Vice President, Corporate Services - Finance, Digital and Technology Transformation

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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (the “MS Society”) is a world leader focused on accelerating research and improving quality of life for those living with and affected by multiple sclerosis (“MS”). Positioning people, technology, data and analytics, fundraising and communications at the core of accelerating discoveries, fostering innovation and taking collective action, the MS Society is realizing its mission to connect and empower the MS community to create positive change. Led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Pamela Valentine, the MS Society is at a pivotal time in its history. With a united team of employees, donors, volunteers and a community of people living with and affected by MS, the MS Society is looking toward an exciting, digitally-enabled 2021 and beyond. To realize its vision of a world free of MS, the MS Society’s strategy is focused on advancing treatment and care, enhancing the well-being of people affected by MS, understanding and halting disease progression, and stopping MS before it starts.

Reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, Corporate Services – Finance, Digital and Technology (the “Vice President, Corporate Services” or the “Vice President”) is MS Society’s finance, technology and administration leader. Digitally savvy, the incoming Vice President directs, plans and manages the enterprise-wide digital transformation roadmap, IT organization and cybersecurity with a focus on speed and innovation. As the MS Society’s chief finance and technology officer and digital champion, the Vice President takes an innovative and pragmatic end-to-end view of all constituents’ seamless digital journeys. Understanding the importance of information analytics to drive business results, the Vice President implements risk-managed data analytics solutions. With an outstanding record of generating breakthrough ideas and the ability to take calculated risks, the Vice President understands how technology can be leveraged to create community engagement and stand out within the competitive philanthropic marketplace.

An exceptional communicator, the incoming Vice President develops financial and digital strategies to drive business transformation and organizational growth, effectively communicating their possibilities to a wide range of key stakeholders while ensuring resources and financing are in place to support shared strategic and operational objectives. Functional accountabilities of the Vice President also include finance strategy and operations oversight, risk management, technology, cyber security, broad administration (legal, real estate, facilities, insurance), contributing to strategic and enterprise planning, audit, and board, committee and ad hoc strategic projects. A trusted advisor, collaborative team player and strong, supportive people manager with exceptional motivational and communication skills, the incoming Vice President will lead enthusiastic Finance, IT and Corporate Services teams who are capable of executing and delivering on ambitious strategic plans.

The dynamic Vice President, Corporate Services brings a genuine passion for the MS Society’s vision of a world free of MS. An innovative finance, technology and digital leader with strong business, technology, operational and financial acumen, the successful candidate will have at least 10+ years’ leadership experience and a university degree in business, finance, technology or a related field. Experience working within not-for-profit organizations and supporting volunteer boards of directors is an asset. With an appreciation of how technology can drive fundraising and engagement, the Vice President leverages data and innovates technology solutions to provide resources and support to the community the MS Society so proudly serves. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a finance, digital and business leader who enjoys bold transformations to significantly contribute to the MS Society’s growth and culture while providing exceptional experiences for community members, colleagues, volunteers and donors, now and for many years to come.

The MS Society of Canada is committed to ensuring that equity, diversity and inclusion are at the core of the organization – part of everything we do. Equity ensures that as we move towards a world free of MS, no one is left behind, diverse perspectives create a space for meaningful and relevant engagement for everyone, and inclusivity empowers a sense of belonging and connection in our community. The MS Society values an inclusive perspective and welcomes applications from candidates who could enrich the diversity of the Society, who reflect the demographic gender, age, and ethno-racial diversity of Canada and the MS community and who are passionate about supporting the strategic direction of the organization in our journey to create a world free of MS.

How to Apply

If you are interested in further exploring this exciting and meaningful Vice President, Corporate Services opportunity with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, please provide your resume and a detailed cover letter that highlights your background and connects the dots between your business and leadership experience and the key competencies outlined in this Position Profile and let us know why serving as the Vice President, Corporate Services at the MS Society resonates with you. Please address your cover letter to Lisa Heidman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International and MS Society Selection Committee and send your confidential materials directly to Lisa Heidman at lisaheidman@arlingtonpartnersinc.com. We look forward to exploring your candidacy.