Vice President, Atlantic Canada

Halifax, NS

“The best prescription I’ve ever given is a wish.”

– Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Associate Paediatrician-in-Chief, SickKids Hospital & Medical Advisor for Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada was formed in 2019 through the voluntary amalgamation of Children’s Wish Foundation and 13 federated chapters of Make-A-Wish.  This objective of the merger was to join forces to increase our wish granting ability so that we may grant the wish of every eligible child in Canada.  Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Since 1983, our unified organization has granted over 36,000 wishes across the country. As an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, Make-A-Wish Canada is part of the network of the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization. We serve children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

As our newly merged organization emerges from the pandemic, we have a renewed focus on an aspirational strategic plan that will enable growth and so that we may bring the therapeutic and transformational benefits of a wish to every eligible child. This is a very exciting time at the organization and an excellent time to join

If you’re looking for a job that will change your life and the lives of so many others, then we welcome you to consider applying to Make-A-Wish Canada.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President (VP), Atlantic Canada, leads the region’s chapters in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.  As a member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team, this leader will contribute nationally and lead regionally as they execute the strategy within the region to grow fund development, elevate community awareness, and increase wish granting impact across Atlantic Canada. 

Key Responsibilities: 

Regional Leadership

  • Leads all fundraising and mission delivery functions within Atlantic Canada
  • Translates national strategy to regional plans, driving development and execution of programs across the region in partnership with staff and volunteers
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the region by developing and maintaining strong relationships at all levels of the organization (e.g. National Office, volunteers, suppliers, sponsors, donors, media, and community liaisons)
  • Works in partnership with national functional leads, promoting best practices and collaboration across regions to achieve MAWC’s strategic and annual goals
  • Acts as a sounding board for Chapter Directors in considering strategies and resolving local issues, and/or escalate issues to appropriate national functional lead 
  • Obtains a deep understanding of the “voice of the region”, including the needs of local chapter staff, local wish families, and local donors, and advocates for regions at the national leadership table
  • Drives innovation to fuel growth in alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Acts as key ambassador and spokesperson for MAWC in Atlantic Canada, specifically when communicating with local media, wish families, referral source network, donors and other stakeholders
  • Works in collaboration with the national leadership team to ensure adherence to MAWC’s and global performance standards, policies, guidelines and procedures at the chapter level
  • Oversees local mission delivery and stewardship of relationships with wish families, referral agents, volunteer wish grantors to ensure consistency and excellence of the Wish Journey 

Volunteer Management Accountabilities

  • Provides guidance and leadership to the local Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) in the execution of their responsibilities to promote MAWC in the community and support fundraising to grow wishes granted in their market/region; Supports Regional Directors in all chapters of the region in supporting their own CAB’s
  • Ensures a full complement of wish granting and fundraising volunteers and optimal stewardship to optimize their experiences and long-term retention in support of MAWC
  • Collaborates with Manager, Volunteer Engagement, regional volunteer coordinator and national functional leads in ensuring appropriate selection, onboarding, training and recognition of volunteers
  • Oversees staff in management of all volunteers, including office workers, fundraising and mission delivery volunteers, CAB committee members and subchapter teams.  

Staff Management Accountabilities 

  • Provides leadership to the full team in Atlantic Canada to drive culture 
  • Recruits, engages, inspires and retains top talent such that they build their careers at MAWC
  • Provides support and direction in the development, alignment and accomplishment of objectives through on-going performance feedback, recognition and coaching
  • Provides a safe and healthy work environment for team members and relevant stakeholders; Ensures they work in compliance with The Occupational Health & Safety Act in applicable province of employment, its regulations, and the Foundation’s Health & Safety Policy

Financial Accountabilities 

  • Responsible for regional budget as agreed upon in the annual collaborative planning and budgeting process
  • Monitors department adherence to financial policies and controls
  • Determines expense projections as part of the budgeting and forecasting process.
  • Authorize expenditures within approved guidelines.  Monitors expenditures against budget and forecast and initiate appropriate remedial activity as required

As the successful candidate, you have 12+ years executive leadership and management experience, paired with a  University degree or equivalent education in Business Administration or related discipline. Although not a requirement, preference will be given to candidates with experience in a multi-level not-for- profit organization. You are someone who is a visionary, dynamic, and collaborative leader able to influence and motivate stakeholders at all levels in the organization and community. You bring strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication and negotiation skills to the table, with demonstrated success in strategic and annual planning, board development, donor cultivation and multi-channel fundraising; proven success in soliciting major and planned gifts. You are someone with integrity, and can successfully maintain confidential information. 

You have the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of community leaders, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders, and can hone in on your strong organizational, administrative and time management skills, while being able to address multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. You have experience working with and supporting a volunteer advisory board focused on resource development and awareness building, and can pioneer new territory while building programs from the ground up. 

Training in Non-Profit Sector Management is considered an asset, as are French language skills and a CFRE designation. As the ideal candidate you have    Superior computer skills and high proficiency in MS Office and data management/CRM systems. Previous experience with Salesforce being considered an asset as well. You will require a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle, as well as a clear criminal background check. The placed candidate must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to their first day of work, subject to relevant accommodations or exemptions. 

At Venor, we embrace a culture of belonging in the workplace. No matter who you are, where you’re from, how you think, what you believe in, or who you love, we welcome your application. We all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, bringing in unique perspectives and experiences. We encourage applications from 2SLGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), women, newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities. If you require any accommodation in the application and interview process, please let us know (including different materials or otherwise).

Interested candidates are asked to please forward their resumes to Graham Langill via graham@venor.ca

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