Executive Director, IWBF 2026 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Application Deadline Date
February 16, 2024
$120,000 – $150,000 per year
Expected Start Date
March 31, 2024
The employer 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.
The employer welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) has been awarded the rights to host the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s (IWBF) 2026 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships (2026WBWC) – the world’s largest team sport event for high-performance athletes with a disability – in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The elite tournament is unlike any other international sporting event previously held in Canada.
It is a spectacle of eye-opening athleticism, tenacity and perseverance starring the top wheelchair basketball athletes. It is an emotionally charged experience that defies perceptions and an inspiring celebration that unites people and captivates audiences around the world over 11 days of fierce competition. With 28 teams (16 men’s and 12 women’s), the event will feature 620+ team members, involve 1000 of participants, tens of thousands of spectators, and move millions.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Wheelchair Basketball Canada and supporting the 2026 WBWC Steering Committee, the Executive Director (ED) will be tasked with building and shaping the event delivery team and will work closely with key members of the WBC staff and the local organizing committee over the next three (3) years, overseeing the strategic positioning and planning of the event while driving the effective and timely delivery of all administrative, logistical, promotional, and legacy operations in a way that reflects the bid submitted and accepted by the IWBF and in accordance with WBC’s strategic objectives. As ED you will be responsible for managing the funding, revenue generation and overall financial resources of the event.
You will implement, manage and monitor risks and plans for all functional areas, including sport and venues, marketing and communications, staffing, and budgets. You will act as the face and voice of the WBWC, liaising with all event stakeholders, and collaborating with members and partners of Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and the broader wheelchair basketball community in Canada and internationally.
As the ideal candidate, you are an energetic, passionate leader with experience managing major events, ideally in a sports or similarly complex environment. You have a record of success building and leading high-performing teams in a fast-paced environment, with tight deadlines. You bring extensive knowledge in sport or event management at the amateur or professional levels and have expertise developing and acquiring diverse sources of funding.
Your experience working with diverse stakeholders, including private and public sector partners, community groups, and all levels of government will serve you well. Colleagues, peers and employees would describe you as a persuasive, organized team player and leader with excellent time management and problem-solving skills, and an open communication style, which is instrumental in motivating and developing people, and fostering a strong team dynamic. You are known as a critical thinker who applies a strategic, enterprise lens when making decisions and can take direction in a fast-paced environment. Your interpersonal skills and ability to foster trusting relationships in your work with diverse groups to realize potential, while providing solution-based guidance is critical to your success in this role.
Your ability to communicate and write in both English and French would be considered an asset, as would your familiarity with the sport and corporate communities in Ottawa and across the country.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted and priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
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