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Executive Director
Colony of Avalon Foundation
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Ferryland, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador
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The Colony of Avalon seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to guide our organisation into the next phase of development.

The Colony of Avalon Foundation Inc. (CoA) is a registered charity located in Ferryland, Newfoundland, approximately one hour south of St. John’s. Established in 1994, our current facilities and programming include a professional archaeological program (including collections management and conservation), a visitors’ centre, giftshop, re-created 17th century kitchen and gardens, plus school and public programming. Today, we are recognized as one of Newfoundland’s anchor heritage attractions (for more information, head to

With a highly dedicated and capable staff of 15 - 20 seasonal employees, a current operating budget of approximately $400,000, and visitation of between 15-20,000 annually, the Colony is poised for growth. To that end, the Colony’s Board of Directors seeks a visionary leader with an excellent track record of sound budget management, revenue generation, strategic planning and staff management to lead our organization to the next level. The mission of this role is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Colony of Avalon Foundation by building and maintaining a strong brand identity, expanding revenue sources, engaging community, and maintaining a high level of fiscal and people management practices. 

The Position

The Executive Director collaborates with the Board to set the vision and strategic direction of the Colony. (S)he serves as the organization’s public face and spokesperson and must be visible and proactive in the community.  (S)he is also the organization’s primary fundraiser and works closely with the Board of Directors to cultivate new and established donors and to continue to grow productive partnerships with business, government, community and academic entities.  Finally, the ED has the authority and responsibility for the Colony’s budget and its physical and human resources. The successful candidate will be a highly energetic leader who will embrace the opportunity to move the Colony to a new era of growth and recognition.

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors of the Colony of Avalon Foundation, the Executive Director will be responsible for the leadership and oversight of the CoA, including:

Operations - Manage CoA’s activities, staff, services and operations; prepare and maintain records; write organizational policies; document the CoA’s operations in accordance with the law and best practices; maintain physical plant and identify capital improvement needs.

Financial Management & Reporting - Develop and manage the CoA’s budget; assure compliance with contractual agreements and legal or program requirements; administer revenue, grants and other site funds; implement best practices in financial recording and reporting.

Strategic Leadership - Prepare, develop, and implement strategies and initiatives to achieve long-range plans and advance the CoA’s mission; assess organizational needs and develop goals, objectives, and performance measures; monitor and communicate outcomes and impact.

Fundraising & Resource Development – Work with the CoA’s Board and external expertise to establish development initiatives and play a key role in fundraising; assist in the identification and development of strategic, revenue producing products, programs and partnerships; research and prepare grant applications; build and maintain relationships with key funders, supporters and stakeholders.

Human Resources – Create a culture of positivity and productivity by inspiring, engaging and empowering staff and volunteers; maintain/update the Colony’s operating plan to identify staffing and volunteer needs; foster innovation, teamwork and collaboration by effectively selecting, developing and monitoring staff; promote and expand volunteer participation.

Visitor Experience - Advise and assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of public and educational programming.

Communications - Seek out and cultivate strategic and programmatic partnerships with other heritage organizations, local businesses and community groups to build capacity and audience; Inform the public of the CoA’s operations, services, activities and impact; prepare informational materials including press releases; ensure effective distribution of marketing collateral.

Board Relations - Provide Board and committees members with necessary information and support while maintaining engagement.

Our ideal candidate possesses:

The ability to manage significant financial and human resources
An entrepreneurial approach
Enthusiasm for new ideas
The ability to build processes that support innovation
A willingness to find original solutions to the complex challenges of sustainability and relevance
Strategic vision
Management experience
Superior oral and written communication skills.

You’re able to work independently, to prioritize, and to execute on time and on budget. You’re also skilled at interpersonal relationships, motivating others, and building internal and external relationships around a shared vision.

You’ll have a degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent combination of education and at least 5 years increasing responsibility in a similar organization. Prior experience in nonprofit management is desirable. However, the Colony is open to candidates from non-traditional backgrounds (e.g. an entrepreneurial venture and/or small business management). If you think you have what it takes to lead our organization, we want to hear from you. Please note, technical expertise in archaeology or collections management is not a requirement.

Hours & Location

This is a full-time, professional position. The Colony of Avalon is open to the public from June - October. During our visitor season, work will be performed at the Colony’s offices in Ferryland with regular office hours. Some additional night and weekend work will be required (e.g during special events, board meetings, etc.). The Colony is open to considering alternative, off-site work arrangements and flexible hours during our off-season.


Final salary will be commensurate with experience. Current salary range available upon request.

Applications and Inquiries

Please submit resume and three professional references no later than 4:00 pm, Monday, April 3, 2017 to

For questions and additional details, please call Jane at 709.746.2133

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