Executive Director

Posted on Sept. 17, 2020

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Position Details:

Employer: L.A.M.P. - Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots Inc.

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Industry: Not-For-Profit

Position Outline:

Celebrating its 50th year, LAMP has been providing spiritual witness and nurturing faith in communities in remote areas of northern Canada since 1970 through the ministry of pastor/ missionary/pilots, and short and long-term volunteers-in-mission.  Each year over 5,000 children, youth and adults are impacted by the ministry of LAMP.

LAMP’s volunteers and staff from Canada and the United States share the love of Jesus with Indigenous people in communities in remote northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia through Christ-centered Bible studies and other outreach projects. 



LAMP's outreach programs include:

  • Leading Vacation Bible Schools and Christ-centered sports camps to children and youth and offering Bible study programs for adults during the summer months.

  • Conducting many different forms of ministry on a daily basis while on site - most importantly, establishing and growing long-lasting relationships.

  • Providing continuing ministry through technology such as social media, videoconferencing, and other forms of direct communication.

  • Visiting various northern and remote communities throughout the year as time, resources and weather allows.

  • Providing special events such as women's retreats.

  • Praying regularly for the Indigenous people and for specific needs as they become known.

Our Mission

LAMP is a cross-cultural ministry sharing Jesus Christ with God’s people in remote areas of Canada.

Our Vision

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. LAMP envisions a day when nations walk together in the light of Christ.

Our Values

LAMP has identified three core relationship-oriented values in its Relationship Model™ for Governance.  We believe that Affirmation, Involvement, and Servant Leadership are fundamental to the way all of us work to achieve LAMP’s mission.

Please visit our website (www.lampministry.org) for further information.


The Executive Director opening is a result of an upcoming retirement.  With the head office located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a satellite office in New Haven, MI, US, the Executive Director reports to two volunteer Boards of Directors (one Canadian and one US Board) that act as a single entity on matters related to the operations of L.A.M.P (Canada) and LAMP Ministry Inc. (US) [*for the purposes of this profile, “The Board” or “Board of Directors”, will refer to both the Canadian and US Boards].  The Executive Director is the Board’s single official link to the operating organization.  S/he is accountable for all organizational performance and exercises all authority transmitted into the organization by the Board.

With an annual budget of approximately $1M, there are currently over 400 active volunteers, approximately 2,000 donor relationships, and a small and dedicated staff of FT and PT employees in Canada and the United States.


As the Executive Director, you will be accountable for the following:

  • Advising the Board of Directors on all matters relating to the operations of LAMP.
    • Ensure that all programs and services reflect the priorities of the mission and of the Board.
    • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of all relevant internal and external issues that may affect the Association.
    • Identify and develop policies and/or bylaws for approval by the Board and prepare procedures to implement said policies and bylaws.  Review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate.
    • Participate with both Boards of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Association into the future.
  • Fundraising and Resource Development.
    • Connect with existing donors and supporters of LAMP and establish continued solid relationships based on trust, passion and commitment to the mission, and a shared belief of salvation through grace.  In addition, continue to further develop a strong donor base and nurture those relationships.
    • Drive fundraising to meet the annual budgetary needs of LAMP, as approved by the Board.
    • Work with the Board of Directors to secure adequate funding for the continued operation and sustainability of the Association.
    • Continually apply for, and manage applicable grants.
  • Marketing and Promoting of LAMP and its Mission.
    • Gain exposure and awareness of LAMP and promote the positive impact that the organization has on Indigenous northern communities.
    • Keep donors, volunteers, and supporters of LAMP aware of any information that may be relevant through social media, direct communication, LAMPlighter newsletters, etc.
  • Leadership and Management.
    • Build and promote the capacity of others within LAMP to help them reach their potential (i.e. Board, staff, volunteers, etc.).
    • Oversee the development of ministry staff and volunteers in the field and support them whenever required.
    • Administer the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Association’s programs and services.
    • Continually recruit new volunteers and support those who are current volunteers so they are able to share Jesus Christ with God’s people in remote northern communities.
  • Building and Furthering Relationships with Indigenous Northern Communities.
    • Ensure that volunteers are well equipped to serve and conduct many different forms of ministry to children, youth, and adults in these remote communities.
    • Keep in touch and offer ongoing support to members of the various communities, whether it is by being feet-on-the-ground, through prayer, social media, tele/video conferencing, or any other form of interaction.  
  • Administrative Duties.
    • Administer the day-to-day operations of LAMP through regular communication with team members on and off-site.
    • Lead in the development and promotion of an organizational culture which supports LAMP’s Mission, Vision, and Values, as well as the Board’s strategic direction and objectives.
    • Assess and develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of LAMP.
  • Financial Management.
    • Together with the Chief Financial Officer, oversee the monthly expenses of the Association, with a strong focus on developing and managing the annual budgeting process. 
    • Monitor financial and program performance and regularly report back to the Board.
    • Contribute to the vision and leadership in long-range financial planning to ensure the continuity and solvency of the Association.
  • Strategic Planning.
    • Ensure that the strategic plan is implemented and that the strategic goals of ministry in volunteers, ministry in donors, and ministry in communities are being met.
    • Together with the Board, continually review LAMP’s policies and procedures and ensure that they are current and relevant.


You will possess the following:

  • Strong Christian faith, a belief in the triune God and that the Bible is God’s inspired word in its entirety.
  • Passion and commitment for mission work and the ability to adapt to cross-cultural ministry.  A servant heart.
  • The capacity to maintain focus of where the organization is headed and the ability to execute on the strategies and vision as set forth by the Board of Directors.  Achievement orientated.  
  • A solid background in, and understanding of, fundraising and development.
  • Proven leadership and management experience as it pertains to staff management in the not-for-profit sector.  Able to delegate to staff and volunteers, while at the same time being available as a resource.
  • Ability to build the capacity of LAMP and bring out the best in both paid and volunteer staff. 
  • Aptitude to work and communicate effectively with volunteers.
  • A high degree of personal initiative with excellent planning and development skills.  Ability and flexibility to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-confidence and effective assertiveness with decision making capability.
  • Strategic and visionary in your approach, and the competence to convey information and recommendations to people from all walks of life.
  • A positive attitude and demeanour, an aptitude for innovative ideas, and personal drive.
  • Sound financial knowledge.  The ability to set budgets and interpret financial reports.
  • A gentle and proven communication style, both written and verbally. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels.  Transparent and readily accessible to all.  
  • The ability and drive to liaise and interact with various faith-based not-for-profit organizations, cross-cultural ministries, various other support groups, volunteers, as well potential donors within Canada and the United States.
  • Flexibility, trustworthy, honest, and a common sense approach.
  • A preference may be shown to practicing Lutheran candidates. 


In addition to meeting the above criteria, you will have significant experience in a leadership capacity, possess a heart and passion for missions, previously worked with Boards and volunteers, and have a track record in fundraising and development as it pertains to a not-for-profit organization.  Experience working with the underprivileged, as well as with Indigenous communities, would be an asset. 


A competitive and attractive salary is provided based on the above criteria and will be explored during further discussions. 


James Davies

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.daviescg.com

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