June 4, 2024

Hiring: Executive Director

by the Jimmy Pratt Foundation Board of Directors

Jimmy Pratt Foundation


Executive Director
Permanent, Full-time
Start date: July 2024

Job Description

The Executive Director of the Jimmy Pratt Foundation drives evidence-informed policy change in the area of Early Learning and Child Care in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Key responsibilities fall under four categories: Knowledge Translation, Community Collaboration, Advocacy and Not-for-Profit Administration.

Knowledge Translation
The Jimmy Pratt Foundation makes policy recommendations that are informed by research and best practices from around the world. We translate this knowledge for the Newfoundland and Labrador context in short reports, events and through media appearances.

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation identifies policy priorities and recommendations in collaboration with a wide range of community partners. Our collaborators work in the areas of the social and economic determinants of health, gender equity, worker’s rights, children’s rights, and public education.

Where the Jimmy Pratt Foundation has identified a policy priority, we advocate for policy change informed by research, community engagement, and best practice.

Not-for-Profit Administration
The Executive Director will lead an annual Operational Planning and Budget process, execute the annual Operational Plan and report progress to the Board of Directors.The Executive Director will also support the Board of Directors in their governance of the Foundation.

Key Competencies

This role requires:

  • A robust background in social policy research and/or policy analysis and development;
  • Strong communication, collaboration, influencing- and consensus-building skills;
  • Excellent technical and non-technical writing skills and attention to detail;
  • Public relations, traditional media and social media skills;
  • Understanding of equity issues as they pertain to the Foundation’s work;
  • The ability to work with diverse community organizations and people with a variety of life experiences related to the Foundation’s work. This can include gender
    equity organizations, settlement agencies, and other community organizations serving marginalized populations;
  • Good planning, prioritization and organizational skills to manage and adapt to the dynamic nature of both the job and the work we do;
  • Excellent judgment and professionalism; must be comfortable representing the Foundation and its Board of Directors;
  • The ability to communicate needs, objectives and progress effectively with the Foundation’s Board of Directors;
  • The ability to work effectively and independently with minimal supervision and direction;
  • Ability to mentor and supervise workterm and internship placements.

All candidates must be:

  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • Located in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Willing and able to travel within Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada on Foundation business. The Executive Director will usually travel for 2-3 weeks/year, and some travel will take place on weekends.

Compensation and Work Environment

  • Expected salary range of $65 000 – $75 000, depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate
  • Group benefits (health and dental)
  • Starting at 15 paid vacation days
  • Flexible work arrangement; remote and/or in-office according to preference
  • Flexible hours; typically 32 hours per week, spread over 4 or 5 weekdays according to preference, with occasional evening and weekend commitments.
  • Annual professional development budget

How to Apply

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter that highlight qualifications and experience relevant to the position. Please submit application materials to info@jimmyprattfoundation.ca by Friday, June 21 at 12pm Newfoundland Time.

About the Jimmy Pratt Foundation

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation is a small foundation based in St. John’s. The Foundation works with governments, researchers and community organizations to inform evidence-based policy that improves the outcomes of Newfoundland & Labrador’s most vulnerable children and their families. We do this work by convening stakeholders, facilitating conversations, and exploring research opportunities that align with our goals. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of both family members and local experts in our areas of focus.