Job Opportunity: Seeking Executive Director

Job Opportunity: Seeking Executive Director


Position title:  Executive Director

About Us:

The Western Quebec Literacy Council (WQLC) is a non-profit community organization serving the English-speaking community of the Outaouais. The WQLC works to provide services to adult learners, youth and families looking to improve their reading, writing, numeracy, communication and/or computer skills.

Position Overview:  

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership and manages all aspects of the organization including promotion of literacy across the region; managing all financial and administrative functions; community development; and facilitating growth.  The position operates within a framework of values, mandate and policies approved by the Board of Directors.  This position requires an individual with a demonstrated ability to work independently with sensitivity to the needs of all learners.


The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director include but are not limited to the following:

Board Governance:

  • Advise the Board of Directors; meet with other Committees of the Board as required
  • Recommend policies and actions which assist in furthering the Mission 
  • Assessing information on government programs and within the field of education and literacy and making appropriate recommendations to the Board
  • 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.

General Management:

  • Plan, direct, organize and manage the program, either directly or through delegation to qualified volunteers and support staff
  • Ensure the continuity of the program and adherence to strategic plans and action plans by developing management competence and utilizing the special talents of staff, volunteers and learners 

Community Liaison

  • Develop and maintain contacts with libraries, professional and social agencies, education and community partners as well as literacy groups, for the purpose of public awareness, exchange of ideas and service delivery.
  • Develop and ensure the execution of a communication plan
  • Represent WQLC at public consultations, meetings and events

Financial Management:

  • Prepare annual operating budget with the Treasurer and the Board of Directors
  • Ensure that monthly financial statements are prepared
  • Prepare Action Plans and budgets; ensure that deliverables are completed on time and on budget; submit required reports
  • Identify and apply for new sources of funding as needed
  • Negotiate office lease, insurance coverage, etc.
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with all financial and legislative obligations    
  • Develop and initiate fundraising opportunities and arrange for recognition of community donations

Office Administration:

  • Ensure that the Minute books for the Board conform to audit standards
  • Ensure that WQLC’s policies and procedures are reviewed, updated and implemented
  • Order and distribute teaching materials and tools 
  • Order and track office supplies and equipment

Human Resource Management: 

  • Participate in hiring and provide staff performance evaluations
  • Work closely with personnel to ensure the best possible service and learning environment is maintained
  • Execute personnel disciplinary measures in accordance with policy and procedures 

Qualifications and required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated community development experience
  • Demonstrated organization, facilitation and planning skills
  • Financial management experience
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong French communication skills, both written and oral

The ideal candidate will have

  • The ability to handle multiple demands, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Experience in the non-profit sector, preferably in the field of literacy
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team, and maintain positive working relationships
  • Attention to detail 
  • The ability to serve vulnerable clientele with sensitivity and understanding

Terms of Employment:  

  • Full time position: 35 hours/week
  • Territory: The Outaouais
  • Office location: Campbell’s Bay (with flexibility for remote work)
  • Schedule: Some meetings and events outside of regular office schedule, as well as occasional evenings and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license, regular access to a vehicle and flexibility to travel


Pay range: $50,000 – $55,000 per annum commensurate with experience and education.

How to apply

Via email: [email protected]

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a CV and cover letter (detailing relevant experience, and explaining why they would like to work for the Western Quebec Literacy Council).    

Please use the subject line, Application for Executive Director.

Deadline: 3:00 pm. Friday, November 26, 2021



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