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Chief Executive Officer – Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT


Junior Achievement (JA) started with a vision to help teach young people about business and free enterprise. That was back in 1919, before JA became a global leader in educating youth about financial literary, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Now in over 121 countries, JA brings volunteers together with over 10.2 million of our future leaders. The organization believes in the boundless potential of young people and shares their passion for excellence, respects their talents and creativity, celebrates their honesty and integrity, and creates opportunities for hands-on learning.

The local charter, Junior Achievement Northern Alberta & NWT (JANA), was established in 1964. For over 50 years the organization has been working diligently to inspire young Canadians to achieve their highest potential as citizens of the global community.


Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy


JA will be the partner of choice for businesses, educators, and policy-makers around the globe seeking to expand workforce and economic development. We will be revered for providing experiences that promote the skills, understanding, and perspectives students will need to succeed in a global economy and become productive, contributing members of society.


  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people.
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship.
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it.
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals.
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.



Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: The Board of Directors

Direct Reports: 4

  • Program Manager (X2)
  • Director of Development and Engagement
  • Office Manager/Controller



Reporting to the Board and its Members, the Chief Executive Officer is the most senior leader within the JANA organization. The individual has full profit & loss responsibilities and is accountable to the strategy, and the overall success of the organization. This individual will be a visionary leader to a team of 12 full-time staff, over 900 volunteers, 800 teachers and 27,000 students within the Northern Alberta and Northwest Territory region. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and acting in the capacity of organizational evangelist, the Chief Executive Officer will establish innovative strategies and take calculated risks in order to grow the organization, and move it forward with the changing economy and demands of modern youth.

The Chief Executive Officer will spend a considerable amount of time interfacing and developing relationships with key industry leaders, high-profile donors and government officials. Furthermore, this individual will act as an ambassador for the JA organization in order to establish a positive community buzz and image. Internally, he/she is responsible for creating a culture that fosters innovation and excellence.

The Chief Executive Officer will be the principal contact with other Junior Achievement organizations throughout Canada, the United States and the World.

Key Accountabilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Lead and inspire staff with a visionary style which reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of JA;
  • Build and develop a client-focused, collaborative and self-directed team while promoting continuous improvement and best practice;
  • Act as a representative to JA Canada and participate in all required JA Canada events and meetings;
  • Enhance and strengthen relationships with JA Canada; and
  • Build and develop a vision for JA Northern Alberta & Northwest Territories to continue to be a viable organization within the community.

Community Relations/Fund Development:

  • Build and maintain a presence in the Northern Alberta and Northwest Territory region as a key representative of the organization and as an advocate for its mission and vision, inspiring support, commitment and partnership;
  • Act as an ambassador and primary spokesperson for JA at various community events;
  • Develop a rolling 3 year financial and operations plan, including new sources of revenue, and manage the implementation of this;
  • Cultivate and manage JA’s major supporters & donors;
  • Keep a pulse on industry trends regarding fund development concepts, initiatives and strategies in order to grow the student base and revenue targets for JA;
  • Act as a central resource for all fund development events and fundraising activities;
  • Broaden and enlarge the reach of JA programs to Alberta & Northwest Territories youth;
  • Cultivate and increase volunteer commitment and ensure repeat volunteer activity through a consistent, positive experience;
  • Enhance relationships with Alberta Education, Edmonton Public & Catholic School Boards and other government ministries;

Financial Planning/Risk Management

  • Oversee the annual budgeting process and present financial performance to the Board and its Members throughout the fiscal year;
  • Prepare an adequate long-term plan to ensure financial security and effectively manage the risk of the organization;
  • Oversee and ensure the accuracy and prudence of accounting records;
  • Ensure that reporting requirements to government agencies are met;
  • Report relevant information on status of finance and adherence to the established budget to the Board and its Members;

Governance/Board Relations:

  • Develop and foster positive board relations through proactive and transparent communication;
  • Advise the Board of events, information or relevant trends that may affect the Boards’ policies and governance of the organization;
  • Participate in regular Board meetings and lead the planning for the annual Board retreat;
  • Present and define the strategic plan or desired direction of JA to the Board and its Members;
  • In cooperation with the Chair, and other Board Members, cultivate and recruit new membership;

Human Resources Management

  • Lead operations in compliance with relevant human resources policies and legislation;
  • Recruit, as required, suitably qualified staff;
  • Develop personnel to their full potential through coaching, on-the-job training and encourage self-improvement activities;
  • Develop an effective performance review process to evaluate the team and provide feedback for on-going performance and career development;
  • Stay current on market compensation information to maintain a relevant compensation program that recognizes the entrepreneurial and interdependent nature of the organization.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Develop strong, trusted and transparent relationships with staff, the Board and all key stakeholders;
  • Establish both a strategy and operational plan, with measurable goals, that will see JANA in a sustainable financial position within a 3-year period; and
  • Re-energize relationships with former and potential donors including the Alberta Business Hall of Fame alumnus.



The successful candidate will have the following:


Post-Secondary Degree an asset, with a preference for a Business Degree or Bachelor of Commerce.


  • An experienced Senior Manager or Entrepreneur with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership capacity with P&L responsibility;
  • Experience in a fund-development capacity is welcomed;
  • A proven track record of success demonstrating financial literacy and organizational growth; and
  • Experience reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors; or having been a Director on a Board for a non-profit organization is considered an asset.

Competencies and Attributes

  • A strong, visionary leader with a passion for youth development and engagement;
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit, with the desire and passion to represent a long-standing and global organization;
  • Effective public speaking and presentation skills; the ability to succinctly communicate the mission, vision, strategy and operations of JA both internally and externally;
  • Strong financial literacy and experience managing a large budget dependent on funding and donations;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and cultivate successful relationships with Board Members, full-time staff, donors, various government organizations and ministries and volunteers;
  • Previous experience acting as an ambassador for an organization to evoke awareness and a sense of pride among donors and staff;
  • Unwavering sense of commitment and high level of personal integrity;
  • Existing base of community contacts considered ideal, with the ability to strengthen networks and open doors for the organization;
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to motivate and guide a small group of dynamic employees;
  • Innovative and “out of the box” thinker;
  • Ability to see the big picture and manage the finer operational details;
  • Knowledge of Board development and governance models considered ideal;
  • Ability to create and establish communications strategies for youth, donors, businesses and the general community; and
  • Strong and polished business acumen; an individual that can “walk the talk”.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: 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:
A014859 (AFVU-244038) Chief Executive Officer – Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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