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24 Jul 2015

Full-time Legacy Trust Executive Director

Mennonite Central Committee BC – Posted by Marie Reimer Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

The Legacy Trust Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the “Legacy Trust” group of companies owned by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) British Columbia. The Legacy Trust group of companies is comprised of donated assets that function similar to an endowment, with the purpose of generating ongoing revenue to support the world wide ministry of MCC.

MCC is a Christian faith based agency that provides relief, development and peacebuilding initiatives in over 60 countries worldwide. MCC BC carries out programs that address basic needs here in BC and also supports the international work of MCC by generating funds, recruiting personnel and mobilizing material aid.

MCC BC is the shareholder of the Legacy Trust group of companies and appoints the directors of the Legacy Trust Board and related subsidiaries as needed. The Legacy Trust Board is the oversight body of the Legacy Trust group of companies and properties and as such it approves the goals, plans, policies and long direction of Legacy Trust within the general parameters set by MCC BC as the shareholder.

The Executive Director of Legacy Trust is a new position starting in the fall of 2015. The Executive Director will be accountable to the MCC BC Legacy Trust Board and will be responsible for the management and development of the Real Estate and Business Subsidiaries of MCC BC. Applicants should have solid business education and significant business management experience.

This position is available on a full time salaried basis, part time contractual arrangements would also be considered. Only those candidates who are legally eligible to work in Canada should apply.

To ensure consideration please submit your application as soon as possible, no later than September 15, 2015. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is identified.


General MCC qualification related to personal Christian faith, active church involvement and nonviolent peacemaking are required for this position.

 Understanding and support of the vision, purpose and values of MCC
 Understanding and support for the vision and purpose of MCC BC Legacy Trust
 Knowledge of the MCC constituency and people in the business sector
 Post-secondary education in business, finance, economics or a related field
 Significant experience in a leadership role related to business development
 Experience with property management, real estate development and related regulatory issues
 Experience with the development of subsidiary enterprises and corporate governance
 Experience working with boards and familiarity with the non-profit organizations is an asset
 Strong financial management skills and the ability to develop feasibility studies and business plans
 Ability to effectively communicate complex business and economic issues to a diverse audience
 Ability to network and build relations with prospective partners and donors
 Good negotiating skills related to regulators, financial institutions, partners and contractors
 Effective strategic planner, pro-active problem solver, flexible and open to change
 Entrepreneurial attitude and a creative innovator at a practical level that adds value
 Excellent inter-personal skills in a collaborative and diverse team environment
 Approachable, humble, patient, open to criticism, good sense of humour
 Comfortable using a variety of standard software programs
 Satisfactory criminal record check

 Management and development of real estate and rental property subsidiaries of MCC BC
 Function as an ex-officio member of each of the subsidiary company boards
 Provide support for the MCC Legacy Trust Board in the development of investment policies and long term planning for donated assets
 Provide support for strategic and business planning for each subsidiary company as needed
 Ensure adequate staff support is in place for the Boards of each subsidiary company
 Ensure that accounting and reporting systems are in place for each company
 Financial oversight, including financing, taxation and reinvestment strategies
 Develop the business operations of the subsidiaries, according to the mission, values and the goals of MCC BC Legacy Trust, as approved by the Board of Directors of MCC British Columbia
 Marketing the MCC Legacy Trust to prospective donors in the constituency


The Legacy Trust Executive Director is accountable to the MCC Legacy Trust Board which is accountable to the Board of Directors of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) British Columbia

 Governance
 Ensure governance structures are put in place for each subsidiary
 Ensure compliance with all government regulations, reporting and taxation
 Develop and maintain policies for the MCC Legacy Trust Board

 Operations
 Strategic planning
 Monitor and report on the business viability and return on investment for each subsidiary
 Analyze potential donations for viability
 Personnel
 Recruit, hire and supervise personnel responsible for subsidiary operations (i.e. property management, development of properties)
 Develop a set of job descriptions as necessary, for submission to and approval by, respective subsidiary boards
 Plan for capacity building for future expansion

 Financial
 Ensure that adequate financial accounting and reporting systems and staff are in place for each subsidiary
 Maintain a long-term plan of the financing, income and investment strategies of the subsidiaries

 Reporting and accountability
 Ensure that reporting on the financial results is received regularly by the governing boards of each subsidiary and by the board of MCC
 Ensure that the audit and review process for year-end financial statements is planned for and carried out in a timely and efficient way
 Be aware of and ensure that any decisions that require approval of the boards are properly processed and documented
 To review and report to the Legacy Board on potential development opportunities in the context of a reinvestment strategy

 Marketing
 Develop a marketing plan for “legacy donations” directed to MCC donors and others in the Christian community as well as the general public
 Implement the marketing plan including the development of promotional materials, meeting with prospective donors, speaking in churches, and representing the organization in other faith based and public meetings
 Articulate faith based reason for giving, provide compelling reasons for giving to the ministry of MCC, and present the case for giving to MCC in the form of “legacy donations”
 Demonstrate the management and governance capacity of MCC Legacy Trust in order to build confidence in those who are considering a “legacy donation”

 General
 Ensure that MCC beliefs and values are reflected in the performance of all work related responsibilities
 Model non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions and work relationships

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to the MCC BC HR Department by email to or by fax 604-850-8734.

Job Categories: non-profit. Job Types: Full-time. Job Tags: B.C..

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