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Executive Director Job Overview A great fit for someone who has a strong sense of leadership, executive director jobs ...

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Executive Director Job Overview

A great fit for someone who has a strong sense of leadership, executive director jobs allow a person to have a direct impact in how an organization is run. Some of the tasks may include:

  • Working with a board of directors to develop and carry out a strategic plan
  • Advising the board of directors about any challenges the organization is facing, and getting feedback about how to resolve them
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Encouraging good communication between all internal employees and the stakeholders with whom they associate
  • Planning and overseeing all major events that go on within an organization

Clearly, a day in the life of an executive director is never boring, and it's often unpredictable. If you love fast-paced working environments, being an executive director could allow you to fulfill your true calling and get on track for a rewarding career.

Executive Director Job Education Requirements

Competitive candidates for executive director jobs normally have university degrees that relate to the relevant organization. For example, a person wanting to serve as an executive director on a healthcare board would likely have a medical administration degree, whereas someone wanting to be the executive director of a for-profit company would be well suited with a business administrative degree.

On-the-job training is an important educational element too, as you'll probably be expected to have several years of experience in middle management before attempting to show your candidacy for an open executive director position. Your start in the industry may begin when you're a management trainee.

Executive Director Job Market

Through 2020, the amount of available positions versus the demand is well matched. Therefore, to have the best chance of securing an available position, it'll be necessary to not just feel content with getting the bare minimum education and expecting that to be enough. Having an eager, diligent attitude is also important, and membership in specialty trade organizations, such as the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada or Canadian Society of Association Executives is often worthwhile, especially for networking purposes.

Executive Director Job Salary Information

The average wage for an executive director in Canada is just over C$48 per hour. However, that amount varies depending on a person's amount of experience, the competitiveness of the job market in a region, and, sometimes, whether the organization is for profit or not for profit.

If people often say you're a born leader, and you love motivating others, an executive job in Canada could be the ticket for doing what you enjoy and sharpening skill sets.

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