Do you have a passion for creating welcoming spaces for New Canadians to Edmonton? Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families? The Multicultural Family Resource Society (hereinafter M.F.R.S.) is a non-profit charitable organization formed in 2005 that supports over 2000 immigrant and refugee families in Edmonton. We provide programming to immigrant and refugee youth and families throughout the city using a holistic family cultural brokering approach. Such programs include parent and children group in various ethnocultural communities, English for Community Integration for newcomer mothers with young children, and Youth and Girls Programs for immigrant and refugee youth. We are a participant driven organization wherein our programs are identified and co-created with the participants we serve, as such our policies and procedure reflect the heart of our Society: the needs and strengths of our families.
The Board of Directors of M.F.R.S. are seeking an Executive Director who will build on the society’s mission, vision, and values and successfully lead community based initiatives for the improvement of the quality of life of new Edmontonians. As a key liaison with internal and external stakeholders, this position demands cross cultural sensitivity, understanding of immigrant and refugee realities , the ability to build relationships, and outstanding organization and management skills in order to best serve M.F.R.S.’s mission and mandate. These are obviously qualities that are difficult to measure. The interview process will be crucial in this regard and we hope that a candidate will be forthcoming on their personal thoughts on such topics and, while not necessary, perhaps have examples of previous work and values in this realm.
• Post-secondary education in a related discipline supplemented by 5 years progressive experience in a supervisory role working in a not for profit sector.
• Knowledge in theories and up to date research and policies related to immigration, social inclusion/integration, and cultural brokering practice.
• Training in anti-oppression practice, anti-racism, decolonization, or equivalent.
• Strong networking skills which can be utilized to establish, foster, navigate, and make use of a large network to leverage the accompanying social capital into actual resources.
• Strong understanding of the Canadian Charity Act and compliance with Canadian Revenue Agency regulations.
• Demonstrated experience and proven success with fundraising and grant applications.
• Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills with experience in solving complex and sensitive issues.
• Demonstrated experience with organizational leadership, strategic planning, analytics and process management to drive excellence in program outcomes.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate with individuals with language barriers, timidity, cultural barriers, and other such challenges.
• Strong public speaking experience and skills.
• Demonstrated experience working with new immigrants, refugees, and/or specific cultural groups and the sensitivity and empathy that result from such experiences.
• Due to the nature of the groups that M.F.R.S. works with and the various events that we need to attend, a flexible schedule, allowing for attendance at such functions and media relations is a must. Flexibility to work day, evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.
• Police security check and child welfare checks required.
• Fluency in more than one language is an asset.
Terms of Position
This position is currently 0.8 FTE or approximately 30 hours per week starting July 1st, 2018, with the possibility for Full Time should funding become available. Remuneration will commensurate with knowledge and experience. A candidate must be flexible and able to commit to the hours that are needed to complete their duties and responsibilities and ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders.
As a part time position, an independent and flexible work arrangement may be established to fit an applicant’s own schedule. Possibilities include the ability to work from home, self-determined hours of work within the requirements of the role. Details to be negotiated with M.F.R.S. in order to ensure a mutual satisfaction.
A unique opportunity to lead the organization in creative and innovative ways towards fulfilling our strategic goals.
Gain the ability to build one’s experience and exposure in the not-for-profit community, further develop one’s capacity in this realm, and gain an immeasurable amount of satisfaction from helping appreciative and worthy groups, too often marginalized by our society.
Please email resume and cover letter to by May 18th, 2018.
Board of Directors
Multicultural Family Resource Society