Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is looking for a motivated and knowledgeable Executive Director to join our team.

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Contact: careers@wswc.ca


Executive Director

Position:                   Executive Director

Location:                  Virtual – Ideally based out of Ottawa, ON

Office Structure:   Home Based Office Environment

Reports to:              President, Board of Directors

Type of Position:  Full Time Employee



The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the President of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and works collaboratively with the Board, Staff, Councils, Committees and Stakeholders to fulfill the organization’s mission.

The Executive Director is responsible for all financial, operational, administrative, and legal aspects of the daily organizational management of WSWC.   Providing strong operational and strategic leadership, the Executive Director is responsible for cultivating a robust organization that is focused on: pursuing high performance excellence; growing the sport; diversifying its finances; nurturing its diverse network of stakeholders; and effectively managing risk.


About Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada

Representing several interest groups in the sport, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community since 1949.  A non-profit organization, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada, representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports including adaptive water ski & wakeboard, barefoot, marathon, show ski, wakeboard, wake park, wakesurf, wakeskate, and water ski.

OUR VISION – To advance the growth, innovation, and excellence of towed water sports.

OUR PURPOSE – Our purpose is to foster and support the many ways in which people engage in towed water sports.  To that end, we serve to strengthen and grow participation from grassroots to high-performance by providing a safe and supportive place to play and compete, for the love of the sport and for a lifetime of enjoyment and success.

OUR MISSION – We lead the growth and development of an aligned towed water sports community from grassroots to high performance through our pillars of Partnerships, Funding, Coordinated Infrastructure and Community.

OUR VALUES – Our values are the core beliefs that inform our decision-making and the practices that govern the leadership within our sport at all levels.

Innovation:  We are dynamic and boldly spirited in our approach to evolving our sport.

Our sport is constantly changing and finding exciting and cutting-edge ways to advance how our participants compete and play on the water. We align our management approach with the natural creativity that drives the uniqueness of our sport by integrating it into the practices that enable the progression of our sport.

Accountability: We are results-orientated, principled, and act with purpose.

Our sport leverages our strong foundation to serve our communities. It recognizes the importance of standardized practices, procedures, and compliance while recognizing our dependence upon the accountability relationships and dynamics needed for loosely coupled efforts to be effective. We are aligned in our shared understanding of autonomy designed to benefit the sport as a whole.  Decision making is informed by data analysis and stakeholder engagement.

Respect and Care: We highly value, support, and celebrate the people in our community.

Our sport recognizes the dedication, passion, and various roles our people fulfill in being curators of our culture and fun. We are committed to supporting and fostering the volunteerism we rely upon and recognize the changing demands upon volunteers who often must oscillate between participant and volunteer; and the increasing accountability that is being placed on the work done by our volunteers. We invest in systems, processes, and policies designed to promote and facilitate the care and safety of our people. We value advances in equity, diversity, inclusivity, and indigeneity (EDII) within our sport.

Excellence: We are performance-driven, strategic in our delivery of service, and targeted in the pursuit of the growth of our sport.

We achieve excellence on the world stage bringing recognition and profile to our sport and Canada. Excellence off the field of play and professionalism of our systems and best practices provide the infrastructure for our sport to be best in class. We are introspective in our decision making and review of our systems and strategic in pursuit of our vision.   We clearly define our priorities and stay the planned course recognizing the impact of our informed decision-making across our sport as a whole. 

Unity:  We are better together and unified in our approach

We have a positive culture of interdependence that enables the integration of multiple sport disciplines to be unified in our approach and maintain the ability to differentiate. Alignment in our shared understanding of sport priorities informs resource allocations and enables effective long-term strategic budgeting plans.



PARTNERSHIP:  Build partnerships that advances towed watersports through mutually beneficial relationships, shared accountability and acquisition of resources that support and align with organizational values.

FUNDING:  Secure stable funding that extends beyond traditional sources and enables long-term sustainable budget planning enabling the investment in programs, services and people that strengthen our member experience.

COORDINATED INFRASTRUCTURE:  Develop shared understanding, organizational agility and systemic coordinated efforts across all sport levels that lead to a unified professionalized approach in the delivery of towed water sports.

COMMUNITY:  Be deeply committed to the support and care of our people as we educate and advocate for the growth and diversification of our sport.


Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Manage the association’s financial resources, including appropriate and proper financial and accounting controls of all association activities
  • Manage all staffing and human resource activities, including the development of the staff model, hire, reward, discipline, terminate and set the remuneration of all employees, except for themselves, in accordance with board direction, policy and / or approved budgets
  • Manage all aspects of WSWC business including planning and reporting
  • Identify, develop, manage, and monitor all programs, activities, and resources to meet the ongoing needs of members and partners
  • Provide strategic counsel and administrative support to the Board of Directors, ensuring that all activities of the association are in accordance with the governance structure, policies, and procedures of the Board
  • Ensure WSWC’s governance structures, policies and procedures are reviewed and updated regularly
  • Manage all legal and contractual agreements on behalf of the association
  • Manage the development of the sport from grassroots to high performance through the administration and management of national team programming, the long-term athlete development matrix, coaching and officiating pathways
  • Provide strategic leadership and management of issues, risk, and safe sport
  • Communicate, collaborate, build, and nurture relationships with key stakeholders at the international, national, provincial, and regional level, including Sport Canada
  • Advocate on behalf of towed water sports in Canada on towed water sports safety, waterway access, wake management and responsible boating
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues of significance
  • Act as the spokesperson for WSWC
  • Serve as ambassador for WSWC to relevant organizations in Canada and internationally
  • Perform other such duties as directed by the Board of Directors


The Candidate

Qualifications & Experience

  • University Degree, College Diploma or equivalent professional experience
  • 3-5 years proven senior leadership experience, preferably with non-profit management experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Sport system at the international, national and provincial level
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in all aspects of operational management including financial, human resources, communications, program and partnership management, marketing, revenue generation and operational oversight

Skills, Knowledge & Competencies

  • Experience in progressive leadership roles within a not-for-profit sport organization and exposure working with a volunteer Board of Directors in a governance structure.
  • Strong understanding of the management of sport organizations
  • Experience managing a Sport Canada funded national sport organization would be considered an asset
  • Experience in fund development and generation
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and set plans to achieve goals
  • Experience balancing a wide spectrum of expectations, objectives, and stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills – sound leadership, staff management and team building skills
  • Inclusive, adaptable and collaborative leader with a natural ability to build and manage relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders (internal & external)
    • Mature sense of diplomacy and people management skills
    • Politically and culturally sensitive
  • Strong communication skills
  • Confident and comfortable as the face of an organization with a proven ability to communicate effectively
  • Proficient in the use of digital technology (Gmail, Google Drive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, Zoom)


  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Must be able to meet all requirements for International travel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license


How to Apply

Apply in confidence by sending your cover letter and resume by email.

Deadline for Applications:  February 20, 2023

Email:      careers@wswc.ca

Subject:  Executive Director – <INSERT FIRST & LAST NAME>

While we thank all applicants for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted, beyond receiving acknowledgement of receipt of their application.

Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, but only short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

This position is supported by funding from Sport Canada.

For more information on Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, please visit www.wswc.ca