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You will foster and grow a one of a kind grassroots mobilization operating at a collaborative, national level that will positively impact the lives of children and families across the country for years to come.
With a mandate that touches thousands of children and their welfare, you will have the opportunity to lead a movement which will benefit thousands of families.
This is an opportunity to bring like-minded, passionate change makers together around a common effect.
Executive Director @ Child Welfare League of Canada
Company: Child Welfare League of Canada
Position: Executive Director
Established in 1994, the Child Welfare League of Canada is a national, membership-based charitable organization dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of young people and their families, especially those who are vulnerable and marginalized. The League advocates for and promotes legislation, policy, research, programs, and services that address the underlying causes of precarity and trauma. The organization convenes leaders, organizations, researchers, governments, and people with lived experience to learn and improve their practices.
The League is working towards an aspiration for all children to thrive, to know that they are loved, and to have a sense of belonging. The work the League does is with the goal to see more children grow up with their family, their kin and their community, and be connected to their cultural heritage and language. With a vision for a nation where everyone can reach their full potential, the League wants children who are placed in care to achieve better outcomes in health and well-being, education, housing, and employment.
Skills & Experience
You have a strong record of accomplishment in the not-for-profit, family and social services, government policy or other transferable sector experience
Built your career around social work, social justice, community capacity building, community engagement, advocacy, mental health or human rights work
You have had success in grant/proposal writing, and have exposure to diversified fundraising and the creation and execution of communications strategy
You are incredibly knowledgeable and skilled around strategic leadership, with an ability to look at the bigger picture while participating in the day-to-day of running a not-for-profit organization
You are comfortable being in an external-facing role, liaising with policy experts, members and the national community of the League
Exposure to Board governance is preferred, whether it’s in the form of direct Board reporting or having been a member of a Board of Directors
Summary of the Role
The Child Welfare League of Canada is seeking their next Executive Director with proven skills and expertise in strategic and relationship-based leadership to guide the organization as it enters its next phase of growth and maturity and seeks to expand its impact.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees the effective leadership and management of the organization. Key facets of this mandate will include the cultivation and expansion of the League’s membership base, the creation of proactive communication and diversified fundraising strategies, the development, implementation and oversight of new and existing programs, prioritizing outreach and ensuring continuous staff development.
This is a relationship-based position at its core. As Executive Director of the League, you will be responsible for nurturing relationships with all stakeholders, internal and external, including the Board, staff members, membership, funders, partners and media. You will regularly check-in with the membership base to ensure the League is continuing to showcase their value and is continuously addressing and incorporating any concerns or feedback as they arise. As the membership base is spread across the country, as travel opens back up, you will need to visit members in their home provinces and territories in order to continue to foster these relationships, especially as you look to broaden the League’s reach and brand awareness.
This is an opportunity to join a legacy of thought leaders who have raised the profile of the sector by creating a vision of advocacy, connection and community. The organization is on a positive and upward trajectory – this Executive Director will be tasked with ensuring the infrastructure, processes, policies and management practices are aligned and ensure a sustainable delivery model. Apart from operational and strategic responsibility, the Executive Director must provide empathetic leadership. This will require an inclusive approach that acknowledges systemic barriers faced by the community. It is vital that this Executive Director be knowledgeable and well versed regarding diversity, equity and inclusion as well as operating with a trauma informed approach.