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Executive Director | Northern Lights Health Foundation

The Organization

Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation promotes health and wellness in the Wood Buffalo region by engaging the community, inspiring philanthropy and securing funding. To improve the quality of care and accessibility of vital medical equipment and programs, the Foundation coordinates capital campaigns to fund these services.

The Foundation’s guiding principles are optimizing health care in a continually changing environment; and focusing community philanthropy where it can provide optimal benefit for health and well-being, by aligning to Alberta Health Services’ priorities for the Regional Municipality.

With donor support, the future of health care in Wood Buffalo is brighter than ever. The Foundation has directed over $650,000 towards the purchase of 158 Vital Sign lifesaving monitors now installed throughout the Northern Lights Health Centre. And, in 2021, the organization funded AHS $950,000 for the OmniCell Medication Distribution locking cabinets in eleven departments of the Northern Lights Health Centre – everywhere medication is distributed to patients.

In 2019, the Foundation completed the fundraising for the largest campaign in the Health Foundation’s history – the $16 million Gratitude Campaign!  Completed projects include the relocation of health clinic spaces in Anzac and Conklin and the creation of the Jeremy Snook Memorial Palliative Suites. Projects in progress include the creation of Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites – with the first two suites now open for surgeries, and the Suncor Heart of Health Lobby.

Mission: Engaging people, inspiring philanthropy and securing funds to improve health and promote wellness in Wood Buffalo.

Vision: Strong, healthy communities. Together.


  • Passion: We are excited to connect the community to our mission; we are committed to investing in the best health care; we are dedicated to the wellness of our region.
  • Integrity: We honour our word; we are transparent and accountable; we appreciate your gift and will handle it with the utmost care.
  • Innovation: We strive for innovation; we are visionary in our thinking; we are leaders in collaboration; we believe anything is possible.
  • Respect: We demonstrate respect for our region’s stakeholders, their diversity, unique needs and contributions.
  • Honour: We are committed to advancing truth and reconciliation through knowledge, respect, representation, and action.

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The Opportunity

Reports to:Board of Directors
Direct Reports:5: Director of Development; Donor Relations Officer – Fund Development & Events; Donor Relations Officer – Administration & Event Logistics – Finance Manager/Executive Administrator – Contractors
Location:Fort McMurray, Alberta



The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the Foundation’s achievement of its Vision, Mission, and financial objectives. Consistent with the Board Governance Model, the effectiveness of the day-to-day operations of the Foundation is the responsibility of the Executive Director.

The Executive Director is the Board’s sole accountable executive management employee within its governance policies framework.  On a day-to-day basis, the Executive Director is the Foundation’s official spokesperson.


Key Accountabilities

Fund Development

  • Collaborates with the Board and AHS in developing fund development priorities and strategies.
  • Facilitates research and recommends fund development strategies to attract new donors and to cultivate the present donor base to encourage higher giving levels.
  • Provides the creative vision and leadership for campaign and fund development.
  • Oversees development of pertinent marketing and communications materials to solicit gifts, steward donors, and highlight the activities of the Foundation towards current and future projects.
  • Participates in meetings with prospective donors, as appropriate, in conjunction with Board members and staff.
  • Oversees the receiving, acknowledgement, receipting, tracking, and monitoring of donations and pledges.

Board Relations

  • Supports the Board Chair in making sure the Board and Foundation operate effectively and efficiently.
  • Supplies the Board with factual, concise, objective, and timely information, according to an agreed format, upon which the Board can base its decisions.
  • Provides the Board with key operational documents – Strategic Plan, annual Budget, Business Plan, Fund Development Plan for approval and operational action.
  • Identifies issues and opportunities and presents solutions aligned to Board goals and strategies.
  • Identifies any matter of potential conflict related to applicable government statutes and regulations; the Foundation’s Bylaws; and Board policies and policy applications and informs the Board if the Board is not in compliance.
  • Ensures Directors have ready access to Board policies and policy applications.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member and works closely with the Board and all Board committees to develop and implement specific goals and objectives.
  • Provides regular stewardship to the Board.
  • Arranges for the administrative support required to ensure the Board and Board committees fulfill their mandates.
  • Provides information as requested in order that Directors can fulfill their duties.

External Relations

  • Ensures effective communication with donors to cultivate interest in the Foundation and its strategic priorities with a view to enhance the relationship and resultant giving to the Foundation.
  • Facilitates relevant and meaningful recognition of donors.
  • Acknowledges that the Foundation’s work takes place on Treaty 8 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Dene and local Métis people. Works towards reconciliation and advocates for culturally safe health services and spaces in our region.
  • Foster Intercultural relations to ensure equity and inclusion.
  • Builds strong professional relationships and maintains a high profile in the community by participating in civic organizations and pro-actively marketing the Foundation as appropriate.
  • Maintains positive relationships with all area media through consistent contact, proactive communication and appropriate response to any requests for information (in coordination with AHS where applicable).
  • Provides oversight and serves as the overall contact, on behalf of the Board, with contractors and volunteers.
  • Monitors and evaluates external risks, opportunities, and possible negative media, and raises potential issues with the Board in a timely manner.

Leadership and Administration

  • Ensures the activities of the Foundation are aligned with and conducted according to Board approved policies, policy applications, strategic priorities, business plan and budget.
  • Ensures operational policies and policy applications are current and aligned with Board policies and policy applications.
  • Provides team leadership and direct supervision to staff in such a manner that it offers utmost productivity and maximizes profits for the Foundation.
  • Ensures the Foundation has capable staff in place to handle all the work efficiently and evaluates their performance annually.
  • Maintains awareness of and ensures compliance with all pertinent federal, provincial and municipal regulatory and legal requirements applicable to the Foundation and its activities and staff.
  • Facilitates the preparation of monthly financial statements.
  • Manages the Foundation’s compliance with the Imagine Canada Standards Program.
  • Provides overall leadership and actively participates in events organized by or on behalf of the Foundation.
  • Facilitates open and healthy relations between the Foundation staff and AHS.


First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Fully understand the Foundation, its mandate, and the scope of the Executive Director role;
  • Develop a strong working relationship / partnership with AHS and the hospital team;
  • Develop trusting relationships with the Board, team, and other key stakeholders (funders, donors, community);
  • Recognize and understand the changing donor landscape, identifying alternative methods to reach and engage with various donor demographics;
  • Develop a comprehensive growth strategy, identifying and utilizing previously untapped channels; and
  • Develop an ability to communicate the Foundation’s compelling story, including mission, impact and strategic direction.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • A bachelor’s degree and/or appropriate post-secondary diploma or certificates in a relevant fund development field.
  • The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is desirable.


  • This position requires 5-10 years of experience in the fund development field (fundraising, stakeholder relations, events management, volunteer management, non-profit management) in progressively more responsible positions.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Commitment to the Vision and Mission
  • Strategic planning and decision making
  • Resource generation
  • Financial management
  • Talent management
  • Operational proficiency
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Problem-solving
  • Intercultural competence
  • Outreach and community interface
  • Commitment and integrity towards the profession and associates


Equal Opportunity

The Northern Lights Health Foundation is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and is essential to service excellence. The Northern Lights Health Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application.  In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Gallagher and the Northern Lights Health Foundation throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


The Compensation

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:
ATWW-521056 Executive Director | Northern Lights Health Foundation - AB - Fort McMurray (OTIAPPLY)

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