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Seeking Executive Director – Temporary 4 Month Maternity Leave Position


The Shanti Uganda Society is a Vancouver based Canadian Charity working in Uganda, East Africa. Our mission is to support the emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of communities impacted by poverty, HIV/AIDS and war and our long term goal is to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Luweero, Uganda.  Shanti Uganda directly supports the 22 HIV positive women in our income generating group, runs a growing program for teen girls, provides educational opportunities for midwives and runs a newly constructed Eco-Birth House. The Shanti Uganda Society is supported by a thriving group of passionate and dedicated individuals around the world who are all committed towards women’s rights, peace, healing and sustainable development for the communities we support in Uganda.

Job Description

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director directly supervises the Project Coordinator and provides leadership and direction toward the achievement of the society’s mission and objectives. Acting as a liaison among members, the board of directors, staff, volunteers, committees and other community supporters, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of all programs and services, including budgets, daily operations, and community and public relations for the society.


  • Work with the volunteer board of directors to implement Shanti Uganda’s short and long-term objectives and to carry out all revenue goals  
  • Advise, support and solicit direction from the board of directors through regular communications and meeting
  • Develop and maintain records of Shanti Uganda members, partners, key contacts and supporters. Maintain records of communications, events, and activities  
  • Manage budget in consultation with the board of directors. This will include management of spending in Vancouver and Uganda and monthly reporting to the Society’s Treasurer  
  • Participate in and support committees as required and attend meetings, fundraising events, festivals and other functions where and when appropriate  
  • Coordinate the regular publication of a monthly e-newsletter and other communications on a consistent basis  
  • Maintain and regularly update the Shanti Uganda website, blog, facebook group and twitter account with news and other information  
  • Oversee the Project Coordinator in Uganda and ensure successful delivery of programs  
  • Seek out, inspire and supervise all Volunteers and maintain strong volunteer relations   
  • Act as spokesperson for Shanti Uganda with direction from the Board of Directors  
  • Identify, research and develop new and creative ways to secure financial support  
  • Manage the Shanti Uganda Ambassador program and all participants 

Skills & Knowledge

  • BA or Masters in International Development Studies, Non Profit Management or related program  
  • Proficient in word, excel, online networking (blog writing, facebook, twitter, e-newsletter), web management and powerpoint 
  • Knowledge of international development issues relating to HIV/AIDS and maternal health in Africa  
  • Proven non-profit management experience  
  • Proven event organizing, fundraising and/or marketing experience  
  • Knowledge in volunteer co-ordination an asset  
  • Knowledge of the workings of a board of directors and/or non-profit committees


  • Strong leadership skills  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Exceptional time management skills  
  • Proven ability to work independently, meet deadlines and balance multiple priorities  
  • Must be a highly motivated, enthusiastic self-starter who works well under limited supervision  
  • Highly organized, efficient, resourceful and dependable  
  • Minimum 1-year experience working in the non-profit sector  
  • Experience working in Africa for a non-profit organization an asset  
  • Experience and connections in the local birth, yoga, non profit sector an asset

Working Conditions

This is a full time 4-month temporary maternity leave position starting Wed Sept 1st 2010 and ending Wed Jan 5th 2011. The work week is 40hrs per week including occasional evening and weekend work. This position requires that the applicant be able to work from home, travel around the Vancouver region as needed, have access to a computer, internet and printer and store organization related material at home. Access to a vehicle is desired, but not required and the salary is $3000/month.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter and 3 references to the Executive Director at by Monday July 19th 2010.  We are grateful to all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.  No phone calls please.



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