Executive Director


The Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association is looking for a qualified and experienced leader for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the successful management and leadership of the organization.


Under the direct supervision of the Executive Committee, and responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors of the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association (OFNEDA). The Executive Director will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the association and the administration of all services and programs, acting with major responsibility in the management of finances, administrative programs, promotion and communication. The Executive Director acts as spokesperson for the association and plans the association’s advocacy and partnership initiatives. The Executive Director will liaise with other organizations, institutions, associations, First Nations, and Federal and Provincial Governments in promotion of economic development and professional development of Ontario First Nation Economic Development Officers.


  • Oversee the development and implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including recruitment.
  • Promoting and ensuring a safe workplace environment.
  • Provide prudent management of the financial resources (plans, controls and monitors) in a manner that meets organizational goals and strategic objectives.
  • Ongoing promotion of the mission and vision, seeking funding and supporting opportunities including, but not limited to, grant applications, fundraising events, membership and sponsorship programs.
  • Maintaining and monitoring documentation and files.
  • Providing advice, supporting and collaborating with the Board of Directors, and staff.  
  • Organize Annual OFNEDA EDO Forums/Conference.
  • Prepare materials for board meetings, annual meeting, information sessions, and organize board elections.


  • A University degree in business or Economics, or education in a related field would be an asset.
  • Minimum three (3) or more years of progressive and effective management experience and other related managerial experience.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to be consistent and display a positive and helpful attitude.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of the First Nation cultural values and traditions.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and coordination.
  • Excellent financial skills and practical understanding of accounting principles.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Proven proposal writings skills in securing of funds.
  • Excellent computer skills (including MS Office, Internet, and Email).
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and act as a professional and diplomatic resource.
  • Must undergo a criminal record check prior to employment and provide Valid driver’s license.


Head office is in Garden River First Nation, Ontario.


Commensurate with experience and education.

Applications to include:

Please email a cover letter and detailed resume to the attention of Darlene Solomon, Chair RE: Executive Director. We wish to thank all those that apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, July 7th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST


CHAIR c/o Darlene Solomon

7 Shingwauk, Garden River, ON P6A 6Z8
email: dsolomon@gardenriver.org