Avalon is Seeking a Chair of the Board of Directors

Chair of the Board of Directors


About the Organization:

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Avalon) is a feminist organization working to eliminate sexual assault/abuse, and to change the current socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice and other forms of oppression.  Avalon engages directly with survivors and the community through counselling services, the sexual assault nurse examiner program, community education, and legal and professional training.



Avalon is seeking a Chair of the Board of Directors (Chair), to provide leadership and governance to the organization’s Board of Directors (Board).  The Chair maintains focus on what is best for the organization, influences the direction and priorities of the Board and Avalon, and works collaboratively with the Executive Director.  The Chair position is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual passionate about Avalon’s success.    The position is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Board to develop and implement Avalon’s strategic plans including, but not limited to: organizational direction, human resources, government relations and financing
  • Provide organizational oversight and coordinate annual performance review for the Executive Director
  • Assist with Board member recruitment and lead fundraising efforts
  • Plan, facilitate and direct monthly Board meetings
  • Engage board members and build upon their individual strengths
  • Oversee operations of Board working committees: Communications, Governance, HR and Finance
  • Set the tone for the organization and be a positive ambassador in the community



  1. Leadership – significant experience with leadership/management in business, government, philanthropy, community-based organizations and/or the non-profit sector. Experience with strategic planning and implementation is required.
  2. Chair experience – track record of success working with non-profit organizations as a Board member, committee chair, or Chair of a Board.
  3. Communication skills – excellent verbal and written communications skills, demonstrated experience with team/group management, collaborative work and public engagement.
  4. Feminist lens – personal qualities of feminism, empathy, integrity, and credibility with a passion for Avalon’s mission. The candidate must understand sexualized violence through a feminist, community, diversity, anti-oppression and intersectionality lenses.
  5. Time management – ability to facilitate efficient board meetings and have the time to dedicate to Avalon’s mission. Availability and flexibility to connect with the Executive Director and Board is required.
  6. Funding connections – demonstrated success achieving significant fundraising goals for a non-profit, institutional or community group. Proven ability to lead a long-term funding strategy and funding campaigns to sustain Avalon’s work.
  7. Understanding financial records – a strong understanding of financial statements and processes. Specific experience with non-profit financials is considered an asset.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and covering letter with two references to:

Kerry Copeland

Co-Chair, Avalon Board of Directors

Email: kerrycopeland1964@gmail.com


Avalon welcomes and prioritizes the contributions individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization. We are seeking people who represent a rich diversity of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual identity. We encourage applicants to describe how their lived experiences will inspire and lead their contributions at Avalon in their cover letter.


Please note that applicants cannot have been an Avalon client in the past year.


If you have any questions or wish to discuss this posting, please contact Kerry Copeland via email at kerrycopeland1964@gmail.com. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Deadline for Applications:

May 30, 2018.