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Company Name:
Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Executive Director Making Changes

Executive Director 

Full-time position 

About Making Changes 

Making Changes (MC) is a community of women helping women through life’s transitions by providing them with skills and resources to support their pursuit of meaningful work and educational opportunities. Our vision is to empower women so they can make meaningful contributions to the community. Making Changes opens doors to employment and education for women and teenage girls and helps them develop the confidence to step through these doors in the direction they desire. Making Changes delivers four main programs that are heavily supported with the commitment and passion of our volunteers. These programs include the Walk in Closet, My Best Friend’s Closet, Employment and Life Skills, and Women in Technology ( 

Position Summary 

The Executive Director is the leader of Making Changes and is responsible for ensuring the organization’s vision and mission, set by the Board of Directors, is achieved. The Executive Director holds primary responsible for strategic and operational planning, fund development, talent management, and marketing. 

A Day in the Life 

As the Executive Director, a typical day may include: 

  • Engaging program managers and staff in program delivery evaluation and service improvement opportunities 
  • Sourcing new funds and developing community partnerships 
  • Building relationships and communication with external parties 
  • Attending external events to strengthen MC’s brand in the community 

Additional Responsibilities include: 


  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing a vision, strategic plan and scorecard to guide the organization 
  • Direct the strategic and operational activities of MC in accordance with its mission, goals and values 
  • Act as an informed advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities 
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization 
  • In tandem with the Chair of the Board of Directors, act as spokesperson and community presence for MC 
  • Represent the organization with passion and professionalism at community activities 
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors as an ex-officio member of the Board 


Financial Planning, Management & Fund Development: 

  • Together with the Board and Finance Committee, provide financial and risk management oversight for the organization, including creation and analysis of budgeting and financial plans, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies 
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization 
  • Participate in fundraising efforts, such as MC events like the YYC Chic Gala, where appropriate 
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans, and write fundraising proposals to increase funds of the organization 
  • Manage, build, recognize and steward relationships with past, current and potential funders 
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed 
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow 
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board 
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues, expenditures, and financial position 
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments. 


Operational Planning & Management: 

  • In conjunction with the Program Managers, develop operational plans that incorporate goals, objectives and outcomes that work towards achieving the strategic plan of MC 
  • In conjunction with the Program Managers, develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of MC 
  • Oversee the delivery of services among the Walk in Closet, the Employment and Life Skills Program, My Best Friend’s Closet and the Women in Technology programs to maintain and improve quality 
  • Ensure the activities of MC and its programs operate within the defined policies and procedures 
  • Ensure the activities of MC and its programs comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards 
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate 
  • Ensure that personnel, participant, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained 
  • Monitor and evaluate the successes and challenges of MC and its programs and recommend improvement opportunities where appropriate 


Human Resources: 

  • In consultation with the Board of Directors, determine the staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery 
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices for all staff 
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations 
  • Recruit, interview and hire staff that have the right competencies to further the organization’s mission 
  • Ensure that all staff receive an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided 
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review 
  • Coach and mentor staff to improve performance 
  • Respond to any concerns with staff when necessary using appropriate techniques 
  • Terminate staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures 



  • Disseminate all relevant correspondence to the Board and staff in a timely manner 
  • Manage the implementation of policies and advise for revisions when required 
  • Maintain and update current administrative procedures 
  • Lead any vendor negotiations and manage vendor relationships on an ongoing-basis 


Community Relations: 

  • Communicate with stakeholders such as volunteers, donors, community partners and the community at large to keep them informed and engaged in the work of the MC 
  • Establish collaborative working relationships with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of MC 
  • Support the Program Managers / Coordinators with fostering current and new relationships 



  • Strong collaboration skills, ability to work in a team and develop interpersonal relationships 
  • Post-secondary degree in management, social work or other related field an asset 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a supervisory role with comparable responsibilities and duties 
  • Experience in the non-profit sector 
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising 

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

We thank all applicants who are interested in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.