Current Opportunities

Executive Director (Edmonton, AB) – NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Our client, a long serving human services not-for-profit, is in search of a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Edmonton, AB) to strategically lead and advance their organization. Reporting to a well-defined governance board, they boast a significant employee base along with a large contingency of volunteers.  This organization has earned high visibility in the Edmonton/area community and offers a multitude of targeted programs and services that have been very successful in engaging community partners and funders.

The Executive Director possess the following characteristics:

SERVANT LEADERSHIP – You listen and work collaboratively with team members, key stakeholders and partners in an effort to achieve a common goal. Intuitively and authentically, you maintain and strengthen relationships with others, both inside and outside the organization. You possess strategic and visionary capabilities, thinking outside the box and applying a tactical and hands-on approach when leading. You are a critical thinker who thrives on developing, influencing, empowering and inspiring people, ensuring talent is supported and the organization’s capacity continually improves.

ACCOUNTABILITY – You possess high ethical standards, an uncompromising sense of integrity and emotional intelligence. As a leader, you are communicative and transparent, knowing when to apply good political acumen. You are an advocate of open and respectful communication with the board, employees, volunteers, community partners and key stakeholders. You have a strong desire to make a significant difference in the organization you represent, leveraging your talent to make a positive impact along with providing a return on investment for those who hired you. You don’t hide, you own your mistakes, and you have a strong sense of your talent, including the areas you don’t excel in.

RESULT ORIENTED – You get things done, typically by fixing, building, creating, and/or improving things.  You appreciate a plan and like setting clear expectations. You are comfortable with challenge and have no problem going around, through or removing roadblocks whilst promoting high levels of accountability.  You will get “in the weeds” when needed to achieve the desired business results; albeit, you prefer to work through and with your team versus micromanaging situations. Possessing both linear and non-linear thinking, you are client centric and will always keep the people you serve best interests at the forefront when leading the organization.  You are known for your energy, enthusiasm, innovation, empathy, optimism, positivity, drive and passion.


  • 7+ years and related success patterns leading a human services or socio-health related not-for-profit of 50+ employees
  • Strong and proven ability to work successfully with and report to governance board
  • Strong application of business methodologies in leading an NFP, including developing a stronger sustainability model
  • Executed strategic plans that have created positive and measurable outcomes
  • High emotional intelligence and communication skills, comfortable presenting, being the face of the organization and working with media
  • Collaboration, relationship building and management capabilities with stakeholders and community
  • Business development and revenue generation dexterities, including corporate partnerships, grant based funding, government funding and the like
  • Built and developed strong, functional, mutually trusting team(s) through growth and change
  • Strong capacity for using technology and various software applications, including Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Solid HR comprehension and understanding of how to build organizational effectiveness
  • Post-Secondary Education (human services, business and/or other) and/or applied experience

This position offers an above average and competitive compensation package. To obtain the Opportunity Profile and/or express your interest in this position, please contact Cindy Nicholls Smith at The chosen candidate shall be required to complete a Police Criminal Check, Intervention Record Check and confirmation of their Education and License/Registration of Association (if applicable). All information provided and/or shared is kept in the strictest of confidence, in keeping with applicable laws and standards

Please note that only those candidates who possess the requirements will be contacted. AVID EXEC appreciates  all those who respond and will keep your information for future consideration.  Candidates who possess the ability to work in Canada and currently reside in Edmonton/area will be given priority. Many thanks for your interest in this position.

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