" The ideal candidate must have a post secondary
degree in business/ accounting or equivalent
experience,a background in campaign
management, and non-profitmanagement experience.
Technical expertise and policy development
experience shall be considered an asset."
The financially strapped Liberal Party of Newfoundland has hired a new Executive Director.
St. John's South - Mount Pearl Member of Parliament Siobhan Coady staffer Keith White has been selected via a public competition. I had thought about asking Keith about it when I bumped into him at the Second Cup during Saturday's blizzard, but figured I would wait for the official announcement.
It is official. Keith has a great Liberal pedigree as a dedicated volunteer, a staffer, past president of the Liberal Youth Commission, former Secretary of the executive board of the provincial party and was instrumental in helping organize the last provincial campaign. He knows the bits and bolts of the party.
He is going to fill big shoes. The last person to wear the title of Executive Director was current Avalon M.P. Scott Andrews, an organizational wizard and a good fundraiser.
Keiths' open message on day one to Liberals is "open dialogue and listening to others is fundamental to the Party’s future success. So come on and get in touch by phone, (709) 754-1813 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve got a point to make on a provincial issue, a suggestion for change or improvement in the Party, or merely want to get something off your chest, I look forward to hearing from you."
Hiring an executive director is an important first step for the party. The organizational malaise has resulted in political entropy that placed the party closer to the grave than the office of the official opposition.
Fundraising, with a $700,000 debt hanging around the party's neck, will be a gigantic challenge. The 2nd annual leader's dinner and auction should provide a good indication of how willing the party faithful are to drop scarce cash into the party's coffers.
I want to wish Keith the best of success in his new job.