Community Futures Westman #5, 217 10th Street, Brandon, MB - Phone: (204) 726-1513

Community Futures Westman - Executive Director Position

  • April 21, 2020
  • Written by Westman Admin


Community Futures Westman

Brandon Manitoba

Community Futures Westman is a not for profit community economic development organization operating in Southwest Manitoba (serving 29 municipalities and the City of Brandon), home to approximately 130,000 people.  CF Westman provides business counselling, lending, business information services to entrepreneurs as well as overall leadership in community economic development.  CF Westman owns and operates the Westman Entrepreneurial Centre, a commercial venture that provides office space on both long and short term leases.


Reporting to the volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall leadership and management, including the annual operating budget, human resources management, maintenance of the assets of the corporation, and reporting to the Board and various government agencies.

The Executive Director will regularly be engaged by:

·         Leading financial functions in compliance with accounting standards, including banking arrangements, budgets and financial statement analysis

·         Negotiating contracts, marketing, media relations and relationship building

·         Assuring compliance with regulatory, contract and policy matters

·         Developing and evaluating business plans  

·         Supervising client services including lending, counselling and self-employment training 

·         Managing  the performance of the  team while fostering a high standard of client service

·         Communicating with municipal councils and economic development agencies


·         Post-Secondary education in Business or a related field

·         Minimum 10 years’ experience in related fields including business management, business ownership, small business lending or economic development and community development 

·         Confidentiality, professionalism, dependability and integrity

·         Independent and collaborative decision-making

·         Exceptional organizational skills

·         Well-developed communication skills: written, verbal,  presentation and dispute resolution.

·         Above average computer skills: Windows 10, Microsoft Office, and internet research proficiency

Applicants must be bondable willing to travel as required (valid license and reliable vehicle required).  The compensation package, group benefits and RRSP will be negotiated commensurate with experience. To submit your resume by May 25, 2020, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the operational leader of the local Community Futures organization and is responsible for achieving the vision of growing the community one idea at a time. 

Key Functions & Duties


  • Develop, implement, track, evaluate and calibrate business strategies and plans for achieving the vision and goals within the policies set by the Board of Directors
  • Manage the investment fund (loan fund) and maintain or improve the cash position of the of the organization
  • Provide regular financial and operational updates to the Board of Directors
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships in the communities being served by attending events and becoming involved in the community
  • Assess internal operations on an ongoing basis, articulating short and long term needs, trends, problems, and opportunities and advise the Board on strategies to promote ongoing health and success
  • Facilitate information sharing and exchange amongst stakeholders, the Board and staff to establish common understand and commitment to goals and objectives
  • Role model the culture and values of the organization

Product/Program Development & Management

  • Initiate and develop products, programs and/or policies to respond to and meet stakeholder needs and organizational development objectives
  • Scan, evaluate and recommend opportunities that align with the vision
  • Provide cost/benefit analysis and economic evaluations on proposed products and programs
  • Ensure product or service quality
  • Lead the marketing, promotions and sales initiatives for programs and products

Operations Management

  • Oversee internal operations including operational, financial, and people resources ensuring expected standards are met and efficient and cost effective management of resources and providing analysis of alternatives for corrective action
  • Analyze and evaluate service and performance, and make changes consistent with organizational objectives and standards
  • Prepare forecasts and budgets ensuring revenue targets are met and expenses are controlled
  • Lead, manage, develop and motivate the staff
  • Manage community outreach and marketing and promotions of services
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders including the Board, community, staff, agencies and other professionals
  • Respond to stakeholder's suggestions, comments and complaints
  • Represent and promote the company at events and associations
  • Develop and implement operational procedures, policies and standards approved by the Board

Requirements of an Ideal Candidate

  • Degree in business or relevant field
  • 10+ years of management experience
  • 5+ years of directly related Economic Development experience
  • 5+ years of small business lending experience
  • At least two years of experience marketing and promoting services
  • Extensive successful history planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs
  • Proven track record managing P&L in business operations
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven sound decision making skills while under pressure of tight deadlines, competing priorities and viewpoints
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including the ability to make effective oral presentations
  •  Excellent organizational skills including the abilities to manage time, multitask and prioritize
  • Superior interpersonal skills including the ability to build strong relationships
  • Strong customer service skills including a sense of urgency and commitment to cooperation
  • Effective conflict management skills
  • Proficient computer skills including in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute plans (strategic, financial, operational)
  • Strong ability to lead and manage a team including hiring, assigning and reviewing work, coaching and mentoring, and developing employees
  • Sound business acumen
  • Ability to represent to organization in a positive manner
  • Adaptable
  • Entrepreneurial (previous experience considered an asset)
  • Commitment to Community Future's philosophy, values and goals
  • Impeccable judgment, ethics and morals
  • Highly motivated
  • Values diversity and is able to work cooperatively with people from many backgrounds, interests and attitudes
  • Collaborative in a way that builds bridges and brings people together to accomplish goals
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and policies
  • Strong local and regional business contacts are assets
  • Knowledge of Community Futures, policies, regulations, and reporting and accounting requirements are assets
  • Valid driver's license
  • Access to a vehicle while at work