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Located on the beautiful traditional territory of the Lekwungen people, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) provides services and supports to urban Aboriginal peoples in the Greater Victoria region. VNFC’s functions include child and family services, child care, employment and education services, food programs, housing services, wellness provision, personal healing services, and cultural supports.
The role requires exceptional strategic leadership to advance VNFC’s vision, mission, and priorities. The scope of the Executive Director’s role encompasses the management of the organization’s employees, operational budgets, contracts, volunteers, and community relationships.
As a high-profile community leader, the Executive Director is a source of strength and inspiration to the Aboriginal community and must demonstrate the cultural qualities, values, and competencies necessary for this complex and demanding role. The Executive Director must possess an understanding of the strengths and needs of urban Aboriginal peoples to create a culturally safe and welcoming environment for community members, partners, and staff. The Executive Director possesses a genuine commitment to healing, reconciliation, and revitalization to create better outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in our community.
SOME KEY DUTIES: including but not limited to
- Provides effective strategic leadership and day-to-day management of VNFC’s staff, programs, finances, systems and operational policies and practices
- Leads in the development of initiatives and funding opportunities to support VNFC’s long-term growth and sustainability
- Enables the VNFC to respond effectively and efficiently to changing community, program, and service needs
- Develops effective communications and prepares recommendations and reports, to enable the Board of Directors to make decisions and discharge their fiduciary duties
- Ensures the Board is kept briefed on major issues and trends that could impact the organization’s strategic direction and operational sustainability
- Responsible for the management of the VNFC’s financial systems and ensures adherence to sound financial practices
- Prepares the annual budget for board approval and controls the annual operating plans
- Controls the operating plans and ensures the results of the annual budget are achieved
- Ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and complies with all government and non-government funding requirements
- Creates and maintains strong and positive relationships with staff, contractors, volunteers and the Board of Directors
- Cultivates and maintains strong and positive relationships with partners and community members to shape programs and the overall development and direction of the VNFC
- Represents the VNFC through positive and dynamic communications
SOME KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
- A university degree, in an appropriate field or discipline and a minimum of 4 years leadership experience in an Aboriginal service agency or a combination of education and experience
- A minimum of 5 years of experience managing staff, operational budgets, contracts, volunteers and community relationships
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Aboriginal communities, culture, traditions and practices in BC
- A proven ability to develop and sustain enduring partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities, governments (including First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal), funders and other community partners
- Proven track-record in program development, implementation, evaluation, and grant and proposal submission
- Possesses leadership and management skills in voluntary, non-profit organizations and applies these effectively to human and fiscal resources
- Experience working collaboratively within a unionized environment and negotiating collective agreements.
- Proficiency with computer software including Office 365 and databases
- Demonstrates an understanding of local First Nation cultural protocols that informs the way the VNFC communicates, engages and relates to the Aboriginal community and leaders
- Proven writing, presentation, listening and conflict management skills
- Experience developing and maintaining operational plans, budgets and financial and accountability practices
- Experience reporting to a volunteer board would be an asset
- Must relate well with families, co-workers, other professionals.
- Must be prepared to act as a role model for healthy lifestyle choices and demonstrate respect for people of all ages.
- The position is subject to the successful completion of a volunteer sector criminal record check under the Criminal Records Review Act. (form can be located at (http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review/)
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