Director at Large (Fund Development/Connector)

Vivo is a charity on a mission to create healthier generations through two platforms: our Centre for Wellbeing and our Innovation Collaboratory. Together, we empower Canadians to connect, care for and advocate more for their health, community and the planet.

We currently have an attractive opportunity for an experienced Director at Large who can help us elevate our relationships, philanthropic and otherwise. You’ll be joining a sophisticated organization at an exciting stage of its evolution.

We are currently raising the final 1% of funds for our $60 million expansion and renovation. Construction is well under way and we are on track to fully welcome our community back in 2023. We have also invested more than $6 million in Research and Innovation to further our work of creating healthier generations.

As our new Director, you’ll join a strategic governance board focused on providing oversight, foresight, insight and relationships to the CEO and organization. You’ll be part of a governance board that will help Vivo chart the course for the next chapter in its journey. You’ll also provide oversight for a seasoned senior leadership team that manages an expected 180 talented employees.

Our board meets six times a year and gathers annually for our Annual General Meeting and Board Planning Advance – because at Vivo, we don’t retreat, we advance! As part of our commitment to governance excellence, we are currently pursuing accreditation through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program.

What we’re seeking

We’re seeking a born connector to help build relationships and influence for Vivo. You might have built your incredible network through fund development, business development or policy/political work. You are excited by the prospect of introducing Vivo and its mission to your connections and playing the role of ambassador and friendmaker.

Our ideal candidate is a strategic and experienced leader with governance board experience. You can think beyond the details to see the patterns and big picture, you ask insightful questions diplomatically, and you have outstanding people and relationship management skills.

What’s in it for you

Our board members play a critical role, so Vivo is committed to setting you up for success. We offer a comprehensive onboarding for new directors. Through our Board Mentoring Program, we also match each new director with a mentor, so you have a board peer to help you understand the landscape and hit the ground running.

We help you get the feedback you need to support your development through individual director evaluations, and we offer ongoing learning opportunities to help you hone your governance chops! Beyond all that, you’ll earn the satisfaction of knowing you are creating a legacy of healthier generations for your community and beyond!

Qualifications

  • At least two years of experience serving on the strategic governance board of a sophisticated organization.
  • Governance training and a firm understanding of the role of a governance board.
  • An extensive network in the city and beyond, and a willingness to help open doors and build relationships for Vivo.
  • Business acumen and an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Strategic mind and the ability to see the big picture.
  • Demonstrated diplomacy and conflict resolution skills.
  • Track record of successfully facilitating effective meetings and courageous conversations.
  • Commitment to Vivo’s mission, vision, values, strategy and governance model.
  • Familiarity with Imagine Canada’s Standards Program is welcome, but not required.

What’s involved

Our directors commit to a minimum three-year term and roughly 10 hours per month. This can increase slightly during onboarding and at Vivo’s AGM and Board Advance.

How to apply

If you are an experienced board director inspired by the challenge of building healthier generations and helping Vivo chart a new strategic course, this is the opportunity for you!

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to careers@vivo.ca before October 11, 2022. All applications will be gratefully acknowledged.

Don’t check every box on the list of qualifications? That’s ok, apply anyway! We’re always interested in connecting with caring, strategic, community minded folks! Learn more about us at www.vivo.ca.

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