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The John Howard Society of North Island
Executive Director

John Howard has served community justice and social services needs on northern Vancouver Island for 56 years. Beginning as a branch of The John Howard Society of Vancouver Island in 1967, the organization was incorporated as The John Howard Society of North Island (John Howard) in 1989 and has continued to work tirelessly towards building safer and healthier communities ever since. A non-profit society, John Howard provides services to children, youth, adults, and families with diverse needs. Its 13 locations include offices and residential programs, but its work also takes it into schools, homes, and other parts of communities. It takes a holistic approach, recognizing that safer, healthier communities are created through the combined and diverse efforts of citizens, organizations, and governments, and it works cooperatively with a broad spectrum of partners in pursuit of its Mission: to provide programs and support to help children, youth, adults, and families lead safer, healthier lives.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) role at John Howard is a fantastic opportunity to join and lead a well-respected, innovative organization that’s making a real difference in the communities in which it operates. Responsible for the functioning of all operations of the Society and for achieving John Howard’s strategic, financial, program, and administrative objectives, the ED will be expected to lead the organization through the development and implementation of new strategic priorities. In addition, they are responsible for directing, coaching, and nurturing an already strong team; ensuring the organization’s funding framework and finances are sustainable; overseeing the operations of all existing properties and programs to the quality standards that John Howard and its clients and partners expect; and addressing any significant issues that arise. Accountable for guiding the long and short-term operational planning of John Howard and overseeing the accreditation process, the ED will work to raise the profile of the organization while actively managing relationships with John Howard’s partners including its clients, staff, Board, government agencies, funders, and the broader community.

The ideal candidate is an innovative, collaborative, community-driven leader who is motivated to build and expand upon an already successful organization. Recognized as credible and influential, the Executive Director will have held a leadership role at a large, complex, multi-partner and multi-program organization, working in partnership with communities as well as with a myriad of other external partners, including funders. A confident spokesperson, the successful candidate will possess experience running all aspects of an organization and ideally bring some understanding of the unique nature of an enterprise that provides community justice and social services. They will have worked closely with a Board of Directors to guide strategy development and set priorities and will have demonstrated the ability to identify new opportunities while ensuring their team is equipped to balance existing priorities with emerging ones.

The selected candidate must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a publicly visible, autonomous, and caring workplace while overseeing a complex portfolio. Superior leadership, relationship, interpersonal, and communication skills; knowledge of financial/business management; plus a personal values alignment with the organization, are the hallmarks of a suitable candidate. In addition, the Executive Director will be an outstanding motivator and mentor who can inspire people to excel and to continually improve John Howard’s programs and services.

The targeted salary range for this position is $143,000 – $165,000 annually, supplemented by a competitive total rewards package.

If you’re motivated to join a passionate organization that’s deeply rooted in the communities it serves, please submit your credentials below.

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