KWIC Executive Director

The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) is seeking a dynamic leader with experience and passion for community-based education and positive social change. The executive director works closely with a talented and youthful staff team, an experienced Board of Directors, passionate volunteers and community partners. This is an opportune time to join our small team. Building on KWIC’s legacy for innovative programming and partnerships, the executive director will co-shape the future of KWIC as we embark on a new strategic planning process.

If you are a team-oriented, innovative, inclusive, creative and collaborative leader who can continue to engage and inspire our community, sustain and expand our work – keep reading!

KWIC is based in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario on the traditional territory and ongoing treaty lands of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg including the First Nations of Alderville, Hiawatha, Scugog Island, and Curve Lake.

This position is currently a hybrid of working remotely from home and on-site and following COVID19 protocols. Onsite office locations presently require staff and volunteers to demonstrate proof of COVID19 vaccination.

Position Summary

The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) is an award-winning, small not-for-profit and registered charitable organization that connects people to global issues and local initiatives that change how we understand the world and foster equitable and sustainable communities.

We make change happen through three key program areas: Community Education, Youth & In School Programs and Umbrella Support for Small and Emerging Community Initiatives. We explore global-local issues from an intersectional approach. KWIC strives to operate from a philosophy of harm

reduction and is committed to working from within an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, decolonizing framework that is trauma-informed and values cultural humility and inclusiveness.

You can find more about KWIC’s charitable purpose, programs, staff and volunteers by visiting our website:

Professional Attributes

  • Strategic thinker, long-term planner, and action-oriented change-maker;
  • Ability to develop multiple revenue streams, including grant funds;
  • Relationship builder with experience engaging a variety of stakeholders;
  • Committed to environmental and social justice with a passion for equitable and fair progress;
  • Knowledge of best practices in human resources, employee relations, and NGO management;
  • Effective, authentic, and clear communicator;
  • Willingness to learn.


  1. Programs & Human Resource Management (35%)
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of the organization’s programs and services in accordance with the operationalized strategic plan and funders’ requirements;
  • Provide day-to-day oversight and management support to staff and volunteers;
  • Foster effective teamwork and communication at all staff levels and maintain our positive work culture;
  • In conjunction with the HR board committee, oversee HR management functions.
  1. Sustainability & Financial Management (30%)
  • Secure funding for the operation of the organization, including the continuation of current programs and the development of new activities and services in collaboration with KWIC Staff and standing board committees;
  • Pursue opportunities to diversify our funding streams;
  • Collaborate with the Office Manager and Finance Committee to develop and oversee budgets, ongoing financial reviews, and annual financial audit.
  1. Partnerships and Donor Relations (20%)
  • Foster new and existing relationships with funders, donors, municipalities, government agencies, and partner organizations to sustain and increase the impact of our programs;
  • Support Program and Communications Staff in implementing the communications strategy;             
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization and participate in community-based committees that strengthen KWIC’s networks.
  1. Strategy and Governance (15%)
  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff on developing a strategic plan according to an established schedule;
  • Report to, and support, the Board of Directors and committees based on established goals and practices. Committees include but are not limited to: Finance and Human Resources, Programs, and Fundraising;
  • Ensure compliance to minimum standards in accordance with government legislation, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer and nonprofit agency.


  • Three or more years’ experience managing programs and staff, preferably within the not-for-profit sector;
  • A post-secondary degree in a related field;
  • A collaborative working style, strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm for building partnerships;
  • Proven track record of revenue development success;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to social and environmental justice;
  • Genuine interest and ability to work respectfully, reflectively, and collaboratively with a diverse team of staff and volunteers.

Additional Contract Details

Probationary Period: Six months

Vacation: Starting at 2 weeks with a one-week closure during Christmas & New Years

KWIC Holidays: June 21st National Indigenous Day

Other Paid Leave: 10 Sick Days | 3 Personal Leave Days

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates are invited to submit the following materials in a single PDF file to [email protected] with the subject line “Executive Director” by the deadline of Sunday, November 21st, 2021, 11:59 pm ET: 1. Cover Letter (including where you found this job posting) 2. Current Resume and 3. Three References (2 of which must be employment references)


November 9, 2021


November 21, 2021


Full-time Permanent




Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC)