Executive Director, Pivot Legal Society
Pivot works in partnership with communities affected by poverty and social exclusion to identify priorities and develop solutions to complex human rights issues. Our mission is to work alongside communities to create a just, fair and equitable society through litigation, law reform, research and legal education. Pivot’s work tends to focus on four policy areas: police accountability, drug policy, homelessness, and sex workers’ rights.
We combine strategic litigation with high-impact public education and advocacy campaigns to maximize our effectiveness. Our deep collaboration with people and grassroots movements, combined with our unique approach to social change, makes Pivot the only human rights organization of its kind in Canada.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of Pivot. The ED is the public face of the organization and is responsible for overseeing strategic direction and impact, people and culture, fundraising and donor relations, operations, communications and advocacy. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
- Develops, implements and evaluates Pivot’s strategic and operational plans by collaborating with key stakeholders.
- Assesses the resources required to achieve the objectives of the operational plan and prioritizes the projects that are within the scope and resources of the organization.
- Oversees and supports the management team to achieve campaign objectives, respond to emerging issues, and empower staff to carry out their best work.
- Oversees and monitors a comprehensive fundraising plan; develops and maintains positive relationships with funders.
- Develops an annual operational budget for Board approval and analyzes financial results of the organization relative to established objectives on a monthly basis.
- Oversees and monitors a comprehensive organizational communications strategy.
- Reports regularly to the Board of Directors on Pivot’s operational and financial condition, and any issues that may affect the organization.
- Acts as an advocate and spokesperson, and embodies and supports a culture that reflects Pivot’s core values of justice, fairness, and equality.
We welcome applications from people of colour, Indigenous persons, women, LGBTQ2-identified persons, and persons with disabilities. Pivot is committed to employment equity and prioritizes applications from under-represented groups, including people with lived experience in our areas of work. If you’re not certain that your credentials are a 100% fit with this position, we encourage you to apply anyway.
Hours of work
This is a full-time (40 hours/week) exempt management position. The Executive Director is expected to work the hours required to fulfill the role’s responsibilities which will include some evenings and weekends.
- Graduate level degree in social justice related discipline, a law degree, OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.
- Experience in leading a successful social change organization and a history of successfully delivering on operational and strategic goals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic importance of advocacy.
- Demonstrate an understanding of intersectionality.
- Knowledge of HR, finance, governance, strategic planning, advocacy, communications, technology, fundraising, and impact measurement.
- History of successful fundraising strategies and management of key funder relationships.
- Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of audiences and stakeholders.
$90,000 - $105,000 annually subject to qualifications and experience. Pivot offers a competitive health and dental benefits package; 20 days of vacation; and two weeks off during the annual December office closure.