ACCESS is seeking a dynamic and relationship-driven Executive Director to lead the organization through its next stage of transformation and growth. Reporting to the Board of Directors through the Board Chair and leading a team of five, the Executive Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of ACCESS’ internal operations and outward-facing activities, ensuring the organization remains in compliance with the mission, vision, and the strategic priorities and goals established by the Board. The Executive Director will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and leading the staff and volunteers in the execution of these goals and objectives.
A passionate spokesperson, the ideal candidate will be a compelling and influential communicator, a revenue generator and skilled leader with operational competence and the ability to execute a strategic plan. He/she will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be highly adaptable, creative, logic-driven and passionate about driving change in how Canadians with a poor or limited credit history can access financial support for their professional goals and/or small or emerging business in this country.
ACCESS Community Capital Fund (“ACCESS”) is a registered charity established to help promising entrepreneurs with viable business plans gain access to financing not available through other sources. Individual loans are made using a character-based lending decision, where the abilities, skills and commitment of the applicant, in conjunction with the strength of the business plan are key decision criteria. In addition, ACCESS recently began disbursing professional development loans, with a specific focus on helping internationally trained individuals who have credentials not recognized in Canada. ACCESS is committed to helping people achieve their potential and collaborates with over 70 community partners. ACCESS conducts information and training sessions across the GTHA, and the training resources provided, such as business coaching, workshops and financial literacy training, help ensure ACCESS clients have all the resources they need to succeed in their career or business.
ACCESS investment funds are used to guarantee loans through partner financial institutions. The fund was created by investments from socially-minded individuals, organizations and businesses. ACCESS clients are typically entrepreneurs who have been running a business less than two years, just starting a new business, or require financing for professional development. The borrower may have no credit history or may have a poor credit record due to unemployment, illness or unforeseen life events.
- Formulate and recommend strategic priorities to the Board with assistance from the Board of Directors.
- Assist in setting out a vision for the organization’s future, identify critical issues that must be addressed in order to realize that vision, and establish short, medium, and long-term objectives.
- Manage ongoing strategic planning initiatives, both short and long-term, as well as related activities that encourage organizational development and new programs and services.
- Monitor the success and outcomes of the strategic plan, and provide updates to the Board as required.
- Ensure the organization has the necessary tools and resources (including people, processes, technology, programs, and facilities), and that it is properly aligned to meet the current and future needs of the community as outlined in the strategic plan.
Fundraising, Development and Donor Stewardship
- Develop and execute the annual fundraising plan, in a manner that is consistent with the annual budget, Strategic Plan, and other annual goals and priorities.
- Partner with the current staff, including the Fundraising Coordinator and Board to identify organization-appropriate foundations, corporate, and government funding to pursue, ensuring that funding is obtained from an appropriate balance of sources, and delegating and/or taking the lead to determine appropriate approaches for pursuing funds.
- Oversee all development work and ensure that an appropriate approach for pursuing funds and promoting development is undertaken.
- Solicit support for the organization from key corporate, foundational, other groups and individual supporters, and play a lead role where appropriate, including with high-priority investors, prospects, and relationships.
- Maintain a close relationship with key individual and corporate donors to ensure that supporters are properly thanked and continuously engaged in our work.
- Provide leadership and creativity in fundraising efforts.
- Ensure fundraising efforts and programming activities are coordinated.
Community Leadership, Engagement and Advocacy
- Represent the organization within the community, in the private and public sectors, and to the public at large both at local and (if appropriate) national levels.
- Ensure that advocacy and education activities are in line with the organization’s values, goals, and mission.
- Build and maintain relationships with other microfinance, social finance, and antipoverty agencies.
- Oversee the development and operation of all the organization’s community-based programs.
- Provide leadership and direction in developing and implementing programs and events that meet the vision, mission, and goals of the organization, and work with community members, staff, Board, and funders to ensure programs are appropriate and consistent with community needs.
- Evaluate programs, project management, and delivery to ensure continued quality, and oversee improvements where required.
Public Relations and Communications
- Serve as chief spokesperson for the organization.
- Maintain the organization’s positive public image in the media and through collateral materials.
- Oversee all channels of communication of the organization’s programs and services.
- Manage crisis communications and issues as they arise.
Board Support and Governance
- Report to the Board of Directors on all relevant information relating to the organization’s operations.
- Attend board meetings and participate in Board discussions to plan the overall operations and support the governance of the organization.
- Work with the Board to identify and address organizational issues, develop policies and procedures, and launch programs.
- Implement Board decisions in a timely manner through engagement/management of available staff and volunteer resources.
- Draft proposals for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement organizational policies.
- Review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.
- Manage the general operations and facilities, as prescribed in the HR Policy.
- Ensure that appropriate risk management plans, health and safety, and related policies are in place for staff, volunteers, and visitors to the ACCESS office.
- Demonstrate initiative and an entrepreneurial spirit by pitching in wherever needed (with staff, Board, partners or volunteers) to get the job done and get to the desired result, whatever the project may be.
- Manage the financial activities of the organization within accepted accounting principles, funder requirements, government regulations, and prevailing legislation.
- Develop annual budgets and ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work in cooperation with the Treasurer and/or Finance committee of the Board.
- Monitor the organization’s financial performance monthly and inform the Board of all deviations from established goals.
- Ensure appropriate and accurate financial records are maintained, financial transactions are completed on a timely basis, and accurate financial reports are delivered to the Board as required, and in keeping with the agency’s financial policies.
- Ensure internal and external risks are carefully monitored and evaluated, and that effective risk mitigation strategies are identified to address these risks (e.g., changes in government funding).
Human Resources Management & Leadership
- Develop, maintain, and implement human resources policies and procedures, including appropriate equity and anti-discrimination/harassment policies.
- Coach and mentor direct reports, and ensure all staff (including indirect reports) are provided with the appropriate performance evaluations, training, and professional development.
- Oversee the administration of salaries and benefits.
- Work with volunteer coordinators and programming staff to ensure the effectiveness of volunteer efforts.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 7 years of progressive senior leadership and program management experience preferably within a non-profit organization or registered charity with a focus on fundraising.
- Developed leadership skills and proven ability to engage staff and volunteers and foster collaboration to create an environment where everyone’s contributions are valued.
- Demonstrated track record of building and implementing a successful revenue generation program, improving financial results and soliciting and establishing new partnerships.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations and ability to oversee fundraising programs that will ensure the sustainability of the organization.
- Demonstrated ability to understand and articulate ACCESS’ impact on donors in order to garner increased and sustained funding.
- Experience writing grant proposals and securing grants from government, foundations and corporations.
- Highly developed verbal and written English communication skills.
- Persuasive and engaging communicator with strong presentation and public speaking skills.
- Able to operate at the strategic and operational level, identify priorities and solve complex problems.
- Experience in engaging and maintaining positive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Experience in developing and executing marketing and communications strategies.
- Experience dealing with issues in the areas of poverty reduction, social justice, and/or financial systems change.
- Previous experience working with a Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan and engaging Board members and/or other leadership volunteers in fundraising activities.
- Experience implementing and/or managing IT infrastructure consisting of social media platforms, online collaboration, and file-sharing applications.
- Experience building cross-sectoral partnerships and working within networks and with partner organizations to build a pan-Canadian approach to microfinance.
- Knowledge of and interest in the Microfinance Sector in Canada.
- Financial acumen with a demonstrated ability to manage budgets and audits and demonstrate fiscal accountability.
- Knowledge of tools and technology to support fundraising success and overall efficiency. Proficient with MS office.
- Must be available to work outside of regular office hours when required.
ACCESS offers a competitive compensation package that includes learning and development opportunities, a flexible hybrid work environment and a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a real difference.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume, letter of interest and salary expectations to: email@example.com, by June 30, 2022. Please note that candidates will be evaluated upon application therefore early submission is encouraged.
ACCESS is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, where employees can thrive, feel valued and be treated with respect and dignity, and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. ACCESS will ensure that the selection process is as accessible as possible. If you require accommodations at any time during the recruitment process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.