Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS) is a not-for-profit and non-partisan advocacy group that represents 20,000 Nova Scotia post-secondary students, including the university student population at Acadia, Saint Mary’s, and St. Francis Xavier Universities, as well as the Kingstec and Annapolis Valley Campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College.
The Executive Director is StudentsNS’ lead staff member and sole employee of the Board. The Executive Director must ensure research projects uphold an elevated standard with respect to writing quality, evidence, and consistency with StudentsNS’ values. The Executive Director is responsible for co-planning and supporting engagement activities with students on our member campuses. StudentsNS also has a significant media profile, and the Executive Director must effectively communicate the organization’s messaging to the public in print, online, on the radio, and on television. The Executive Director represents StudentsNS and multiple tables with government, post-secondary institutions, and other partners. The Executive Director is also responsible for responsibly managing the organization’s operations, including its finances and human resources.
This is a highly demanding and rewarding position. StudentsNS has significant influence to create change that supports students, youth, all Nova Scotians, but our effectiveness depends to a very significant extent on our Executive Director.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
· Uphold the will of the Board of Directors as expressed in the internal governance policies, the Strategic Plan, the Annual Plan, Position Papers, the Budget, and minutes of Board of Directors meetings;
· Liaise directly with the Chair and seek the Chair’s advice – including on whether the Board of Directors must be convened – when unsure of the Board’s views on a particular issue within their purview;
· Supervise Students Nova Scotia part-time staff in accordance with the objectives identified by the Board;
· Manage the finances of Students Nova Scotia in cooperation with the Vice-Chair and in accordance with legislation and the organization’s internal policies;
· Provide assistance and guidance to the Board of Directors in developing short and long-range plans, goals, and measurable results indicators for Students Nova Scotia;
· Prepare and coordinate research for policy development and advocacy;
· Communicate Students Nova Scotia’s views online, in the community and through the media and act as Students Nova Scotia’s primary official spokesperson;
· Maintain engagement with government officials, other student organizations, and other external groups;
· Provide orientation to new board members in partnership with outgoing board members;
· Explore opportunities for greater collaboration with student associations outside of Students Nova Scotia’s membership;
· Perform other duties as directed by the Board of Directors.
Qualifications and Skills
· Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or equivalent informal or non-formal training.
· Minimum 1-2 years experience in related work.
· Strong writing ability, i.e. capacity to express complex thoughts in language that is easily and quickly understood.
· Innovative, critical, analytical thinker with a commitment to evidence-based decision-making.
· Public speaking and group facilitation skills.
· Training and experience in media relations.
· Strong familiarity with PSE issues and the current political environment in Nova Scotia.
· Financial management experience.
· Experience as a team leader/supervisor.
· Understanding of government structure and lobbying.
· Driver’s license.
· General knowledge of internal governance policy an asset.
· Experience seeking external project funding an asset.
· Experience with student government an asset.
· Experience working in a dynamic team in a small office environment an asset.
· Bilingualism an asset.
Conditions of Employment
· Start date: May 2017
· Two-year contract with possibility of renewal based on performance.
· 40 hours/week with flexibility.
· Salary: $43,000 – $46,000 annually
· Benefits include shared health and dental insurance
· Travel within Nova Scotia and possibly elsewhere in Canada.
· Professional development opportunities.
StudentsNS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered persons to self-identify.
Please apply by email to [email protected] no later than April 25th, 2017 at 5:00pm AST. Correspondence should be addressed to the StudentsNS Hiring Committee with the subject line StudentsNS Executive Director 2016. Applications must include a 1-page cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae/resume.
Any questions regarding this job posting may be addressed to Sophie Helpard, StudentsNS Executive Director, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 902 496 8203.
Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. First-round interviews will take place on April 28th, 2017 between 9:00am-7:00pm AST.