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Executive Director

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 24, 2017
Type Full Time
Company The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Location Ottawa, ON
Category Business / Management
Client The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
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Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada


The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) is a national charitable organization boldly working towards transforming philanthropy and contributing to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation and activation. As the public face of an affinity based organization consisting of over 40 members, working with a national Board of Directors (Governing Circle), the new Executive Director will have demonstrated experience advancing innovative collaborative initiatives. As the new Executive Director, you will lead our current strategic plan (-2018) commitments, leveraging networks to facilitate visioning for the next phase of the organization. Drawing upon your relationship based leadership style, you will position the Circle to effectively support signatories in advancing the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

The Circle has offices within Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) in Ottawa, the Foundation House in Toronto and receives financial administration support from CFC enabling a greater focus on programming and membership convening initiatives. The Executive Director mentors and leads a team (2) including communication/network support and an executive administrator as well as inspiring volunteers and overseeing consultants. You will be joining the organization when momentum is high and bring big picture vision, entrepreneurial strengths and strong implementation skills to the Circle including:

  • The ability and passion to speak and write about Indigenous models of philanthropy
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and organizations coast to coast with a strong understanding of worldviews, histories, protocols, issues and priorities
  • Management excellence: events/programs and scaling up, financial planning and leadership including overseeing and motivating virtual teams
  • Experience working with an engaged Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of formalized philanthropy, not for profit sector, membership-based associations and/or grant making networks
  • Experience working with a Board Committee to advance membership stewardship and development
  • Relationship and design skills needed to craft new partnerships and initiatives
  • Computer savvy & experience utilizing cloud based tools and maximizing social media platforms
  • Either a graduate or professional degree in a related field; OR equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.

The Governing Circle is looking forward to announcing the new Executive Director at the All My Relations in Gathering in Ottawa on May 9-11, 2017.  The Circle encourages applications from Indigenous candidates.

If you are interested in this meaningful opportunity to make a significant contribution, with an ability to travel, please apply with a Cover letter and CV by April 13, 2017 via email to: For a more fulsome position description, contact Elisa Levi, Vice Chair, Governing Circle via email above.

Thank you for your interest in The Circle. For more information about our organization, we invite you to visit our website at

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