The Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will be afforded a unique and challenging opportunity to lead a dynamic team and organization in promoting the sustainable and wise use of Canada’s fur resources, and to do so in close collaboration with our respected national and international partners.
The Institute is recognized nationally and internationally for providing quality and professional support for the fur trade and wildlife management community. FIC is the country’s lead expert on humane trap research and furbearer conservation, and is the official trap-testing agency for the Government of Canada and all provincial/territorial governments. FIC also supports the development of sustainable and wise use policies and research through its memberships and participation in the Outdoors Caucus Association of Canada (OCAC) and IUCN World Conservation Union-Canada Committee, the International Fur Federation and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
The FIC was established in 1983 under the direction of Canada’s Wildlife Ministers. Our membership is drawn from all aspects of the fur trade. The Institute is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. The Board directs the Institute’s programs which are delivered with the support of various operational committees. In addition to representatives of Canada’s fur trade, federal and provincial agencies, animal welfare and other players, who have an interest in but are not directly part of Canada’s fur industry, are also represented on the Board.
The Executive Director is responsible for achieving the mission, objectives and priorities of the Institute and is an ex officio member of each Committee of the Institute. Guided by the Institute’s mission and values, the Executive Director will ensure delivery of the Institute’s main programs: trap research and testing; sustainable animal use and welfare; servicing the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards; promoting the fur and sealing industries; human-wildlife conflict; and industry access to international markets. The Executive Director’s priorities include the broadening of support amongst the Institute’s constituencies and providing critical strategic direction and leadership in the delivery of the Institute’s core business. The Executive Director will ensure that the operation and administration of the Institute’s budget, staff, programs, and assets is conducted in a prudent, transparent, respectful, and professional manner. In fulfilling these duties, the Executive Director will liaise regularly with the Chairman, Executive Committee, Board members, Committee Chairs, and Institute members. The Executive Director will also build and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with the fur and sealing industries, the furbearer and wildlife management community, Indigenous organizations and peoples, and government agencies.
The successful applicant will be an accomplished and proven leader with strong achievements, as well as impeccable values and ethics. In order to successfully lead the operation and manage staff, budgets, programs, communications and membership of a not-for-profit organization, the successful applicant will possess exceptional strategic thinking, communications, innovation, problem-solving, action management, relationship-building, administration, and computer skills. The successful applicant will also possess: a sound knowledge of wildlife management, sustainable use and animal welfare issues and programs at both national and international level; and familiarity with the fur and sealing industries.
Graduation from a recognized university in a related field and /or equivalent training and experience. Completion of post-graduate studies will be considered an asset.
Proficiency speaking and writing English. Proficiency in French will be considered an asset.
The successful applicant must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, and willing to travel nationally and internationally, including, as necessary, willingness to comply with such testing or other public health measures as may be required to facilitate necessary travel.
Location: The Institute is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The role of Executive Director may be fulfilled remotely with regular travel to Ottawa to meet the evolving needs of the Institute.
Salary and Benefits: The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. The Institute also provides employees with an excellent benefits package.
Application Procedure: If you believe that you have the leadership and management skills, experience, and knowledge we are looking for, we encourage you to apply for this position on or before Friday January 7, 2022. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Your application should be sent in confidence to: Chair,Fur Institute of Canada – Executive Director Selection Committee c/o the Fur Institute of Canada, 1554 Carling Ave, Suite M260, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by the close of business (4:30 PM EST) on Friday January 7, 2022. Please note that your application must include the following:
An introductory letter explaining how your training, experience, knowledge, and leadership skills qualify you for the Executive Director position.
A detailed resume that describes your relevant experience and training, as well as the scope of your staff supervision and budget management responsibilities.
Copies of all relevant academic diplomas and certificates.
Samples of your written work and/or sole-authored publications
Contact information (phone & email) for four references– your current and previous supervisor, a colleague, and a subordinate, and
Your salary expectations and availability.
We thank all applicants for their interest in the Fur Institute of Canada.
For more information on the Fur Institute of Canada and the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director, see below.
On behalf of the Chairman and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for achieving the objectives and priorities of the Fur Institute of Canada (the Institute) established in 1983 under the direction of Canada’s Wildlife Ministers. The Executive Director takes direction from the Chairman of the Board of Directors and will report to the Board of Directors in delivering the Institute’s main programs related to: trap research and testing; sustainable animal use and welfare; servicing the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards; promoting the fur and sealing industries; and, facilitating industry access to international markets. The Executive Director will ensure that the operation and administration of the Institute’s budget, staff, programs and assets is conducted in a prudent, judicious and professional manner consistent with the direction set by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. In fulfilling these duties, the Executive Director will liaise regularly with the Chairman, Executive Committee, Board members, Committee Chairs and Institute members, and will maintain professional working relationships with the fur and sealing industries, the furbearer and wildlife management community, Indigenous organizations and peoples, and appropriate government agencies. Exceptional skills in communications, innovation, problem-solving and administration will be required of the Executive Director in the successful fulfillment of the Institute’s objectives and priorities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Takes direction from the Chairman of the Institute and reports to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to ensure that its operations and resources are devoted to the attainment of the overall objectives of the Institute as established by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, ensures that the approved policies and programs of the Institute are implemented. Also, ensures that the activities and progress of the various Committees of the Institute are consistent with plans, programs, priorities and budgets approved by the Executive Committee and the Board. Also provide accurate, organized minutes for board and executive proceedings.
Maintains an appropriate balance of priorities between the Institute’s Committees and program activities, as directed by the Board, through budget planning and management, and direction of the Institute’s overall activities.
The Executive Director is an ex officio member of each Committee of the Institute. Also ensures that each Committee and the Administrative Office prepare an annual work plan and budget, and that these are submitted to the Board for approval.
Is responsible for ensuring that adequate funding is available to finance approved programs and ensures that Committees and Institute staff direct their efforts within approved budgets to the achievement of the objectives set by the Board. Also ensures that the Institute’s staff provides the requisite administrative support to Committee operations.
Supports primary fur producers (trapper and fur breeder associations) to: implement education, awareness and other programs that promote the industry; deal with local and regional issues; and, raise the necessary funds to carry out these activities
Maintains regular contact with all constituent members and potential members on the activities of the Institute and industry developments and ensures that the Institute membership represents all aspects of the fur industry and furbearer management community. Maintains a continuing effort to solicit new Institute members, particularly from the commercial fur and seal industries and Indigenous organizations.
Further, undertakes ongoing liaison with organizations and agencies that have related objectives, including Canadian and international fur trade interests, federal, provincial and territorial government departments, Aboriginal organizations, conservation and animal welfare groups.
Ensures that the Institute maintains a solid public relations and communications capability, to support and promote the objectives of the Institute, and that the Institute’s communications products are of the highest quality.
Manages and directs the operation of the Institute’s headquarters, supervising office staff and providing guidance to contractors and consultants, including those supporting the work of the Institute’s Committees
Ensures that the Institute has up-to-date personnel, administrative, accounting and financial control policies and procedures in place, and that these are followed.