• Executive Director

    Cowichan Women Against Violence Society
    Job Description

    Cowichan Women Against Violence Society
    Executive Director Job Posting
    Cowichan Women Against Violence Society (CWAVS) is a trauma-informed organization where women throughout the Cowichan Valley are able to receive support, live in a safe environment, and make informed decisions on how they want to restructure their lives. The Society is an integral part of the social safety network within our local community as well as the mid-Island. At CWAVS we believe in creating a community of safety and equity where every person is seen, heard and understood.
    CWAVS is a dynamic, diverse and evolving society that supports a multitude of programs. The Society has recently experienced significant growth and the Board is seeking a new Executive Director.  The right person will continue to elevate existing programs and services through analyzing and refining roles, responsibilities and reporting structures to ensure a solid foundation that will support future initiatives.
    Executive Director
    Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director (ED) will be a strong and supportive leader responsible for the organizational management of CWAVS.  Aligning themselves with the strategic plan set by the Board the ED will work collaboratively with a team of Directors who are responsible for program management and resource development. 
    The ED will be responsible for the overview of the Society and ensuring that existing and future initiatives are operating as needed per their respective contracts. The ED will work closely with many internal and external stakeholders, including BC Housing and the Law Foundation. Possessing an ability to build rapport and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the new ED will develop strong relationships with funders and community partners and oversee fundraising, communications, public education, and social enterprises. The ED will provide strong leadership in overseeing facilities operations, administration, finance, and human resources.
    The new ED will be a compassionate and empathetic person who is trauma-informed. They will have experience working with women’s groups and vulnerable populations, and have an understanding of poverty, addiction, mental health, and harm reduction. The ED will be a strategic thinker, have a strong understanding of human resource management practices and an ability to effectively handle highly sensitive and stressful situations. The successful candidate will be a strong, superior communicator and public speaker.   They will possess change management skills, strong financial acumen, and sound problem solving and decision-making skills. 
    The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary degree in a related field, experience in a senior leadership role in the non-profit sector, have previous experience in a non-profit housing/social services organization working with government funders, and have a track record of building high-performing teams.
    Completion of a Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Justice is required as well as a valid driver’s license. 
    CWAVS encourages applications from BIPOC, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our organization are encouraged to apply.
    To apply for this role, please send your cover letter and resume to cwav@cwav.org  . 
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