Executive Director @ Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

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Unique Opportunity

Build an organization and make a large and positive impact in the community.


Mandate to lead the evolution of a historic and survivor-centered not-for-profit organization.

Diversifying Funding Sources

Lead the strategic planning initiative and oversee a large partner and funder engagement campaign.

Executive Director @ Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

Company: Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

Position: Executive Director

Location: Ottawa, ON

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) was founded in 1974 through a grassroots feminist collective that recognized the essential need for services to be provided to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The ORCC acknowledges the historic and ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. As an organization, it recognizes that it is privileged to operate and work on the traditional, unceded, and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg, whose people have inhabited these lands since time immemorial.

The ORCC has been credited as being innovative in providing services that support and empower survivors. From establishing one of the first 24-hour crisis lines in the country, dispelling rape myths through public education, to tirelessly working towards institutional accountability in the justice system and policing – it has always looked for new ways to better support survivors. The ORCC is committed to honouring its rich feminist histories and social justice values, and to ensuring that these values are upheld in ways that meet the evolving needs and interests of survivors over time. It is this commitment that will guide the organization’s journey to a robust, sustainable and successful future.

Skills & Experience

Sector Experience

Strong record of accomplishment in the service-oriented not-for-profit sector, or transferable sector experience

Career Background

Built your career around anti-violence, social justice advocacy, mental health or human rights work

Business Acumen

Operational management experience having been responsible for overseeing staff, budgets, reporting and implementing policies

Leadership Style

Respectful, grounded and unifying. A present and attentive manager who stays up to date with the change and innovation of the not-for-profit sector

Board Governance

Exposure in the form of direct board reporting or having been a member of a Board of Directors


Vital that you have some financial understanding as well as direct exposure to fundraising efforts

Summary of the Role

The Executive Director must provide inspirational leadership in order to build a strategic and service-oriented organization.

The ORCC is committed to working from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. It is seeking a leader with proven skill and expertise to lead the organization as it reinvents itself to better meet the needs of the community. The Executive Director will proactively partner with the Board to ensure strategic planning at regular intervals. The Executive Director will oversee implementation of the strategic plan, stakeholder engagement, staff management, and funding development this Executive Director must work collaboratively to improve access to and quality of services, determine organizational responses to sector changes, and rethink strategic positioning.

The Executive Director will play a pivotal role in co-creating and implementing a new strategic plan which will also include the hiring of staff under a new team structure. As the bold voice of the ORCC, the Executive Director will be responsible for representing the organization as the violence against women sector undergoes changes and reforms. As the Board of the ORCC expands, the Executive Director will be directly involved in onboarding new directors that reflect the diversity of our community, and building positive working relationships with them. The ORCC enjoys longstanding and committed relationships with its existing funders who are invested in seeing the organization thrive. The Executive Director will be entrusted to nurture and maintain these funding relationships whilst thinking creatively about funding diversification. The identification of opportunities, strategic planning around innovation and improving responsiveness to community needs are at the heart of this mandate.

The ORCC welcomes applications from those with a demonstrated commitment to community capacity building using anti-oppressive, social justice and human rights frameworks. The ORCC encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, Indigenous peoples, BIPOC folks, People with dis/abilities, and/or 2SLGBTQI+. 

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