Executive Director

Job Type:
Full Time
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Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is a feminist community health clinic in Winnipeg, offering client-centered, non-judgmental and fully confidential health and wellness services, education, resources and advocacy to women, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, trans, and non-binary people of all ages. For 40 years, their holistic approach to health has emphasized prevention, education and action. They encourage and empower people to learn all they can about what contributes to their health and wellbeing so they can make informed choices.


Women’s Health Clinic is currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in achieving its vision of accessible and equitable health and wellness services, delivered through an intersectional feminist lens. The successful candidate will create strategic partnerships, advocate for system change and ensure that they are providing accessible client-centered education and services.


It is integral that the Executive Director, under the direction of the Board of Directors, ensures that all activities of Women’s Health Clinic uphold their values of choice, inclusion, social justice, innovation and integrity.


WHC believes that varying backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives enhance creativity and encourage diversity of thought. WHC is committed to developing an inclusive organization that is reflective of and responsive to the diversity of the communities we serve.


The Candidate:

The successful Executive Director will be a dynamic and relational leader with knowledge of program planning, fundraising and governance within a non-profit or related organization. They are an excellent communicator and have the experience, emotional intelligence, and people skills to build relationships and inspire confidence in their team and with a variety of stakeholders. The successful candidate will be able to mediate and resolve conflicts while being able to balance empathy with assertiveness in a fair facilitation. We are seeking an individual with excellent planning and organizational skills that is able to make sound decisions confidently. They are someone who is able to ensure accountability for themselves and the organization. The successful candidate will be able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple responsibilities while maintaining a strategic mindset.


The Role:

The Executive Director will be responsible for managing 6 key functions within the organization. These key functions include:


Leadership and Planning

  • Provide leadership in the development of the strategic plan including a vision for the organization; articulating this vision within the organization and externally.
  • Work with Board, committees and staff to operationalize the strategic plan.
  • Work with staff and Board to develop and implement appropriate action strategies to achieve long and short-term goals in line with the strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement a quality monitoring and improvement plan and regular review and evaluation of programs.
  • Ensure all programs meet WHC principles of service and quality standards required by accreditation, and professional bodies and funders.
  • Coordinate appropriate reporting, statistical and written, concerning agency goals and objectives, strategic plan accomplishments, program accomplishments and service provision as required by Board, committees, staff and funders.


Administration & Finance:

  • Develop appropriate policies and procedures for effective and efficient operations to ensure program quality and mitigation of potential risks.
  • Develop a comprehensive risk management plan, including safety and security of staff and clients, and quality clinical practice.
  • Ensure appropriate maintenance of WHC facilities and equipment.
  • Maintain mechanisms for effective contract management.
  • With the Finance Committee, establish appropriate budget planning and financial monitoring mechanisms, collaborating with Board and staff to facilitate effective program management
  • Establish mechanisms for appropriate administrative support to the Board and Board Committees


Human Resource Management:

  • Facilitate organizational processes to enhance effective communication and to support effective team working relationships among staff including processes for conflict management.
  • Build and promote an inclusive working environment where equity and diversity are supported.
  • Establish appropriate policies and procedures for effective and efficient personnel management.
  • Manage paid personnel including hiring/contracting, review, discipline or release of staff (in accordance with Collective Agreement and agency policies).
  • Participate in staff orientation, training and development.
  • Liaise with Union and proactively respond to emerging issues.
  • Facilitate policy development in collaboration with staff and board for effective volunteer management.


Information Systems (IT) & Risk Management: 

  • Ensure information technology and information systems are secure and appropriate for managing the records and data of the organization.
  • Ensure a comprehensive risk management plan is in effect and updated to mitigate potential risks to the functioning of the organization and the clinic practice, including the safety and security for staff, volunteers, clients and visitors.


Fund Development

  • In collaboration with the fund raising staff and committees, lead and nurture effective working relations with existing and new funders.
  • Identify and explore potential new funding sources for WHC.
  • Coordinate, prepare and submit various funding proposals and required reports.
  • In collaboration with staff and committees, support WHC efforts for a capital campaign.


Public Policy, Communications and Community Relations

  • Promote the identification and review of key public policy issues for women’s health for the Board and develop strategies to address these concerns; and ensure all related communication and information is shared across the organization.
  • Liaise with governments, WRHA and other regional health authorities, professional and community-based agencies to build and maintain effective working relationships and collaborative partnerships to promote WHC programs and services.
  • Act as the media spokesperson for WHC.
  • Facilitate promotion of WHC programs and services in the community
  • Ensure timely response to complaints from the public


Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a comparable role is required and not for profit experience is preferred.
  • Post-secondary education in Business, Public Administration, Health Care Management or another relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Leadership experience at a senior level with the ability to balance day to day responsibilities while executing on high level strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated holistic and community-based health practice approach.
  • Proven track record in cultivating and maintaining relationships with government, funders and donors.
  • Compelling communication skills with successful fundraising track record and grant writing experience.
  • Direct experience supporting women’s health and community health, including issues faced by structurally disadvantaged groups.
  • Demonstrated interest or existing involvement as a leader and change maker in the community
  • Labour relations experience in a unionized environment preferred, direct experience in health or social services is an asset


Practice Characteristics:

  • Pro choice
  • Anti-oppression and intersectional feminist perspective
  • Commitment to client-centred and community-based service delivery
  • A collaborative orientation
  • A team oriented and empowerment approach
  • Commitment to health promotion, disease prevention and holistic health care
  • A client empowerment service philosophy


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