Job Profile: Executive Director
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Role: Executive Director
Posting date: May 13, 2019
Closing date: May 31 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until closing)
Start date: July 08, 2019 (or sooner)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019.
SESA is seeking an Executive Director to manage daily operations, administration and strategic growth of our province-wide organization.With growing public awareness to the impact of climate change locally and nationally, SESA’s work will be of increased importance to the Alberta public and government broadly. Our organization aims to be a more visible presence for Albertans to turn to for objective information on how solar and renewables play a role in the energy transformation, and we want our next Executive Director to be a strong and engaging presence that helps lead the conversation.
Key Desired Qualities & SkillsDynamic speaker and leaderSkilled communicator and relationship builderExceptionally well-organizedFinancial management and fund development skillsCommitment to the mandate and vision of the organization
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) is a non-profit, educational organization that serves as a resource for government, educational institutions, the renewable energy industry and the public at large. SESA officially incorporated in 1991 but its origins date back to 1976. Thanks to the interests and efforts of a core group of dedicated solar enthusiasts and volunteers, the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc. (SESCI-NAC) was formed and later underwent a name change to become SESA.
SESA’s membership is diverse -- from educators and engineers to solar installers and homeowners. Total membership is almost equally balanced between the general public and industry; the only real requirement is an interest in alternative ways of thinking about our energy use.SESA continues to evolve and strengthen its mandate to educate Albertans on the benefits of solar and renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. It does this primarily through public seminars, workshops, and exhibits - such as an annual solar trade show.
Over the last 5 years, the organization has grown considerably, both internally and externally. It has gone from a grassroots organization to a maturing organization that has the internal procedures and processes in place to be able to meet the anticipated demand of an industry and community that have incredible momentum in Alberta.
SESA is governed by an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors. The board is presently very actively engaged and provides support to staff; however, the goal is to transition to a policy governance board. In the last two years, emphasis has been placed on governance and increasing professionalism and accountability. Organizational and administrative processes continue to be created and refined. While the board has recently focused on matters of governance, it has also reaffirmed the need for community outreach across the province.
SESA has established connections throughout the renewable energy industry and broader community by partnering with Alberta educational institutions, such as: Grant MacEwan University, University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Lakeland College, in addition to several elementary and high schools. It also has a long history of working with municipalities and other social profit, community and industry organizations, including: City of Edmonton, Telus World of Science, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, Electrical Industry Training Centre, and Canadian Solar Industries Association.
As SESA matures into an established and professional organization, we want to ensure its mission statement is always the compass that guides our strategic direction. It asserts that the Solar Energy Society of Alberta is the trusted community resource for the widespread understanding and use of solar energy in Alberta.
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors (BOD). The Executive Director represents the organization publicly and is responsible to promote and maintain the good image of SESA as the trusted resource for the understanding of solar energy in Alberta.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director reports to and receives direction from the Board of Directors.Participate with the BOD in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organizationDevelop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organizationRepresent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community and public profileOversee the implementation and evaluation of the organization's operations and servicesOversee the implementation of human resource policies, procedures and practices, including the development of job descriptions for all staff. Hire new staff and external contractors as needed and supervise accordinglyWork with Treasurer and Finance Committee to prepare a comprehensive budget and to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organizationAdminister the funds of the organization according to the approved budget, and provide the BOD with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organizationResearch funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the financial security of the organizationResearch new grant opportunities, and ensure reporting deadlines are met for successful awardsEstablish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, external contract providers and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organizationAnalyze and address potential risks to all aspects of the organization
EducationUniversity degree in a related field is preferred; a combination of education and equivalencies will be consideredKnowledge, skills and abilitiesGeneral understanding of the solar industry provincially and nationallyExperience with public outreach, engagement and communication strategiesKnowledge of leadership and management principles of non-profit/voluntary organizationsKnowledge and experience with human resources and financial managementStrong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to work collectively with a teamStrong project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to manage concurrent projects while meeting deadlinesStrong planning and organization skills with exceptional attention to detailHigh level of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPointFamiliarity with Mac operating system and corresponding office software is an assetKnowledge of Google Suite and CiviCRM systems an asset
Desired QualitiesAdaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Take direction, as necessary.Ethical Behaviour: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices; ensure that candidate’s own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.Communicate Effectively: Speak and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.Leadership: Influence others to achieve results in the best interest of the organization.Decision-making: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make timely and clear decisions.Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
ExperienceManagement and leadership experience in a voluntary/not-for-profit sector organization is desired, including overseeing staff.Equivalencies will be considered.
Working EnvironmentThe position would be based out of SESA’s Edmonton officeThere may be some travel around the province, including potentially to rural municipalitiesNormal hours of work: Monday-Friday for a 40-hour work week. Occasional work on evenings and weekends, as necessary
Compensation and Benefits PackageSalary range: $70,000 - 80,000, based on qualifications and experience.Health and benefits package.Reimbursement for relocation expenses would be considered.Access to all of SESA’s classes and training sessions.Opportunities for professional development training that will benefit the organization.
Email your cover letter and resume to [email protected].
Please ensure the following:Subject line includes: “Executive Director job posting” and your last nameAddress your cover letter to: Mr. Donald Darnell, Board ChairCover letter (max. two pages) explains why you are interested in working with the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this positionResume outlines your relevant skills, education and experienceCover letter and resume are saved as one PDF document using the naming convention: lastnamefirstletteroffirstname-application-position-year.pdf (Example: smithm-application-ExecutiveDirector-2019.pdf)
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019
The Solar Energy Society of Alberta is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
To learn more about SESA, please visit: www.solaralberta.ca