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Executive Director, Dress for Success Vancouver

You are a confident and strategic leader who’s jazzed by growth opportunities, KPIs and a strong desire to make an impact by empowering women to join – or rejoin – the workforce. You’ve built an incredible network of like-minded connections and have that enviable ability to ask for what you want and engage, motivate, and inspire others to support your cause and ultimately deliver tangible and meaningful results. Your strengths in leading people; managing finances and operations; and developing fundraising strategies are undisputed. Professional and polished, as well as compassionate and authentic, you are known as a relationship builder and connector and are at ease having meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life. 

Smart, Savvy + Associates is pleased to partner with Dress for Success Vancouver in their search for an Executive Director. Dress for Success Vancouver is a community that empowers over 2000 women each year into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development and networking programs. Part of an international organization, Dress for Success Vancouver is built on a solid foundation and is looking for an Executive Director to take it to the next level. If your desire is to make an impact at both an individual and societal culture level, consider this role as exactly that opportunity. 

Summary of Role

This role is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Dress for Success Vancouver including fundraising, operational and financial management, community relations and the day-to-day management of a team of 7 people. The Executive Director also oversees a volunteer base of 200+ people and works with the Board on strategic direction and long-term planning. This role participates as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board’s Executive Committees and all other committees. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for fundraising strategy, developing new sources of funding and securing funding through proposals and other key activities to ensure financial stability of the organization
  • Building and establishing relationships with funders/donors and identifying key opportunities 
  • Overseeing key fundraising events and initiatives
  • Overseeing human resources activities such as recruiting, policies, procedures and practices and effective organizational management including contracts and benefits
  • Leading organization’s staff to optimal performance by setting clear and measurable objectives and managing performance reviews
  • Regular communication with the Board of Directors including preparing material for and attending monthly board meetings
  • Working with Treasurer and the Financial Committee, prepare a comprehensive annual budget for Board approval
  • Establish and implement all appropriate financial procedures and controls and oversee payroll, accounts payable and receivable
  • Represent the organization publicly to uphold its reputation and drive its message includes spokesperson duties, public presentations and speaking opportunities
  • Build collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with funders, donors and corporate sponsors, partners, referral agencies and other local and not-for-profit organizations

Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated leadership and management principles in the not-for-profit sector in a working or volunteer capacity
  • Ability to lead and inspire high-performance staff and volunteer teams, and lead by example
  • Ability to galvanize people (staff, funders, volunteers, sponsors) around a compelling vision and goals
  • Demonstrated track record of fund raising and revenue stream generation
  • Established network with proven ability to leverage and expand the network
  • Strategic thinker who can connect ideas and people and see opportunities for growth
  • Knowledge of working with a Board of Directors and a committee structure
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • Able to demonstrate financial acumen and operations know-how
  • Understanding of the social services community and employment services in Vancouver 

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ progressive experience in a senior leadership capacity (preferably in the not-for-profit sector, but not limited to)
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams, fundraising, financial management, operations, human resources management 
  • Relevant degree
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and Board Committees

Qualities and Characteristics

  • Relationship builder
  • Connector (people and ideas)
  • Courageous
  • Compassionate
  • Decisive
  • Professional
  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
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