Executive Director – SFNWA

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Saskatchewan First Nations Water Association Inc.

Executive Director Job Description


The Saskatchewan First Nations Water Association (SFNWA) is a non-profit corporation with the purpose of providing education, training, networking and skills enhancement for all First Nations water and wastewater plant operators and water staff in the province of Saskatchewan.


The Executive Director (ED) is the key management leader of SFNWA. The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key areas of responsibility include securing funding and conducting and managing research programs for curriculum development and advising on policy. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Board Governance: Works with board to fulfill the organization’s mission.

●  Leads SFNWA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as

defined by the Board of Directors.

●  Communicates effectively with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner,

all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed


●  Provides input into the meeting agendas and chairs the meetings when required.


  1. Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs and strategic planning.

●  Ensures that programs are successfully created and implemented, including but not limited to, operator training, networking and AGMs.

●  Engages staff and the board in strategic planning and reviews to ensure that SFNWA can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

●  Enhances SFNWA’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other governmental, civic and private organizations.


  1. Financial Performance: Develops and secures resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

●  Develops funding proposals and researches avenues to support the organization.

●  Responsible for the fiscal integrity of SFNWA; submits annual budgets and accurate

monthly financial statements to the Board of Directors.

●  Responsible for fiscal management to ensure the organization operates within the approved budget; ensures maximum resource utilization; ensures the organization maintains a positive financial position; and ensures the SFNWA complies with all Saskatchewan Information Services Corporation (ISC) and Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements, including audits and taxation.

● Responsible for all financial reporting requirements of Indigenous Services Canada and

the CRA.


  1. Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

●  Supervises, assists with recruiting and hiring, and retains competent, qualified staff.

●  Effectively administers SFNWA’s operations.


  1. Research Programming: Oversees various research activities that further the development of the SFNWA and support SFNWA’s mission.

●  Conducts and manages research activities that support SFNWA’s mission.

●  Utilizes research findings in the creation of water-related policy and programs.

●  Communicates research findings to a broader audience to support operators and staff of First Nations water systems.



● A degree in an appropriate area of research or management is required. Consideration will be given to individuals with equivalent qualifications and experience. A proven track-record with research activities and project coordination/management is essential.


Skills and Qualifications

●  Transparent and high integrity leadership.

●  Demonstrated success in management of a non-profit an asset.

●  Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.

●  High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.

●  Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.

●  Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

●  A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.

●  Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.

●  Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.

●  Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

●  Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision- making and reporting.

●  Strong written and oral communication skills.

●  Strong public speaking ability.

●  Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.

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Experience working with First Nations communities and organizations considered an asset.


Salary Expectations

The salary range is between $68,000 and $78,000 and is dependent on experience.



Successful applicant must be willing to submit to a criminal record check.

Potential candidates will preferably identify as Indigenous and/or have a proven record of working well with First Nations people and demonstrate an understanding of First Nations culture and ways of knowing.

This position will suit an individual who is creative, innovative, versatile and committed to upholding standards of equity, transparency, consistency and accuracy in forging a vital First Nations presence in the care and control of water on reserve.


Contact Information

Please direct a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to:

Rebecca Zagozewski

Executive Director
The Saskatchewan First Nations Water Association

Email: ed@sfnwa.ca
Phone: 306-220-3834

To apply for this job email your details to ed@sfnwa.ca