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Position: Executive Director
Organization: Compost Education Centre
Location: Victoria BC

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) is a charitable, not for profit organization that provides composting, organic gardening and conservation education to residents of the Capital Regional District. 

We are currently seeking an Executive Director for the Compost Education Centre (CEC). The ideal candidate will have leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, strong communication skills and a great capacity for innovative and strategic thinking.

The Executive Director will complement an active Board of Directors and a dynamic team of staff and volunteers, providing leadership in achieving the strategic, financial and operating objectives of the CEC. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for executing organizational development strategies and representing the Centre to stakeholders, funders and the greater community. Duties include community partnership development, employee management, budget and report preparation, strategic planning, coordinating and managing the Centre’s programs and services within the approved budget.

Work Week: Tuesday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm. Occasional weekend and evening work

Wage: $24 - $29 commensurate with experience

Anticipated start date: November 15

Key Responsibilities:

Organizational Development 20%

  • Ensure that the systems, policies and procedures required for the efficient and effective operation of the Centre are in place and proper office procedures are followed and equipment is updated

  • Attend monthly Board meetings

  • Identify areas for staff and Board professional development

  • With the Board of Directors, conduct strategic planning in areas of business/organizational planning, development/fundraising planning, program planning, communications planning, and staffing development planning

  • With staff, develop and implement yearly action plans and outcome measurements for program areas

  • Plan and implement special events and workshops with all staff

  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners and the waste management/composting industry

  • Act as primary liaison for funding agencies and government partners

Fundraising 20%

  • Expand, strengthen and enhance existing fundraising programs and develop new fundraising initiatives

  • Identify funding opportunities and prepare grants, as applicable

  • Conduct project evaluation and donor and funder reporting, as applicable

Financial Management 25%

  • Conduct bi-weekly sales tracking and bank reconciliation and deposits

  • Complete bi-weekly payroll and accounts payable

  • Prepare monthly reports and monitor financial and statistical information for the Board and Treasurer, including the annual budget

  • Monitor budget expenditures and ensure financial projections (i.e. surplus vs. deficit ) are conducted

Staff Management 10%

  • Recruitment, hiring, supervision and evaluation of staff for program delivery

  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings

  • Identify opportunities for staff professional development

Communications 25%

  • Develop and implement communication and marketing strategies as needed

  • Prepare annual reports for CRD and CEC

  • Act as primary spokesperson for the Centre; respond to media inquiries and interviews

  • Assist in program delivery where needed, particularly in planning and coordination of special events

  • Respond to hotline, email queries and site visitors and composter sales when needed

  • Represent the CEC at conferences and community networking events

  • Maintain and expand level of commercial composting education and keep staff and Board apprised of new technologies and initiatives

  • Liaise with CRD, municipalities and local businesses regarding kitchen scraps collection plans and partnership opportunities

Skills Required

  • Relevant post-secondary qualifications, plus 3-5 years of management experience in the non-profit sector with a track record of superior performance and good judgment

  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, fund development, and financial management

  • Proficiency in program development, delivery, reporting and evaluation required

  • Human resource management experience required

  • Demonstrated fundraising and proposal writing skills

  • Proven experience building and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including written, oral and presentation skills

  • Proven communications experience

  • Understanding and experience working with the media and acting as a spokesperson

  • Flexible and a proven leader

  • Team player

  • Organized and able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks during the day

  • Experience working in a small non-profit office setting with shared resources required

  • Knowledge and enthusiasm about composting, waste reduction, urban agriculture and conservation

  • Ability to work in a computerized environment, including working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Knowledge of Simply Accounting or similar accounting software considered an asset

  • Driver’s licence and clean driver’s abstract required (vehicle not necessary)

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Jelena Putnik, CEC Board Chair at

Application submission deadline: October 15.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Sep 30 2018    Numéro : 48564