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Association of Early Childhood Educators Nova Scotia


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AECENS is searching for a new Executive Director.

Deadline: June 3, 2024

AECENS is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the vital role of Early Childhood Educators in providing high quality care. The organization is committed to improving standards and recognition for professionals, which in turn benefits children, families, and society. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our offices are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We are searching for a person to lead our organization. The candidate will possess strong leadership skills and the ability to manage their work with a collaborative and innovative approach.


To promote the professional recognition of early childhood educators in Nova Scotia, and to provide support and resources for excellence in professional practice.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the organization; to operationalize the organization’s strategic initiatives and liaise with the early childhood community and other partners. Skills will include working independently and, in a team, focused on commitment to ethical behaviour, best practice and promoting professional interactions with colleagues, community partners and all stakeholders.


The Executive Director will provide leadership, support, direction, and vision to the Board of Directors and work to ensure financial strength and operational efficiency for the organization. The ED will contribute to the overall strategic direction and business planning of the organization.

A builder of high-functioning teams, with a focus on transformational change, the Executive Director will champion engagement, collaboration, and innovation, to create positive working relationships with members and partners to continually improve, transform and advance excellence in service delivery.

The candidate will be a team player bringing a strong and experienced voice to the organization holding responsibility and accountability for developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic and operational plans, improving member experience and outcomes while achieving organizational goals and strategic vision as identified by the Board of Directors.


Produces high quality external communications, develops grant/project applications, fundraising proposals, and promotions; guides activities and change through effective planning, development and implementation of member initiatives and services.


Grows membership by engaging new and existing members, tracking statistics, measuring member satisfaction, maintaining web and social media systems, identifying issues and trends affecting members, and responding to opportunities by developing membership benefits.


Ensures the efficient and smooth day to day operation of the office by maintaining information systems, office support functions, and organizational support. Ensure the organization has the resource to fulfill their respective mandates including training, people, and operational requirements. Supervise and manage employees, including carrying out performance appraisals, directing staff training and development. Manage the program budget and monitor progress.


Collaborate with the Board of Directors in setting and driving organizational practice, vision and frameworks, and operations strategy. Timely and accurate reporting, financial management and reporting, and management of multiple and concurrent projects. Consult and collaborate with community partners on new projects and initiatives and direct the implementation of projects. Maintain a current and comprehensive understanding of trends, stakeholder priorities, strategic direction, and gaps in service provision to identify opportunities.


  •  A degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education, plus relevant experience in human services, education, management or a combination of education and experience in a related field and/or

  • A degree or diploma in Early Childhood Education plus a post diploma certificate in management and leadership

  •  Five or more years of experience in a leadership role

  • Excellent leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

  • Understanding of strategic planning, compliance, and regulatory issues.

  • A unique mix of business, finance, operations, and management expertise, plus proficiency to develop and implement systems policies, and procedures.

  • Solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics

  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and foresee potential operational issues and/or trends.

HOURS OF WORK: Forty (40) hours per week

SALARY: To Be Discussed


The deadline to receive applications is June 3, 2024

Please provide a cover letter introducing yourself as a candidate; detailing your experience, qualifications and knowledge including that of the early childhood sector in Nova Scotia; and your relevant skills and knowledge that makes you the right candidate for the position.

Attach your resume that includes:

  • Post secondary credentials.

  • Employment experience to date

  • Management and leadership experience

  • Financial management experience, promotion skills, computer skills, written and oral communication skills, strategic planning, and social media fluency.Experience working with a Board of Directors

  • And any other information relevant to your application for this position.

Please submit your application to: career.aecens@gmail.com.

©AECENS, 2024
AECENS is a registered non-profit in Nova Scotia, Canada

3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 102

Halifax, NS B3L 4H9


AECENS is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation.  Our relationship is based on a series of Peace and Friendship treaties between the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Crown, dating back to 1725. 

AECENS recognizes that We Are All Treaty People.

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