Executive Director- Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning

Permanent Full Time

Location: Grande Prairie, AB

Job Description

The Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning (GPCLL) is seeking a dynamic and collaborative Executive Director to lead across our portfolio of non-credit, skills focused training products. Reporting to the Board of Directors the Executive Director provides strategic leadership for the staffing team which is focused on enrollment growth, enhanced customer experience, and development of initiatives to realize our organizational goals.

The Executive Director will inspire staff to build a strong collaborative culture rooted in our organization’s five values: accountability, opportunity, respect, ability and support. The Executive Director will be accountable for the operations of the Council for Lifelong Learning and as such will take responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the organization and will assist in preparing annual budgets and be responsible for directing and supporting the Program Managers. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors, while working closely with the board Chair and Vice-Chair.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Co-creates and facilitates the implementation of short-term and long-term plans for the organization in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Inspires a strong collaborative team culture based on co-operation.
  • Develops and nurtures collaborative partnerships internally and with external stakeholders, including government officials, leaders of other educational institutions, and industry partners.
  • Collaborates on the development of marketing and sales strategies that align with the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Adapts and responds to changing conditions, priorities, technologies and requirements as needed.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for the organization’s financial path and collaborates with the Board of Directors for budgetary requirements.
  • Holds responsibility for leading teams in achieving budget targets.
  • Works closely with the grant writing and programming teams.
  • Upholds professional internal and external communication.
  • Prepares monthly organization reports to be presented to the Board of Directors

Skills & Abilities:

  • Significant experience in leading diverse teams toward a common goal.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Desire to implement change in a collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Acute customer focus with a professional attitude.
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Awareness of academic structures and program types/delivery.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency with the Microsoft suite of programs (Word, Excel, Power point)
  • General working knowledge and application of:
    • project management
    • customer relationship management


  • 5 or more years of experience in the non-profit sector or other educational field
  • Extensive leadership experience
  • Experience working with industries to develop, implement, and complete industry-specific training programs.
  • Experience in workforce development or continuing education programs with a focus on program growth and new program development.
  • Experience and understanding of grant development and project management.
  • Ability and commitment to attend in-person at the Council for Lifelong Learning office
  • A relevant post-secondary degree

Remuneration: $65,000 to 90,000 annually, plus health and wellness benefits, and paid professional and personal growth opportunities.


The Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society was incorporated in 1984. We have been a partner in the Lions Learning Centre for many years. The Council is also a member of the many Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) organizations across the province of Alberta that address part-time non-formal, and non-credit adult education needs of adults within specific geographic boundaries, especially people with financial or other barriers. We provide adults a pathway to lifelong learning through active programming and leadership that is responsive to the community. Through our programs and services adults develop their literacy and numeracy skills, employment skills, family life, and our organization encourages their dreams to pursue further education.

Please submit a resume and Cover Letter to be considered for this opportunity.
Please send any applications to the Chair of GPCLL: chair@gpcll.ca

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Literacy and Adult Learning

Empower adult learners to break down barriers with
the skills, confidence, and the ability to start and
continue to learn effectively for a lifetime.

The Council for Lifelong Learning

We offer literacy and adult learning programs and services for all adults and families.


Our Programming

Basic Life Skills include Public Education workshops, foundational literacy and numeracy, English as a Second or an Additional Language (ESL/EAL).

Family Literacy focuses on developing skills through literacy activities in our parent and child classes.

Employability Enhancement includes GED Exam Prep, Computer Skills training, English as a Second or an Additional Language (ESL/EAL), Customized Training and Volunteer Tutoring.


We believe in fulfilling our mandate, and being accountable to our learners.


We believe in barrier-free learning that is accessible, inclusive and affordable.


We believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.


We believe everyone has the ability to learn, grow and succeed.


We believe that by working together everyone achieves more.