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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — UWC NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF CANADA

20 July 2021

UWC NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF CANADA

UWC NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF CANADA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FULL-TIME

As a relatively new organization continuing a long Canadian tradition of promoting the United World College (UWC) mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability, the UWC National Committee of Canada (NCC) has an important role to play in seeking, selecting, and supporting Canadians to be part of the UWC movement.

The UWC NCC Executive Director (ED) is a full-time position. The ED oversees all aspects of the NCC, is accountable to the Board of Directors of the NCC (NCC Board) and reports directly to the Board Chair(s). The ED is responsible for the leadership and supervision of any staff or consultants the NCC may hire. The ED works closely with relevant members of Pearson College staff, notably the Head of College and those responsible for Admissions (selection), Experiential Education (programming), Operations (Finance and HR), and Advancement & External Relations (fundraising, communications and marketing, community engagement and alumni relations). In addition, the ED oversees over 100 volunteers in the 14 NCC Chapters across Canada and manages the NCC’s relationship with the UWC International Office, as well as with all the other UWC schools and colleges.

The ED must display adaptability, diplomacy, exceptional judgment and critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the handling of sensitive, complex, and confidential information. The job also requires autonomy, as well as excellent communication skills.

Note that the job description below not only includes current responsibilities, but also future responsibilities based on the NCC Board’s vision for this role. At the beginning of the employment term the NCC Board will work with the ED to outline the priorities for the year, expectations, and evaluation criteria.

Major Responsibilities of UWC National Committee of Canada Executive Director:

General

  • Collaborate with the NCC Board in developing and implementing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
  • Collaborate with the NCC Board in developing an annual workplan that connects actions with the strategic plan;
  • Maintain and manage records of the NCC;
  • Identify, assess, and inform the NCC Board of internal and external issues that affect the organization;
  • Foster effective teamwork between NCC Board, staff, constituents, and volunteers;
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the NCC Board as appropriate, including serving as the point person for correspondence with Pearson College, the UWC International Office, and all UWC schools;
  • Plan, support, and facilitate meetings, constituent relations and projects for the NCC;
  • Liaise between the NCC and key functions at Pearson College, particularly but not limited to:
    • Head of College o Admissions
    • Experiential programming (selection programming, pre-departure orientation, etc.)
    • Pastoral care issues
    • Community engagement (in particular UWC alumni in and/or from Canada)
    • Fundraising
    • Recruitment and Promotion
    • Operations and Finance; and
  • Engage in the wider UWC National Committee network. This may include some international and domestic travel to represent the NCC at regional/global forums

NCC Governance and Finance

  • Ensure fulfilment of all legal requirements regarding Board governance and NCC By-laws;
  • Work with Pearson to implement the governance structure of the UWC Canada Agreement;
  • Serve as the NCC representative on the UWC Canada Management Committee with the Head of Pearson College (or designate) and support the UWC Oversight Committee;
  • Work with the NCC Board to prepare a comprehensive budget;
  • Work with the NCC Board to plan for and secure sustainable funding for the operation of the organization;
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the NCC Board;
  • In conjunction with the Governance, Finance and HR Committee, ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed, including preparation for the annual audit and review;
  • Provide the NCC Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization;
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering charitable donations, receipting, taxation, and expenses; and
  • Support NCC Board, Committees and the UWC Canada Joint Committees as required;

Recruitment, Selection, Nomination

  • Work with the Promotions and Partnerships Committee to oversee the development and execution of a student recruitment strategy;
  • Manage and maintain the NCC application process, ensuring all Regional Chapters have what they need to engage in the review of applications and ranking of candidates, and support prospective applicants in their application process as necessary;
  • Work with the Selections Committee to ensure the Regional Chapters are engaged in continuous improvement initiatives of the selections process;
  • Work with the Nominations Committee and UWC schools to receive and accept offers, place students, means-test students and communicate with prospective students and families regarding placements and means-testing;
  • Coordinate means-testing and placement processes for all Canadians including final family negotiations.

Student Support, Alumni Engagement and Volunteer Management

  • Maintain a database of NCC constituents (volunteers, donors, applicants, parents and other relatives and students admitted to UWC and other UWC programs);
  • Develop and execute a strategy to engage Canadian UWC Alumni;
  • Provide pastoral care support for incoming/current students such as:
    • pre-flight orientation,
    • pairing with suitable alumni mentors,
    • support while on campus
    • advocacy/negotiations with schools and colleges;
  • Develop and implement goals and objectives for the volunteer program which reflect the mission of the UWC and the NCC;
  • Conduct ongoing evaluations of the programs and services delivered by volunteers and implement improvements as necessary;
  • Develop, administer, and review policies and procedures which guide the volunteer intake, programs and services;
  • Identify volunteer assignments that provide meaningful work for volunteers and write the volunteer position descriptions in consultation with the Board as appropriate; and
  • Ensure that volunteers are given appropriate training and supervision to be successful in their positions.

Promotion and Fundraising

  • Work with the Fundraising Committee, volunteers and consultants as applicable to develop, coordinate and implement plans for raising funds, friends and the profile of our organization in support of UWC within Canada;
  • Develop and/or acquire promotional materials suitable for a variety uses and audiences;
  • Oversee the drafting of a regular newsletter to our constituents; and
  • Manage the NCC website content, coordinating volunteer assistance or contractors as needed.

Because the NCC is a volunteer-based organization with pan-Canada representation, a flexible work schedule will sometimes be required. The ED is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week and may conduct some of this work remotely as needed.

Note that it is anticipated that the responsibilities of the ED are subject to the changing nature of this new role and will be reviewed and revised annually.

Compensation & Organization

This position is a secondment from Pearson College UWC in Metchosin, approximately 40 minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The salary range is between $60,000-$72,000 plus a benefits package for a two (2) year term.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Résumés and cover letters can be emailed to hr@pearsoncollege.ca.

Pearson College UWC is committed to diversity and equity in employment. All qualified applications are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents shall be given priority.

The UWC National Committee of Canada acknowledges that the sacred land in which we operate is situated upon the unceded traditional territories of Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation. The ED oversees all aspects of the NCC, is accountable to the Board of Directors of the NCC (NCC Board) and reports directly to the Board Chair(s). The ED is responsible for the leadership and supervision of any staff or consultants the NCC may hire. The ED works closely with relevant members of Pearson College staff, notably the Head of College and those responsible for Admissions (selection), Experiential Education (programming), Operations (Finance and HR), and Advancement & External Relations (fundraising, communications and marketing, community engagement and alumni relations). In addition, the ED oversees over 100 volunteers in the 14 NCC Chapters across Canada and manages the NCC’s relationship with the UWC International Office, as well as with all the other UWC schools and colleges.