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Northern Ontario Angels – Executive Director Position Summary

Reporting to the Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) Board of Directors (the “Board”) through the Chair, the Executive Director is the Board’s official link to the operating organization, and has overall accountability to the Board for the day-to-day operations, performance and direction of the NOA within its mission and policies. The Executive Director exercises all authority transmitted to the organization by the Board.

The Executive Director acts as a professional advisor to the Board, participates in the strategic development and growth of the organization and works in partnership with the Chair of the Board and the Board. In this capacity the Executive Director takes on the responsibilities (with the Chair) to ensure that the working relationship between the Board and Executive Director is supportive, positive, productive and includes mutual, ongoing, and constructive feedback. The Executive Director ensures that all employees/contractors understand and respect the organizational structure.

Duties and Responsibilities


Overall responsibility for implementing the vision, mission, strategic direction, and policies of the Board:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations and employees/contractors of the NOA.
  • Drafts and recommends new policies and/or changes to existing policies relative to operations, personnel, recruitment, and other matters for Board consideration. Responsible for implementation of policies that are approved.
  • Draft initial budgets for Board review and input.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all funding applications are completed and submitted.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Board is regularly and adequately informed in a timely manner regarding the NOA programs, business and finances and other issues that may arise which may significantly impact day-to-day operations.
  • Assist Board Chair for the preparation and delivering of Board meetings.
  • Provides enough information to the Board to facilitate an effective and ongoing strategic planning process. This includes reports on the status of the current year’s operating plan and on matters that could affect the longer-term success of the NOA.
  • Oversees and ensures the successful completion of annual goals that have been set, and approved by the Board, which set the emphasis for the next evaluation. Towards this end provides written progress reports as required by the Board for monitoring purposes.
  • Ensures compliance with all legal and contractual obligations.
  • Will not cause or allow any practice, activity, decision, or organizational circumstance that is illegal, imprudent, unethical or in violation of commonly accepted business practices and professional ethics.
  • Assumes the responsibility of the NOA Privacy officer.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Board through its Chair.


Responsibility for all personnel matters including:

  • Leads, motivates, supervises, and manages all NOA employees/contractors.
  • Employee performance reviews and planning for further employee development.
  • Ensuring adequate and appropriate allocation/scheduling of employee resources.
  • Ensuring appropriate procedures related to recruitment, hiring, orientation, safety, training, supervision, evaluation, and termination of employees.
  • Advising the Board in a timely manner of additional employee needs beyond those anticipated and approved in the annual budgets/planning process.
  • Recommends the hiring of additional personnel and related salary ranges to the Board and implements arrangements to hire same upon approval.
  • Disciplining and if necessary, terminating employee/contractor(s).
  • Identifying personnel issues and developing policies and procedures to address same when required.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and contractual obligations related to personnel.


Responsibility for operating the NOA within the approved budget under the direction of the Treasurer including:

  • Protecting and managing the assets and financial health of the NOA.
  • Preparing and submitting funding applications to secure income for NOA.
  • Submitting ongoing reports for FedNor, NOHFC and other funding agencies as they arrive.
  • Review and pursue funding budgets as outlined by the Board.
  • Implementing plans as outlined in planning and budgeting reports.
  • Ensuring the establishment and maintenance of appropriate financial control systems.
  • Review and prepare the annual budgets, preparing and providing the financial reports required by the Board to monitor the NOA’s financial health and progress in meeting budget targets.
  • Reporting in a timely manner any financial event or condition that may cause the organization to be, or to become, in financial jeopardy,
  • Bringing to the Board’s attention the potential financial implications and management’s proposed response to significant events or changing trends.
  • Prepares and provides information required for generation of annual financial statements and regulatory reporting requirements.


Responsible for providing an accessible presence for agencies and the media from time to time:

  • Networks with other groups or agencies as required to:
  • Support the operations of the NOA.
  • Support funding proposal development.
  • Works with other agencies to develop and support economic development within Northern Ontario.
  • Provide information and updates on the activities of NOA to other agencies.
  • Ensure a professional relationship with other Economic Development agencies including Regional Innovation Centres and Community Futures organizations.
  • Responds to media requirements and manages media relations.


Participates in professional development activities within approved budgets.


  • Formal Education:

A post-secondary degree in business or other closely related discipline or a demonstrated equivalent combination of education and a minimum of 5 years of business experience. 

  • Personal Qualities:

A high level of maturity, able to communicate clearly and concisely, ability to lead and motivate employees, a team player with the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a voluntary Board of Directors and committees, and excellent presentation skills. Strong communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of personalities. Be able to determine people’s strengths, skills, and organize them to work with companies to grow the economy in Northern Ontario. The incumbent needs to have the ability to be flexible and to manage multiple tasks in order to meet work demands on a last-minute basis.

Knowledge Skills and Experience:

  • Related experience in a senior capacity (public or private sector) in a business-related field.
  • Strong understanding of Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), in-depth knowledge of angel investing and the inter-relationships with RICs.
  • Bilingualism an asset.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Proven supervision and organizational skills.
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Familiarity with all business sectors.
  • Strong strategic and operational planning skills.
  • Strong business and financial management skills.
  • Able to prepare business cases and operating plans.
  • Technical proficiency – e.g. Office systems, software, Internet research
  • Ability to travel extensively across Northern and Southern Ontario to close deals and attend events and conferences.
  • Reside in Northern Ontario.

Position to start – January 2021

Deadline for Applications:   Friday July 31, 2020

APPLY via email with a resume and cover letter:

Subject:  NOA Executive Director Position – (Your Name)

Attn:  NOA Selection Committee

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