Community Foundation of Nova Scotia: Executive Director

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The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is a public charitable foundation dedicated to building stronger communities throughout Nova Scotia. In less than seven years, it has grown to include more than 50 endowment funds supporting a broad range of geographies and charitable interests throughout Nova Scotia and granted out more than $600,000 to over 175 community organizations throughout the province. 

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Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Community Foundation’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission. 


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing growth of the Community Foundation’s assets and consistent quality of finance and administration, programming, communications and systems;
  • Actively engage and energize the Community Foundation’s Board members, Committees, donors, partnering organizations and funders;
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations; and
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain the Community Foundation’s staff and co-op students.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations and expansion;
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of development plans and strategies through major gift and planned giving programs that will increase the Foundation’s granting and leadership activities.
  • Plays a significant role with donor stewardship, and developing relationships with key donors and influential members of the community including corporations and public bodies.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand; and
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

Planning & New Business:

  • Design and complete the strategic business planning process;
  • Search out and act upon on leadership opportunities that fit the Foundation’s goal of being a proactive community leader and catalyst.
  • Represents the Foundation in partnership discussions concerning funding with arts, neighbourhood building, environmental health, recreation, youth and social services organizations, in accordance with Board policy.
  • Build new partnerships throughout Nova Scotia, establishing relationships with new funders and community champions; and
  • Be an external presence that publishes and communicates Foundation progress and impact.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to the Community Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 3 years of management experience;
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and donor experience;
  • Research experience;
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives, create and manage a budget and coach staff;
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and execution;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people; and
  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

Application deadline: 

Applications including resume and cover letter should be emailed to by Friday, December 5, 2014.





Expiry Date: 
Saturday, December 6, 2014