Co-Executive Director, Engagement & Community Development Job Description

One of two primary executive positions within QMUNITY, the Co-Executive Director, Engagement & Community Development will have strategic and operational responsibility for our external relationships, as well as for internal operations. Your portfolio includes education, training, advocacy, community engagements, and consultation services, with oversight of internal operations including IT. You will have shared oversight of organizational development, budget and finances, human resources, and liaising with and supporting QMUNITY’s Board of Directors. This role is a part of a shared leadership model within the organization, and you will partner with our other Executive Director to guide the organization in a collaborative and collegial manner.

In any absence of the Co-Executive Director, Community Programs & Services, the incumbent is expected to provide support, guidance, and oversight to additional programs and staff portfolios.

About QMUNITY

QMUNITY is BC’s LGBTQ2SAI+ community hub and exists to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We do this in three ways: by supporting individuals, by strengthening our communities, and by leading the way towards legal and lived equality.

QMUNITY operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia.  In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

QMUNITY is committed to employment equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups including trans and non-binary folk, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities. QMUNITY values the experiences and skill sets gained through non-traditional employment, including unpaid and emotional labour, community organizing and mutual aid.

Individual Responsibilities

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting & Education (25%)

  • Provide strategic direction, planning and implementation of expanded fee-for-service professional services – diversity, equity and inclusion training and consulting, community engagement and public consultation services
  • Execute on consulting and community engagement contracts
  • Expand the mandate of the education & training program and associated workshops and professional development offerings
  • Seek opportunities for this work through:
    • Response to public and private request-for-proposals
    • Community engagement on QMUNITY’s new building (anticipated open date: Fall 2023)
    • Internal organizational development and teambuilding
  • Build consulting capacity and skill throughout the organization
  • Ensure that QMUNITY both implements a fully equitable and safe space for its staff, volunteers and clients, and also becomes a leader in delivering DEI training and consulting.

Fund Development & External Relations (25%)

  • Oversee philanthropy and communications strategies; collaborate with Manager, Development and Communications to frame and implement initiatives
  • Drive increases in value and diversification of funding sources
  • Manage media requests and appearances; seek out opportunities to speak on behalf of the organization at all levels
  • Project manage and develop our annual report
  • Oversee the identification of new funding opportunities and earned income revenue; oversee the development of new funding proposals and grant applications
  • Oversee new and special project/one-time-only donor and funder relationships
  • In conjunction with the Co-Executive Director, Community Programs & Services, ensure relationships with program funders are strong and expanding, and that all potential avenues for program funding are explored and developed.

Operations Direction and Oversight (25%)

  • Provide direction and oversight for financial management, budgeting, operations and IT
  • Accountable to ensure our donor, member and financial data is accurate and reportable
  • Lead on the labour relations process, including grievances and collective bargaining
  • Accountable to ensure compliance with all legal, regulatory and professional requirements and ensure the provision of adequate insurance
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward staff engagement, future needs, and budget realities
  • Oversee the development of HR processes and policies, including work plan development, performance reviews, recognition and retention
  • While both Co-EDs hold high-level accountability for the financial and HR management of the organization, this role will take the lead in this area.

Shared Responsibilities (25%)

You will partner with the Co-Executive Director, Community Programs & Services on:

Organizational Oversight

  • Co-own the development of the strategic plan with the Board of Directors and drive operationalization of that plan
  • Manage staff and volunteer engagement including hiring, work plan development, performance reviews, recognition and retention
  • Act as one of the primary ambassadors of QMUNITY, by cultivating and maintaining partnerships and relationships with key donors, stakeholders and collaborators within government and community
  • Provide advice and recommendations that enable the Board to make sound governance decisions
  • Brief the Board on major issues and trends, and provide any requested reporting
  • Participate where appropriate in Board sub-committees and Board-directed activities including Board recruiting, onboarding and training
  • Implement effective risk management strategies and plans
  • Maintain a collegial relationship and strong communications with the other Co-ED, as well as familiarity with their work and role, and be available to back them up for any absences.
  • Oversight of the finances and budget of the organization, including involvement in the budgeting process.
  • Management of staff reporting to this role including execution of all HR related activities such as recruitment, work plan development, career development, performance reviews and recognition

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Relevant post-secondary degree in social sciences, education, or business/management; advanced training in not-for-profit management and/or community development is desirable
  • Strong knowledge of LGBTQ2SAI+ communities and issues; high sense of responsibility and commitment to the mission of QMUNITY
  • 4+ years of experience in designing and facilitating community engagement, facilitation and/or adult education
  • 5+ years of management experience; experience managing in a unionised environment is desirable
  • Demonstrable experience in community development and designing participatory-driven engagements
  • Demonstrable experience managing budgets and finances in a not-for-profit environment
  • Demonstrable experience stewarding relationships with funders, evaluation, and reporting
  • Demonstrable experience in working with government officials and influencing policy development as well as experience to working with media agencies
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in program development, execution, and evaluation
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as related to non-profit organizations

Technical Competencies:

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, and G-suite
  • Firm understanding of pedagogical approaches that support QMUNITY’s capacity and community building mandate; these include but are not limited to anti-oppressive, feminist and decolonizing frameworks, experiential education, dialogic engagement and appreciative inquiry
  • Experience with fee-for-service operations and growth
  • An entrepreneurial drive to support development and increase revenue potential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Accessibility: Currently QMUNITY’s main office space is located on the second level of the building.  Applicants should be aware that there is a flight of 23 stairs to reach the office. If you require accommodation to this, we’d welcome the conversation.

Salary: The starting salary for this position is $80,000/year; this is a starting salary and increases will be negotiated on an annual basis. Remuneration also includes a benefits package (extended health and dental, professional development funds, and vacation leave; planning is underway for a pension plan).

How to apply:  Email cover letter and resume, in either PDF or Word format, to [email protected]. Please indicate “Co-Executive Director, Engagement & Operations – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis, and interviews will be held as resumes are received.

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