Karate Canada Karate Canada



December 10, 2021

Position Type – Full Time
Application Deadline Date – January 7, 2022
Job Location – To be discussed with the candidate
Employment Type – Employee
Expected Start Date – Mid February, 2022

Karate Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of karate in Canada. The Association is seeking services of a full-time Executive Director (ED) who will be responsible for implementing the strategic objectives of Karate Canada and lead the day to day operations of the Association.

Karate Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Karate Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Reporting to Karate Canada Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have accountability and responsibility for the vision, strategic direction, leadership, and overall management of the organization. The ED will also be a key spokesperson for Karate Canada in conjunction with the representative of the Board of directors, as applicable.

Responsible for attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining the people that will help the organization achieve best-in-class objectives, the ED will provide inspiration and support to all employees and engaged volunteers. The ED will also ensure that Karate Canada provides real value-added service to its members PTSOs and Clubs, registrants and partners to which Karate Canada is accountable. The ED will also leverage his/her/their status as a thought-leader to continually advance and grow karate in Canada, be positive contributor to the future of our sport in Canada and achieve international podium success.

As the ideal candidate, you are comfortable operating in a smaller, not-for-profit organization where you are responsible for the evolution and future success of the organization and the sport. You understand the dynamics of a membership-based organization and the multiple organizations involved at the local, provincial, national, and international levels and you are a good listener in addition to being an effective communicator. You are well organized and capable of managing multiple projects and tasks with a small group of employees and with volunteers.

You are an experienced senior manager and a top performer in your current role with a proven track record of leadership, developing/implementing a strategic plan, governance, people management (staff and volunteer), financial stewardship, sport administration, sport development and performance, marketing, and client service. Your energy and enthusiasm are infectious. People enjoy being around you because you are friendly, trustworthy, confident, empathetic, and approachable. You possess a unique blend of strong leadership skills, business savvy, creativity, superior relationship building skills, a commitment to EDIA and a genuine passion for sport in Canada. You understand the Canadian sport system’s dynamics and related sport and governmental funding programs.

Candidates must hold a Bachelor level degree in a relevant field or demonstrate relevant work experience in the sport sector pertinent to the ED role. Verbal proficiency in both of Canada’s official languages is required.


The key accountabilities of the position may include, but are not limited to the following:

To uphold Karate Canada’s Mission Statement:

“We lead and partner to create an environment and system conducive to success at all levels.”

To uphold Karate Canada’s Vision:

Karate Canada’s goal:
“To become a world class and highly efficient nationwide system aimed at promoting the growth, development and excellence of karate in Canada.”

The ED is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including for, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:


  • Ensure the effective and efficient management of Karate Canada operations, programs and services.
  • Manage effectively the National Office day-to-day operations.
  • Assist in, develop or update and implement policies and procedures, in conjunction with the Board of Directors (BOD).
  • Liaise with external agencies and the government on funded programs and projects (incl ssubmission of funding applications and reports).
  • Organize and/or direct requirements for KC’s meetings, travel, or conferences.
  • Handle all routine correspondence and communication with regards to KC and answer general inquiries from the public, Members of registrats concerning Karate.
  • Attend other committee meetings as / when required.
  • Attend all events deemed necessary by the BOD.


  • Implement KC’s strategic plan and develop and implement the corresponding approved annual operational plans and budgets
  • Develop and implement relevant plans related to the effective and seamless day to day operations, delivery of programs and services

Personnel Management:

  • Ensure effective the hiring, orientation and management of all staff and contractors.
  • Responsible for developing an HR plan inclusing a performance appraisal system for all Karate Canada staff, and responsible for implementing it.
  • Initiate and support programs or operations to encourage the professional development of staff and volunteers.
  • Establish guidelines for personnel operations, terms, conditions and contracts. Establishment of contracts must occur as per Karate Canada’s Bylaws, and in accordance with Karate Canada’s current Risk Management Policy.

Financial Management:

  • Jointly with by the Treasurer and Finance Committee, develop annual budgets (administration, national team, and overall Karate Canada programs).
  • Establish and administer procedures for accounting, monetary control, banking, payroll, source deductions and other financial services for Karate Canada.
  • Maintain control over inventory of all goods and assets belonging to the Association.
  • Assist the Treasurer in preparation, presentation, and distribution of Karate Canada financial statements as required.

Marketing and Promotion:

  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive marketing and promotional program.
  • Provide liaison when necessary with corporate sponsors or funding agencies.
  • Assist with fund-raising operations and development of promotional materials.
  • Maintain liaison and service to sponsors or corporate supporters.
  • Assist in overseeing, developing content and soliciting advertising for KC through marketing tools, such as website, social media and newsletters.
  • Liaise with the media for coverage of important events.

The appointment of the Executive Director will commence in February 2022, or shortly after. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

To apply for this leadership position at Karate Canada, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Craig Vokey at craig@karatecanada.org by 5 pm (ET) on January 7, 2022.

Karate Canada wishes to thank candidates for applying and for their interest in Karate Canada. Only selected candidates will be invited for an interview.