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Saskatchewan Literacy Network
         Literacy and Learning for Life



The Saskatchewan Literacy Network is a not-for-profit provincial organization that promotes and supports literacy throughout the province and nationally. We see a Saskatchewan where lifelong literacy is integrated into our lives—at home, at work and in the community—and where individuals can access the learning opportunities they want when and where they need them.

We are hiring a full time Executive Director and invite applications from candidates who have exemplified strong leadership skills and a collaborative approach to working with others within a results-based environment with multiple competing priorities.

Position Summary

The Executive Director, under the authority of the SLN Board of Directors assumes complete responsibility for carrying out assigned policies and regulations. The Executive Director has the authority to direct the implementation of the organization’s programs and services and is responsible for the management of all staff members.

Key Responsibilities:

Policy Management

  • Oversee efficient and effective day-to-day operations.
  • Direct the implementation of policy by employees.
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies.
  • Support Board committees on an as-needed basis.

Strategic Planning

  • Develop programs and services that work towards the vision.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect that organization.
  • Develop an operational plan in alignment with the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Identify and secure resources required to achieve program, organizational and management goals.

Program Management

  • Facilitate the research, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Ensure that programs and services meet the Board’s policy guidelines and adequately reflect the organization’s priorities.

Leadership and Personnel Management

  • Recruit, interview and hire individuals that have the appropriate skills and abilities to help further the SLN’s work.
  • Provide training and development opportunities to all employees.
  • Coach and mentor employees where necessary to improve performance.
  • Implement a performance management process for all employees.
  • Act as the interpreter of all personnel policies and general organizational policies for employees.
  • Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques. Release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.
  • Foster effective relations between employees and the Board.

Financial Management

  • Implement the Board’s policies for the allocation and distribution of resources.
  • Ensure sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
  • Provide the Board with regular statements of the revenues and expenditures.
  • Administer SLN funds according to the Board approved budget.
  • Research and identify funding opportunities.

Risk Analysis

  • Evaluate the potential assets and liabilities of a project, proposal, or strategy. Ensure both risks and opportunities are identified and evaluated.
  • Identify and assess any potential threats to the organization’s image.
  • Identify and assess any risks to the organization’s financial security and growth.
  • For all of the above, provide regular, reliable and comparable reports on the organization’s progress.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Communicate with stakeholders for the purposes of information exchange, identifying any changes within the community and cultivating partnerships.
  • Promote community awareness of the organization’s mission and aims.
  • Participate in networking and community relations’ activities on behalf of the SLN.
  • Establish good working relationships with stakeholders including funders.
  • In partnership with employees, implement a communications plan.
  • Supervise membership retention and recruitment.


  1. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  2. Five plus years of progressive management experience.
  3. Previous experience working in a not-for-profit environment.
  4. Understanding of government operations and experience with informing policy.
  5. Working knowledge of financial management practices.
  6. Excellent leadership capabilities.
  7. Understanding of current literacy and essential skills challenges and opportunities in SK.
  8. Ability to translate the strategic priorities into day-to-day operations.
  9. Excellent skills in establishing and maintaining working relationships internally and externally.
  10. A creative and innovative personality that is able to look at old challenges in new ways to come up with solutions.
  11. Demonstrated previous experience in achieving success through teamwork and a results-orientation.
  12. Strong organizational abilities and technological competence.

The salary will be negotiated on education and relevant experience, based on a board approved salary grid. Health, dental and long-term disability benefits, along with life insurance and employer RRSP contributions follow a probationary period. The successful candidate will require a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector search.

To apply, forward a cover letter, resume and three references by 4:30 pm, May 15, 2017 to:

Mark Williment, President

Saskatchewan Literacy Network



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