Executive Director

Job city: 
Job region: 
Eastern Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00pm
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The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women in Canada through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy.

NAWL is seeking applications from qualified individuals for consideration for the position of Executive Director.

Scope of Work:

Reporting to NAWL’s volunteer National Steering Committee, the Executive Director (ED) provides vision and strategic leadership to achieve NAWL’s mission, and strengthen our organizational sustainability. The Executive Director is responsible for: leading all aspects of the organization’s operations; fundraising to strengthen and diversify NAWL’s funding base; managing stakeholder, government, funder and media relations; overseeing the successful implementation of projects and activities; communications and public relations; organizational representation; recruitment and supervision of staff, consultants and volunteers; and the development and implementation of organizational policies and procedures.


  • Leading the implementation of NAWL’s Project; Sustaining Feminist Law Reform in Canada: Building NAWL’s Capacities to Strengthen its Fundraising and Diversify its Funding Base
  • Managing and overseeing organizational and project budgets and expenditures
  • Supervising, directing and mentoring organizational and project staff, volunteers and independent contractors as required
  • Identifying and engaging with potential state, foundation and philanthropic funding sources and donors
  • Preparing funding proposals to support NAWL’s long term sustainability
  • Ensuring the ongoing development of NAWL’s membership and donor fundraising databases
  • Building NAWL’s fundraising, gift giving and estate planning networks and contacts
  • Developing organizational fundraising policies
  • Developing a new organizational fundraising strategy
  • Ensuring NAWL is appropriately structured to attract and maintain paid membership and receive different kinds of gift giving
  • Building organizational communications tools, including to undertake direct appeal and other relevant fundraising opportunities
  • Building the fundraising capacities of the NAWL NSC, staff and volunteers and of the Trustees of the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education, as required
  • Developing an approach to attracting, training, and maintaining volunteers to support NAWL’s fundraising
  • Leveraging NAWL’s website and developing communications tools using the website, traditional and social media to support NAWL’s fundraising and long term sustainability
  • Representing NAWL externally at meetings, conferences, workshops, events etc., and organizing NAWL submissions to and appearances before parliamentary committees
  • Responding to inquiries from public, media, government agencies, community partners, etc.
  • Developing and implementing organizational procedures and policies to support NAWL’s sustainability and fundraising
  • Developing and implementing efforts to rebuild and diversify NAWL’s membership
  • Ensuring the timely submission of annual not-for-profit and charitable filings
  • Ensuring the timely completion of the NAWL AGM
  • Reporting regularly to NAWL’s NSC and supporting the governance and decision-making functions of the NSC
  • Supporting the functioning of the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education, as required; and
  • Performing other related duties as required


The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated organizational leadership within the Not-for-Profit and/or Charitable sectors, preferably at the national level, and preferably with some focus on women’s rights, gender equality and/or social justice issues
  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing organizational and/or project budgets, and/or multi-donor funding
  • Fund-raising experience
  • Proven grant/proposal writing experience
  • Demonstrated project management skills and experience
  • Excellent organizational skills including: time management skills; attention to detail; the capacity to prioritize by assessing situations to determine urgency; ability to develop a work schedule, set goals, create / implement actions plans and monitor progress towards goals; and ability to make clear, timely decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage staff
  • Experience working with an intersectional feminist analysis and within a collaborative framework (for example, with coalitions, advisory boards, and multiple stakeholders)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral, written and social media) skills, including cross-cultural skills
  • Travel flexibility required
  • Strong skills using programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, familiarity with social media, including Twitter, and with using Zoom, or other web-based communication platforms will be an asset
  • Canadian law degree and/or relevant experience in law reform advocacy and/or equality work will be an asset
  • Experience with conducting intersectional feminist, anti-oppression analysis of the law and legal systems will be an asset
  • Proficiency in English and French is preferred


  • This position is a full-time two (2) year contract, with the possibility of renewal. A competitive salary and benefits package, appropriately related to experience will be offered.
  • Location: the NAWL office is located in Ottawa. Options for home based working will be considered. COVID 19 related precautions are practiced in the NAWL office.

How to apply:

Please send a letter of interest (that specifically addresses how your skills and experience meet the qualifications required of this position) and cv before 4:00 p.m. on November 16, 2020 to:

The hiring committee

Email: info@nawl.ca

Please ensure you put “Executive Director” in the subject line of the email.

Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.