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Director, Mission

Position: Director, Mission
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer, Alberta
Department: Mission
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Status: Permanent, Fulltime 


Life. We don’t want you to miss it.™ Saving moments. Funding breakthroughs. Saving lives.™

That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives. 
Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 100,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors.


The Director, Mission provides strategic leadership and management for the effective planning and implementation of mission initiatives in Alberta and NWT in alignment with Heart & Stroke organizational goals.  The role is responsible for mission stakeholder/government relations, health promotion, advocacy, health systems improvement, patient engagement and support, health impact and research. The Director will provide collaborative leadership and coaching to the Alberta mission team and be an active participant on the Alberta senior leadership team and national mission team. 


Plans and implements mission initiatives

  • Leads the development and implementation of the Alberta mission plan and budget in alignment with national priorities
  • Participates on the Alberta senior leadership team and applies a collaborative integrated approach to planning
  • Considers and promotes health equity for all mission initiatives
  • Provides oversight to Alberta mission initiatives including but not limited to stakeholder/government relations, health promotion, advocacy, health systems improvement, patient engagement and support, health impact and research
  • Participates on the national mission team and in the development of the national mission plan and priorities
  • Provides oversight to the provincial planning and implementation of national mission initiatives
  • Coaches team members to utilize a project management approach to planning
  • Improves initiatives continuously through the use of evaluation results to course correct, innovate, assess risk and increase impact 
  • Reports on progress using qualitative and quantitative results including producing written reports and verbal presentations 

Engages stakeholders to achieve mission priorities 

  • Develops effective relationships to achieve mission initiatives within and outside the Foundation
  • Demonstrates astute judgement in all relationship management
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships and communication with government and health systems leaders to assist in achieving mission goals and promote funding opportunities
  • Liaises with health professionals, health institutions, academic institutions, the research community and industry, to promote Heart & Stroke priorities
  • Fosters volunteer engagement and inclusion of volunteers in programs and processes to enhance capacity and impact
  • Engages patients and people with lived experience in mission activities and initiatives to enhance recovery
  • Provides executive support to volunteer advisories

Advocates for health

  • Provides oversight to health advocacy initiatives in Alberta and NWT
  • Provides oversight to health systems change in Alberta & NWT
  • Works with partner organizations to develop common advocacy positions and strategies, providing strategic advice and influencing the priorities, strategies and tone of advocacy coalitions
  • Collaborates with the Alberta CEO to engage and equip the Alberta Board for advocacy
  • Collaborates with the Policy, Advocacy and Engagement team to activate provincial and national opportunities for advocacy
  • Participates on the national Government Relations Working Group
  • Collaborates with Communications to amplify advocacy
  • Acts as a key spokesperson

Leads Alberta research and health impact

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships and profile with the Alberta CCVD research community and key institutional research partners 
  • Synthesizes environmental scans and SWOT analysis
  • Provides oversight and advisement to stakeholder engagement plans
  • Collaborates, explores and innovates to achieve impact
  • Provides oversight to the implementation of national research requirements and priorities in Alberta and NWT 
  • Provides oversight to the development and tracking of the Alberta Research budget allocation
  • Provides executive support to the Alberta Research Advisory Committee
  • Facilitates the transfer of knowledge on impact for fundraising in collaboration with Development and Communication teams
  • Provides input and support to Development to assist in preparing proposals and presenting to stakeholders

Talent Management

  • Leads the development of a highly effective team
  • Role models organizational values
  • Collaborates to foster effective integrated team work
  • Aligns plans with organizational goals
  • Coaches for success and policy compliance
  • Develops performance goals collaboratively and provides on-going performance feedback to motivate success
  • Ensures accurate administration of employee related and confidential information
  • Participates in performance management and recruitment and recommends the hiring and termination of mission employees 
  • Facilitates annual development planning and encourages professional growth
  • Facilitates team building 
  • Works in a collaborative manner with functional areas, teams and stakeholders
  • Provides support, representation and leadership, as appropriate to influence change and impact
  • Acts as a spokesperson to inspire mission support

Reporting Relationships:

Manager, Health Promotion
Coordinator, Health Promotion 



Graduate degree with preference given to candidates with a graduate degree in health science, health policy or health administration

Professional accreditation an asset

Experience and Skills

  • A minimum of 10 years leadership experience 
  • Experience leading in a setting where health promotion, advocacy, knowledge translation and health systems improvement are a focus
  • Experience working with health care institutions, academic institutes and community groups 
  • Experience with CCVD prevention and the federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments and their roles in promoting health 
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector preferred
  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to coach and mentor staff and build empowered, accountable and results-oriented teams
  • High ethical standards and uncompromising sense of integrity
  • Demonstrated success record in fostering, supporting and implementing change
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and project-management skills. 
  • Strong negotiation skills with ability to negotiate new alliances and partnerships
  • Ability to delegate effectively and empower others by giving them responsibility and holding them accountable for results
  • Solid analytical and critical thinking capabilities to quickly implement actions to maximize results
  • Consensus-builder with the ability to make tough, independent decisions, when necessary
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate teamwork, collaboration and partnership
  • Comfortable in the role of leader as well as functioning as an active contributing team player
  • Positive track-record in building and maintaining effective relationships with senior executives, managers, staff and various internal and external stakeholders
  • Results oriented; navigating priorities and progressing on initiatives, deadlines, and targets
  • Ability to function as a contributing and collaborative member of the Senior Leadership Team

If you have the qualifications and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to  We offer comprehensive benefits including pension, dental and medical coverage.
Please include the exact job title, including location, in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews. 

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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