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Board Director | Capital Region Housing Foundation

The Organization

The Capital Region Housing Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Civida, respectfully acknowledges that they are located within Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4.  They acknowledge the land as the traditional home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Saulteaux, Anishinaabe, Inuit and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

Civida has a long history of promoting affordable housing options and solutions. They began as the Edmonton Housing Authority in 1970, and in 1995 became Capital Region Housing. Today, the organization is known as Civida — the largest provider of social and near-market housing in the Edmonton region.

Through affordable housing, Civida provides over 5,000 homes to tenants and their families. They also lead the way in housing research, policy development and advocacy within this region.

A lot has changed over the past three decades, but Civida’s mission remains essentially the same:

Mission: To provide safe and affordable housing.

Vision: Everybody’s home.

Civida’s core business includes:

Property management – providing professional housing and asset management for over 5,000 homes throughout Edmonton.

Program administration – providing program administration to applicants, tenants and program funders for social housing and rent subsidies.

Property development – developing and purchasing housing units to meet the needs for affordable housing in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

Civida’s Guiding Principles:

  • Sustainability – we will build an organization that will value and promote financial, social, and environmental sustainability.
  • Excellence – we will embody service and operational excellence, creating an environment where customers can achieve their highest independence.
  • Engagement – we will ensure all our partners – tenants, staff, service providers and governments – are fully aware and engaged in our success.
  • Innovation – we will develop innovative and creative housing solutions and approaches.

The Capital Region Housing Foundation (CRHF) is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, and recognizes that those ideals support service excellence. As an essential element of their DNA, CRHF welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences and encourages applications that represent the diversity of their community.

For further information on Civida, please visit their website at https://civida.ca/

 

The Opportunity

Job Title:Board Director – Foundation
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

 

Mandate

The role of the Board of Directors is to assume the overall stewardship of the Foundation by creating and adopting strategic governance practices, setting the path, and subsequently overseeing the Foundation’s affairs while monitoring and assessing the performance and progress of the Foundation’s short- and long-term goals. Supported administratively by Civida, the Board is expected to champion the Foundation’s cause and its goals in the community, and to support the Foundation in soliciting donations for Civida. The Foundation is at an inflection point in its operation, and the existing Board members are keen to take it to the next level; these positions will appeal to innovative individuals who are eager to lend their talents to kickstarting the effort and igniting this massive opportunity.

 

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled Board meetings;
  • Collaboratively contribute to defining the Foundation’s goals, objectives and programs and subsequently developing and implementing same;
  • As deemed required, support the creation of the governance policies, etc. that will support the Foundation in it’s newly energized form; and
  • Guide the Foundation in both creating and meeting expectations related to budgets, budget process and financial status.

Strategic Oversight Responsibilities:

  • Establish and review clear Foundation vision, mission and values;
  • Understand the strategic environment and the opportunities and challenges that exist on the horizon; factor these elements into the strategic direction, policies, and Board calendar as appropriate; and

Fiduciary Oversight Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that policies are clearly identified and understood, and that the Board acts on them as a whole;
  • Understand the difference between management and Board functions, management and Board roles, and policy and implementation;
  • Maintain oversight of an integrated risk management framework that anticipates, manages, and reports on (at minimum) financial, regulatory, legislative, and reputational risks of the Foundation; and
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability.

Donor & Volunteer Stewardship:

  • Actively and regularly participate in fundraising activities of the Foundation;
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s stewardship plans and strategies by bringing forward innovation or improvement opportunities, potential donor contacts, and other information about the fundraising environment; and
  • Act as an ambassador for Civida and the Foundation at all times.

Fundraising Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the Foundation has adequate financial resources to implement the Board’s direction;
  • Identify and qualify prospective donors;
  • Act as an ambassador for the Foundation and cultivate relationships with potential donors and the wider community;
  • Solicit contributions from contacts/serving as pathways to discussions;
  • Help to thank and steward donor relationships; and
  • Oversee and actively support the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Advocacy Responsibilities:

  • Understand and articulate the Foundation’s position and objectives on affordable housing;
  • Seek opportunities for, and participate in, activities to advance the Foundation’s advocacy objectives; and
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s advocacy objectives and strategies by bringing forward engagement opportunities, potential contacts, and other information about the ecosystem context.

 

Candidate Profile

Given the extent to which these Director positions can positively influence the future direction and success of the Capital Region Housing Foundation and to ensure the Board composition represents a diverse range of both general and special skills, personal backgrounds, and experiences, the CRHF is seeking up to three (3) Directors who possess a combination of the following core competencies, experiences and personal attributes:

Experience:

  • Ten (10) years of leadership at the executive level.
  • Demonstrated leadership in business, entrepreneurial pursuits, community, government, construction, development, or the non-profit sector;
  • Experience and demonstrated acumen in one or more of the following areas: financial & audit literacy, human resources, governance, legal, construction/development, community advocacy, building management, fund development or risk; and
  • Proven track record of donor and relationship management, including the successful navigation and catalyzation of capital campaigns, corporate stakeholders, fund development, and major gift donors

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Passion for and/or lived experiences of the affordable housing and social services sector;
  • Exceptional ability to maintain and nurture relationships over time with internal and external stakeholders;
  • A high level of comfort in making decisions to catalyze action;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to work towards goals within deadlines;
  • Emotional intelligence; empathy and understanding of different priorities and viewpoints;
  • Professional maturity, with the ability to work through conflict and competing priorities in a measured, calm and collaborative way;
  • Strong knowledge of government funding and procedures;
  • Demonstrated track record of professionalism coupled with the ability to make decisions that will be vital to the Board; and
  • Exercise good judgment and recognize sensitive issues.

 

Please note: this is a volunteer board opportunity.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: HRCCCanada.GBS.EdmontonPIES@ajg.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AEVN-574528 Board Director | Capital Region Housing Foundation - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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