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Position: Executive Director, Nourish Nova Scotia, Full-time, Permanent
Start Date: May/June 2022
Location: Bedford, NS
Salary: $74,000 – $84,000

About Nourish
At Nourish Nova Scotia (Nourish) we are on a mission to inspire every child in Nova Scotia to eat, enjoy and value food that fuels healthier people and a healthier environment. We believe our young people are the key to igniting this transformation. By empowering children and youth with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their food and where it comes from, we are developing champions who demand better.

We believe food is a connector. Food gets people talking; it facilitates conversation and acts as the medium by which we strengthen and nurture relationships, society, and the economy. True to our mission, we are passionate about healthy food (and potluck gatherings) and we hope you are too! If our purpose ignites your passion—we invite you to apply.

We are a welcoming and supportive workplace. Applicants from the following groups are encouraged to self-identify when applying for this opportunity: African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, other visible minorities, 2SLGBTQIA+ or person(s) with disabilities.

Position Summary
The Executive Director role at Nourish presents an opportunity to impact food environments focused on children and youth across Nova Scotia. Nourish is seeking an inspiring leader with non-profit experience to partner with the Board of Directors and lead the organization into its next chapter. The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the organization—everything from program and planning through to human resource management and fund development. The ED accomplishes this through guiding and inspiring a team of talented employees and core volunteers. As the face of the organization both internally and externally, the ED is relationship focused, and skillful at nurturing and managing multi-stakeholder relationships that align with the mission and vision of Nourish. As an experienced collaborator, they engage partners and stakeholders to advance a healthy, just, and sustainable food system in Nova Scotia. The ED demonstrates strategic vision, thoughtful leadership, careful oversight, and a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the communities that Nourish Nova Scotia serves.

Qualifications and Attributes
The ideal candidate has a minimum of five years experience leading an organization, preferably in a non-profit or charitable environment, a bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e., Registered Dietitian, Health Promotion, Community Development) and brings the following to the role:
• Thorough knowledge of food environments in Nova Scotia; the barriers, challenges, and enablers.
• A belief in the power of food and nutrition to enhance overall health and well-being
along with a sound understanding of the social determinants of health and a population
health approach.
• A confident, calm, and tactful professional demeanor with an ability to deal with a wide variety of people and with changing internal and external conditions.
• Strong leadership skills that support a positive and productive culture and an
environment where employees and volunteers feel motivated, empowered, and are
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to set and achieve strategic
objectives, and foster an effective, collaborative team.
• Wide ranging community relations experience with the innate ability to build authentic relationships and engage a variety of stakeholders including partners, donors, and the community.
• A highly collaborative consensus builder with the ability to delegate, inspire and manage.
• Proven ability to plan, execute and facilitate a range of collaborative consultations and
• Ability to readily convey a vision of Nourish’s strategic future to employees, Board,
stakeholders, volunteers, and donors.
• Persuasive communication skills including the written word, public speaking, and media relations.
• Experience with financial and budget management, including budget preparation,
analysis, decision-making, and reporting.
• Comprehensive understanding of the strategies required to establish and execute an
annual fund development plan in conjunction with the Board, Teams, volunteers, and
• Proven track record in donor relations for revenue generation, cultivation, recognition, and stewardship.
• The ability to be a strong advocate for advancement of the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

✓ Existing relationships with school communities and/or educational or food organizations
✓ French language skills
✓ Experience working with government departments

What Nourish can offer you
Nourish offers flexible hours of work, a health care spending account, paid position-related professional memberships fees, extra time off between Christmas and New Years. Vacation is 3 weeks, plus 5 personal days to start and you have the joy of working with a team of dedicated and talented employees and volunteers!

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume in one document referencing the position title in the subject line to Application deadline is on or before 4:00pm on Monday, April 4th, 2022. No emails or phone inquiries please. Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

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Nourish is located in Kwipek, or so-called Bedford, part of Mi’kmak’i, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq peoples. While this is where our offices are located, we support food work from Unama’ki to Kespukwitk. As Treaty people, we strive to work under the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 by incorporating Mi’kmaw values, like cooperation, stewardship of nature and sharing, into what we do, but recognize that we have much learning and unlearning still to do. Nourish recognizes the inequities connected to colonization and commit to working towards creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive and community for all. We invite you to reflect upon this land acknowledgement, what it means to your personal story. In the spirit of equality and inclusion, if we can improve on this statement, please contact us.

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