Tearmann Society is Searching for its new Executive Director

Executive Director Job Posting May 2021
P.O. Box 153, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, B2H 5E2

Executive Director

This is an exciting opportunity to live, work and make a difference play in a vibrant community with a strong spirit,
diverse character, and natural beauty.
Tearmann Society for Abused Women, a feminist organization which operates a 24-hour, fifteen (15) bed
emergency shelter for abused women and their children, is seeking an experienced, passionate leader to create
and nurture a welcoming, safe, and positive environment where quality shelter, programs and services are
provided to women and their children who have experienced intimate partner and family violence.
Tearmann Society is committed to building a skilled diverse workforce reflective of the population served, while
being inclusive and barrier free.


 Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies, or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of
 Minimum of two years Senior Management experience and five years experience in the non-profit sector,
preferably in a transition house for women and children experiencing violence
 Management/Leadership Certificate (asset)
 Extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising, budgeting, financial management, and labour
 A client-focus approach, practiced from a feminist philosophy, with an in-depth understanding of violence
against women and intimate partner abuse
 Strong communication and interpersonal skills, brand management and familiarity with strategic planning
 Experience with a Board of Directors, all levels of government and community agencies and multiple
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


1. Thinking Capabilities
o Decisiveness
o Strategic Orientation

2. Leadership Effectiveness
o Development of People
o Team Leadership

3. Self-Management
o Achievement Orientation
o Self-Confidence/Courage of Convictions

4. Social Awareness
o Impact & Influence
o Relationship Building

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, engages with Board committees and implements
board decisions, acts as the Chief Administrator and spokesperson for Tearmann Society, manages the daily
operations of the facilities, programs, and services, leads the achievement of the organization’s mission and
vision, while optimizing financial processes and operationalizing policies and procedures.

The Executive Director conducts community presentations to heighten public awareness on the issues of
women abuse and family violence and identifies service delivery gaps for abused women and their children,
fostering a caring, non-judgmental, and supportive public image through strategic communications, brand
management, comprehensive use of print media, social media, and website content, participating in media
interviews, and optimizing public relation opportunities.

The Executive Director champions the vision and mission of Tearmann Society, cultivating a high standard
of engagement through inspired leadership well as staff and volunteer support and recognition.

The Executive Director implements the bylaws, mission, vision, values, strategic priorities, and policies of
Tearmann Society and endeavors to deliver a balance between safe, supportive client services and financial
management; fostering program and fund development to ensure sustainability of the Tearmann Society
while serving the counties of Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough.

The Executive Director collaborates with the Board of Directors, community agencies, government
departments, and THANS to ensure all elements of service delivery are appropriately coordinated, while
communicating information to all relevant stakeholders in a timely manner.

Please submit resume and cover letter by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday, May 17th, 2021 to the attention of
Ms. Jessie Parkinson, Tearmann Society Board Chair, P.O. Box 153 New Glasgow, N.S. B2H 5E2 or by Email:
Please note only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted