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The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for a one-year position to fill a deferred leave. The ideal candidate will provide strategic leadership, and is specifically responsible for administrative and fiscal management, buildings management, workplace supervision and general operation of VCLA.  

A community-based adult learning organization located in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia with offices and classrooms  in Kentville and Middleton, VCLA assists adults to achieve their learning goals both in class-based and one-on-one settings.

Our Executive Director directs programming and services at our three main locations in the Valley, but also supports outreach staff who work throughout Kings and Annapolis Counties.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working within a strengths-based, learner-focused model, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  1. Planning the implementation of programs and services deemed consistent with the vision of VCLA.
  2. Overseeing the day-to-day management and administration of all VCLA’ s facilities, programs, and services.
  3. Working with all VCLA committees.
  4. Promoting VCLA’s work locally, regionally, provincially, and nationally.
  5. Providing service delivery when required to fill in gaps and support staff.
  6. Implementing VCLA’s Strategic Plan and providing direction related to social enterprise development.

Does this describe where you want your career path to take you next?  Please let us know about yourself, and about your combination of experiential and formal learning. We are looking for a university degree with relevant adult education experience an asset, but more specifically:

  • Minimum of five years of progressive management experience in a voluntary or non-profit organization which includes financial accountability
  • Experience integrating the principles of person-centred planning into client programming, experience in relevant services delivery, including teaching and advocacy
  • Experience developing and supporting key internal and external relationships including our clients, volunteer tutors, support staff , Funders and the broader community support network
  • Well-developed foundational and role-specific competencies such as emotional intelligence, communication and judgment skills, conflict resolution, building management, risk management and effective management of interpersonal interactions
  • Strong communication skills, written and oral, and strong IT skills (word processing, spread sheet, presentation, data base management)

Salary is commensurate with the salaries of other non-profit community learning organizations in the province.

We offer a medical plan after three-month probation complete. 

View the job description in .pdf format here.

Deadline for applications: Friday, February 23, 2024 at 5pm.

To submit your resume and supporting relevant documentation (.pdf format), please email us at