Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have the overall responsibility of leadership and management of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute (Prevention Institute). The successful candidate will lead and have a dedication to the vision “Our Goal is Healthy Children” and mandate “To reduce the occurrence of disabling conditions in children”.

The Prevention Institute focuses on primary prevention that aims to prevent disabling conditions from occurring by eliminating or modifying risk factors that can occur before or during pregnancy or after birth. The Prevention Institute is committed to working collaboratively to promote primary prevention throughout the province by providing education and training on all of its areas of focus. For further information on the Prevention Institute, go to skprevention.ca.

This position is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares similar passions and values as the Prevention Institute and who is ready to build upon the solid and successful foundation in place. The successful candidate will be a confident, caring individual with courageous values and ethics and will have a desire and willingness to lead the Prevention Institute’s vision, mandate and guiding principles. The successful candidate will want to encourage a workplace environment that values from and for its people: flexibility; accountability; autonomy; continuous learning; healthy work-life balance; trust; and openness.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Strategic planning and operations:

  • Operationalize and lead the implementation of the current strategic priorities while continuing to plan short and long-term goals and initiatives.
  • Assist the Board to monitor and evaluate the relevance of the Prevention Institute’s strategic priorities and programming.
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the mandate of the organization.

Program planning:

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects.
  • Empower staff to provide leadership in their own areas of programming and expertise while maintaining open and ongoing communication.
  • Encourage teamwork and collaboration among program areas as appropriate.

People Leadership:

  • Provide professional leadership in a healthy environment by driving a collaborative, flexible, trusting culture that empowers employees.
  • Ensure accountability is maintained with all staff.
  • Oversee recruitment and training. Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance.
  • Monitor the performance of staff on an on-going basis dealing with concerns and successes immediately.


  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organization.
  • Assist in preparing the annual operating budgets to meet the Board’s objectives and/or directives; monitor the financial performance and compliance with the budgeted expectations.
  • Work with Board to secure adequate funding and ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals.
  • In collaboration with the staff, apply and write funding proposals as necessary to secure funding for the organization.

Community Relations and Advocacy:

  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Serve as ambassador and chief advocate, ensuring proper representation of the Prevention Institute.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the current funding partners and identify future opportunities with additional partners.


  • Work with the Board Chair, members of the corporation, and the directors to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitate the optimum performance by the Board, its committees, and individual Board members.
  • Manage the Board’s due diligence process to ensure timely attention to core issues.
  • Identify problems and opportunities and address them; as appropriate, escalate issues to the Board and/or its committees and facilitate discussion and deliberation.


Education and Experience:

  • A Post-Secondary Education in a related discipline alongside relevant experience. A focus on Health Education or similar would be an asset.
  • A minimum of 7 years working in a Leadership role.
  • Experience working with a not-for-profit organization in management or volunteer capacity with an understanding of philanthropy and working with a Board of Directors
  • Background experience in a research, fact-based, or educational role is ideal.
  • Positive leader of people, able to empower, mentor, motivate, and support the team.
  • Experience dealing with financial accountability including budgeting, writing grant proposals, etc.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Dynamic and versatile communication skills; written and verbal.
  • Ability to learn and adapt, catches on quickly.
  • Ability to assess the situation, is a problem-solver, and able to provide solutions.
  • Proactive, strong organizational skills, able to prioritize.
  • Ability to appropriately adapt based on the audience.
  • Strong negotiation skills.

Personal Attributes: 

Professional; Collaborative; Trustworthy; Caring; Approachable; Confident

All interested applicants can submit their resume and cover letter directly to Tracy Arno at Essence Recruitment via email tracy@essencerecruitment.ca.  Contact Tracy Arno at Essence Recruitment at 306.652.5209 for inquiries. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2018.