Executive Director

Posting Details

Job Category


Position Type


Career Level


STEM Sector


Salary Range

$115 - $125K based on experience

Job Description

SCWIST (The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit society that specializes in improving the presence and influence of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) across Canada. SCWIST promotes participation and advancement through education, networking, mentorship, collaborative partnerships, and advocacy. SCWIST’s vision is an environment where girls and women in Canada pursue their interest, education, and careers in STEM without barriers.

As SCWIST transitions from an operational board to a new governance model, the newly created position of Executive Director will be the senior manager of SCWIST, and responsible for providing leadership, direction, support, and guidance in developing strategies, goals, and policies consistent with the mission and vision of SCWIST. The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the strategic plan and future vision for SCWIST, and is accountable for achieving the plan, in collaboration with staff/contractors and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the prudent fiscal management and inspirational leadership of the SCWIST team. The Executive Director is the face and voice of the organization with excellent communication skills and is considered a thought leader throughout Canada advocating for women and girls in STEM.

The ED assumes responsibility to manage the overall resources and operations of SCWIST, making major decisions, and acting as the main point of contact between the Board of Directors, employees, contractors, members, volunteers, and the public, and to enforce adherence to legal guidelines and in-house policies to maintain the legality and ethics of the society. The ED is accountable for modeling and nurturing positive leadership by demonstrating expertise in overall management and through the following:

Programming Excellence
● Oversees planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.
● Ensures that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
● Monitors the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
● Oversees the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects.

Financial Management
● Responsible for the financial and risk management of the organization, including funding, budgeting, controls, and reporting to the Board of Directors.
● Responsible for the development of the annual budget and final approval of project budgets
● Oversee the annual audit and reporting process and makes recommendations to the Board regarding future directions

Strategic Fund Development
● Primary accountability for leading overall revenue generation with a goal to achieve a 10% growth in first year, including grant and proposal development and management of fee-for-service programs to ensure continuity of existing programs and initiation of new programs
● Supervise and sign off on the development of all requests for funding proposals of programs under their responsibility
● Ensure that programs are not only self-sustaining but generate additional net revenues for the organization
Manage and cultivate existing strategic level relationships with private corporations, funders, governmental and non-governmental organizations to secure and expand recurring revenue streams.

Human Resources
● Accountable for human resources management of SCWIST, ensuring all policies and practices are adhered to
● Provide leadership and input for all strategic plan implementation processes with staff
● Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, and development of SCWIST staff and contractors (approximately 25 positions)
● Ensure effective performance management and succession planning processes are established and implemented
● Coach and mentor staff as required

Brand, Marketing and Communications
● Ensures that SCWIST continues to expand its brand and reputation as a leader in all matters related to supporting women and girls in STEM
● Responsible for ensuring the SCWIST brand and messaging is consistent across the country, and integrated into all marketing and communications

External Relationships and Partnerships Canada-wide
● Represents SCWIST as the ambassador and voice of the organization at conferences, meetings, to the public and to the media
● Develop and maintain strong relationships with government partners at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government across the country
● Identify potential opportunities for collaborations and coalitions while establishing a clear direction within the SCWIST priority areas
● Promotes SCWIST to public and private institutions and organizations

Board of Directors
● Develops and maintains a collaborative working relationship with the Board of Directors and actively participates in Board meetings as an ex-officio member of the Board
● Works with the Board to develop strategic directions, plans and policies that reflect future directions and the values of the organization
● Reports on strategic, operational, and financial matters to the Board at each meeting
● Has a direct reporting relationship to the President of the Board

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for the position of SCWIST Executive Director is an individual who has a demonstrated track record in leading and growing an organization in the not-for-profit, charitable, or public sectors. This individual is a visionary who feels equally comfortable working with senior level people in government or corporate organizations. As a relationship builder, the ideal candidate has a proven ability to identify, develop and secure funding; develop and manage a team of employees and volunteers across the country; and promote and advocate for women and girls in STEM.


● A minimum of five years leadership experience at the Executive Director or equivalent level in a nonprofit/charitable organization
● A university degree, and nonprofit/charitable experience; or equivalent combination of experience and education
● Knowledge of, and experience working within STEM fields, an asset
● An understanding of public policy as it relates to women in STEM, an asset
● Extensive experience working with and reporting to a voluntary Board of Directors
● Comprehensive understanding of working with government and major funders including, relationship building; identifying program opportunities; accessing funding programs and negotiating funding contracts
● Demonstrated successful funding proposal development and subsequent program implementation
● Demonstrated strategic, operational, financial planning and implementation skills
● Proven track record in human resources management
● Proven ability to quickly develop, cultivate, and maintain strategic relationships in all levels of government, community agencies and corporate organizations across the country
● Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including presentation and public speaking skills
● Bilingual in French is not a requirement but considered an asset

The successful candidate will possess the following personal attributes:
Visionary – the ideal candidate is a visionary able to translate the long-term goals into practical, effective operational practice.
Collaborative Relationship Builder – the ideal candidate is compassionate, a collaborator and a relationship builder, whether with clients, staff, volunteers, community partners, government officials or corporate partners
Team Builder/Motivator – the ED is able to motivate a team and is by nature a team builder
Proven Ability to Deliver – the ED is experienced and confident, knows how to deliver a plan, report outcomes against pre-defined measures and achieve organizational success

Term, Location and Compensation

This is a permanent full-time position. The successful candidate must be located in Vancouver and will balance time between SCWIST head office and home office as required. Occasional travel may be required to participate in conferences, meetings, and other activities across Canada.

Ideal start date January 2023. (Negotiable based on availability).

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 28/02/2023

Include your cover letter and resume in your application with “Executive Director” in the subject line of your email to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and diversity to apply. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity to remove barriers for women and girls in STEM!
We thank all candidates who apply for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.