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Deputy Director — The SecDev Foundation

The SecDev Foundation is seeking a take-charge Deputy Director to oversee and refine day-to-day operations and strongly support the Foundation’s rapid global growth.

Since 2012, The SecDev Foundation has been pioneering programmes to digitally protect and support civil society organizations and actors in Eurasia, the Middle East, and Asia. Our mission is to promote digital opportunity, safety and citizenship, with a special focus on women and youth. In more challenging environments — like protracted conflicts and warzones — we have developed a special reputation for supporting the digital resilience of non-violent citizens and communities. In more stable contexts, we are pioneering methods to help societies better navigate the emerging opportunities of the global digital economy, which is founded on savvy digital citizens, enabling governance and engaged industry partners.

As Deputy Director, you will become the Foundation’s second-in-command.  You will work closely with the Foundation’s founders, directors and programme managers to uphold and grow the organization’s standards of  excellence for programme delivery  and  manage its growing, incredibly talented workforce.

You will be the Foundation’s first Deputy Director, working closely with the Foundation’s Executive Director (and co-founder) to set the parameters for this critical position that will ensure the healthy  growth and sustained development of the organization and its staff.

You are a consummate multi-tasker, known for your ability to see the big picture while paying meticulous attention to detail.  You have a proven track-record  in organizational leadership, and you take extensive pride in emerging from compliance audits with an A+ scorecard.  Your former supervisors and employees alike consider you to have super-human people skills, able to inspire excellence in others, nurture amazing teams, but also deal effectively with HR challenges when required. Paperwork does not scare you; you understand its worth.  Big ideas don’t scare you; you revel in the possible futures that you can help bring about.

Key responsibilities

  • Day-to-day Operational Management of the Foundation’s operations, and programming, including core organizational and project workflows to ensure administrative efficiency, compliance, and quality control of program delivery.
  • Programme Oversight, in coordination with Executive Director, oversee, guide and mentor program managers and other team members in their execution of programmes, with special support for operational risk management, all aspects of award compliance excellence (including documentation and paperwork), inculcating accountability for excellence of outputs, outcomes and on-time on-budget execution, expenditure controls, effective use of PM tools and online platforms, team management, subaward management, quarterly technical and financial reporting.
  • Human Resource Lead, with primary responsibility for ensuring the excellence of recruitment and hiring, effective and timely performance reviews, and assisting in the further development and management of systems related to human resource management, GDPR, and including time tracking, leave, salary,  promotions and incentive plans.
  • Administrative, Financial, Audit and Compliance, Oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s Administrative functioning and staff, and work closely with Financial Controller, as required, to support day-to-day financial operations, PM monthly financial reviews and annual organizational audits. With other members of the Executive Team, ensure all Foundation policies and procedures stay abreast of all compliance requirements as well as those required by federal and provincial laws, and also ensuring cost-effective administrative excellence.
  • Executive Leadership. Serving as a member of senior Foundation staff, contribute to the governance, growth and development of the Foundation including, but not limited to: Board management and reporting, stakeholder and partner relationships, proposal writing, preparation of annual report, human resources planning; and, strategic planning and branding.

Qualifications and key skills

  • University degree, or equivalent professional experience. Preference will be given to candidates with executive-level experience in management of administrative elements of a medium-size not-for-profit sector organization.
  • At least 5 years experience successfully managing not-for-profit organizations, and/or programmes, including finance and administration for grant-funded projects (NGO and/or government).
  • At least 3 years experience managing people/teams;
  • Professional certifications in project management, human resources management, monitoring and evaluation, and/or organizational compliance (or equivalents in professional experience), including experience with project management systems and online platforms.
  • Advanced digital literacy, including experience with collaboration tools such as Google Docs, Slack and Asana.
  • You have the legal authorization to work in Canada.

Preference given to candidates with

  • Expertise in administering grant funding (from various government or other sources);
  • Operational experience working in different global environments;
  • Experience in grant writing proposals (US, UK, Canadian, EU)
  • Executive-level experience in an NGO setting
  • Experience in human resource management

Salary range: Commensurate with experience (remuneration package includes benefits and RRSP contribution plan)

Position type: Full time, indeterminate.

How to apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] to be considered. Please quote “Deputy Director” in your email subject line. Your cover letter should make a compelling case in 300 words or less on why you are the best fit for our requirements.

Deadline: Until filled.

Thank you and notification: We thank you for your interest in working with The SecDev Foundation.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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