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Equine Canada

Application Deadline: November 30, 2012   Starting Date: January 7, 2013

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Job Description:

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day activities of the organization with consideration given to members’ needs and the long-term sustainability of the organization. The Chief Executive Officer reflects the governing principles of professional leadership and ensures that Equine Canada is prominent in its role as the voice for equestrians in Canada by building and/or enhancing strong relationships with stakeholders and serving as the organization’s primary spokesperson.
The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Board of Directors, with specific reporting lines to the President.

Internal Relationships:
Supervises and leads a team of 25 to 30 personnel and works closely with the Board of Directors.

External Relationships:
Members, national affiliates, provincial and territorial sport organizations and other key stakeholders, including, but not limited to: Government of Canada and its agencies including Sport Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, Fédération Equestre Internationale, and additional sport and corporate partners.

Specific Responsibilities:

Member Relations
• Maintains strong customer-focused approach when working with membership
• Oversees the continual improvement of programs and services based on evaluations and membership input
• Continually promotes the value of Equine Canada

Board Relations
• Reports to the Board on the status of annual budgets
• Develops financial, strategic, and tactical plans with recommendations on all major programming initiatives for approval by the Board
• In conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer, prepares the annual budget for approval by the Board
• Provides the Board with solid, sound advice and information to enable efficient and effective Board decision-making
• Ensures that decisions of the Board and the membership are implemented in a timely manner

Financial Management
• Ensures financial and accounting functions are performed on a timely basis
• Oversees control of expenditures within approved budget parameters
• Ensures all grant funding applications and associated reports are prepared in a timely manner
• Oversees the creation and management of fundraising and sponsorship programs

Human Resources
• Provides leadership to the management and staff team to allow all employees to capitalize on their full potential
• Promotes a work environment wherein mutual respect, open communication, and co-operation between staff flourishes Leadership and Service
• Provides effective leadership in the development of strategies, plans, and priorities to achieve the goals of Equine Canada’s new strategic plan
• Collaborates with senior management and staff to develop appropriate strategy and programming recommendations for the Board
Stakeholder Relations
• Builds upon Equine Canada’s reputation as the governing body and leader in the equine community in Canada
• Builds upon Equine Canada’s reputation in the international equine community

Brand Management
• Promotes the brand and corporate image of the association by ensuring that a positive public profile is presented at all times
• Acts as one of the primary spokespersons for Equine Canada at public and media events
• Oversees all initiatives and considerations behind the promotion of inclusiveness, diversity, gender equity, accessibility to the sport, and fair play

Education and Experience:

Ten years of experience at the senior executive level, including dealing with a variety of stakeholders with diverse priorities: Boards of Directors, employees, volunteers, government, industry, and media. Experience working with or reporting to Boards of Directors, and in business and financial planning, and management. Experience in the equine industry and/or not-for-profit environment, particularly within a sport organization, will provide a distinct advantage.

Education and/or Certifications
Undergraduate degree, preferably in a related field, is a minimum. An MBA or graduate degree in a related field is an asset.

• Knowledge in leading a not-for-profit organization, preferably a sport organization, with appreciation of the unique nature of the sport industry
• Appreciation of the unique and complex nature of equestrianism due in part to its close ties to the equine industry
• Excellent communication skills with high level of writing and presentation
• Bilingual
• Specific knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations pertaining to the equestrian sport and the equine industry
Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills, within a salary band established by the Board.

Closing Date: Friday, November 30, 2012, 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
If you are ready for a challenge and to lead our national organization, please submit your resume, references and salary expectations, in confidence, to:
Mike Gallagher, President
Equine Canada
2685 Queensview Drive, Suite 100 Ottawa, ON K2B 8K2

Salary Range: Submit salary expectations

Type of Position:
Full Time - Employee

View Attachment: Chief Executive Officer_Equine Canada Career Opportunity web.pdf

Contact Information:
Mike Gallagher
Equine Canada
2685 Queensview Drive, Suite 100
Ottawa , ON, Canada
K2B 8K2
Tel. 613-248-3433
Fax. 613-248-3484


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