Director

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Family SOS seeks a creative, energetic, passionate and high-integrity person to work with our board of directors and provide leadership for our non-profit organization and staff. The Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Family SOS’ staff, programs, expansion, and execution of our mission. Key responsibilities include program development and administration, allowing for the optimal use of organizational finances, staff and resources. This individual will also provide financial leadership by managing budgets, supervising and generating funding opportunities and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans.

The selected candidate will be a self-starter with extraordinary interpersonal skills who can prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes in a timely manner. They will be optimistic and versatile in a position that requires frequent change and flexibility.  They will be able to create and lead a vibrant team environment with staff, Board and other stakeholders to achieve organizational objectives.  They will be practical, results-oriented, enjoy frequent interaction with others, value feedback and the opportunity to mentor others. The ideal candidate will have a background in non-profit and/or program management with a community organization, excellent interpersonal and written skills, fundraising experience, knowledge of financial management, and a passion for community issues and the communities we serve. The Director reports to the Board of Directors. The organization has experienced many changes recently, and the new incumbent will need to step into this leadership role quickly and thoughtfully, with a particular focus on building relationships with and mentoring staff. The organization will be going through a strategic planning initiative that may impact the current make-up of the organization (main office, satellite locations, program offerings, etc). The new Director will play a key role in leading this process/potential changes.

Responsibilities

Governance & Leadership

  • Strong focus on leading, coaching, mentoring, developing, and retaining Family SOS's high-performance staff.
  • Actively engage and energize Family SOS volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Create opportunities for self-reflective thinking about the organization’s impact and role within the community.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Develop programs and services consistent with community needs.
  • Monitor departmental performance against goals to ensure that progress is being made, and that corrective action is taken if necessary.

Resource Development

  • Lead the organization's fundraising programs, including its operational funds, grant writing, special events, planned giving, and project funding. 
  • Lead staff and Board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the funding community.
  • Develop an annual plan and budget for Board approval that includes all operations and revenue generating activities, and implements that plan while controlling cash flow and expenditures, while working toward the strategic direction of Family SOS.
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.

Internal Operations & Management

  • Oversee the daily organizational operations through supporting team leaders, including the review and implementation of systems to ensure smooth operations.
  • Direct personnel relations to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees, and ensure that obligations, legally and ethically, to the staff are fully met.
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Recruit, select, and ensure orientation and training opportunities for staff and volunteers
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
  • Ensure availability of timely financial reports for internal review
  • Work with accountants to produce year-end financial statements and tax return
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and reporting requirements
  • Ensure that facilities, furniture and equipment meet the needs of the organization

Strategic Relationships

  • Undertake activities within the community that enhance the visibility of the organization.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

Requirements

The Director will be thoroughly committed to Family SOS's mission and possess the following attributes: passion, idealism, integrity, empathy and a positive attitude. They will be mission-driven and self-directed. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • University degree or applicable post secondary education.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience within a not-for profit organization in leadership positions.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivating staff.
  • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability.
  • Strong knowledge of fiscal management and responsibility, business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.

This is an exciting leadership opportunity to help shape the community and direction of Family SOS. Interested candidates can contact Megan Bennett via megan@venor.ca

Director

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Family SOS seeks a creative, energetic, passionate and high-integrity person to work with our board of directors and provide leadership for our non-profit organization and staff. The Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Family SOS’ staff, programs, expansion, and execution of our mission. Key responsibilities include program development and administration, allowing for the optimal use of organizational finances, staff and resources. This individual will also provide financial leadership by managing budgets, supervising and generating funding opportunities and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans.

The selected candidate will be a self-starter with extraordinary interpersonal skills who can prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes in a timely manner. They will be optimistic and versatile in a position that requires frequent change and flexibility.  They will be able to create and lead a vibrant team environment with staff, Board and other stakeholders to achieve organizational objectives.  They will be practical, results-oriented, enjoy frequent interaction with others, value feedback and the opportunity to mentor others. The ideal candidate will have a background in non-profit and/or program management with a community organization, excellent interpersonal and written skills, fundraising experience, knowledge of financial management, and a passion for community issues and the communities we serve. The Director reports to the Board of Directors. The organization has experienced many changes recently, and the new incumbent will need to step into this leadership role quickly and thoughtfully, with a particular focus on building relationships with and mentoring staff. The organization will be going through a strategic planning initiative that may impact the current make-up of the organization (main office, satellite locations, program offerings, etc). The new Director will play a key role in leading this process/potential changes.

Responsibilities

Governance & Leadership

  • Strong focus on leading, coaching, mentoring, developing, and retaining Family SOS's high-performance staff.
  • Actively engage and energize Family SOS volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Create opportunities for self-reflective thinking about the organization’s impact and role within the community.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Develop programs and services consistent with community needs.
  • Monitor departmental performance against goals to ensure that progress is being made, and that corrective action is taken if necessary.

Resource Development

  • Lead the organization's fundraising programs, including its operational funds, grant writing, special events, planned giving, and project funding. 
  • Lead staff and Board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the funding community.
  • Develop an annual plan and budget for Board approval that includes all operations and revenue generating activities, and implements that plan while controlling cash flow and expenditures, while working toward the strategic direction of Family SOS.
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.

Internal Operations & Management

  • Oversee the daily organizational operations through supporting team leaders, including the review and implementation of systems to ensure smooth operations.
  • Direct personnel relations to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees, and ensure that obligations, legally and ethically, to the staff are fully met.
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Recruit, select, and ensure orientation and training opportunities for staff and volunteers
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
  • Ensure availability of timely financial reports for internal review
  • Work with accountants to produce year-end financial statements and tax return
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and reporting requirements
  • Ensure that facilities, furniture and equipment meet the needs of the organization

Strategic Relationships

  • Undertake activities within the community that enhance the visibility of the organization.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

Requirements

The Director will be thoroughly committed to Family SOS's mission and possess the following attributes: passion, idealism, integrity, empathy and a positive attitude. They will be mission-driven and self-directed. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • University degree or applicable post secondary education.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience within a not-for profit organization in leadership positions.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivating staff.
  • High level of integrity, confidentially, and accountability.
  • Strong knowledge of fiscal management and responsibility, business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.

This is an exciting leadership opportunity to help shape the community and direction of Family SOS. Interested candidates can contact Megan Bennett via megan@venor.ca