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Executive Director

Uncle Gabe's Friendship Centre
February 9, 2023
Fort Smith, NT
Job Type
  • $80,000.00


Uncle Gabe’s Friendship Centre (UGFC) is looking for an Executive Director who will provide ongoing leadership and support to an established an effective team of staff, organize and coordinate funding, stakeholder interaction, community, and government engagement to lead the work of our Friendship Centre.

As the successful candidate, you will provide strategic guidance to partners and other parties in ways that promote UGFC’s culture and vision. You will also oversee the progress of both our plans to continued organizational development of programs and activities.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader and will have experience in managing staff of different disciplines to produce results in a timely manner.

The Executive Director Role

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the activities of all staff, along with the development and implementation of program evaluation activities, and the ongoing improvement of Program data collection activities, protocols, and processes. The successful candidate will be required to work independently and must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A detailed job description is provided below.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and references outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to

Submission deadline – March 31, 2023

We appreciate all applications but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Indigenous candidates are encouraged to apply.


Objectives of the Job: The Executive Director will oversee and manage staff, programs, and operations of the centre. This includes maintaining funding criteria and guidelines, liaising funders, collection of program data, and that UGFC follows contractual and other obligations. Employed by the UGFC the Executive Director is responsible for adhering to the policies and direction as determined by the Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of our Friendship Centre
  • Develop new programs to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Create and manage long-term goals
  • Develop a budget and operating plan for the programs
  • Develop an evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement
  • Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the community as well as between Management and staff
  • In addition to the President of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board where appropriate and jointly with the Board
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile
  • Write program funding proposals and grants to guarantee uninterrupted delivery of services
  • Manage a team with a diverse array of talents and responsibilities
  • Implement and manage change and interventions to ensure project goals are achieved
  • Meet with stakeholders to make communication easy and transparent regarding project collaboration and decisions on services
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of program status throughout its life cycle
  • Analyze program risks
  • Work on strategy with marketing resources
  • Develop and control deadlines, budgets, and activities
  • Resolve projects’ higher scope issues
  • Prepare reports for Board of Directors


Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Management and/or Director experience
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of UGFC’s priorities, mandate, organizational structure; and the Friendship Centre Movement’s program and service delivery infrastructure
  • Able to work independently, meet tight deadlines, and work under pressure
  • Strong proposal writing skills
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience with community driven culturally based healing and education programs as well as social capital projects
  • Must be familiar with community development and social capital programs
  • Thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office; working knowledge of program and project management software is a strong advantage

Company Info


The UGFC is a not-for-profit Indigenous organization located at 112 Conibear Crescent in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. The UGFC is governed by the Board of Directors. UGFC’s Constitution formally establishes its structure, purpose, and objectives. It addresses rules and regulations related to the Centre’s membership, governance structures, committees, and Annual General Meetings.

The UGFC receives Federal and other funding that supports its internal organizational structure. UGFC currently employs 6 dedicated individuals, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization.

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