Executive Director – Writers’ Trust of Canada
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a national not-for-profit organization, the mission of which is to advance, nurture and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers.
The Writers’ Trust administers ten annual literary awards, and programs that include a writers’ retreat in Dawson City, Yukon; a prestigious fellowship; a career development program for the rising stars of Canadian literature; and an emergency fund for writers in financial crisis. One of the Trust’s fundamental goals is to raise awareness of the contributions made by Canadian literature to our national culture.
The organization’s offices are located in Toronto.
The Role of Executive Director
The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and reports to the 19-member volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides leadership and vision to ensure that the mission of the Writers’ Trust of Canada is achieved and that the organization’s strategic, programming, fundraising, and communications goals are met. The Executive Director is responsible for the financial and administrative management of a $1.7- million budget and a professional staff of 6, ensuring the overall efficient operation of the Writers’ Trust. The Executive Director is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and all board committees, ad-hoc committees, and task forces.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Lead the strategic planning process in collaboration with the Board of Directors and ensure the successful implementation of the strategic plan.
- Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure their involvement in strategic and policy decisions and fundraising. Provide the Chair, the Board, and the 10 Board committees with advice and assistance in meeting their responsibilities; inform them of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
- Foster a positive, ethical, and inclusive organizational culture, and effective relationships among members of the Board and staff.
- Maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, high-quality staff. Provide positive leadership and guidance to staff, supporting staff development and success. Determine required human resources; recruit and hire new staff as necessary.
- Develop the annual operating budget for approval by the Treasurer and the Board, monitor financial status, and ensure efficient and cost-effective administration. Prepare quarterly reports for review by the Finance Committee.
- Participate actively in the organization’s fundraising agenda, including cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. Set annual development goals in collaboration with the Fund Development Manager and work collaboratively with Board members and other volunteers to realize the organization’s fundraising objectives.
- Identify and evaluate any risks to the organization’s people, property, finances, or image, and implement measures to control risks.
- Monitor the programming work of the organization and encourage/facilitate its expansion in collaboration with the Program Director. Set annual programming goals and ensure that all programs are delivered fairly and with integrity.
- Foster open communication and connection with writers, publishers, literary agents and others engaged in the business of writing and publishing. Represent the Writers’ Trust at relevant events and activities; increase the profile of the Writers’ Trust within the arts and cultural community across Canada.
- Serve as the Writers’ Trust’s primary spokesperson to its constituents, the media, and the general public.
- Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and knowledge in order to work effectively in a diverse workplace and build relationships with diverse communities.
The Desired Candidate Qualifications
- Proven senior-level management experience in a relevant leadership role, combined with appropriate academic qualifications.
- Demonstrated proficiency in fiscal management, strategic planning, fundraising, and problem-solving.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders verbally and in writing; strong public speaking ability.
- A self-driven, entrepreneurial, and collaborative nature.
- Experience developing and working with a volunteer Board of Directors.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
- An awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the writing and publishing industry in the 21st century and an appreciation for the value of a thriving Canadian literature.
The successful candidate for this key leadership role will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to lead the ongoing development of an important national organization.
How to Apply
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from members of groups that have been under-represented, marginalized or discriminated against.
The search process is now underway. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest, including cover letter and resume, should be submitted in complete confidence – no later than end of day September 13, 2019 – and directed to the executive search firm of Janet Wright & Associates by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we appreciate all indications of interest, only those individuals being seriously considered will be contacted.
For more information about the Writers’ Trust of Canada, please go to www.writerstrust.com