Posted on 12/28/2019 in Food Services | Listing #3966

Executive Director

Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network 720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON J4Y 0K7, Canada
Start Date 01/20/2020
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Position: Ojibiikaan Executive Director


About Ojibiikaan


Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network (Ojibiikaan) is an Indigenous -led not-for-profit organization in Tkaronto. Ojibiikaan formed in 2018 in response to an identified gap in dedicated Indigenous Food Sovereignty programming to address food systems, food education, food justice, and traditional agricultural and ecological practices and protocols in Tkaronto and the surrounding region. Our mandate is to strengthen Indigenous roots in Tkaronto, the Greater Toronto Area through community-based knowledge exchange and land-based food projects.


Ojiibikens (“Little Roots”) is Ojibiikaan’s Early Years program (0-6). Under this program, staff deliver mobile cultural and land-based activities for Indigenous children and their families in Tkaronto. This program is funded through the City of Toronto by the Government of Ontario’s Journey Together strategy for reconciliation.


Role Summary


Reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful operations Ojibikaan by overseeing the administration, programs, finances and strategic direction. The ED will exhibit outstanding leadership abilities by encouraging behaviours and outcomes that will allow the Ojibiikaan mandate to flourish, and accountability to the organization’s vision and values. The ED will be required to secure additional funding to grow the organization. This position requires exceptional interpersonal skills to build and enhance strategic partnerships.


Duties and Responsibilities Board Governance (15%)

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the BOD and providing all necessary information for the BOD to make informed decisions in a timely manner;
  • Provides leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the BOD and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the BOD;
  • Participate with the BOD in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals,objectives, and outcomes that work towards the strategic direction of the organization;  
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, and volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks; and
  • See that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all-important factors influencing it, on a monthly basis

 Financial Performance and Responsibilities (35%)  

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization;
  • Work with the staff and the board in preparing the annual budget;
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization;
  • Ensure successful implementation of the Ojiibikens Land-Based program and accuracy of program budget allocation
  • Monitor financial performance to ensure the organization is in compliance with board set limitations and annual budget;
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the BOD;
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization; and
  • Report on expenditure forecasts and actuals to the BOD on a bi-monthly basis.

 Human Resources (25%)  

  • Participate in the review and development of organization policies;
  • Ensure consistent implementation and adherence to approved policies;
  • Monitor the training and professional development of staff according to policy;
  • Support effective internal communication strategies;
  • Ensure hiring and terminations are conducted that reflect organizational values, and are in accordance with employment law; and
  • Foster a positive organizational culture and a workplace free of lateral violence.

 External Relations (20%)  

  • Appropriately represent the organizations, with partners, on committees, with participants and the general public;
  • Builds, develops and sustains business relationships/strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial, reciprocal and grounded in trust and respect and advocate for the organization, its programs and goals;and
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

 Other (5%)  

  • Maintain and upgrade professional skills;
  • Promote a healthy, safe work environment; and
  • Perform other duties, related to the position, as assigned by the Executive Director or designate.



  • A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution preferably in Indigenous studies, social work, community development, management or related fields;
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience as a manager, program director or executive director;
  • Extensive experience with Indigenous programming;
  • 3-5 years experience in budget planning and oversight.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Impeccable role modeling and outstanding leadership skills;
  • Extensive experience working with urban Indigenous communities;
  • Intimate knowledge of HR procedures;
  • Well-versed in grant-writing, fundraising, and development opportunities in the not-for-profit sector;
  • Familiarity with traditional Indigenous protocols;
  • In-depth knowledge of Indigenous communities, agencies and service organizations in the GTA;
  • Extensive experience in leading a successful team, ability to work with a diversity of individuals and ensure a workplace free of lateral violence;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills, willingness and ability to be an ambassador and a champion of the organization;
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate sensitivity in navigating complex inter-personal or political situations;
  • Ability to effectively handle client or staff complaints with the utmost integrity, accountability and professionalism;
  • Proven track record building collaborative relationships with partners, funders and wide range of stakeholders;
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Able to motivate a team of diverse staff and ensure prioritization of tasks and continuity of a high volume of work;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous food sovereignty, agro-ecology or food systems, and/or knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset.

 Working conditions  

This is a full-time contract position based in Toronto. This contract is for a duration of six months with the possibility of extension. This position requires some local travel and some evening and weekend hours to attend meetings, special events and fulfill other job functions. The starting yearly salary is $85,000.

As an organization primarily serving the Indigenous community of Toronto, we encourage applications from qualified First Nation, Métis and Inuit candidates and all others who are interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.


Please submit a cover letter and CV to by 11:59 pm on Monday, January 13th, 2020 with subject line “Executive Director – Applicant Name”.

720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON J4Y 0K7, Canada

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