Catalyst Canada Senior Director, Western Canada Full Time in Calgary, AB

Catalyst Canada

Branch Calgary AB CA

Senior Director, Western Canada
Calgary, AB

Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred, as well as at least 10 years of leadership experience in consulting, corporate, nonprofit, and/or academic…

Department: Canada

Reports to: Executive Director, Canada

Location: Virtually in Calgary or Vancouver, Canada

Summary of Responsibilities

The Senior Director plays a key role in the strategic growth and engagement of Supporter organizations in Western Canada, and works with the Canadian team to ensure that Catalyst’s Canadian operations are aligned with the global organization. This individual is responsible for developing a regional engagement strategy, managing a portfolio of existing Supporter organizations, recruiting new Supporter organizations, leading the development and delivery of advisory services and events, and acting as the point of contact for regional media. The Senior Director builds relationships with senior executives, Diversity & Inclusion leaders, the media, and other key stakeholders and influencers who will have a direct and sustainable impact on the advancement of women in business and inclusive workplaces more broadly.

Essential Functions

Vision and Leadership

  • As a member of Catalyst’s global development and corporate relations team, contribute to strategic direction, plans, and policies for growth and retention of Supporter organizations across Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.


  • Proactively share best practices and design strategies to develop new Supporters and engage deeply with existing Supporter organizations.
  • Liaise with the Development team to coordinate billing and on-boarding of new Supporters and outstanding invoices for existing Supporters.

Build and Strengthen Brand

  • Serve as a spokesperson for Catalyst at a variety of speaking venues, including research releases, corporate sessions/events/speaking engagements, conferences, external panel events, and media interviews. Develop, cultivate, maintain, and leverage an external network of resources and contacts that can be called upon for connections, information and collaboration.
  • Contribute to social media, building and elevating Catalyst’s profile in Canada (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn).

New Supporter Development

  • Lead the development and execution of market penetration strategy, including goal setting. Identify and develop the relevant content for prospective Supporters, using Catalyst research and other resources.
  • Secure new Supporter organizations as outlined through annual targets.
  • Broker and deliver revenue-generating activities, including speaking engagements, event sponsorships, workshops, and consulting engagements.

Supporter Engagement

  • Take a consultative approach to Supporter engagement, guiding Supporters through the Diversity & Inclusion journey strategically and in a manner consistent with their needs and values.
  • Serve as key contact (“relationship manager”) to designated Catalyst Supporter organizations, maintaining regular contact with Supporter executives and lead contacts regarding upcoming events/research, their needs and issues, communicating Catalyst benefits, and stakeholder requests. Share regular Supporter updates, develop/lead local Supporter roundtables, and conduct personal outreach to secure strategic attendance at Catalyst events in Canada (such as roundtables, workshops, Canada-related webinars, speaker series events, Catalyst Canada Honours, Catalyst Awards, etc.).
  • Build close working relationships and rapport with executives (CEO and C-suite) and other key contacts and influencers within Supporter organizations.
  • Build and maintain in-depth knowledge of Catalyst Supporter benefits, research, and services. Collaboratively share knowledge and resources with Catalyst team to support their growth, development, and ability to meet the needs of Supporters in other regions.

Advisory Services

  • Assess market demand for, and create, update, and deliver workshops to Supporters and market stakeholders and influencers.
  • Use judgement to provide “light” advisory services as appropriate and work with Advisory Services team where deeper-dive consulting engagements are required.
  • Work with the Advisory Services team as appropriate to create/update Catalyst Real Solutions Workshops (e.g., Creating Your D&I Strategy full-day workshop); determine market demand and conduct on-the-ground delivery of multi-supporter workshops.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience positioning and delivering consulting services to executive leaders and their teams, or commensurate experience in an industry where the “product” is a service. Roles could include relationship development/management, human resources and/or diversity & inclusion leadership, or fundraising.
  • Strategic thinking skills and the ability to recognize and leverage opportunities related to Catalyst’s mission.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including verbal and written presentation experience, and an ability to clearly communicate nuanced ideas and research findings to a wide range of audiences, from line managers to senior executives.
  • Broad knowledge of, and extensive experience in, the corporate environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for, and general knowledge of, issues facing working women and other diverse groups in the workplace.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, a commitment to customer service, and a professional demeanor.
  • An entrepreneurial orientation with the ability, personal motivation, and organization skills to work effectively in a virtual work environment.
  • Personal computer proficiency in a networked Windows environment.

Working Conditions

  • Fast-paced environment with multiple priorities, tight deadlines, and confidential information.
  • Virtual and matrixed work environment with support from Toronto and New York based teams.
  • Some travel is required.

Education and Experience Requirements

This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred, as well as at least 10 years of leadership experience in consulting, corporate, nonprofit, and/or academic organizations. The Senior Director is an accomplished leader who can work effectively with Catalyst’s corporate and community constituencies. This individual has a passion for Catalyst’s mission, and the knowledge, capabilities, skills, and experience to move Catalyst forward in pursuit of that mission.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume, cover letter, location (Calgary or Vancouver), and desired salary to the email address provided with “Senior Director, Western Canada” in the subject line. Note: This position will be working virtually from the applicant’s home office. Due to the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $90,000.00 /year

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Calgary, AB, CA
Posted on: 2017-04-02
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