Published on April 2, 2014
Job Opportunity - President and CEO
About Canada's History
Canada’s History is a national charitable organization that encourages all Canadians to explore the past. Through fresh, relevant and engaging content and programming, the Society aims to be the “go-to” organization for Canadians of all ages and levels of historical interest to connect with our shared history and to better appreciate its relevance to understanding the present, and informing our future. The Society is one of the most trusted sources for news and information about Canadian history, producing award-winning content and playing a leadership role in weaving connections among Canada’s diverse history community.
Canada’s History magazine, as its flagship communications vehicle, strives to be the “must-subscribe” resource for anyone operating in the sector, and anyone with an interest in Canadian history while Kayak: Canada’s History magazine for Kids sparks a love of history in children ages 7-14. The Society’s growing online presence offers a range of distinctive services and features for educators, academics, and public historians, as well as families and the general public. These include access and offers to attend real time public events, travel tours, professional development programs, as well as invite individuals to contribute to the story of Canada.
In addition to its publishing program, Canada’s History supports a number of educational initiatives including Heritage Fairs which involve over 100,000 students annually in community exhibitions held across Canada. It also produces Canada’s top history honours: recognizing excellence throughout the field of academic research, education, and public commemoration of history through the Governor General’s History Awards program; and administering the Government of Canada History Awards to inspire both students and teachers in a deeper exploration of significant milestones in our national history.
Duties and Responsibilities:
As President and CEO you will have a unique opportunity to shape the course of Canadian history particularly as we lead up to the celebration of Canada’s 150th in 2017. You will be responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction of the organization, monitoring key industry developments and emerging opportunities for growth and stewardship in the advancement of its mission across a growing number of media platforms.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, you will work with an efficient, talented and dedicated team of program leaders to set program goals and annual budget and priorities, monitoring progress and adjusting expectations as required. A key operational role will be to provide hands-on leadership to identify current and long-term development needs, to create a fund-raising plan, to identify potential partners and revenue sources and work with volunteer fundraisers to execute that plan and deliver on set targets and objectives.
You will be the principal spokesperson for the organization, representing the Society to key stakeholders, to the public, and within the history community. You will drive the overall communications, government, and donor relations strategies for the organization, routinely preparing project briefings, annual reports, speeches, presentations, media releases, and contributing regularly to Canada’s History magazine about the Society’s projects.As President and CEO you will have a unique opportunity to shape the course of Canadian history particularly as we lead up to the celebration of Canada’s 150th in 2017. You will be responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction of the organization, monitoring key industry developments and emerging opportunities for growth and stewardship in the advancement of its mission across a growing number of media platforms.
As the ideal candidate, you will have a knowledge of and passion for Canadian History and have at least five years of senior management experience involving fundraising, not-for-profit administration, project management and media development, or comparable experience in another industry sector. You will have established a strong network of contacts and been involved in initiatives of a national scale and scope. You have an acute understanding of project planning, assessment and evaluation and resource management. You are a creative, well-organized, participative person with strong relationship-building and decision-making skills, and you are driven to achieve exceptional results.
In addition to strong interpersonal communication skills, you have an outstanding command of the English language. Assets include a working knowledge of both oral and written French.