Executive Director

Posting Details

Company: National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council
Location: Virtual, anywhere in Canada

Posting Date: April 20, 2021
Closing Date: May 7, 2021

Job Description

Our Vision: Canada values and supports the health, care and welfare of the farmed animal population, and its contribution to the well-being of people, the environment, and the Canadian economy.

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council is the only Canadian organization that brings together industry, federal, provincial and territorial partners to provide collaborative guidance on a cohesive, functional and responsive farmed animal health and welfare system in Canada. The Council engages expertise to address important topics such as animal welfare, emerging diseases, animal health surveillance, antimicrobial use and resistance, and the emerging theme of “One welfare”.

Reports To

The Executive Director of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHW Council) reports to the NFAHW Council Board of Directors.

Job Overview

The Executive Director is the primary management position of the NFAHW Council. The Executive Director is responsible for supporting the NFAHW Council Board of Directors and Government Advisory Committee, and for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic planning of the NFAHW Council.

Responsibilities and Duties include but are not limited to:

In collaboration with the Council Board, provide leadership to exemplify and deliver on the Council vision and mandate. Ensure Council activities, priorities, and work planning are in line with Council direction and member expectations.
• Identify opportunities and needs of the Council in order to meet the expectations of stakeholders
• Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with relevant stakeholders
• Build and maintain a collaborative network for the Council
• Act as the spokesperson for the Council along with the Council Co-Chairs as required

Board Governance:

Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mandate.
• Responsible for leading the NFAHW Council in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
• Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
• Responsible for ensuring compliance with bylaws and regulatory requirements of the Council

Financial Performance and Viability:
Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization and ensuring compliance with Canada’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.
• Responsible for sourcing grants and funding and developing other revenues necessary to support NFAHW Council’s mandate
• Responsible for the fiscal integrity of NFAHW Council to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
• Oversight and approval of invoices and payments within the financial policy establish by the board
• Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position

Organization Mission and Strategy:
Works with board and staff to ensure that the mandate is fulfilled through strategic planning, programs, projects, Divisions, and stakeholder engagement and outreach.
• Responsible for implementation of NFAHW Council’s activities, projects and programs
• Responsible for strategic planning
• Responsible for the support and oversight of the NFAHW Council’s projects and Divisions

Organization Operations:
Oversees and manages resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
• Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff
• Responsible effective oversight and delivery of operations
• Responsible for signing all notes, contracts, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization

Job Duties
1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their input and decision on policy, securing and managing funds and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
2. Ensure effective consultation and collaboration with NFAHW Council members on Council activities, initiatives, financial and organizational reports and legal amendments.
3. Plan and prepare materials for the delivery of the NFAHW Council Annual General Meeting.
4. Hire, supervise, conduct performance reviews and collaborate with organization staff and contractors.
5. Strategic planning and implementation.
6. Planning and implementation of annual budget.
7. Financial and operational planning and reporting.
8. Ensure compliance with not-for-profit legal requirements and bylaws.
9. Serve as NFAHW Council’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s stakeholders, the media and the general public.
10. Establish and maintain relationships and collaboration with various organizations on the One Health landscape.
11. Engage in securing project funding and developing other revenues.
12. Oversee communications efforts.
13. Oversee organization of Board and committee meetings.
14. Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the NFAHW Council.
15. Review and approve contracts for services.
16. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


• Educational Requirements: Degree in a relevant area of expertise (i.e., Agriculture, Animal Health and welfare, Veterinary Medicine, Business Management)
• Project Management Professional designation an asset

Knowledge and Experience
• Knowledge and/or Experience in the field of animal agriculture, preferably within animal health and welfare scope
• Experience in business and/or organizational management
• Experience applying for or writing grant applications
• Experience in managing teams
• Experience in managing budgets and finances
• Experience working with common Office software

Personal Suitability
• Outstanding organizational and time management skills
• Excellent project management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• English essential, bilingual preferred with capacity to work in a bilingual organization
• Self-motivated
• Capacity to manage, motivate, guide and rally staff
• Discretion and confidentiality
• High level strategic thinking and planning



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