Director of Projects, Board of Directors - Firefighters without Borders
November 22, 2021
Employment Opportunity: Director of Projects, Board of Directors - Firefighters without Borders  Closing date: December 11, 2021 


Volunteer Opportunity - Firefighters without Borders

Board of Directors, Director of Projects

Are you a passionate projects manager with an interest in Fire and Emergency Services? Firefighters Without Borders is looking for a savvy leader to join our volunteer Board of Directors to head up our Projects team.

Firefighters Without Borders is a not-for profit registered Charity providing training and support to fire departments in Canada’s remote and northern communities and around the world. We are currently seeking a professional with experience in Project Management to join our Volunteer Board of Directors.

A world where first responders are empowered to save lives.
Mission Our mission is “to protect life, property & the environment in communities around the world by providing professional training, education, resources and support.”
We believe that preventing the fire from happening in the first place is a proactive approach for community safety. Some fire departments do not have the resources to deal effectively with any emergency, so a strong public education and fire prevention program is a key program delivered by Firefighters Without Borders. Programs relating to technical rescue and vehicle extrication are also a key component of our program delivery. Programs are delivered by fire personnel who understand that skills transferability leads to strong relationships and confidence for fire departments who are struggling to work safely in varied and sometimes desperate conditions.
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  • Two-year term, with the possibility of a renewal (subject to Board and Member approval).
  • Willingness to devote an average of 10 hours per month above and beyond monthly Board meetings.
  • Willingness to serve as Chair of the Board Projects Committee.
  • Willingness to participate on other Board Committees.
Board Member Responsibilities:
A Director is fully informed on organizational matters and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, risk management and advocacy. He/she serves in a volunteer capacity without remuneration.
The Director shall be required to:
  • Understand the purpose, policies and programs of the organization and actively commit to participate in the affairs of the organization.
  • Evaluate and approve, as appropriate, policy and other recommendations made by other Directors on the Board and its committees.
  • Attend all board meetings and be prepared to engage in meaningful debate, including reviewing the agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Ensure compliance with Board-approved policies.
  • Be informed of and strive to meet all applicable legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Participate in the development of Firefighter Without Borders’ strategy, organizational plan and annual reviews.
  • Approve the annual budget, audit reports and financial statements.
  • Serve as Chair of any Board Committee created to deliver on the Director’s specific mandate.
  • Participate in other Board Committees as a member.
  • Participate in Firefighters Without Borders fundraising and special events. 
Specific Responsibilities of the Director of Projects:
  • Identify and assess development project proposals to deliver on agreed strategic direction. Oversee all aspects of program delivery with the support of the Board Projects Committee, volunteer members and strategic partners, to ensure the effective implementation of development projects against agreed project objectives and budget.
  • Clearly define scope, roles, responsibilities and expectations at the onset of each project.
  • Ensure that the government requirements for funding are observed.
  • Build key stakeholder relationships including beneficiaries and project partners to proactively engage stakeholders’ commitment to effectively implement the project.
  • Oversee the development of processes, templates and tools to ensure consistency in project development and implementation and quality reporting to donors.
  • Provide update reports to the Board and ensure timely reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the program and shared findings with stakeholders.
  • Ensure that projects are delivered on time, within budget and per quality standards, to contribute to creating a net-positive reputation and brand-value for Firefighters without Borders.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in developing and managing development projects. International experience is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of current development programs, policies and development tools.
  • Knowledge of and experience in firefighting equipment and training would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team to successfully deliver on targets.
  • Previous board experience is considered an asset. Familiarity with board governance of not-for-profit charities preferred.
  • Experience in logistics and shipping is an asset.
  • Post-secondary education in a relevant field.
  • PMP certification preferred.
  • Strong computer skills, experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Project is an asset.
  • Experience working in a volunteer-based not for profit organization.
  • Passionate about making positive change in the community.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to contribute 10-12 hours/per month to contribute to a working Board.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, submit a résumé and cover letter outlining your interest and experience to:
Sonya Santolin
Director and Board Secretary, Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee
Firefighters Without Borders