About the Role
Reporting to the Board of Directors of Shawenim Abinoojii, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and supervision of SAI's programs, strategic direction, policies, and directives. The incumbent leads the organization to develop and implement strategic plans to advance the organization's vision, mission, and goals to promote fundraising and effective use of resources to nurture the growth of SAI. The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Shawenim Abinoojii's mission and must have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. The Executive Director will also be responsible for:
• Leadership - Provide leadership in managing, evaluating, and directing all programs and activities of SAI, including the development and maintenance of effective administration systems for community and program development human resource management, facilities management, and contract administration.
• Program Planning and Management - Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services; ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the board.
• Human Resources Planning and Management - Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery; oversee the implementation of the human resource policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff.
• Assuming Responsibility - Steps forward and takes charge of a difficult situation without being asked to do so.
• Business Acumen - Knowledge about current and possible future trends, technologies and practices affecting the business environment.
• Communication - Keeps subordinates and superiors informed about decisions, events and developments that affect them. Is able to communicate succinctly in a variety of settings and styles and can convey messages that have the desired effect. Is an active listener. Is comfortable liaising with other corporations and government agencies, is effective in a variety of presentation settings and commands attention when addressing a group.
• Decision-Marking - Makes sound decisions based on knowledge, experience, and judgement. Over time, the majority of decisions are accurate. Often looked to for advice.
• Initiative - Demonstrates the confidence and commitment to originate action that will further the achievement of the departmental mission and goals. Strives to achieve increasingly higher levels of performance. Acts voluntarily and without prompting.
• Integrity and Trust - Is truthful and perceived as trustworthy. Leads by example and acts as a role model to staff and volunteers. Presents the actual truth at all times. Doesn't misrepresent themselves or the organization.
• Leadership Effectiveness - Influences and guides the behaviour of others in the desired direction by providing motivation, coaching and support.
• Motivating/Mentoring Others - Shows enthusiasm and provides encouragement, recognition, constructive criticism and coaching to subordinates.
• Open-Mindedness - Willing to consider new ideas and approaches as well as input from others.
• Organization - Sets priorities, develops a work schedule, monitors progress towards goals, and tracks details, data, information, and activities.
• Plans for Success - Able to accomplish an above-average and quality of work. Establishes short-term goals and objectives and develops action steps to achieve them. Perseveres through challenges.
• Political Savvy - Able to navigate through complex political situations effectively and quietly, using discretion and diplomacy; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; quickly able to assess the potential impact of external influences on the organization.
• Operational Planning and Management - Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization; ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, board and funders; oversee the effective day-to-day operations of the organization.
• Financial Planning and Management - Work with staff and the board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget and secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization; research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization; approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the board.
• Community Relations/Advocacy - Communicate with Chief and Council and all other stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization.
• Risk Management - Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
• Governance - Setting up the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, and accountability of the organization.
• Board Liaison – Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization's activities.
• Post-secondary education with a focus in Business Management or a related discipline such as Accounting, Commerce, Human Resources, and Social Work is required. MBA or master's degree is a relative discipline considered a definite asset.
• A minimum of 5 years of progressive senior management experience in a non-profit organization is a must.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully with Boards of Directors; ability to develop and maintain external relationships; ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
• A visionary who understands who to set a plan, and how to lead and articulate its execution in a clear, concise manner.
• Must possess a strong knowledge and/or understanding of indigenous perspectives, culture, traditional philosophies, and the issues affecting our children, families, and communities; obtained prior cultural awareness and/or sensitivity training as an asset.
• Experience working with and negotiating with multiple stakeholders.
• Knowledge of the Child and Family Services (CFS) sector and legislation is an asset.
• Ability to travel to Southeast Communities and surrounding areas.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with high attention to detail.
• Must have a satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check, Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), and Prior Contact Check as conditions of employment.
• The ability to communicate in Anishinaabe is a definite asse