Placemaking4G Family SOS

Statement of Intention 

We encourage applications from Black, racialized and Indigenous Peoples, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers to Canada, and People with Disabilities. If you are a member of a group that has been historically excluded from opportunities, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter or resume and to share your pronouns. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and accommodating those with disabilities at any stage of the hiring process.


Family SOS is a local, non-profit, child-centered organization directed toward building strong and healthy families. Founded in 1978 as an inclusive family support agency, by Dr. John Anderson, Family SOS takes a preventative approach to assist families by developing parent confidence and providing free programs, guidance and tools required to successfully navigate family circumstances. The organization’s services adapt to reflect family and community needs as they evolve.

As a grassroots organization, Family SOS’s approach to supporting is the most effective way to achieve long-term outcomes and successes that have a direct and measurable impact on local families.

Areas of Focus:

Increasing parenting confidence
Developing relationships with families
Improving confidence in children and youth
Encouraging pro-social choices
Strengthening communication within families
Improving health and wellbeing
Empowering self-sustainability
Mission: Family SOS supports children and families in the HRM by providing guidance and tools to successfully navigate their circumstances.

Vision: An HRM where all children are physically and emotionally secure.


Flexibility – We endeavour to support children and families by being flexible and adaptable to their needs.

Integrity – We are committed to treating all stakeholders with compassion and respect.

Efficacy – We are committed to evidence-based approaches to programming that adapt as needs evolve.

Sustainability – We are committed to the best use of resources to provide meaningful programs.

This Moment, This Position 

Family SOS is seeking a thoughtful and experienced Executive Director to join its team and mobilize the organization’s vision into a sustainable, people-centric community resource – that supports families through all the ups and downs.

This trauma-informed, natural leader is someone who is driven to collaborate across team members, partners and clients to amplify innovative and new ways to support youth and their families. The Executive Director will know and value the foundational impacts that family can have on the growth and development of young people.

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for championing the mission and integrity of the organization.

Position Responsibilities 

Governance & Leadership

  • Leading, coaching, mentoring, developing, and retaining Family SOS’s high-performance staff.
  • Actively engage and energize Family SOS volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors.
  • Lead an evaluation of the programming changes undertaken by Family SOS to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. food support programs) and development of strategies in a post-pandemic landscape.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Create opportunities for self-reflective thinking about the organization’s impact and role within the community.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Develop programs and services consistent with community needs.
  • Monitor departmental performance against goals to ensure that progress is being made and that corrective action is taken if necessary.

    Resource Development

  • Lead the organization’s fundraising programs, including its operational funds, grant writing, special events, planned giving, and project funding.
  • Lead staff and Board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the funding community.
  • Develop an annual plan and budget for Board approval that includes all operations and revenue-generating activities, and implement that plan while controlling cash flow and expenditures, while working toward the strategic direction of Family SOS.
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow.
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
  • Evaluate the pivot the organization made at the start of COVID-19 and pave a path forward ensuring no duplication of services, while being comfortable enough with change management to consider a different way forward for the organization.  This could look like changes to the food support model, the idea of ‘in-person’ parenting support or a number of other initiatives.

    Internal Operations & Management

  • Oversee the daily organizational operations through supporting team leaders, including the review and implementation of systems to ensure smooth operations.
  • Direct personnel relations to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees, and ensure that obligations, legally and ethically, to the staff are fully met.
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an ongoing basis and conducting an annual performance review.
  • Recruit, select, and ensure orientation and training opportunities for staff and volunteers.
  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  • Ensure availability of timely financial reports for internal review.
  • Work with accountants to produce year-end financial statements and tax returns.
    Ensure compliance with all legal and reporting requirements.
  • Ensure that facilities, furniture and equipment meet the needs of the organization.

    Strategic Relationships

  • Undertake activities within the community that enhance the visibility of the organization.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with the community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience working with communities experiencing social barriers and an ability to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and awareness.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management practices as they relate to the nonprofit and community impact sector.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and trauma-informed practices for working with families, children and youth.
  • A university degree in management or a social science field such as social work is considered an asset.
  • Experience in providing leadership or management in a non-profit setting is considered an asset.
  • Proficiency with computer technology, Microsoft Office 365.

Candidate Profile and Skills 

The ideal candidate is a socially conscious connector and active listener who values the first-voice approach to meeting the needs of others and is personally aligned with Family SOS’s mission and goals.

The Executive Director encourages creative, outside-the-box thinking to inspire adaptive solutions that put Family SOS at the forefront of groundbreaking social service practices.

The ideal candidate is: 

Culturally Aware
Comfortable Leader


The Package
Salary: $80,000.00 + group benefits plan

You will be issued a Family SOS laptop computer, iPad and cellphone (with a Family SOS mobility Plan) for business purposes.

Application Details 

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Applications will be accepted until 12pm on April 29, 2022.

Please be sure to include a cover letter that speaks to your experience, but we also want to get a glimpse of your personality. Don’t be generic, be yourself.

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