Executive Director


Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to provide strategic and operational leadership to our organization. Our ideal candidate is a strong advocate for those living in poverty and homelessness, particularly those of Indigenous descent, and strongly believes in carrying out Boyle Street’s vision and mission. A highly resilient leader, this individual will demonstrate political acumen, emotional intelligence, and integrity in building and providing community support for people experiencing multiple barriers to inclusion. We are looking for an Executive Director who astutely understands and genuinely cares about the unique needs and perspectives of our community and its members. Critical to success in this position is the ability to build trust, effectively deal with challenge and change, and continuously strive to deliver programs and services in the best interest of our community members.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a dedicated team of 8 direct reports and over 350 staff, the Executive Director will represent the organization through advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships within the community and beyond. The desired candidate is a strategic thinker, an innovative and responsive leader, and can foster a collaborative approach to working with staff and stakeholders. Although it is often challenging, the work of BSCS and subsequent impact on people’s lives is also immensely gratifying.


Boyle Street Community Services was established in 1971 to support marginalized people in Edmonton living in poverty and homelessness, particularly those of Indigenous descent who make up the majority of this community. In over forty years of operation, BSCS has experienced tremendous growth and has established itself as a leading deliverer of services to and voice for people living in poverty in the inner city of Edmonton. While BSCS serves all people equally, and all are welcome in our space, we know that the majority of people we serve are of Indigenous descent. As BSCS continues to grow and expand across the City of Edmonton, the needs of Indigenous community members will always remain central to our work.

The mission of Boyle Street Community Services is to build and provide community support for people experiencing multiple barriers to inclusion and to support all those we serve to grow healthier through involvement in a strong, accepting and respectful community.  Boyle Street’s key areas of strategic focus are on supporting positive, sustainable and necessary organizational growth to meet the needs of the community we serve, specifically:

  • Continuous Improvement of Services;
  • Diversification of Funding;
  • Expansion of Services; and
  • Infrastructure Development.


  • Organizational Mission & Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Operations & Program Management
  • Fund Development & Financial Management
  • Community Relations & Advocacy


The ideal candidate inspires and models the values of Boyle Street Community Services and has the following qualifications and experience:

Professional Experience

  • 3-5 years’ experience in leadership role within the non-profit or for-profit sector, including supervising staff and managing budgets
  • 3-5 years’ managerial experience within a multidisciplinary and collaborative team environment
  • 3-5 years’ experience in establishing and maintaining formal and informal partnerships with other service providers and stakeholders
  • Experience leading in a complex and changing environment

Knowledge & Skills

  • A sound knowledge of effective leadership and governance principles
  • A comprehensive understanding of federal and provincial legislation, as well as human resource management practices, applicable to voluntary sector organizations
  • An in-depth awareness of the current challenges and opportunities related to supporting community members, as well as existing resources
  • Knowledge of fiscal and risk management
  • Knowledge of project management and performance evaluation and monitoring tools
  • Advanced working skills in Microsoft Office programs particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook

Personal Competencies

  • High integrity and genuine commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalized individuals
  • A collaborative leadership style which is open, results-focused, and respectful of the capabilities and independence of employees while providing them with clear direction
  • An empathetic and compassionate leader who models respect and trust, through inclusive decision making, meeting commitments, and behaving ethically in all dealings
  • The ability to think strategically and effectively plan and implement within a complex environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and political savvy, with the ability to build effective relationships with community members and other stakeholders
  • An excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills and the ability to appropriately present complex issues clearly to various audiences (media, community members, staff, existing and potential funders/supporters)
  • Adaptive and innovative approach to developing and improving the operations of the organization and creating new opportunities for growth

Please send your resume, with cover letter, to ciezki@wmc.ca no later than September 26, 2019.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit https://www.boylestreet.org/post/executive-director

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