Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North

Position Type: Full-time

Territory: Habitat Vancouver Island North

Location(s): Comox Valley and Campbell River, BC

Date ad posted: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Experience: 7-10 yearsApplication deadline: Sunday, November 7, 2021


Job Purpose:

The Executive Director works to achieve the Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (HFHVIN) mission to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. This role contributes to the Affiliate’s long-term vision and provides overall leadership to advance the organization’s strategic and operational direction, workplace culture, and stakeholder relationships. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of HFHVIN, managing employees, volunteers, residential home construction, placement of families in new homes, administration of a residential mortgage portfolio, and ReStore operations. As a high-profile community leader, the Executive Director advocates to stakeholders, governments, donors, and the media to advance the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities. The Executive Director is responsible for developing external partnerships and fundraising opportunities, pursuing external funding, gifts in kind, and land acquisition opportunities, overseeing building projects, and implementing strategic initiatives as directed by the Board.

Position Responsibilities

HFHVIN’s business is challenging, encompassing many operational aspects of a charity, a profit-based retail sales outlet, a family services support provider, residential mortgage administration, and a construction company. This is a key position within the organization, requiring a wide range of skills and abilities to fulfill advocacy, fundraising, strategic, and operational goals.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is accountable for the following:

  • Overall strategic leadership and day-to-day operational management of all aspects of the organization.
  • Cultivating and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders, governments, donors, media, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
  • Advancing a positive workplace culture that is consistent with the organization’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Leading fundraising plans to realize the organization’s strategic and operational goals.
  • Building community and strategic partnerships and acting as the organization’s principal spokesperson and community ambassador, in order to advance its vision, mission, and mandate.
  • Building and maintaining a professional and collaborative relationship with the volunteer Board of Directors.

Please review the Job Description for the full list of duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Education, Knowledge, and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or designation in a relevant discipline (e.g., business, community development, accounting).
  • At least 7 to 10 years of management and leadership experience, preferably in a non-profit.
  • Knowledge of affordable housing principles, residential home construction, planning processes, financing strategies, real estate transactions, project management, local development constraints, and retail store management.
  • Professional experience in business, budget management, and fundraising
  • Experience implementing strategic initiatives with clear, prescribed
  • Experience working with partner families on social and financial development in a highly confidential
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong change management skills and ability to help grow an organization.
  • Strong people management skills and experience with all aspects of Human Resource management, including the recruitment, orientation, and recognition of employees and a volunteer
  • Strong relationship building skills and experience working collaboratively and effectively with community stakeholders, government agencies, corporate sponsors, and community
  • Strong fundraising skills.
  • Strong financial management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a Board of Directors and committees.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with standard office software and technology (Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, and web-based data management programs)

Other Requirements

  • Must possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence and a vehicle insured for work purposes, as travel to other locations within the service region is required.
  • Must consent to a Criminal Record Check as
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Working Conditions:

This is a full-time, salaried position based in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Travel to other parts of Vancouver Island and occasional travel for Habitat Canada meetings will be required. Evening and weekend work are occasionally required.

Direct Reports:

Currently directly supervises the Director of Retail Operations, the Director of Communications and Fundraising, the Director of Family Services, the Director of Construction, the Financial Controller, and the Executive Assistant / Bookkeeper.

How to Apply:

This search is conducted by Realize Strategies. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to https://realizestrategies.ca/opportunities/hfhvin-executive-director/.

For more information about this position, including a full role description and opportunity brief, please visit realizestrategies.ca/opportunities or contact Alison Marshall or Gillian Harper at 604.718.8292.

Applications should be submitted by November 7, 2021; however, early applications are recommended as we will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. All applications will be kept in strict confidence.

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North strives for meaningful employment from all communities and for its team to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves. First Nations, people of colour, and people across spectrums of gender, sexuality, age, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North thanks all applicants for their interest in this position.