Executive Director, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre


Application Deadline: November 30th

To apply send your cover letter and resume to: ssmwalker@outlook.com

The CBHC is in the process of hiring an Executive Director (ED).  The position has been vacant for a short period while the Board of Directors reviewed the requirements and job description. The new ED will  use their established skills and experience to lead the delivery of a new Strategic and Business Plan adopted in January 2020. The Centre will be undertaking a paradigm shift in how it conducts business. A new dynamic director will lead an energetic team of staff and volunteers to new heights. Should you or someone you know be interested in this new challenge, read on.  The following sections describe the position and that unique individual that we will be looking for to lead us in this new direction.

1. General:

This Candidates’ Information Package has been assembled to assist an applicant in preparation of their resume and covering letter for the subject positionThis package contains a copy of the job description and the advertisement to announce the vacancy. The two sections are intended to give the potential candidate a clear picture of the job function and the qualifications and experience necessary to perform the position to the expectations of the Board.  Your resume/curriculum vita and covering letter should cover all of these salient points in a clear and succinct (longevity is not important, content is) manner. All information that you provide by way of the application and interview will be verified in the reference check segment of the selection process.

2. Position Advertisement – Executive Director:

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of Bush Flying and Forest Protection in Canada. The Centre’s staff and volunteer members actively acquire, restore, preserve, and display floatplanes, bushplanes, waterbombers, and forest firefighting equipment along with other aviation and forestry-related artifacts to celebrate the achievements of Canada’s aviation and forest fire fighting pioneers. The CBHC is a major tourist attraction located on the waterfront in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. We seek an:

Executive Director

As Executive Director you will lead, direct, and administer all aspects of the operations of the CBHC under the authority of the board of directors and in accordance with established policies and procedures. You will work closely with the Board of Directors and its committees to provide the necessary leadership to: monitor and implement our strategic and business plans; develop and deliver our marketing and fundraising efforts; prepare, monitor, and adjust annual budgets and work plans; maintain and manage the capital assets and human resources of the organization.  

As the successful candidate you will need well developed senior management and financial skill sets to provide innovative and effective leadership to this unique centre. Your senior management experience will include time spent working closely with a board of directors and its committees, along with a dedicated team of employees and volunteers. Your leadership experience will include proven abilities with day-to-day management of employees and volunteers, who will provide excellent customer service to our clients/visitors. This would also include the development needs of the CBHC teams. Your strongest asset will be the leadership skills necessary for the financial growth and sustainability of the Centre, with the ability to successfully research, prepare and administer applications for grants and funding proposals, coupled with maintaining positive relationships with our three levels of government. Your knowledge of how governments and funding agencies help their constituents would be an asset. The excellent verbal and writing skills that you possess will not only be used as the Centre’s strongest advocate but also to market and attract tourists to the Centre. You will possess a post secondary education in a related field.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Further information and direction on the completion of your application documents may be found on the Centre’s web site at www.bushplane.com, Click on “News & Events” and go to “Looking for New Executive Director”.

Please reply by e-mail with a description of how your skills and experience satisfy our needs and your full resume on or before November 30, 2021 to:

Executive Director Selection Committee,

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

Your letter of application and resume may be sent to the following e-mail address:  ssmwalker@outlook.com

All applications will be treated in confidence. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

3. Job Description:  Executive Director


Reports To: Board of Directors

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) develops, leads, directs, and administers all aspects of the operations of the CBHC under the authority of the board of directors and in accordance with established policies and procedures.  The ED is responsible for the following activities and tasks:

Tasks and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Strategic direction: Work closely with the Board of Directors and its committees to provide leadership and input in the development of the Strategic Plan. The ED is committed to achieving the goals, objectives and actions in the Strategic Plan and is accountable to the Board for achieving these.

2. Operational management:  Lead and direct the overall operations and services of the organization; prepare, monitor, and adjust annual budgets and work plans, control costs, provide leadership and supervision to CBHC personnel, maintain all capital assets of the organization and function in accordance with established CBHC policies and procedures, relevant government legislation, policies, and regulatory authorities.  Ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of operational plans for funding, marketing, training, performance evaluations and any other activities that may be identified.

3. Fundraising: through a developed professional network of local, governmental, and other funding body contacts, ensure that a fundraising program is developed to maintain the financial sustainability of the organization. Establish a financial program to track the development, progress and timely approval of grant and funding applications through governmental, special, educational, and operational programs, funding agencies, endowments, donations, and local/corporate fundraising programs.

Ensure good business practices in operation: Ensure appropriate inventory control and that all business functions are conducted in accordance with commonly accepted business practices. Ensure that all museum functions are appropriate for the care and preservation of artifacts.

5. Educational program development: Ensure the development of curriculum specific education programs and packages by working with the Boards of Education, special interest groups, CBHC staff and volunteers.

6. Marketing and public relations: Promote and advocate the CBHC and its programs to the media and to the general public; lead all marketing, public relations, sales, membership, and volunteer development plans and strategies to achieve the goals outlined in the strategic plan, annual budget and work plan.

7. Government and partner relations: Develop and maintain professional liaison with all levels of government, other funding bodies, tourism, marketing, education and community partners, members, donors, volunteers, and customers. Prepare, research, and administer program, facility, and grant applications, to meet the financial objectives, while ensuring they are appropriate for CBHC operations and objectives,

8. Human resource management: Lead the hiring, training, supervision, and development of all permanent, part-time, and contract staff and volunteers, in accordance with CBHC Human Resource and Health and Safety policies and procedures.  Lead, supervise and coach personnel to help them achieve their objectives and targets.   Conduct employee performance assessments with documentation according to established programs.

9. Monthly reporting: Report monthly with financial, budget, and operational information to the Board showing progress towards stated goals,

10. Other duties: Perform all other related duties as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills Required:

  1. Demonstrated experience in facility management, including budget and operational work plan development and cost control
  2. Demonstrated ability to assess business results compared to plan, and identify and explain variances and adjust plans accordingly
  3. Demonstrated human resource leadership and management experience, including the hiring and management of personnel and volunteers
  4. Demonstrated ability to motivate personnel and volunteers through leadership in hiring, training, evaluating and coaching staff and volunteers to provide excellent customer service and improved productivity.
  5. Demonstrated strategic planning experience necessary for the CBHC development and growth.
  6. Experience in fundraising
  7. Demonstrated ability to exercise due diligence and implement effective risk management techniques
  8. Tourism marketing and facility management knowledge and experience. Previous experience in a museum or not-for-profit organization is an asset
  9. Demonstrated innovation and creativity in solving challenges.
  10. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with partners, business contacts, government agencies and funding agencies
  11. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing


Working Conditions and Environment:

1. This is a full-time position with a salary negotiated based upon qualification and experience.

2. Hours: salary is based on individual providing the time necessary to do the job – normally 37.5 hours per week, with the expectation that additional time will be necessary at various times of the year. Most time is expected to be on-site