Executive Director
Location: Halifax, NS
Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS) is a not-for-profit and non-partisan advocacy group that represents roughly 20,000 Nova Scotia post-secondary students to the provincial government. Our members are the Student Associations 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 Role
The Executive Director is StudentsNS’ primary staff person and sole employee of the Board of Directors. Reporting to the Chair and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing and executing all aspects of the work of the association, and serves as the association’s manager, spokesperson, researcher, and lobbyist. This includes conducting research and producing reports on post-secondary issues, writing government submissions, developing advocacy strategies and engaging directly in government and public relations, building relationships with stakeholders, leveraging social media use and engagement, communicating the associations’ message to the media, and providing strategic advice to board members. The Executive Director also manages the daily operations, such as budgeting, human resources, governance, conference and event planning, board of directors training, website maintenance, brand development, and recruitment.

This is a highly demanding and rewarding position. StudentsNS has significant influence to create change that supports students, youth, and all Nova Scotians, but our effectiveness depends to a very significant extent on our Executive Director.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Execute 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
  • Work with the Chair and Board of Directors to represent post-secondary student interests to the provincial government
  • Provide assistance, guidance, and training to the Board of Directors
  • Manage the day to day operations of the association including the finances, staff, policy and advocacy work, social media, and ensure compliance with non-profit legislation and regulations
  • Supervise Students Nova Scotia 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
  • Advocate directly to government officials, politicians, and other stakeholders
  • Conduct research and write policy papers, government submissions, advocacy documents, and issues briefings
  • Strengthen governance practices by reviewing internal policies, attending Board of Directors meetings and taking minutes when necessary
  • Build and maintain relationships with government officials, political parties, politicians, and other stakeholders
  • Communicate Students Nova Scotia’s views online, in the community and through the media and act as Students Nova Scotia’s official spokesperson
  • Provide orientation and training to new board members in partnership with outgoing board members
  • Plan, execute, and host conferences throughout the year according to the annual cycle
  • Explore opportunities for greater collaboration with student associations outside of Students Nova Scotia’s membership
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and informal training
  • Minimum 1-2 years work experience in related work
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and group facilitation
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with a penchant for multi-tasking
  • Innovative, critical, and analytical thinking skills with a problem solving attitude
  • Knowledge and passion for post-secondary education issues and student advocacy
  • Familiarity and interest in politics and the current political situation in Nova Scotia
  • Understanding of government structure and lobbying
  • Experience as a team leader, supervisor, or manager
  • Training and experience in media relations
  • Financial management experience
  • Knowledge of non-profit governance policy
  • Driver’s license
  • Bilingualism an asset

Conditions of Employment

  • Start date: Late April / Early May 2019
  • Two-year contract with possibility of renewal
  • 40 hours/week, with flex-time and occasional work outside of typical office hours
  • Salary: $43,000 – $45,000 annually
  • Benefits include shared health and dental insurance
  • Travel within Nova Scotia and possibly elsewhere in Canada
  • Professional development funding and opportunities

StudentsNS is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, and queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons.

Please apply by email to director@studentsns.ca no later than April 2nd, 2019. Correspondence should be addressed to the StudentsNS Hiring Committee with the subject line StudentsNS ED Application 2019. Applications must include a 1-page cover letter and a resume.

Any questions regarding this job posting may be addressed to Tristan Bray, StudentsNS Executive Director, by email at director@studentsns.ca.

Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place on April 10th, 2019 between 9:00am-7:00pm AST in Halifax. If you are unable to interview in-person in Halifax on April 10th, accommodations will be made to facilitate participation.