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Executive Director (Volunteer), Women’s Healthy Environments Network

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline May 15, 2013
WHEN is seeking a dynamic individual looking to demonstrate organizational leadership skills as an volunteer, part-time Executive Director and support a not-for-profit organization to “take action for prevention” on issues related to health and the environment.

We are a unique organization, working in the space where women’s lives, environmental issues and human health intersect.  Since its inception in 1994, Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) has been educating the general public, media and policy makers that environmental health is a key determinant of public health.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to take on the role of Executive Director.  The successful candidate will provide advisory support and organizational leadership to an 8-12 member board in areas of administration, and the design and implementation of projects.  This is a non-voting position with the responsibility to enable the effective implementation of the Board’s decisions.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and maintaining regular dialogue with office staff and providing work assignment instructions.
  • Signing authority (along with the Chair and Treasurer) at the organization’s banking institution.
  • Documenting and updating board policies and procedures upon Board direction.
  • Acting as the primary liaison with WHEN’s volunteers – acting as the first point of contact, and ensuring volunteers are informed of opportunities available throughout the year.
  • Facilitating the development of work plan based on the Board’s strategic priorities and supporting the Chair in her work to lead the implementation of the Board’s commitments.
  • Volunteer 4-8 hours per week in the role, including accessibility via email on a frequent basis.
  • Attending monthly Board meetings (one evening per month at the Centre for Social Innovation, downtown Toronto).

This is a volunteer position; however, there is an opportunity for some remuneration.  Depending on WHEN’s annual financial statement determined in April of each year, the Board may choose to give a portion of any surplus to the Executive Director as a honorarium.    Today, WHEN functions as a working board with the support of one part-time staff position, a volunteer Executive Director and project-specific volunteers.  The intention is to evolve the organization to the point of part-time, paid staff over the next few years.


  • Comfortable representing WHEN’s mission and values.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Collaborative, confident facilitator.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of environmental health issues, an asset.

Please send us your application at before May 15th if you are interested.

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