Website The Depot Community Food Centre
Are you passionate about community service by increasing access to healthy food for community members in situations of low income, in a respectful and dignified manner? Are you ready and willing to embark on a mandate at a crucial turning point for a leading local community organisation by delivering a new strategic plan in addition to developing and managing a new permanent building project for the organisation? The Board of Directors of The Depot Community Food Centre is currently seeking candidates for the position of
About The Depot Community Food Centre (“The Depot”)
Founded in 1986, The Depot is a community-based non-profit organization that works collaboratively with its community to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in NDG and surrounding areas, in a manner that ensures dignity, community engagement and the development of human potential.
The Depot objectives are: To increase access to healthy food for community members in situations of low income, in a respectful and dignified manner; to reduce social isolation and increase participants’ connections to a variety of supports; to strengthen skills, knowledge and healthy habits around food, to foster per
sonal growth and community engagement among participants; and to promote knowledge of poverty, social justice and food system issues, and create opportunities to take effective action on these issues.
For further information on The Depot, you are invited to visit https://depotmtl.org/en/
Duties and Responsibilities
As Executive Director, you are the Chief Executive Officer of The Depot and report directly to the Board of Directors. In your role, you administer and oversee the operations and the day-to-day activities of The Depot, within the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors. You are responsible for managing the human, financial and material resources of the organization. Working closely with the Board, you play a leadership role in developing and implementing a strategic plan for The Depot, as well as new policies, programs, activities and community outreach to ensure that the mission is fulfilled.
Opportunities and Challenges
As many food banks in Montréal, the Depot focus over the last 18 months was and continues to be to support the most vulnerable through these challenging times. As we hopefully enter in to a new post-pandemic chapter, the organisation must focus on how it adjusts its offer of programs and services in light of this new reality, produce a new strategic plan as well as move towards its major priority, to create a permanent community presence with a building project.
You are the spokesperson for the organization maintaining strong relationships among peers, key stakeholders, the media and the community. You are responsible for developing, implementing and managing the overall fundraising strategy and donor relations. You monitor the fiscal integrity of The Depot, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial position of the organization. You lead and engage the senior management team to foster an inclusive culture where the staff and volunteer community are supported and inspired to perform.
One of the major projects for the future ED is the development and the management of a large real estate project that was suspended during the pandemic and is scheduled to resume soon. The new ED will be the lead on this project.
You are a dynamic, bilingually articulate leader whose background and experiences have prepared you to become the next Executive Director of The Depot, at a challenging and exciting time in its development. You are a strategic thinker and achiever who can establish ambitious objectives and marshal the resources needed to attain them.
You are passionate about the mission of The Depot and community food centre, and this translates into a demonstrated ability to promote its objectives and programs successfully within the community partners and with stakeholders.
You have built a vast network in many sectors and worked with teams you have successfully inspired to flourish. Donors and volunteers appreciate your eloquent, collaborative and engaging manner. Your management style is open and focused on teamwork. More specifically, the successful candidate will combine many of the following elements:
- A university degree in a relevant discipline.
- Management experience including a few years in a senior executive role, preferably within the not-for-profit sector in Montréal.
- Broad and diverse networks of contacts that will facilitate developing partnerships in the public, private and community sectors to further the Depot’s goals.
- Inspiring leadership, business acumen and ability to motivate colleagues and staff.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- Strategic thinking, long-term vision and a strong sense of social entrepreneurship.
- Solid judgement.
- Creativity, natural curiosity and drive to achieve results.
- Sound ethical values, sensitivity to and affinity with the mission and vision of the Depot.
- Solid communication and listening skills, empathetic approach to interpersonal relations with staff, stakeholders and community. High emotional intelligence.
- Ability to prioritize and to mobilize required resources.
- Experienced change agent both in initiating change and in implementing change successfully.
- Proven knowledge and successful experience in developing and implementing financial strategies.
- Experience working with a board and knowledge of appropriate governance standards
- Command of written and spoken English and French, in an environment where English is more often spoken.
- Lived experience or familiarity with NDG would be an asset.
If you believe you have the profile we are seeking, please forward your résumé with a cover letter explaining your motivation and interest by completing the “Registration Form”. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. We appreciate the interest of each applicant, however, only those selected for the next stage of the process will be contacted.
The Depot is committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve and thus strongly encourages people from diverse communities and all people who experience marginalization to apply and to self-identify in their cover letter.