Executive Director - Inuit/Métis/First Nations Candidates

· Montreal, Quebec
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $90,000-$110,000 annually

The person hired for this role will identify as Indigenous, with documentation to support identity. Documentation will comply with Indigenous people’s existing citizenship/membership policies and frameworks.

About PAQ 

PAQ is an Indigenous organization that accompanies First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples facing housing insecurity in Tio’tià: ke / Montréal. Using a culturally adapted approach based on empowerment and harm reduction, we offer shelter, housing options and services that promote healing, well-being and community. We work in partnership to advocate for the health and housing rights of urban Indigenous Peoples.


With an annual operating budget of $6M and a team of more than 60 qualified and committed employees, PAQ serves over 400 Indigenous women and men in urban Montreal each year. One of Montreal's largest support services for the urban Indigenous community, PAQ offers comprehensive culturally adapted programs and services to those experiencing homelessness or at risk. Each year PAQ provides over 13,000 nights of emergency shelter and 30,000 meals to the Indigenous community. At its own building in downtown Montréal, PAQ also manages 16 transitional housing units. Eight places are available for men living with severe alcohol addictions in Québec’s first residential alcohol management program. In 2021 PAQ purchased a former guest house that it is currently renovating to provide 22 units of culturally safe affordable, accessible housing to people facing multiple barriers to being housed.


PAQ is more than just a physical space: it is a gathering place and a home to people who have experienced profound trauma, and stigmatisation, where they find compassion, dignity, and respect. PAQ supports Indigenous community members on their healing journey, and on their own terms.



As part of its 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, the PAQ community set a strategic objective to develop as an Indigenous-led community organization. It is with this goal that PAQ is launching a recruitment for an Indigenous Executive Director to lead the organization in its next phase of its development. The current Executive Director will remain in place until the recruitment and onboarding are complete.


Job Purpose


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director holds the key leadership position within the organization, working collaboratively with Board and management to set the vision, deliver on PAQ’s mission and objectives, and implement strategic and operational plans.  The ED has overall responsibility for the development and operation of safe, accessible, and culturally adapted shelter, housing, programs and services for Indigenous women and men with a wide range of needs and preferences, many of whom have experienced chronic homelessness. Providing rigorous fiscal management of PAQ’s operations is also an important component of this role.


The Executive Director oversees the PAQ management team (currently five roles), supporting direct reports to achieve their objectives in the areas of intervention and shelter services, housing, finance and operations, policies and programs, human resources, and marketing and fundraising. The Executive Director is directly responsible for representing PAQ with government, partners, and funders, and supports the Board of Directors in its responsibilities to ensure sound fiscal, legal and governance oversight.


The person in this role will bring to PAQ senior management experience in the public, private or community sector, preferably in the areas of Indigenous social services, housing and/or homelessness.  He or she is a values-driven Indigenous leader, respected in the community, with a vision and capacity to transform PAQ as an Indigenous-led community organization.


Key Responsibilities: 

Organizational Leadership and Representation

  • Lead the PAQ Management Team (MT), driving the organizational vision, plans and strategies.
  • Represent PAQ at external fora and meetings with government, funders and partners, and in other external-facing functions, including media relations

Planning, Program Design and Knowledge Management 

  • Provide vision, leadership and strategy on the design and development of PAQ’s programs, services, policies and protocols, ensuring they are rooted in the principles of quality, equity, accessibility and cultural safety and relevance for Indigenous peoples.
  • Lead in building the PAQ annual operational plan and budget, and obtain Board approval
  • Monitor and evaluate management team outputs against approved plans & budgets; ensure targets are met 
  • In collaboration with the management team, identify and integrate efficient technological platforms that support PAQ programs, services and operations, and data collection and analysis.
  • In collaboration with the Policy and Programs Manager, identify and approve PAQ’s participation in internal and external research projects.


Team Management

  • Builds and supports a high performing team through staffing plans, objective setting, and coaching for the management and coordination teams
  • Determines staffing and resource requirements to sustain efficient and effective operations and develops and implements human resource policies, procedures and practices to create a positive, healthy and safe work environment
  • Fosters a culture of equity, belonging and inclusion 


Finance and Operations

  • Provide guidance and leadership to ensure sound financial management, cost-effective building management, efficient operations, and the general financial health of the organization.
  • Oversee the management of the organization’s financial operations, including the development and implementation of internal controls, and organizational policies and procedures, and the delivery of accurate and timely internal and external financial reports. 
  • Collaborate with the Finance and Operation Manager to carry out annual planning & budgeting, including financial modelling, cash flow and risk management plans


Grant Management

  • Serve as the primary working lead on all PAQ’s public sector grant funding, ensuring continuous, stable and sufficient funding for PAQ’s operations.
  • Develop and maintain a broad network of government funding partners at municipal, provincial and federal levels

Fundraising and Marketing

    • Provide overall vision, leadership and strategy on fundraising and donor relations
    • Support the Fundraising and Marketing Manager in building annual revenue generation plans and budgets and to implement PAQ’s private revenue generation strategies and deliver on annual fundraising targets.
    • Support the Fundraising and Marketing Manager to develop and produce all marketing-related initiatives and materials required to increase public awareness and ensure a successful revenue generation strategy; ensure fundraising and communications from PAQ are aligned with the organization’s mandate and values.


    Board administration

    • Support PAQ’s volunteer elected Board of Directors to full fill its mandate in providing strategic direction and oversight of PAQ’s operations
    • Provide administrative support in the organization of Board and committee meetings and the production of documentation associated with the Board’s functions (reports, meeting minutes, schedules, etc.).
    • Support the Board in the recruitment and onboarding of new Board members
    • Support the Board to organize the Annual General Meeting and Special General Meetings
    • Ensure PAQ’s internal and external compliance with PAQ’s by-laws and other legislation.


      Required Values and Attributes


      1. Identify as Indigenous, with supporting documentation.
      2. Committed to imbedding Indigenous values and management approaches in the workplace.
      3. Strong leader, able to communicate vision and purpose.
      4. Able to build strong, collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
      5. High energy, resilient, high degree of initiative, creative, perseverant.
      6. Personal qualities of integrity and credibility.

      Knowledge, Skills and Experience


      1. Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a senior management role, preferably some of this is in the community or not for profit or charitable sector in the area of housing, homelessness or Indigenous social services.
      2. Minimum three (3) years’ experience managing a diverse team.
      3. Strong written skills in either French or English with an ability to work effectively (written and verbal) in the 2nd language. Knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset.
      4. Proven skills and experience in at least 7 of the 10 following areas:
        1. Program/project/not-for-profit or small business management
        2. Financial management/oversight, including financial reporting/budgeting/cash flow
        3. Fundraising and/or marketing
        4. Grant writing and management
        5. Human resources management
        6. Building/facility Management
        7. Program evaluation/research/statistics
        8. Coalition or network building
        9. Public health and/or social work
        10. Governance
      5. Knowledge and strong critical analysis skills on issues of relevance to PAQ (homelessness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, justice, poverty, social housing, etc.).
      6. Strong financial literacy skills; able to read and analyse financial statement and other financial information.
      7. Strong time management and coordination skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.

      Required Academic or Other Qualifications

      A university degree is required for this role, preferably at the graduate level, in management, public health, social work or related field. Management education or training is not required but would be an asset in this role.

      Other Requirements

      Flexible schedule: able to work evenings and weekends.

      Contract: Full-time, permanent (40 hours per week with regular overtime).


      Downtown Montreal at one of the PAQ sites. This is primarily an on-site role; the Executive Director is required to work approximately 60%-80% time onsite. 30%-40% time can be worked remotely. 

      Wages and benefits:

      • $90,000 to $110,000 annually, commensurate with experience 
      • Possibility of annual performance bonus based on achievement of agreed performance objectives 
      • Group health insurance plan
      • 10 paid sick or personal days per year 
      • 4 weeks paid vacation per year 

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      • Location
        Montreal, Quebec
      • Employment Type
      • Minimum Experience
        Senior Manager/Supervisor
      • Compensation
        $90,000-$110,000 annually