Skills Canada NWT
June 20, 2020
Yellowknife, Canada
Job Type
Salary: $92,500 (includes Northern Living Allowance)
Northwest Territories



The Executive Director has overall operational responsibility for two staff, programs, finances, and execution of Skills Canada NWT’s mission and goals. In addition to managing the operations of Skills NWT Executive Director is responsible to serve on a National Operations Committee with all other provincial and territorial member organization representatives.



Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Skills Canada NWT staff are working from home as the office is connected to a Yellowknife school facility which is closed until further notice. All meetings are conducted over zoom or audio conference.

  • Most work is done in an office environment, but some duties involve travel and other activities in a variety of settings.
  • The office is situated in a  trades  training facility where shop noise is common and industrial chemicals  and materials are used. The office has a small number of staff who work closely together.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Leadership & Management

  • Supervise all staff - currently includes Program and Event Administrator/Coordinator, and Communications and Media Coordinator
  • Oversee the implementation of the organization’s human resource policies, procedures and practices
  • Supervise the recruitment, selection, orientation, and training of volunteers
  • Communicate with the board of directors and its committees regularly regarding the operations of the organization

Financial Management

  • Prepare and manage the annual budget to ensure effective and efficient program delivery across the NWT.
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization; ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization and provide the board with regular statements of revenues and expenditures

Program Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services
  • Ensure program excellence through leadership, communication, staff engagement, sound financial and administrative management, and comprehensive evaluation processes
  • Research program expansion and, as necessary, pursue planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of new programs and services; look to other Skills Canada Member Organizations for program ideas and best practices
  • Provide regular, reliable, and comparable reports on the organization’s progress

Communications and Community Relations

  • Promote community awareness of the organization’s mission, vision, and goals
  • Publicize the activities and programs of the organization and its successes.
  • Participate in networking and community relations activities on behalf of the organization; in addition to the President, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, educators, funders, government including elected officials, and other organizations to help achieve the mission and goals of the organization
  • Collaborate with other Skills Canada Member Organizations and the Skills Canada National Secretariat
  • Produce an annual report for the board, partners, funders, stakeholders, and the general public. 



The Executive Director will be committed to Skills Canada NWT’s mission and will  have  proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

The successful candidate would ideally:

  • Have a university degree in a relevant field such as management or public administration;
  • Have 5 or more years of progressive management experience;
  • Have past success working in the charity/non-profit sector including working with a Board of Directors;
  • Have experience working with youth ages 12-30
  • Have a good understanding of NWT geography and culture;
  • Have experience with project management and strategic planning;
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations;
  • Knowledge of all federal and territorial legislation applicable to voluntary sector organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage etc.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
  • Be able to engage the attention of youth to facilitate delivering events;
  • Have a basic understanding of careers in skilled trades and technology and of apprenticeship systems.

Work on evenings, weekends, and overtime is necessary for program/event delivery and  board  meetings.

Company Info

Skills Canada NWT is a registered charity with a mission to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to northern youth. We pursue this mission through community-based skills clubs, youth conferences, skills competitions, as well as other events focused on trades and technology.

Our goal is to offer increased programming and larger events across the territory. We hope to reach students in every community in the NWT so that they can have the opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades and technology. Skills Canada NWT is supported by several dedicated partners in both government and industry. We share with these partners, a commitment to youth, and a desire to provide them with exciting career options.

We are very grateful to our incredible partners, sponsors and volunteers who help us to achieve our goals.

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