Interim Executive Director

ED · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department ED
Employment Type Contract
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation $85-$95k/year

We're Hiring: Interim Executive Director 


Reports to: Board of Directors

Supervises: Campaigns Director, Operations Director, Manager of Digital

Schedule: 3-5 days a week, requiring flexible daytime hours between EST-PST

Status: Temporary Employee or Contract (parental leave coverage), December 2021-January 2023

Location: Remote in Canada


OpenMedia is looking for an experienced non-profit leader to fill the role of Interim Executive Director. We are looking for a grounded, compassionate, dynamic leader, who is committed to supporting our efforts to ensure the Internet is open, affordable, and surveillance-free, in Canada and beyond.


About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an effective, dynamic team leading the charge to protect the possibilities of the open Internet. We believe in the power of the Internet to make the world better. To do that, Internet access must be affordable and fast, personal privacy must be the default, and free expression must be respected. 


The past year and half has been challenging for everyone. But we’ve been incredibly fortunate at OpenMedia to have a caring, dedicated, and thoughtful team and community that have banded together to not just weather the storm, but set us up incredibly well for the years ahead. We are just completing our 5-year strategic planning process, and are excited to be moving forward with a clear direction for 2022. 


About the Role

The Interim Executive Director’s primary responsibility will be to lead this dynamic and fast-paced organization through the first year of operationalizing its new five-year strategic plan. They should be eager to take on the work of stewarding a powerful public advocacy organization and ensure the organization’s sustainability and relevance for years to come. They will oversee the day-to-day operations of OpenMedia, leading our staff team. 


Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

  • OpenMedia is in the process of completing the development of its five-year Strategic Plan. The Interim Executive Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of the first year’s Operational Plan, with the support of the Operations Director and Board. 
  • Lead the development of key annual performance indicators and metrics to track progress towards the annual operating plan, and longer-term strategic plan. 
  • Report on progress and impact to OpenMedia stakeholders and Board of Directors


Operations and Governance

  • ​​Ensure operations are compliant with organization’s bylaws and policies, including running the AGM
  • Work with the Operations Director to assist the Board of Directors, including providing monthly financial reports, and overseeing the audit
  • Ensure a productive, safe, and healthy work environment, free from harassment
  • Support the governance committee with Board development and recruitment


Financial Management

  • Accountable for the development and managing the organization’s annual operating budget, with the support of the Operations Director
  • Ensure financial procedures and policies are followed in accordance with the directives of the Board and all other legal/regulatory requirements


Fundraising

  • Support the Operations and Fundraising team in continuing to develop diverse, sustained sources of funding
  • Steward donors and key stakeholders as a key contact point with the organization


Management and Team Culture

  • Lead and inspire the staff team in their daily work
  • Support an organizational culture of trust, respect, and compassion 
  • Work with external consultants to develop and support the organization’s work towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


About You

You are:

  • Calm under pressure 
  • A clear communicator 
  • Compassionate
  • Technologically savvy, able to operate in an entirely remote work environment 
  • Comfortable navigating and facilitating challenging conversations and conflict resolution
  • Curious about the world around you
  • An advocate for workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion


You MUST have experience:

  1. Leading a non-profit organization, such as an Executive Director or Managing Director role. We are also open to consultants and professional Interim Executive Directors
  2. With Canadian non-profit governance 
  3. Building and overseeing annual budgets
  4. Implementing strategic and operational plans
  5. Fundraising in a non-profit environment
  6. In a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines, that involves working with multiple stakeholders
  7. Overseeing, implementing, and/or supporting organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives
  8. With a proven track record in leadership, communications and motivation in a socially progressive environment


The following skills and experiences are NOT required or expected to fulfill the role, but would be a big benefit if you do happen to have them. Please don’t hesitate to mention them if they apply:

  • Experience with grassroots movements, and/or digital organizing
  • Experience with any kind of political advocacy, of working with the federal government
  • Project Management training
  • Familiarity with issues related to Internet policy, in particular in Canada and the U.S.
  • Fluency in French


Compensation & Benefits

This is a 12-14 month position, ideally from December 2021 – January 2023. The role is currently envisioned as a 3-day per week position, focused on overseeing our governance and high-level strategy. However, this could be up to a full-time position for the right candidate, and is open for discussion throughout the hiring process. 


Salary is commensurate with experience in the range of $85-$95k/year for full time. This amount will be prorated to the number of days per week being worked, depending on the final contract.


OpenMedia offers a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package. All full time staff receive three weeks vacation, 12 sick days, and three personal days annually. Additionally, OpenMedia provides a paid office closure for approximately five days each December. We also offer flexible and remote working for all staff, with operating hours between EST - PST time zones. 


How To Apply

  • Please provide a *brief* cover letter that highlights how you meet the requirements in the ‘must have’ section (bulleted lists are fine!), and addresses the following:
    • What interests you about an Interim Executive Director role?
    • Tell us about a time you’ve made a big impact on an organization in a short period of time.
  • Submit your resume.
  • If there are any accommodations that we can provide to make our hiring process more accessible for you, or if you have any ideas for improving our hiring process, please reach out to us at shantini@openmedia.org directly. We'd be happy to do our best to set you up for success.
  • We will review applications as they are submitted, with a final deadline of Friday, October 22.


We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Indigenous people, women, LGBTQIA+ people, people of colour, and people with disabilities. Our organization has recently transitioned to an entirely remote workplace, providing the flexibility to work from any location with a reliable Internet connection. 


Not certain your credentials are a 100% match with the position description? Please apply anyway! We’re looking to find the right person for our team, with relevant skills and experience – not a mandatory checklist.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    ED
  • Employment Type
    Contract
  • Minimum Experience
    Executive
  • Compensation
    $85-$95k/year