Career Opportunities at CRIEC

Leadership Opportunity: Executive Director

Are you a seasoned executive with significant experience in both organizational and program design and delivery? Are you passionate about supporting newcomer professionals in employment-related mentoring strategies? Has your career been built on establishing and nurturing positive relationships within your organization, sector and the community-at-large? If this describes you, then we want to talk with you about an exciting leadership opportunity with Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC). Our long-time (and only) Executive Director is retiring this summer and we are looking for our next engaging and supportive leader to be in place by mid-August 2022.

We offer a competitive compensation package for the successful candidate, in the $95,000 to $105,000 range, depending on qualifications and experience.

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Since 2010, CRIEC has delivered effective employment-related mentoring programs, connecting newcomer professionals with Calgary mentors in occupation-specific partnerships that lead to successful career paths. Over the past 12 years, CRIEC has established more than 2,000 mentoring partnerships, providing both mentees and mentors with skills, connections and professional development opportunities, often in collaboration with businesses, professional associations and other immigrant serving agencies.

CRIEC is part of the Immigrant Employment Council (IEC) network, connecting IECs across Canada from Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, London (Ont.), Niagara, New Brunswick and Halifax. This network of like-minded local organizations regularly shares best practices on mentoring; implements enterprise engagement strategies; and identifies newcomer career path trends.

CRIEC is also involved in several collaborative projects with local leading immigrant serving agencies, all designed to support the development of a “mentoring eco-system” in Alberta, and indeed across the Prairie provinces.

CRIEC embraces the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and is committed to a workforce and workplace that reflects the community in which we live and work.

CRIEC is currently an 8-person team operating with a $1 M budget, providing mentoring programs both virtually and in-person. An engaged Board of Directors provides experienced governance support.

We acknowledge that we are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, the North and South Piikani Nations, and the Kainai Tribe, including other members of Treaty 7 First Nations, the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the three Bands of the Stone Nakoda Nations; Chiniki, Wesley, and Bearspaw. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III, and all those who have made their home in this area.

More on the Executive Director Position

The CRIEC Executive Director is responsible for providing senior-level direction, oversight and support for CRIEC’s strategic, financial, budgetary, programmatic, risk-management and operational planning and execution. More specifically, the Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the following areas:

Strategic Planning – Develop the Strategic Plan and Budget in conjunction with the Board; develop the annual Operational Plan with the team; execute and report to the Board.

Finance, Audit & Risk Management – Ensure effective financial and risk management; including AP/AR, forecasting, claims, audit, financial statements, payroll, taxation, insurance, and liability matters; as well as all related internal/external reporting.

Governance Matters – Provide effective support for the Board of Directors and Committees, including support for Board secretarial matters, Director recruitment, engagement and on-boarding, Board training and development, and Director succession planning.

Human Resources Management – Ensure effective staff recruitment, engagement, retention and professional development, including developing compensation structure, applicable mentoring and coaching, and team organization and development.

Funding, Grants, Sponsorships and Earned Revenue – Ensure effective development and execution of sustainable funding, including strategic funding approaches, determination of potential funders and partners, funding applications, funding and partnership agreements/budgets, and appropriate and timely reporting.

Mentoring Programs – Ensure effective on-going program and project operations.

Stakeholder Engagement – Ensure effective collaboration with key business and community partners, as well as government departments and the IEC Network; serve on sector-specific boards and committees, participate in relevant immigrant-serving sector initiatives.

Communications – Ensure effective organizational communications, both internal and external, including website, social media and public events.

Executive Director Performance Evaluation – Support the Board in its on-going evaluation of the Executive Director.

Contract Administration – Ensure effective contract negotiation, preparation and execution, including consultants, lease, and vendors.

Qualities Required 

The ideal Executive Director will be/have: 

  • A passionate, empathetic and compassionate supportive leader with a keen interest in developing excellence in staff and programs, thereby best ensuring success for clients.
  • An accomplished relationship-builder with all relevant stakeholders including the Board, funders, businesses and community partners.
  • Relevant leadership experience in the non-profit sector (ideally gained in an immigrant serving agency).
  • A thorough knowledge of the corporate sector including an understanding of business needs, employment trends and career path planning for newcomer professionals.
  • An elite-level and engaging communicator, equally comfortable in a corporate boardroom, a community-led discussion or working with CRIEC’s staff and Board.
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to appreciate how programs work at both the micro and macro levels.


Besides possessing the Qualities noted above, the ideal Executive Director will have:

  • At least 10 years of successful career progression within the non-profit sector.
  • At least 2 years of proven leadership experience in an immigrant serving agency, having led a team of at least 5 employees.
  • Experience in developing strategic and operational plans, budgets, financial statements, funding arrangements and risk management plans.
  • Experience in working closely with Boards including providing corporate secretary services (such as preparing meeting agendas and Board packages; preparing minutes and post-meeting action plans, etc.).
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders and partners while exercising sound decision-making.
  • A professional designation would be considered an asset.
  • Relevant lived experience, either as a member of an underrepresented community or experience working with and as an ally for persons from an underrepresented community.

Application Process TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and a personal statement (no more than 200 words) on why you want this position, to the CRIEC Board of Directors at with “Executive Director” in the subject line.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CRIEC is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

Competition for this position closes on June 6, 2022.