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South Okanagan Women in Need Society- Executive Director

South Okanagan Women in Need Society 

Executive Director

South Okanagan Women in Need Society

South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS or the Society) is a trauma-informed organization where women throughout the Okanagan are able to receive support, live in a safe environment, and make informed decisions on how they want to restructure their lives. The Society has become an integral part of the community’s social safety net and fabric of the South Okanagan.

SOWINS operates four sites, six fleet vehicles, has 60+ staff, and receives $2.6 million in funding from BC Housing, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Public Safety Canada, Interior Health Authority, and Ministry of Children and Family Development. The Society has experienced significant growth and the Board is now seeking an Executive Director who will fine-tune existing programs and services, and analyse and refine roles and responsibilities and reporting structures to ensure there’s a solid foundation to support future initiatives.

Executive Director

Reporting to and collaboratively working with the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director (ED) will be a strong and supportive leader responsible for the organizational management of SOWINS consistent with the strategic plan set by the Board. Direct reports include a Manager of Residential Services, and a Business Services Manager and a Manager of Client Services, both of which are being fulfilled on an interim basis until the new ED has time to establish the most appropriate organizational structure.

The ED will be responsible for developing and managing new initiatives, as well as enhancing, strengthening and managing existing programs to ensure they support the organization’s mission. Possessing a demonstrated ability to build rapport and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the new ED will develop strong relationships with funders and community partners and oversee fundraising, communications, public education, and social enterprises. Responsible for the oversight of facilities operations, administration, finance, and human resources, the ED will provide strong leadership, mentoring and coaching to staff, ensure there are appropriate staff resources to deliver programs and services, and develop a succession plan for key roles.


The new ED will be a compassionate and empathetic person who is trauma-informed. They will have experience working with women’s groups and vulnerable populations, and have an understanding of poverty, addiction, mental health, and harm reduction. To succeed, the ED will be a strategic thinker who can get into the tactical when needed, have a strong understanding of human resource management practices, preferably in a unionized environment, and an ability to effectively handle highly sensitive and stressful situations. The successful candidate will be a strong superior communicator and public speaker and possess proven change management skills, strong financial acumen, and sound problem solving and decision-making skills. The ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary degree in a related field, a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior leadership role in the non-profit sector, have previous experience in a non-profit housing/social services organization working with government funders, and have a track record of building high-performing teams.

Completion of a Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Justice is required.

SOWINS encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our organization are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this role, please visit We sincerely thank you for your interest in this opportunity and will only contact those under consideration for the role.