Executive Director – Canada

Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. We continue to change the lives of over 1.5 million children who today will receive a Mary’s Meal. Our work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, and our values and culture are rooted in and shaped by a Christian spirituality. We feel that the way we do things is as important as the end results. Ours is also a universal mission involving people of all faiths and none across the world.

Oversee the development and expansion of various fundraising activities, including grassroots, local fundraising groups, schools, churches and communitiesMary’s Meals International is recruiting for an exceptional Executive Director to lead and drive the development of our fundraising organization in Canada, including the design, development and implementation of the Mary’s Meals Canada growth strategy. As Executive Director – Canada, you will lead the overall growth and success of Mary’s Meals Canada and will be a passionate advocate for the work that Mary’s Meals carries out all over the world and will be focused on raising local awareness of our work.

This is an amazing opportunity for a mission-driven leader who excels in motivating others to take action and you will work in close partnership with Mary’s Meals International, to foster the growth of the local supporter base while ensuring the Canadian movement is aligned with the global organization’s values, strategic objectives and financial goals. 

Key duties include:

  • Seeking out and developing opportunities to grow and increase existing volunteer network and identify new potential supporters;
  • Working closely with Mary’s Meals International to develop and implement the Mary’s Meals Canada communications and media strategy;
  • Recruit, lead, develop and retain a talented and a remote team comprising of staff and volunteers;
  • Build and maintain an organizational culture of collaboration, humility and innovation;
  • Forge new and nurture existing partnerships with churches and church networks and seek out opportunities to grow our volunteer networks and identify supporters;
  • Developing and managing major donor relationships and developing relationships with grant-giving foundations and trusts;
  • Managing, monitoring and reporting on the progress against organisational goals and objectives and to aid in the preparation of the annual budget and plan;
  • Oversee the development and expansion of various fundraising activities, including grassroots, local fundraising groups, schools, churches and communities;
  • Taking responsibility for the organisation’s stability, growth, income and expenditure; and
  • Providing the Board with comprehensive, reporting on the activities, revenues and expenditure of the organisation.

With significant senior leadership experience within a growing organisation, you will bring experience of revenue generation or fundraising, ideally through grassroots models and will be happy to take a hands-on approach, when required, to ensure the growth of our movement in Canada. With a strong strategic approach, you will possess exceptional communication skills and the ability to effectively manage organizational change and growth.

This amazing opportunity can be based anywhere in Canada and you will be required to travel countrywide. There will be the occasional need to travel to Mary’s Meals International offices, in Scotland. We guarantee being part of our Mary’s Meals movement presents so much more than ‘just a role’ and you will have the opportunity to utilise your experience to empower positive change in the world.

Mary’s Meals is a values driven organisation, we believe in the innate goodness of people, respect the dignity of every human being and family life and believe in good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. In line with our values, Mary’s Meals is fully committed to a culture of safeguarding.

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter in support of your application, detailing why you want to work for Mary's Meals and why you are interested in this role to: jobs.MMI@marysmeals.org

Closing date: Wednesday 11 December 2019 

Applicants must have the right to live and work in Canada.

Open quote mark What’s important to us is the hungry child. When there are hungry children in front of us today, we’re going to feed them, and at the same time we’re going to work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term, creating a global movement of people who believe in this vision. Close quote mark
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Mary’s Meals founder and Chief Executive

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