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Chief Executive Officer – YWCA Lethbridge and District

THE ORGANIZATION

YWCA Lethbridge and District is a not-for-profit organization built and sustained by the Southern Alberta community, with the privilege to have served for well over 60 years and counting. Supported by a dedicated roster of over 100 volunteers, the YWCA is committed to women and the enhancement of their lives by providing programs and services that empower them, support equality and promote wellness of mind, body and spirit. Housing, homelessness, poverty, domestic and sexual violence, health, fitness, volunteerism, youth empowerment, leadership, and a place to belong are all addressed at this YWCA. Within Lethbridge and throughout the surrounding communities, the YWCA is a primary resource for creative programming and essential services for women and children, serving more than 6,000 individuals each year. Aligned with YWCA Canada, the organization is considered a leader in the movement with innovative programming that has gone national in scope. As a member of YWCA Canada, we share in the history and responsibility of being Canada’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization.

Values: Our Values are the fundamental principles and beliefs that provide the foundation for the organization. They provide guidance on how to make decisions, how to view customers and how to treat staff. These values include:

  • A Woman’s Perspective
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Community Mindedness
  • Global Interdependence
  • The Whole Person
  • Volunteers
  • Accountability

For further information about YWCA Lethbridge District, please visit their website: http://ywcalethbridge.org/

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title:Chief Executive Officer

Reports to:Board of Directors

Direct Reports: 9

Indirect Reports: 45 FTE, 22 PTE

Location: Lethbridge, AB

 

THE MANDATE

The YWCA Lethbridge & District (“YWCA”) is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) to continue the organization’s track record of innovation and leadership within the national YWCA network. The new CEO will be a passionate supporter of the YWCA movement and a role model of its values. They will be accountable to lead the pursuit of its strategic objectives and a champion of the mission of the YWCA.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated leader. They will skillfully represent the organization in the community, build partnerships, advocate on behalf of the YWCA and its constituents, and work closely with the policy governance Board and the organization’s supporters. In addition, the CEO must be a strong fiscal manager who is responsible for raising significant financial support every year through fundraising activities and grant applications. As the external face of the YWCA and a visible leader internally, the CEO will be committed to working from an anti-oppression, feminist perspective.

Key Accountabilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Ensure adherence to and fulfillment of the YWCA’s mandate, vision, and mission
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, provide leadership in the short and long term organizational strategic planning process
  • Contribute to a healthy, effective Board/CEO working relationship and ensure the Board are successful in their responsibilities through timely, accurate, and comprehensive reporting

Operational Leadership

  • Provide overall leadership and direction for operations, finance, human resources, IT and administration processes, programs, and activities of the organization
  • Continually assess and evaluate the performance of the team, ensuring strong performance and optimal use of resources
  • Work with the Board and leadership team to establish facility and capital plans required to ensure the YWCA is well-positioned to meet community needs moving forward
  • Espousing a client-centric philosophy, ensure effective and efficient delivery of YWCA programs and services

People Leadership

  • Provide leadership and direction to staff, ensuring clarity of expectations, effective performance management and ongoing communication
  • Develop and maintain an engaging, healthy environment for staff and other stakeholders, resulting in high engagement levels and retention rate of full-time and part-time staff
  • Inspire staff to deliver their best work through a culture of innovation and empowerment
  • Motivate others by leading through example, successfully encouraging and fostering the same leadership impact from others in the organization

Financial Leadership & Fund Development

  • Oversee the development and implementation of an annual business plan and budget to focus the organization toward achievement of its annual priorities
  • Provide sound management of the YWCA financial resources, ensuring the financial integrity of the organization always
  • Champion fundraising activities to support existing program operations and to achieve other strategic objectives, including the planning of a future capital campaign
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and collaborations with granting agencies, funders and donors, ensuring the financial stability of the organization

Stakeholder Relations

  • Act as the face of the organization, representing the YWCA in the greater community and ensuring positive community relations
  • Advocate for government and community support to shine a light on and maintain strong support for women, children and families in need
  • Develop and maintain influential positioning within existing partnerships at all levels of government
  • Participate in key regional, provincial and/or national committees relevant to the work of the YWCA
  • Build, nurture and enhance a network with other administrative leaders in organizations focused on common clients with the YWCA

 

Attractions

This is an opportunity to join not only Canada’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization, but to lead a YWCA that is a shining example of innovation, impact, good governance, and fiscal health.  Located in a setting offering low cost of living, high quality of life and all the benefits of big city living, Lethbridge is a beautiful, family-oriented community

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

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

  • Review the organizational structure and make appropriate changes where necessary that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Ensure staff retention by developing an employee relations program that will focus on employee engagement and recognition
  • Reposition and rebuild relationships within the community and government
  • Build a comprehensive plan towards the launch of a capital campaign, ensuring the YWCA is well-positioned to meet community needs into the future

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred but equivalent work experience will be considered

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in an executive management position
  • Knowledge of how non-profit organizations work (direct working knowledge or in a volunteer capacity as a Board Member)
  • A deep track record of people leadership
  • Ideally, prior accountability for creating and/or playing an integral leadership role in a capital campaign or significant fund development initiative
  • Solid understanding of varied business functions including finance, marketing & communications, human resources and information technology
  • Experience building effective relationships with diverse groups of individuals, including senior executives, the board of directors, government, funders, community leaders and staff
  • Proven experience successfully working with a governance board

Competencies and Attributes

  • Inspirational and charismatic leadership style
  • Clear, confident and engaging communicator who is a confident public speaker with a style that is accessible to diverse stakeholder groups
  • Exhibits a passion for advancing the lives of women, children and families
  • A results oriented, entrepreneurial perspective with a resourceful “can do” attitude
  • Solid business and financial acumen
  • Collaborative consultative approach, but can easily make decisions
  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and humility
  • High emotional intelligence; empathy and understanding of different priorities and viewpoints
  • A visionary, conceptual thinker
  • Ability to remain cool when handling high risk situations
  • An individual who embraces change to enhance results
  • Demonstrated ability to gain respect, trust, credibility and confidence

 

YWCA values diversity and promotes equal opportunity in the workplace. Women who are indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply and self-identify.


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