Nova Scotia


Executive Director – Games Delivery

The 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be held over 8 days in Halifax in July 2020. During this time the city will welcome approximately 5,000 athletes participating in 16 sports. The first NAIG was held in 1990 and games have been staged since then on seven occasions across North America with the vision of improving quality of life for Indigenous peoples by supporting self-determined sports and cultural activities. The Games will provide Nova Scotia an opportunity to open its doors and unite individuals and communities across North America through sport, while celebrating Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. During the 2020 NAIG, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, athletes, and spectators will gather as one community to honour, celebrate, compete, dance, learn, and play.

Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director, Games Delivery will be responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate delivery of services required to support key operational elements of the Games including sport, ceremonies, volunteers, and village and venue operations. The Executive Director will prepare scopes of work, ensure appropriate contracts are in place, direct and manage contractors, and develop and manage project schedules as well as allocated budgets. The Executive Director will also be responsible for overseeing safety and risk plans, capturing user needs across functional areas, and negotiating services - including working closely with the Municipality and Province on service provision and delivery. Managing a diverse body of staff, including a large team of volunteers, will also be a key priority for the new Executive Director. In the CEO’s absence the Executive Director will assume the position of Deputy CEO.

As the ideal candidate, you come to the role with progressive operations management experience in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Your leadership experience in logistics, security, and facilities management and excellent project and contract management skills will allow you to work hand in hand with the CEO and senior leadership team to deliver a successful Games. You possess outstanding interpersonal, communication, organizational, and time management skills. Previous experience planning and executing a major project of this scope and managing and mentoring diverse teams will be essential in this role. Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be strongly aligned with the spirit of sport and unity inherent to the NAIG.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to learn more please contact Nick Little, Executive Recruiter or Laura Godsoe, Partner at 902 421 7544 or or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

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