Executive Director

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Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
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The Board of Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) is seeking a dynamic, strategic and strong leader to influence the future direction of the Durham Region in planning for newcomers, community development & social research and the organization of a social policy council.

To achieve these objectives, the Executive Director will be responsible for successfully leading a team of 8 including 5 Program Managers in the delivery and ongoing development of social service programs in the Durham Region supported by the Sr. Finance Manager, Human Resources Manager and Executive Assistant.

The CDCD is an independent, not-for-profit social planning organization that has been working to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Durham for more than 45 years. We organize a variety of research, community development and social planning initiatives as well as administer and deliver front line social service programs.

The Board provides a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

The Ideal Candidate will

  • As a strategic leader and innovator in service delivery, be responsible for sustaining and deepening existing relationships, while identifying and locking in new sources of long term funding and partnerships
  • Bring a proven track record of leading management teams successfully to consistently be at their best
  • Have strong financial acumen
  • Enhance the organization’s profile within the many communities in which CDCD interacts and partners with, developing and executing creative strategies for making real, lasting connections and opportunities to amplify CDCD’s impact
  • Work successfully with multiple stakeholders, including Board members, managers, staff, funders and community & inter-governmental partners
  • Be a results driven, clear-thinking, creative problem-solver
  • Build personal credibility within CDCD and the communities served
  • Maintain program integrity and relevance, while continuing to innovate and expand programs
  • Bring passion and commitment to foster an inclusive and multicultural work environment
  • Be diplomatic, collaborative, open, transparent and operates with high degree of confidentiality, integrity and trust
  • Collaborate and support an engaged Board

Position Role

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides strong leadership to the management team and staff of CDCD and participates in Board meetings on a regular basis. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing revenue generation efforts ensuring goals are met along with building strong community partnerships.

The Executive Director is responsible for developing and furthering the CDCD brand of inclusion and social justice as a leader among the social planning and settlement services sector. The Executive Director will lead the organization in its day-to-day operations.


Strategic Direction

  • Visibly enacts and champions CDCD’s vision, mission, values, and strategic direction
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and its Committees in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Proactively identifies opportunities and risks and acts decisively to inform the Board of Directors to adapt strategy and tactics
  • Builds a culture that supports the achievement of CDCD’s strategic objectives and the pursuit of excellence
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of, and ensure compliance with, legislation and government changes as applied to not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

Board Relationship

  • Accountable to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization's activities
  • In addition to the Board President, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Foster effective team work between the Board, its Committees and the Executive Director and between the management team
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage, including full understanding of terms, conditions and limitations.

Financial Management

  • Oversee financial resources to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization and work with the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Collaborate with Program Managers to maintain relationships with funding sources, prepare funding proposals and participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Signing authority to approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and oversee the monthly financial performance and cash flow and inform the Board of all significant deviations from established goals
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments


  • Leads by personal example, is accountable and deliver on commitments
  • Take a proactive, positive approach to lead, counsel and support all direct reports to create an environment that encourages participation
  • Coach, provide support and guidance to all direct reports in order to ensure the coordination of programs and service delivery
  • Provide community and stakeholder feedback to direct reports on program services
  • Work closely with direct reports to identify and develop external and internal partnerships for the programs
  • Demonstrates respect for others, creating a work environment where all employees are valued and treated with fairness & equity

People Management

  • Ensure staffing requirements for organizational and program delivery is able to respond to changing needs
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations

Community Relations

  • Initiate and develop cooperative relationships and liaise with a broad range of community sectors including: all levels of government, funders, the media, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and any others associated with the business of the Community Development Council Durham
  • Act as a spokesperson for the CDCD and represent the organization on appropriate committees, networks and joint projects
  • Oversee the development of all marketing/social media/promotion strategies, publicity materials, and publication of all CDCD programs and events
  • Undertake activities within the Community that enhance the visibility and mandate of the Organization
  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • Develop and provide information about the organization’s goals, programs and services

Program Management

  • Enhance the Community Development Program through obtaining sustainable sources of funding
  • Monitor community needs on an ongoing basis, be aware of changing context within which programs and services are provided
  • Identify programs and services consistent with community needs
  • Monitor programs and services to ensure consistency with criteria established by funding sources and the mission and goals of the organization
  • Annually prepare and provide to the Board, and other applicable bodies, summary reports of programs and services, including recommendations for future improvement and change
  • Regularly obtain statistical and qualitative feedback about program and service delivery
  • Provide consultative services on bylaws, procedures, conflict management
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience successfully leading a community based not-for-profit agency or proven track record as an executive leader with transferable leadership skills in growing successful business initiatives. Not-for-profit experience is an asset
  • Graduate Degree in a related field is preferred (e.g. Business Administration in not-for-profit management, social sciences, social geography) or an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Experienced in overseeing the implementation of, and the evaluation of, programs and services; community development; proposal development and writing; financial and budget planning; human resources management
  • A proven ability to anticipate and manage social trends, growth, and change through creativity, innovation and vision
  • Experienced in people management, providing advice and counsel to rectify complex issues
  • Superior communication, negotiation, and mediation skills
  • Advanced computing skills including MS Office, database management, etc.

Special Conditions

  • The Executive Director will need to be flexible in the case of attending evening and/or weekend meetings and events as required
  • Class "G” Driver’s license and reliable vehicle to use on CDCD business
  • The job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

How to apply:

Applicants are requested to submit their resume and a covering letter outlining their strengths, experience and aptitude to fulfill the position requirements.

Application deadline: December 22, 2017

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The Board thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those asked for additional information and/or selected for an interview will be contacted.