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Executive Director - Position Description and Qualifications

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the fundraising, administration, programs and strategic plan of the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO). Other key duties include communication, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the President and WSO’s Executive Committee Board.

General Responsibilities

  1. Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.
    • Responsible for leading and executing in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
    • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
    • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
    • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
    • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support WSO’s mission.
  3. Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
    • Responsible for implementation of WSO’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
    • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that WSO can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
    • Responsible for the enhancement of WSO’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  4. Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
    • Responsible effective administration of WSO operations.
    • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
    • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.


Actual Job Responsibilities:

  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the non-profit.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various national and international organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance WSO’s Mission.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  • Strategic planning and implementation.
  • Oversee organization of Board and committee meetings.
  • Oversee marketing, social media, and other communications efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Two or more years non-profit experience
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of WSO’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit sector and the Sikh Community.
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through
  • Professional decorum and must work well with others
  • Fluency in Punjabi (understanding, speaking, and writing) will be considered an asset
  • Can be based anywhere within Canada

Compensation to be commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

Please email a cover letter and resume to by August 15, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

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