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Board of Directors | Civida

The Organization

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.

Civida is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, and recognizes that those ideals support service excellence. As an essential element of their DNA, Civida 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

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

 

Mandate

As a member of the Board of Directors for Civida, you will have the opportunity to offer valuable input and strategic direction to help advance Civida’s vision of providing secure affordable housing to those in need.

The governance role of the Board of Directors is to further Civida’s vision and mission by establishing an organizational direction and monitoring progress. As a Board Member, you will play an important role in determining a new strategic plan that will drive forward-thinking and exciting impacts for the future of Civida.

 

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend regularly scheduled Board meetings;
  • Participate on at least one Board committee;
  • Be prepared for Board and committee meetings;
  • Understand Civida’s goals, objectives, and programs and how they are decided, developed and implemented; and
  • Know Civida’s budgets, budget process and financial status.

Strategic Oversight Responsibilities:

  • Establish and review clear organizational 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 agenda as appropriate; and
  • Ensure clear direction is provided to the CEO so they can implement the Board’s direction.

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;
  • Ensure that effective organizational planning is completed by the CEO to implement Board direction and take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks that have been identified;
  • Maintain oversight of an integrated risk management framework that anticipates, manages, and reports on (at minimum) financial, regulatory, legislative, and reputational risks;
  • Support the CEO and regularly assess their performance; and
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability.

Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations:

  • Understand social, economic, and environmental factors that influence the housing sector;
  • Work collaboratively to actively engage and build strong relationships with stakeholders including all levels of government, housing sector partners, community groups, clients, etc.
  • Promote and support partnerships with different orders of government, the business community, the housing community, and other organizations which may impact Civida and the communities they serve; and
  • Maintain current and in-depth knowledge of funding and operational challenges impacting the sector, as well as the legislative framework within which Civida works.

Board Governance:

  • Participate with and support the Board in design and the development of the next five-year vision;
  • Maintain open, transparent communication with the Board;
  • Demonstrate a one-voice approach in which dynamic tension at the Board table leads to the best decisions, but also in which, once a decision has been made, the Board speaks with one voice; and
  • Hold yourself and other Board members accountable to promote and deliver good governance practices.

 

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership in business, 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, information technology, building management, or risk.
  • Ten (10) years of leadership at the executive level.
  • Previous governance Board experience is required.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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: pies_edmonton@optimumtalent.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:
ABFN-480332 Board of Directors | Civida - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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