Newfoundland & Labrador


Executive Director, YWCA St. John’s

With a history of ninety years in this region, YWCA St. John’s has long been an integral part of the local community and has demonstrated a commitment to girls, women, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse community members and their families. As a women-led service organization, their programs and services are aimed at empowering and facilitating access for diverse women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people, with a focus on assisting them to achieve the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities. YWCA St. John’s work towards the improved status of women and gender diverse individuals locally and through their affiliation with the YWCA Canada and World YWCA. Together with 32 YWCAs across Canada and YWCAs in over 120 countries, YWCA St. John’s is a part of the largest and oldest movement to advance gender justice globally.

YWCA St. John’s continues to evolve as it enters a new phase of its growth and development. A highly innovative and widely respected community agency, YWCA St. John’s promotes economic independence, wellness, and equal opportunities through a variety of programs in employment services, health and wellness, inclusion, youth leadership and a range of other services that support equity for women, girls, and Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead a small team positioned for growth and provide passionate, executive leadership and management for the organization’s strategic plan; project administration; and programs and services. The Executive Director plays vital role in assuring YWCA St. John’s success and this position is an opportunity to deliver visionary, inspiring leadership to a leading organization currently seeking to expand its service offerings.

In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for:
• Overall management, direction, and growth for YWCA St. John’s;
• Ensuring financial sustainability of the organization;
• Facilitating strategic and operational planning
• Building and expanding relationships and partnerships;
• Building capacity among staff and volunteers and ensuring effective program delivery;
• Overseeing responsible financial management and administration, and supporting effective governance;
• Being a strategic, dynamic leader who identifies opportunities, works to effect measurable social change, and is able to engage a wide range of community stakeholders, including government; not-for-profit and private sector partners; donors; YWCA Canada; World YWCA; and other federation partners;
• Acting as the lead spokesperson for any media requests, and participating in presentations, panel discussions, and conferences to help raise the profile of YWCA St. John’s;
• Remaining dedicated to advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and reconciliation; and
• Understanding the challenges faced by women, gender diverse people, and families in our rapidly changing society – and the power of advocacy, creativity, and supportive teams in building the capacity with which to address them.

As the ideal candidate, you have an Undergraduate university degree in a related field and five years or more of related leadership experience or a combination of equivalent education and/or work experience. You bring strategic planning and budget preparation experience, and the ability to collaborate with a team to meet organizational objectives. Proactive and energetic, your ability to inspire and include others creates an environment where diversity, inclusion, innovation, and compassionate care is paramount. With a growth minded vision, you have a high-level understanding of program management; public policy development; community and social services; research and programs evaluation; partnership and stakeholder engagement; fund development; and coalitions and multi-stakeholder projects. Your excellent communication skills and ability to build and nurture a high performing team and develop strong partnerships are evident through past successes, ideally in a non-profit environment. Your knowledge, understanding and passion for working with women, youth and young adults in the community are some of the key reasons you are excited about this opportunity.

Even if you don't have all requirements listed in the position, you may be the right candidate. If you are a natural leader with a strong attention to detail and a passion for social justice and gender equity, we want to hear from you. Take the chance and apply. Tell us how you can make a difference through your YWCA.

Successful applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

YWCA St. John’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values its diverse workplace. Racialized women and gender diverse individuals, including people with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

YWCA St. John’s and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional below.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact Jennifer Massey at jmassey@kbrs.ca, Debra Clinton at dclinton@kbrs.ca, or click the "Apply Now" button below.



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