HABITAT FOR HUMANITY QUÉBEC

Executive Director

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As a registered charity, Habitat for Humanity Québec is one of the 55 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity Canada and a member of the Habitat for Humanity International movement, each sharing a vision that everyone has an opportunity to live in a safe, decent and affordable home.

Since its creation in 1999, Habitat for Humanity Québec, with the help of its generous volunteers and supporters, has enabled over 30 modest income families (with many children) to have a better, healthier, and more financially-stable life by building and renovating homes in different municipalities in the Montreal region, Lower Laurentians, Estrie and Montérégie.

Initially set up as three separate organizations (Sherbrooke, Montreal and Two-Mountains) run by volunteers, the three joined forces in 2013 to create Habitat for Humanity Quebec with a permanent management team and a Board of Directors comprised of seasoned professionals from various industries and regions.

Habitat for Humanity Québec continues to pursue its mission of offering affordable and safe housing opportunities to an increasing number of Quebec families with modest incomes in properties developed to maximize the number of families to be served. Sensitive to the diverse needs of different communities and free of racial, ethnic or religious discrimination, Habitat for Humanity Quebec attempts to be as inclusive as possible towards those families striving to break the cycle of poverty.
Habitat for Humanity is the sole registered charity in Canada providing affordable housing and majority interest free mortgage financing for qualifying families to become homeowners in revitalized communities.

For further information on Habitat for Humanity Québec, please consult: www.habitatqc.ca

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, charitable Federation working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of over 50,000 volunteers annually, Habitat homeowners and 55 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we have provided in excess of 3400 Canadian families with a home since the first one built in 1985 in Winkler Manitoba.

HFHC is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries.

Mandate

Reach the Habitat for Humanity’s charitable mission by mobilizing the numerous stakeholders in order to assist an increasing number of modest income families attain a better, healthier and more financially stable life through safe and affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Québec has been operating in Quebec for over 20 years and has worked closely with its donors, corporate and individual volunteers in building safe and affordable homes for qualified families and in operating the two social retail locations. The ReStores generate sales revenues which assist to cover a portion of the administration costs of Habitat for Humanity Quebec.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s help, a family somewhere in the world improves its housing situation every 10 minutes.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the organization’s senior management. The role encompasses leadership, management and the implementation of the strategic initiatives and action plans for the next three years and beyond.

Principal Responsibilities

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Assures that the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image;
  • Builds strong and effective relationships with peer organizations, particularly Habitat for Humanity Canada, the other Canadian affiliates and Habitat for Humanity International;
  • Oversees donor relationships and makes one-on-one fund-raising solicitations where appropriate;
  • Acts as a liaison between the organization and the community in which it operates;
  • Advocates for the organization with all stakeholders including government, donors, volunteers, social housing organizations, real estate developers, foundations and volunteers;
  • Supports and participates in the strategic planning processes;
  • Implements the strategic plan by establishing an operational plan encompassing the different areas required to ensure the growth and success of Habitat for Humanity Quebec : image, awareness, communication, philanthropy, finance, human resources, families, volunteers, community and government relations, retail stores, development and construction and other special projects as required.
  • Presents the action plans and necessary resources to the Board of Directors for its approval;
  • Provides regular follow-ups and performance indicators as requested by the Board;
  • Collaborates with the Board to communicate the vision and strategic directions.

Families and Volunteers

  • Organise with the team members the recruiting of new families, regular follow-ups with homeowner families and the volunteer activities to support them;
  • Ensures that the families are qualified and supported throughout the processes;
  • Oversees an ongoing communication with the volunteer networks and a continued increase in the number of volunteers.

Philanthropy

  • Ensures the development and implantation of philanthropic plans and activities, fundraising campaigns and request for grants or sponsorships;
  • Maintain harmonious relations with donors and partners in order to respect the commitments undertaken.

Operations

  • Demonstrates a philanthropic leadership style in line with the values of the organization;
  • Builds, mentors and oversees a team of committed employees;
  • Instils the organization required for successful operations of the RE-Stores and the activities related to the families, volunteers, development and construction.
  • Sets the objectives, evaluates the performances and develops the required measures to ensure the successes of these 2 critical areas.
  • Ensures that the operations are in accordance with the provincial and municipal laws and the Habitat for Humanity Canada standards.

Finance and administration

  • Ensures financial stability of the organization;
  • Supervises accounting personnel and the financial activities;
  • Prepare the annual budgets and obtain the necessary Board approvals;
  • Ensure adequate controls over spending and the financial situation;
  • Provide and present financial reports to the Board as requested;
  • Ensures that all administrative and other processes respect all laws, rules and best practices;
  • Ensure the charitable status of the organization is maintained.

Human Resources

  • Proposes the HR plan to the Board for its approval;
  • Builds the team, assign the accountabilities, evaluate performances and demonstrate a motivational leadership;
  • Supervise the employee remuneration and benefits.

Marketing and communications

  • Main spokesperson for the organization;
  • Speaks openly about the organization, its mission, vision and programs;
  • Communicates with the media and develops contacts with journalist and other media representatives;
  • Develops a communication and visibility strategy to support the recognition of the organization’s mission.

Board of Directors and governance

  • Participate in the various board committees as a supporting member;
  • Supports the operations and administration of the Board of Directors as an advisor and communicator;
  • Spokesperson for the board to the employees and to Habitat for Humanity Canada;
  • Meets with the Board Chair on a regular basis to review ongoing operational files and to ensure the Chair is made aware of any important issues which arise.

Candidate Profile

Recognized for their excellent managerial track record in a philanthropic environment, skilled at developing lasting partnerships and at ease liaising in both business and community environments, the ideal candidate will be a results-oriented professional with excellent interpersonal skills. A strong leader and innovator, the candidate will demonstrate autonomy and strong organizational skills. With proven knowledge of the best practices in philanthropic developments, the candidate will be very at ease in working closely with committees formed of business persons and volunteers.

Experience and competencies

  • University business degree, Bachelor or Masters;
  • Minimum of 10 years managerial experience, ideally at least 5 years in a senior management role of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Good knowledge of the Quebec philanthropic community;
  • Bilingual – French and English – Spoken and written;
  • Minimal knowledge of both retail and real estate development/construction sectors will be an asset.
  • Motivating leadership with a focus on respect, development, coaching and recognition;
  • Integrety. Accountability;
  • Strategic Vision;
  • Operational optimisation;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Interested candidates should please submit a curriculum vitae by e-mail. A confirmation will be sent via e-mail.

 

By e-mailkrobert@electi.ca
Subject: Executive Director – Habitat for l’humanity Québec
Start date: Spring 2021

Habitat for Humanity Québec abides by principles of equality of employment. Women, men, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities and visible minorities are invited to submit their candidacy. It will be left to the person to advise us of their required needs for a fair evaluation. All such information shall be held in strict confidence.

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