NSCECE – Board of Directors (Multiple Positions)

We are looking for Board Directors to join the Board of the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education.

About NSCECE https://www.nscece.com/about

Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education is a non-profit educational environment overseen by a Board of Directors. At the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education we are proud to lay the foundation for the personal and professional development of our students.

NSCECE offers a two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program that is founded in several decades of research and developmentally appropriate practice. Students enrolled in the program are introduced to various courses dealing with children, families and the ECE profession and will acquire the knowledge, practices and skills that will develop high self-esteem, independence, and beginnings of social responsibilities.

The focus of their studies will be designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum ideas in an effort to support the growth and development of children from infancy to age 12. The program includes 870 classroom hours and 600 practicum hours. Students requiring flexibility in their schedule may enroll in evening courses on a part-time basis.

Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including: childcare centres, schools, private home daycares, nursery schools, developmental centres. Over 95% of NSCECE graduates find ECE employment following graduation.


About the Opportunity:

Position: Board Member/Director (Volunteer), Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time Commitment:
8 hours per month (meetings, preparation, consultation, committee work)

Term: Three years, appointed or elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (Term may be renewed once for a total of six years)

The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to the members, community, funders and other stakeholders of the Society. They are accountable for the Society’s performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives, and for overseeing the performance of the ED who leads the effective stewardship of financial and human resources operations in NSCECE.

Board Directors are responsible for acting in the best long-term interest of the Society and the community and will bring to the task of informed decision-making a broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective.

Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:

–  Prepare for an participate in Board meetings

–  Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests, be open to compromise

–  Support governance decisions once made

–  Participate in the review of the Society in relation to is mission, objectives, core values and reputation

–  Abide by the by-laws, code of conduct and other policies that apply to the Board

–  Participate in the approval of the annual budget and monitor the financial performance of the Society

–  Help establish, review and monitor operational policies from a governance and risk management


–  Support the recruitment and selection of the Executive Director and participate in the evaluation of the

Executive Director on an annual basis

–  Support and participate (as required) the recruitment and selection of prospective board directors

–  Participate in the evaluation of the Board itself (annual process)

–  Contribute to the work of the Board and become a member of at least one Board committee

–  Attend and participate in the Annual General Meeting

–  Be an ambassador for the Society – ensure one’s involvement is known within their own network of friends and contacts

–  Keep informed about community issues relevant to the mission and objectives of the Society


Key Qualifications/Competencies

The following are considered key qualifications:

–  Knowledge of the community served by the Society

–  Commitment to Society’s mission and strategic directions

–  Experience in not-for-profit organizations, preferably in the sector/industry

–  Commitment of time

–  Openness to learning


Relevant Professional Experience

−  Governance, preferably not-for-profit

−  Business/Management

−  Legal/Regulatory

−  Human Resources

−  Accounting/Financial

−  Risk Management

−  Public Relations/Media


Specialized Environmental Knowledge

−  Government Relations/knowledge of regulatory environment related to sector −  Community/Stakeholder Relations

−  Industry/Sector experience – Education, Childcare and/or Adult Learning


Personal Effectiveness Skills

−  Leadership/Teamwork

−  Strategic Thinking/Planning

−  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving



Please contact and or submit your resume to:

Executive Director: Joe Malek, joe.malek@gmail.com

Chair of Board: Alana Milner, alanalmilner@gmail.com
Vice Chair of Board: Barbara Meens Thistle, bjmtemail@gmail.com