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Warm, engaging, and passionate about helping newcomers find belonging in their new community, the ideal candidate will be a strong advocate for the unique wrap-around care that IRCOM offers for newcomers and refugees in the city of Winnipeg. With a deep understanding and appreciation for the needs and perspectives of the community that IRCOM serves, the successful candidate will be a values-driven leader with experience in the not-for-profit sector who pursues a community development approach to their work.


  • Board Relations
    • Lead the execution of IRCOM’s Strategic Plan, reporting to the Board with key performance indicators, ensuring the Board has opportunity to engage in key decisions.
    • Communicate to the Board of Directors about emerging issues, priorities, current affairs, and other relevant information.
    • Support the Board in fulfilling its governance role, ensuring Board members are well oriented to operational realities.
  • Operational & Program Planning
    • Develop operational plans activating IRCOM’s strategic priorities.
    • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
    • Oversee the management and maintenance of all buildings and facilities including capital planning for facilities improvements.
  • Human Resources
    • Guide staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
    • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Financial Planning
    • Ensure effective responsible financial management of the organization.
    • Provide strategic direction to ensure financial stability and risk management actions are taken.
    • Adhere to Executive Limitations, Executive Financial Controls, and all Board policies.
    • Understand and speak to the organization’s financial position
  • Communications
    • Ensure IRCOM has a thoughtful communications strategy which positions the organization as a sector leader, trusted intermediary, and knowledgeable resource to the community.
    • Lead opportunities to build IRCOM’s profile, share our stories, and positive impacts. 
    • Identify opportunities to share evidence, promising practices, and organizational lessons
  • Community & Stakeholder Relations
    • Act as a spokesperson and representative of the organization.
    • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, partners, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
    • Collaborate with government, agency partners, and civil society on shared issues and interests.
  • Advocacy 
    • Strengthen IRCOM’s reputation by engaging in public discourse on refugees and asylum seekers while advancing social justice and systemic change. 
    • Pursue strategies that build community knowledge of newcomer and refugee realities and contributions.
    • Mentor and develop advocacy skills in staff and community members, supporting those with lived experience to have a prominent voice in broader discourse.
  • Government Relations
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate opportunities to strengthen relations with all levels of government.
  • Fund Development
    • Support IRCOM’s fund development activities through community leadership and outreach.
    • Cultivate and steward donors and prospects.


  • Experience in a senior leadership role in complex multi-stakeholder organizations.
  • Accomplished networker and relationship builder experienced in representing an organization to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services.
  • Experience in managing, leading, and developing staff. Experience leading in a unionized environment with knowledge and sensitivity regarding collective agreements is an asset.
  • Deep understanding of the refugee and newcomer experiences and the systemic barriers present in mainstream culture. Lived experience as a refugee or immigrant is considered a strong asset. 
  • Experience creating an inclusive workplace that strives for equality, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • A comprehensive understanding of race and racism, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and antidiscrimination and their negative impacts on targeted individuals and communities. 
  • Knowledge of revenue generation best practices and experience diversifying revenue in a non-profit environment. 
  • Experience leading in a multi-site environment with dispersed staff and resources is considered an asset. 
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking skills.
  • Experience with risk assessment and financial management. 
  • Ability to challenge the status quo and develop people to exceed their potential. 
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of Board processes and Board reporting in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Outstanding communication skills – oral, presentation, written; the ability to listen well, and communicate to both internal and external audiences. 
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities.
  • Post secondary education in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Those candidates with lived experience as a refugee or immigrant are particularly encouraged to apply.

KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this leadership search on behalf of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Associate Vice President, KCI Search + Talent or Christine Cho, Senior Search Consultant by email at IRCOM@kcitalent.com.

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by June 28, 2021.

$83,000 - $99,000
28 Jun 2021
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
Winnipeg  Manitoba
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