Job Posting – Executive Director NAC

Job Posting – Executive Director NAC


(Update: Job Posting application deadline extended to 15 September 2022)

The Naval Association of Canada (NAC) is a membership based organization built on a base of retired and serving naval personnel, and all those interested in ensuring Canada has a strong Navy.  We are proud of our organization and its core mission: to educate Canadians on the need for a capable Navy critical for our economic well-being, security and way of life. NAC is a charitable non-profit national organization, led by volunteers in regional branches.


Accountable to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director of The Naval Association of Canada will run the day-to-day operations, and is responsible for leading and enhancing all strategic initiatives for the NAC. The position will manage and develop operational and strategic plans, oversee the organizations budget, act as an ambassador for the organization, and help the organization continually build relationships with members, the community and key stakeholders.


  • Collaborate with the Board to oversee and implement the strategic plan, and drive the achievement of annual operational goals
  • Manage staff and work with volunteers (Board members, Branch Presidents and Executive, committees and working groups etc.) to create an effective and collaborative working environment
  • Ensure positive and effective relationships with members, volunteers and community stakeholders, including but not limited to RCN and government officials, other defence, veteran and naval organizations, private sector members and sponsors etc.
  • Develop and deliver services and programming, and provide support to our members
  • Assist the Director of Membership (volunteer) with the annual membership drive, including marketing, dues collection, and reporting
  • Communicate with members regularly, and work with the Director of Naval Affairs (volunteer) to create content to promote the NAC in the quarterly publication Starshell, newsletters and the website(s)
  • Manage the operational budget and ensure financial sustainability for the organization as well as oversee the legal, governance and regulatory requirements
  • Oversee all fundraising initiatives for NAC and help identify new funding models for the organization
  • Responsible for coordinating the National Conference and Annual General Meeting
  • Act as a trusted leader to further innovation, trust and collaboration across the NAC


  • Understanding and knowledge of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Minimum 3 years of related experience, preferably in the RCN, naval defense or not-for-profit organizational management
  • Knowledge of non-profit issues, including financial planning, fundraising and organizational and strategic planning
  • Experience in facilitating communications among varied stakeholder groups and in administering private/public sector partnerships
  • Grant writing and proposal preparation
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems and develop solutions that work
  • Demonstrated record of effective leadership and ability to deliver results, with proven experience in teamwork
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and knowledge of effective board governance practices
  • Experience with program development and execution
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook. QuickBooks is used for accounting, the membership database is managed by Wild Apricot Software, and the website is managed with WordPress; training can be provided for all.
  • Professional presentation skills – oral, written and electronic
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and make effective decisions

The following qualifications are not required but are considered assets:

  • Social Media experience
  • Related Post-secondary education

The NAC encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including but not limited to BIPOC individuals, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+. Applicants from these or other communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their application.

This position is located in the National Capital Region. While the work environment is remote, there will be a need for in-person meeting and events. As a national organization, most board meetings will continue to be virtual. Some evenings and weekends are required. This position is envisioned as a full-time role; hours and work schedule can be negotiated although there is an expectation that regular business hours will be kept so as to be accessible to volunteers and members.

Interested parties should submit a resume, as well as a cover letter detailing the applicant’s compatibility with the job requirements, by August 31st, 2022, to Salary is to be negotiated based on experience; pay period is bi-weekly. There is a three-month probationary period.