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Position: Executive Director
Organization: Upstream
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan or Ottawa, Ontario

The Executive Director serves as chief executive of Upstream and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of Upstream. Together, the Board and Executive Director ensure Upstream’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of Upstream’s vision, the accountability of Upstream to its constituents and the continued financial sustainability of the organization.

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Executive Director, who has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The Executive Director provides support to the Board as it carries out its governance functions. The Executive Director conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding Upstream and the not-for-profit sector and demonstrates commitment to continued professional growth and development.

About the organization: Through research, reports, storytelling, events and partnered initiatives and campaigns, Upstream increases public understanding of the critical role that the social determinants of health play in the wellbeing of Canadians. This education and engagement serves to addresses the barriers that exist to proactive and evidence-based action on the social factors that determine health.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Reporting to this position: Operations Manager (in Saskatoon) and Policy Coordinator (in Ottawa)

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

1. Legal compliance

a) Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

2. Financing

a) Proven 2-3 years experience in fundraising and donor relations.

b) Promotes programs and projects that are produced in a cost-effective manner.

c) Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit.

d) Works with Board to ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals and overall stability and growth of the organization.

e) Assures an effective fund development program by serving as the chief development officer or hiring and supervising an individual responsible for this activity.

  • Helps guide and enable the Board, its fundraising committee and its individual Board members to participate actively in the fund development process.
  • Helps the Board and its fundraising committee design, implement and monitor a viable fundraising plan, policies and procedures.
  • Participates actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects.
  • Assures the availability of materials to support solicitation.

3. Mission, policy and planning

a) Helps the Board determine Upstream’s values, vision, and short- and long-term goals.

b) Helps the Board monitor and evaluate Upstream’s relevancy to the community, its effectiveness, and its results.

c) Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of Upstream and on all the important factors influencing it.

  • Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them, brings those which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees, and participates in discussion and deliberation.
  • Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making. Recommends policy positions.

d) Keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy and fund development.

4. Management and administration

a) Plans, directs and oversees operational activities of Upstream according to priorities outlined by the Board, ensuring a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.

b) Assures program and project quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.

c) Recommends staffing and financing to the Board of Directors. In accordance with Board action, recruits personnel, negotiates professional contracts, and sees that appropriate salary structures are developed and maintained.

d) Ensures a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff and volunteers. Ensures process for selecting, development, motivating, specifying accountabilities and evaluating staff and volunteers.

e) Establishes and maintains relationships with partner organizations, prioritizing and supporting projects, events, and initiatives in line with organizational objectives.

f) Develops a functional and efficient team of staff working toward common goals, ensuring effective communications, and formulating procedures and planning for the use of material and human resources for maximum efficacy.

g) Manages or oversees the maintenance of payroll, budgets, bookkeeping, accounting records, and regular financial reporting to the Board or appropriate Board Committee.

5. Governance

a) Helps the Board articulate its own role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members, and helps evaluate performance regularly.

b) Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members.

c) With the Board Chair, focuses Board attention on long-range strategic issues.

6. Community relations

a) Promotes, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to Upstream, its projects, vision and constituencies.

b) Listens to partners, volunteers, donors and the community in order to improve services and generate community involvement. Assures community awareness of Upstream’s response to community needs.

c) Alongside the founder and other members of the Board, acts as a spokesperson for Upstream, assuring proper representation of Upstream to the community.

d) Delivers presentations at local and national conferences on behalf of

e) Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key

f) Maintains connections to, and seeks input from, the Upstream Advisory board.


A Bachelor’s Degree or higher

Minimum 3-5 years experience in a related field

Current or previous senior management experience

Abilities and Skills

a) Ability to effectively apply leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations.

b) Knowledge of current sector challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.

c) Ability to apply human resources management and financial management best practices.

d) Ability to effectively work cooperatively with others in a team environment while providing leadership, management and effective oversight.

e) Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with co-workers, partners, media and decision-makers.

f) Ability to balance demands and priorities, working with others to plan and meet.

Working Conditions

The position is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan or Ottawa, Ontario with office space provided. Strong candidates in other areas will be considered. Work schedule is regular, with some flexibility required to meet the demands of executive management.

Application Guidelines:

  • Please send a cover letter, CV with relevant experience and education, and contact information for 2 references to joanna mask* by July 19, 2018.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email within a few days of receipt. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and a short list of candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.
  • Please send application materials or any questions to joanna mask*

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GoodWork ID: 46436       Date posted to Jul 11 2018