Position Title: Interim Executive Director (Maternity Leave)
Organizations: The Worker Solidarity Network
Start Date: Mid December 2021
Rate of Pay: $28/hr
Hours of Work: 35hrs/week
Benefits: Extended health and dental, paid sick days
Contract length: 12 months (with possible renewal)
Application Deadline: Nov. 30 10pm PT
The Worker Solidarity Network is a province-wide organization that combats workplace exploitation within the unsurrendered homelands of approximately 200 Indigenous Nations across “B.C.”
This position would be based primarily on the Lands of the Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) Peoples.
The Worker Solidarity Network (WSN) is a non-profit worker centre dedicated to ending precarious work in B.C. Our goal is to build collective worker power through the key pillars of our work, which include: support, education, and advocacy for workers whose rights are violated; workplace based direct action campaigns that are worker-led and help recover stolen wages; and broader province-wide campaigning to raise workplace standards and strengthen labour protections.
As the Executive Director of the WSN you report to the WSN Board of Directors and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. This includes project coordination; financial planning; providing leadership; and managing staff in a thoughtful way that supports respectful communication, and staff leadership and growth. As the Executive Director you also conduct research to support WSN’s campaigning and education.
Duties and Responsibilities
Project Coordination, and Financial Planning/Management:
- Collaborate with Board of Directors, staff, and members to ensure WSN programming reflects values and mission of WSN Society
- Support the development and growth of the Board of Directors and membership
- Maintain relationships with non-profit and community-based organizations, unions, labour councils, policy makers, funders, and project partners
- Oversee funding targets and other key performance indicators
- Ensure grant targets and met and granting reports are completed on time
- Collaborate with fundraising contractor on grant applications and proposals
- Create and monitor the finances of the organization. Including, budget development and monitoring, financial statements, and ensuring all legally required financial reporting is done on time
- Conduct organization’s bookkeeping and ensure all organizational expenses and accounts are paid, maintained and updated
- Create and present financial statements on a quarterly basis to Board of Directors
- Ensure WSN is submitting all legally required reporting (e.g. monthly lobby reports, annual filings with BC Societies, WorkSafe BC reports, annual reports for the CRA, etc)
- Lead hiring processes that are collaborative with WSN staff and board members
- Create staff employment contracts
- Supervise and mentor staff, maintain regular meetings, and coordinate training/ educational opportunities for staff to ensure staff are supported
- Currently this includes a team of 5 full-time staff, 3 part-time staff, and 2 contracted professionals
- Conduct staff performance evaluations, create hr related policies in a collaborative manner with staff and review policies regularly seeking staff input
- Create and maintain third party contracting agreements
Research, Education, and Advocacy:
- Stay updated on labour and other social justice issues impacting precarious workers
- Conduct research to support the development of WSN campaigns
- Publish policy-related research and op-eds that support WSN’s campaigns
- Collaborate with other WSN staff and members to help write policy briefs and submissions to government
- Participate in meetings with policy makers and public consultation processes concerning labour-related policy
- Participate in media interviews
- Support WSN campaigning and organizing work by participating in outreach events, phone banking, and days of action
- Work with community partners, research groups, and our internal data to support the publication of reports that help us to understand the challenges facing precarious workers; and help structure events for the purpose of community-based research in collaboration with project partners
- Collaborate with staff to support the development and implementation of WSN trainings, webinars, and organizer meetings
- Find creative ways to grow educational programming in ways that support precarious workers.
- Keep existing workers rights materials updated and collaborate with staff to develop new workers rights content (including COVID resources)
- Support the development and effectiveness of WSN’s advocacy program by working with the Solidarity Steward Coordinator to oversee the flow of casework, and develop working relationships with legal advocacy organizations
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- A combination of 5 years of experience related to: coordinating new projects; financial planning and management; and supervising a team of staff
- Experience working independently, setting and meeting your own deadlines, and working in a way that is self-directed/self-motivated
- Strong familiarity with labour issues experienced by lower-wage workers, specifically those working in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industry, as well as gig-economy work
- Experience working in precarious employment settings
- Strong familiarity with the labour advocacy and organizing landscape in BC
- Ability to work collaboratively with others, and work with a variety of organizations, groups, individuals, policy-makers, etc., and in diverse settings
- Ability to collaborate and provide leadership
- Detail-oriented and excellent organizational, planning and time-management skills
- Ability to take direction from the Board, members, and staff
- Flexibility to accommodate meetings and action days that extend into the evenings and weekends is an occasional requirement.
- Commitment to workplace justice and grassroots worker organizing
- An understanding that the WSN operates with a decolonizing framework that respects relationships with the original people and spirit of this territory, and reflects on how our work at WSN may be bound up with systems and processes of ongoing colonization
Our commitment to employment equity
Employment equity practices are used to work towards the inclusion of all people in paid work. Employment equity practices recognize that capitalism, racism, colonialism, ableism, sexism, and other isms and forms of systemic discrimination shape people’s work experiences and result in unfair and unequal employment situations that include: under-employment, harassment and discrimination at work, low wages or pay inequity, limited opportunities for promotion, or exclusion from being hired in the first place.
We strongly encourage and welcome applications from Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour, people with disabilities, women, non-binary, LGBTQ2 + people, and people from additional equity seeking groups.
COVID-19, Work Environment, and Vaccine Policy:
In accordance with the Worker Solidarity’s Vaccine Policy, WSN employees must be fully vaccinated in order to fulfill job-related duties. This position will be based out of Vancouver or Victoria BC and is a mix of remote work (work from home) and in-person work while following provincial COVID-19 guidelines (e.g. meetings, organized indoor and outdoor events, etc.). The position requires the ability to work online and communicate through phone, Zoom, email and Slack.
How to apply
Please email a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file to email@example.com by November 30 10pm PT. Please include the job title in the subject line of the email. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.