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FOXY Director of Programs

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)
October 31, 2022
Yellowknife, NT
Job Type
  • $87,000-$102,000 commensurate with experience


Full-time Management Position

FOXY is a non-profit organization based in Yellowknife that has reached over 7500 youth across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon since 2012. FOXY’s mission is to enhance the knowledge, health, and well-being of Northern and Indigenous youth through the arts and we are rooted in the core values of trauma-informed practice, openness, safety, trust, connections, shared knowledge, culture, self-determination, intersectionality, and the North. Through our FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) programs, we offer arts-based, trauma- informed, culturally grounded, Northern-focused, comprehensive sexual and mental health education for youth of all genders in the NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon schools and community organizations (Sept-June) and through Peer Leader Retreats (currently held at Blachford Lake Lodge in the summer). FOXY is led by Dr. Candice Lys as Executive Director (ED) who holds a PhD in Public Health, and engages in community-based health research with youth in the North and evaluation of our programming.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the FOXY Director of Programs is a management position that is responsible for maintaining relationships with FOXY stakeholders, supervision and leadership of FOXY staff, administrative support and funding and the research team, and designing and delivering FOXY & SMASH programming.  This position includes some facilitation of FOXY/SMASH programming and some travel.


Remuneration is based upon experience and the salary range is $87,000-102,000 per year dependent on the experience you bring (includes vacation travel allowance benefit), paid sick days, employee benefits package (employee benefits for health/dental, short & long term disability, critical illness, life insurance, EAP), RRSP group benefits (employer contributions only; employee contributions are voluntary), and a monthly cell phone stipend. The Director will be provided a laptop and printer for work use.  The FOXY Director of Programs is a full-time management position to May 31, 2025 (with possibility of contract renewal depending on grant funding).

Work Environment and Conditions:

The Director is located in Yellowknife, and is not based out of a central office (can work from home or at a location of their choosing in Yellowknife). Work hours are flexible and at the discretion of the Director through ongoing discussion with the ED (37.5 hours a week; typically 7.5 hours/day Monday-Friday). Due to the nature of the role, the position should expect to work some weekends and evenings when required. Requires on-site attendance at Peer Leader Retreats (accommodation and meals are provided during Retreats). Must be able to work flexible hours, and available to receive phone calls and work occasionally on weekends and evenings. Must provide own transportation to the central FOXY office for meetings or operational tasks. Requires some travel, meetings, and teleconferences.

How to Apply:

With “Application for Director of Programs” in the subject line, please email your resume and cover letter outlining why you are excited to work for FOXY and how you are the best candidate for the position to Dr. Candice Lys,, by 5pm MDT on November 10, 2022. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Core Responsibilities:

Develop & Maintain Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Actively develop and maintain positive relationships with participants, parents/guardians, community organizations, schools, staff, funders, media, and other key stakeholders
  • Develop and support the execution of strategies for increasing awareness of FOXY & SMASH programming and the organization
  • Connect youth with resources at the community, territorial, and national level, and assist with systems navigation, as needed
  • Contribute to FOXY & SMASH’s social media content across platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Engage with the media regarding FOXY-related issues (where applicable)

Leadership & Management of FOXY staff

  • Supervise and lead full-time Program Coordinators, and part-time casual Facilitators & Peer Facilitators (e.g., assign work, set priorities and deadlines, motivate staff performance, resolve conflict, etc.
  • Participate with ED in full cycle HR process with employees and contractors as necessary, including: recruitment, orientation, training, and performance management
  • Review, approval, and submission (to ED) of staff time sheets on a bi-weekly basis
  • Plan and execute innovative training for staff at all levels based on organizational needs
  • Support Program Coordinators & FOXY/SMASH team to prepare groups for program delivery and travel and help to troubleshoot travel issues that can arise while FOXY/SMASH teams are traveling

Funding Management & Administration

  • Assist in the preparation, monitoring, and reporting of program budgets
  • Assist in grant reporting (primarily narrative reports)
  • Support development of new or renewal applications for funding
  • Understand and implement all FOXY organizational policies and procedures and follow all risk management guidelines

Research & Professional Development

  • Correspond & collaborate with the research team to design and implement Northern culturally-relevant strategies for research data collection & knowledge mobilization
  • Participate in research meetings, lead presentations/discussions about FOXY & SMASH as needed
  • Engage in professional development (time permitting, when applicable)
  • Opportunity for mentorship in research and/or possible graduate studies supervision and/or other support, if desired

Design & Delivery of FOXY Programming

  • Lead and support the FOXY team to design FOXY/SMASH workshops (in-person or online), on-the-land programming, and training, as well as FOXY/SMASH program expansions (in-person or online)
  • Occasional workshop facilitation of FOXY/SMASH programming for community workshops and Peer Leader Retreats (as needed)


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Passionate about youth development, sexual and mental health education, and enthusiastic about the mission, core values, and goals of FOXY & SMASH
  • Knowledge of Northern social and cultural contexts and experience working with Northern communities
  • Successful completion of post-secondary education (Bachelor’s degree minimum or graduate degree preferred) in a relevant field (e.g., public health, health promotion, social work, education, etc.). Relevant combinations of experience and education will also be considered
  • Experience in supervising staff, training, and performance management an asset
  • Experience in project management (coordination, scheduling, budgets, strategy, accountability, etc.)
  • Community-based research experience considered an asset
  • Education and experience with trauma-informed practices is an asset
  • Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, First Aid/Wilderness First Aid certifications are assets
  • Organized, detail-oriented and efficient, with strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Experience building partnerships with schools, community organizations, funders is an asset
  • Ability and desire to work both independently and as a member of a team in a fast- paced setting
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and can work with minimal supervision
  • Strong networking skills
  • Willingness to learn and ability to follow direction and structure
  • Strong collaborative leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Desire and ability to act as a positive role model and mentor to youth
  • Ability to manage crisis and adverse situations with staff, youth, and families
  • Experience with grant applications, management, reporting is an asset
  • Proficiency and experience working in a computerized environment (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and Internet/social media applications)
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Must provide a clear criminal record check (with vulnerable sector) if hired
  • Must provide proof of up-to-date Covid-19 vaccinations if hired

Many excellent candidates may not meet every requirement listed above, therefore if you are excited about this position and think you would do a great job, you are encouraged to apply!

Company Info

For more information about FOXY and SMASH, please visit: and
Instagram: foxysmash

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