Executive Director 101

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Set yourself up for success as a new executive director.

Executive Director 101 equips first-time executive directors with practical skills and knowledge to succeed in their role.

In this one-day workshop, you learn key concepts and develop a 12-month plan for success. Learn the essential components to the executive director role to make the learning curve more manageable.

Program Details

Date & Time: March 21, 2019 l 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: $249

Is Executive Director 101 Right for You?

Audience: New Executive Directors (or Chief Executive Officers, Artistic Directors and Managing Directors etc.)

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are within the first 12 months of your first executive director role
  • Are starting an executive director role in the next few months

For more experienced executive directors seeking ED-specific training, we highly recommend applying to our next cohort of Executive Lab.


Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your first executive director role.

  • Create a 12-month plan to support success in your role and organization
  • Delve into the key competencies of an executive director, and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths
  • Expand your network and connect with fellow executive directors new to their role
  • Learn from a seasoned Executive Director that can draw on their professional experience
Learning Objectives
  • Gain broad knowledge of the technical requirements and competencies of the not-for-profit executive director role
  • Learn best practices in leadership and human resources, mission impact, governance, and operations
  • Create strategic goals to support your success as a first-time executive director
Overview of the Day

Role of the Executive Director

Understand the eight competencies of your executive director role:

  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Fundraising
  • Program and Service Management
  • Community and Public Relations
  • Administration
  • Leadership

Self and Organizational Assessment

Assess personal and organizational competencies across each of the eight performance domains. Participants will review their personal strengths, their position description, and the life-cycle stage of their organization – and discover both strengths and opportunities for their 12-month plan.

Managing Challenges

Participants will share common challenges (eg. managing team or board conflict) and discuss strategies for conflict resolution.

Your 12-month plan

Participants will develop 12-month plans for their personal and organizational development, with support from the facilitator and feedback from peers.


Jennifer Breakspear

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Date: March 21, 2019 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vantage Point
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5
City of Vancouver
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Jennifer Breakspear

Jennifer Breakspear

Executive Director,
Options for Sexual Health

Jennifer Breakspear is on a personal mission to make a positive difference in community. This mission and a commitment to human rights inform her leadership of progressive nonprofit organizations. She has served as Executive Director of QMUNITY - BC's Queer Resource Centre, Options for Sexual Health (Opt), and, most recently, PHS Community Services Society (also known as Portland Hotel Society). Jennifer contributes her time, talents, and passion to organizations making a difference locally and around the world including Amnesty International, Vantage Point, Canadian Red Cross, and Canadian Blood Services. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in Human Rights Policy from Carleton University.


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Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5


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