alberta’s international and community development organizations, is accepting applications for the permanent position of Executive Director.
Accountable to the Board of Directors, and guided by our organizational vision, mission, and strategic goals, the Executive Director of ACGC will be responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight for the activities of the council, including providing leadership and management towards strong human resources, finances, and program management; advancing stakeholder relations and advocacy; and supporting sound governance.
The Executive Director will provide visionary leadership and organizational management through:
- Ensuring the vision, mission, values, and strategic directors of ACGC are espoused in all organizational activities
- Ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, human resource management, fundraising, communications, and operations; set timelines and resources needed to achieve organizational strategic goals.
- Ensuring all programs and activities are carried out in accordance with donor standards, legal contribution agreements, and relevant legislation.
- Leading and overseeing the development of annual organizational and program budgets, in line with donor and industry standards, ensuring maintenance of industry standards and application of strong financial polices and controls
- Leading, coaching, developing, onboarding, and retaining staff to drive and monitor results
- Manage a team of 12-15 staff including 3 direct reports and 10+ indirect reports across the organization.
- Demonstrating leadership by upholding and advancing organizational internal and external commitments to best practices in international cooperation including organizational Code of Ethics, fair trade and environmental protection, the prevention of sexual misconduct, gender equity, as well as equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.
- Ensuring the organization’s systems – financial, human resource, data, other – are effective for monitoring and repotting on results to internal and external stakeholders, donors, and the Board of Directors.
- Working to ensure present and future sustainability of the organization through demonstrating financial stewardship, sound investment, and securing new revenue streams.
The Executive Director will provide sound stakeholder relations through:
- Stewarding membership through active engagement and individualized support
- Building relationship with external stakeholders in and outside of Alberta which serve to advance the mission and strategic directions of ACGC
- Participating in the function of the Inter-council Network and Cooperation Canada, including participation and leadership in distance and in-person meetings, ensuring timely information exchange between Alberta members and national bodies, and serving on national committees for the further advancement of an enabling environment for civil-society organization
The Executive Director will lead advocacy of the network by
- Serving as a voice for ACGC members organization in local, national, and international foras
- Representing member and sector interest in advancing human sustainable development with government representatives sand key decision makers
The Executive Director will support strong governance through
- Supporting the Board of Directors in carrying out and reporting on ACGC’s Strategic Plan 2023-2026 and the development of new strategic priories
- Developing, maintaining, and supporting a strong volunteer Board of Directors; serve as an ex-officio at meetings, seek and build board involvement in organizational needs.
- Ensuring activities of the organization are in compliance with bylaws and organization policies, providing guidance where updates to policies and procedures are necessary.
- Working with the Board of Directors to maintain and update policies and procedures where necessary
- Organizing regular Board of Directors meetings and the Annual General Meeting annually
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge:
- Strong Knowledge of, experience within, and commitment to, the international cooperation sector in Canada and globally;
- Strong demonstrated commitment to the advancement of civil-society space
- 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
- Strong aptitude for facilitating adult learning, capacity-building, and knowledge translation
- Demonstrated understanding of intersectional, decolonial, anti-racist approaches to community development
- Demonstrated experience managing funding from federal donors, including Global Affairs Canada
- Familiarity with Canadian and Alberta political context and advocacy
- Strong experience in results based management processes, for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
- Experience working overseas on international development projects (preferable).
- English mandatory; French language to support national and international engagement is a very strong asset
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills
- Visionary: Able to build, communicate, and lead others through vision setting
- 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 relationships in a network setting
- Research/Writing: Strong research/writing skills
- Collaboration: Ability to work in a small organization, with a collaborative team environment in-person and remotely;
- Flexibility: Demonstrated ability to be flexible and pivot based on needs of a small organization, providing backstop support to staff or in times of scaling
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following credentials:
- Minimum of 5+ years’ experience at a senior manager level, working within/supporting the international aid, public engagement/human rights education, or a combination of both
- Undergraduate degree and additional degree from a recognized institution;
- Academic background in international development
- Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Must be willing to relocate to Edmonton, AB
- Must provide a clean criminal record check and vulnerable sector check on a regular basis
- Must have a valid Class 5 driving license and access to a vehicle to facilitate organizational activities
- ACGC has a fun and engaging office environment, conveniently situation on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, with a dedicated office space, tools for a seamless hybrid work environment.
- As a network, working at ACGC provides significant opportunity to engage across Canada in the non-profit and international cooperation sector.
- ACGC provides a 3% RSP cash benefit, as well as a cost-shared mandatory health and benefit package, which includes a health-spending account
- ACGC’s executive director salary was adjusted in 2023 to include costs for hybrid work and use of a cell-phone for organizational purposes
- ACGC offers flexible working hours with ability to balance extended hours, and accommodate hours of work
- Four weeks of annual vacation are provided at the executive director level. All staff including executive director receive 13 statutory holidays, and an office closure over and above vacation time inclusive of December 24 – January 1st
- This position is grant-funded. The position length is contingent on the availability of funding. Current grant for program activities operate until 31 March 2026.
ANTICIPATED START DATE: 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible
Interested applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org including in the subject line ‘Executive Director” by 7 May 2023. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.
Interviews will be held remotely and possibly in person, ideally between May 15th and 26th
Questions: Questions about the position can be directed to: email@example.com
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC)
For more information about ACGC please visit www.acgc.ca