Career Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

Our client, the Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business. WEC has fueled the success of women-led businesses since 1995, providing business loans, business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical business resources and a supportive community to help women business owners gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential.

With offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria, WEC offers services to 161,000 women business owners across British Columbia. Their experienced business advisors, mentors, trainers and facilitators provide their clients with the tools and confidence they need. They offer a supportive individual and practical approach. This is where you come in.

The search is underway for a progressive CEO to provide leadership, oversight, coordination and direction of all activities at the WEC. Reporting to a dedicated Board of Directors, the successful candidate will ensure that the organization meets its Mission of supporting women who are, or are considering, starting, purchasing or growing a small business in BC. This support is achieved through skills training, business advising & mentoring as well as successful deployment of a business loan fund. As an organization that is focused on a culture of diversity and inclusion, the successful candidate will lead the way in exemplifying an inclusive organization for immigrant, Indigenous, visible minority women in the Province.

The CEO will build on the success and momentum that WEC has achieved to date. Optimizing achievement of the mission, managing the executive and administrative operating team, establishing and growing relationships with stakeholders at the federal, provincial and local levels, are primary responsibilities for the incoming CEO.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Creating a short, mid, and long-term strategy to sustain current WEC operations in light of COVID-19 as well as look to grow the organization in support of women entrepreneurs;
  • Planning and evaluating the work of the WEC team within the key areas of Skills Training, Business Advising & Mentoring as well as Business Loans;
  • Building and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with external stakeholders including provincial and national government agencies, and women and entrepreneur associations;
  • Continuing to implement a strong marketing and business development campaign to meet the outcomes required by WD funding parameters. Maintain a strong relationship with WEC’s key funder: Western Economic Diversification (WD);
  • Overseeing all financial, operational, and service activities;
  • Developing a strong collaborative working relationship with the Board of Directors;
  • Operating within the Carver Governance Model to ensure all goals are met and success is achieved.

Competencies include:

  • Vision and Goal Setting: Develops a vision for the organization within the Carver Model of governance; establishes realistic goals with measures of effectiveness.
  • Planning and Problem Solving: Demonstrates skill in analysis of the business environment and eco-system; able to make strategic future focused decisions and pivot to accomplish goals.
  • Promoting Empowerment: Coaches and mentors team members to achieve personal growth and development and to inspire optimal performance.
  • Effective Communication: Confident presenter; able to build teams and strategic alliances, effective negotiator and able to manage conflict.
  • Results Orientation: Focus on achieving and exceeding goals and seeking opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Impact and Influence: Able to clearly articulate the Board vision for the organization; exhibits confidence and good judgment and attracts collaborators at the executive level.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in business administration or a related field;
  • Knowledge of and/or comfortable operating within a Carver Model of governance and have previous experience in a not-for-profit mission-based organization (min. 6 years is preferred);
  • Excellent public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of government bodies and building strong community relationships;
  • Positive, future focused individual who thrives on results and guiding others to reach their fullest potential.

WEC is a values-based organization. With values such as Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Support, Responsibility, Learning, Relationships, and Celebration they are sure to deliver on their Vision of empowering women entrepreneurs to their business success.

The ideal candidate is a visionary individual with exceptional leadership skills, a collaborative nature, unassailable integrity, is culturally sensitive, has a keen appreciation of the financial and business aspects of a government funded not-for-profit organization, and a proven ability to deliver results.

If you are a highly committed individual looking to play a critical role in the advancement of women entrepreneurs in BC, we would welcome the opportunity to connect. Please apply online at and submit a current resume and cover letter indicating how you will leverage your experience and leadership abilities to deliver on WEC’s Vision.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you by June 28, 2020.

Tanja Halsall, MA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer
(250) 469-3824

WEC is proud to be equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to maintaining an environment that embraces inclusivity. In keeping with organization values, accommodations are available for Persons with Disabilities taking part in any aspect of our selection/hiring process. Should you require any accommodation during the recruitment process or otherwise, please advise and we will work with you to honor your accessibility needs.