Job Posting – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (OTTAWA, ON)

About the Organization:

The National Firearms Association (NFA) is Canada’s largest and most effective firearms rights advocacy organization with over 70,000 members across Canada.  The NFA operates a national office in Edmonton, Alberta, and an extensive network of volunteers across Canada.  The NFA advocates for significant revisions to laws affecting Canadian firearms owners, users, and businesses involved with firearms.

Job Summary:

The NFA is seeking a suitable person to carry out lobbying, communication, media, and advocacy.  The Executive Director is under the direction of the NFA General Manager for all administrative matters, and reports to the NFA President for operational matters.  The Executive Director is responsive to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is responsible for contributing to the planning and implementation of components of NFA Lobbying, fundraising campaigns, political advocacy, member communications, and media releases. The Executive Director is specifically responsible for collaborating with the NFA executive and board in the planning and delivery of lobbying, communications, and fundraising campaigns. As well, the Executive Director is responsible for collaborating with members of the Board of Directors to ensure that NFA goals and projects are well planned and effectively implemented.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

– Develop and maintain expertise on Canadian firearms legislation;
– Develop strategy together with the board of directors to achieve NFA legal and political goals;
– Maintain active awareness of political, legal, and policy developments affecting NFA concerns, and prepare draft responses for the NFA leadership to approve and issue.
– Research and develop written materials on issues affecting firearms rights.  These would include news articles, opinion pieces, editorials, fact sheets, brochures, briefing notes, and correspondence, including correspondence with government for issue from the NFA leadership;
– Develop and implement a comprehensive traditional and social media strategy including writing media releases, doing media interviews, providing opinion pieces for publication, etc.;
– In collaboration with the executive and the board, develop strategy and tactics (including events and supporting materials) to enable member recruiting and activism;
– Represent the NFA to government and other agencies, and to individuals; liaise, develop and maintain working relationships with relevant like-minded organizations and individuals;
– Lead and implement lobbying and fundraising activities;
– Build helpful appropriate relationships with media, politicians, bureaucrats and other key decision makers related to NFA concerns;
– Participate in board of directors’ meetings as required and keep the President fully briefed on all activities;
– Participate in the planning and implementation of the NFA’s long-term and annual plans and strategies;
– Input to the development of an effective communications, organizing and issues strategy for the NFA;
– Other related duties as assigned by the President.

Qualifications:

– Demonstrate commitment to the NFA’s values, vision, and direction;
– Hold a relevant accredited degree and/or have equivalent educational qualifications and/or work experience and qualifications;
– Be a graduate of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (or have successfully challenged the exam) and hold a possession Acquisition License with at least restricted and non-restricted endorsements
– Demonstrate excellent skills and demonstrated ability in the development, planning and implementation of creative and inspiring public campaigning;
– Have strong skills and experience in the planning and implementation of projects;
– Demonstrate strong strategic thinking skills, as well as conflict resolution, and negotiating skills;
– Have demonstrated experience in public, media and government relations;
– Have superior knowledge of current national economic, social and political issues;
– Show excellent research and writing skills;
– Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment at all times;
– Maintain and demonstrate strong administrative skills and an organized approach with an ability to prioritize and effectively handle many demands;
– Have excellent communications skills, both oral and written – professional ability in spoken and written English is required and professional ability in spoken and written French is desired, but not essential.
– Demonstrate the capacity to work well both in a self-directed manner and within a team setting;
– Have computer skills including familiarity with social media word processing, spreadsheet, communications and database software.

Terms and Conditions of Employment:

– Location: Ottawa, ON.
– Full-time position of 40 hours per week.
– Pay scale starting at $80.000.
– Probation: Probationary period of one year.
*Due to the nature of lobbying some work will be outside of normal working hours and may involve work on weekends.

The National Firearms Association is an equal opportunity employer.  Our candidate selection is based on the principles of merit without regard to gender, cultural and ethnic background, or disability.

How to Apply:

– Please email your resume, cover letter and any references to ginger@nfa.ca  by June 30, 2019. Only applications sent to ginger@nfa.ca will be considered.
– Reference NFA Executive Director on application.

We appreciate all applications but only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.