Posted On: 2017-04-06
Closing On: 2017-05-06
Location: Newmarket, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description


Since its inception, the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation has raised over $100 million in support of its world-class hospital and the more than 3 million patients who have come for comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Due to the kindness and generosity of many, patients have and will benefit from a number of milestone achievements, including the opening of the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in 2010 where more than 10,000 people have received their cancer treatment closer to home, and the $16 million “Images for Life” campaign to upgrade diagnostic imaging services that will result in 5,000 additional MRI scans every year.  The Foundation is also embarking on a vision to provide comprehensive palliative care and residential hospice services with a $12 million “love lives here” campaign supporting the build of the Margaret Bahen Hospice offering a comfortable, home-like environment for approximately 250 patients to live out their final days.

But there is still more to be done.  As the community grows and changes, so, too, do the needs of the Hospital and, subsequently, the Foundation as together they focus on transforming the lives of the next 3 million patients.

The Foundation and Hospital Boards and staff are working closely together to create an exciting new chapter of philanthropy for the community.  Incorporating the best management and governance practices that will better integrate Foundation and Hospital teams at all levels, Southlake is preparing to launch the next 10-year phase of fundraising including:  building capacity within the Foundation; fostering a shared culture of philanthropy; extending the base of support in the community/region; and building/communicating Southlake’s strong brand.


Be the leader in transformative philanthropy.  At Southlake Foundation, we fundraise with one goal in mind — supporting our world-class hospital and the community it serves. As our community grows and changes, our hospital and our Foundation fundraising goals grow too — always looking forward to ensure that we are serving our current and future patients best. Our donors are our partners, helping us transform lives in York Region and surrounding communities, one gift at a time.


Integrity:  We keep the promises we make; we do what we say we will do; we tell the truth; we are open and transparent; we hold ourselves accountable for the trust and responsibilities we have been given; we are wise stewards of all the resources that have been entrusted to us.

Collaboration:  We embrace diversity and difference; we listen to and respect each individual and the ideas, feelings, and perspectives they have; we include and consult with others when solving problems, making decisions, and planning; we coordinate plans; we encourage and support the contributions of others; we achieve common goals together.

Innovation:  We are open to change; we look for new challenges and better ways of doing things; we explore, experiment, and test; we learn; we continuously improve; we do quality work that is seen to set new standards; we initiate change; we excel.

Southlake Regional Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre (SRHC) is a state-of-the-art, award-winning regional hospital offering advanced levels of care to the more than one million people who live in northern York Region and south Simcoe County.

In recent years, Southlake has successfully undergone tremendous transformation in order to establish a range of advanced clinical services “closer to home”.  Within the Ontario healthcare sector, Southlake has earned a reputation for being progressive, innovative, and for consistently achieving the status of “high performer”.

Southlake is the only non-teaching hospital in Ontario to offer a total of eight regional programs, including the third largest regional cardiac program and one of the top-ranked cancer programs in the province, along with child and adolescent eating disorders, child and adolescent mental health services, paediatrics and perinatal care, and thoracic surgery.  The Academic Family Health Team is affiliated with the University of Toronto in the training of medical residents, and Southlake has launched CreateIT Now, a healthcare-focused innovation centre that brings private-sector organizations together with academic institutions and Southlake’s resources to drive the development of new technologies.  In 2012 and 2016, Southlake achieved Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, the highest possible designation awarded to less than 20% of Canadian hospitals, showcasing Southlake’s high standards. 

Embracing The Southlake Way, the award-winning organizational culture, SRHC’s team of more than 3000 employees, 575 physicians, and 1,100 volunteers are committed to providing each and every person who walks through the doors with a shockingly excellent experience.


Within this context, a President and Chief Executive Officer for Southlake Foundation is sought to provide strategic and operational expertise to an organization undergoing change and renewal.  The President and CEO reports to the Foundation Board of Directors, and is also a member of SRHC’s senior management team.

In leading by example, the incumbent will focus on the following key priorities:

  • Confirm, communicate and champion a clear, shared vision to stakeholder and donor communities

  • Perform as the lead fundraiser for the organization, developing and executing plans to achieve revenue targets

  • Expand the reach beyond the local catchment area to the broader region

  • Establish and nurture strong relationships, internal and external

  • Work collaboratively with Hospital and Foundation Boards, physicians and staff to grow the fundraising pipeline

  • Provide support to the Board Chair

  • Build capacity, capability and accountability of the Foundation team

As Foundation President and CEO, s/he is responsible for achieving fundraising results that support the strategic goals of SRHC, and is responsible for providing the overall leadership to the Foundation team, ensuring the continuity of current fund development activities while planning and implementing new strategies.

The President and CEO also serves as the Vice President, Culture of Philanthropy for SRHC and is a member of its Administrative Management Team.  As such, s/he works to create and sustain a philanthropic culture throughout all major sites of SRHC and participates as an active contributor on the Administrative Management Committee in the overall leadership of SRHC.

Southlake has experienced impressive growth in recent years and earned an exceptional reputation as a world-class healthcare organization with committed, passionate staff.  For the right candidate, this is a compelling challenge and opportunity to play a leading role in the continued growth and success of one of Ontario’s leading healthcare organizations.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is an experienced, successful philanthropy leader skilled in the “art and science” of fundraising with a proven track record in all streams including major gifts … or is an executive leader with transferable skills in leadership and proven experience in successful business growth initiatives

  • Is able to build strong executive presence, meaningful connections and effective business relationships, internal and external

  • Is an experienced people manager and team builder who can shape, mentor and coach teams to strong performance

  • Is a confident, experienced leader with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills who quickly earns the trust of all constituents

  • Balances vision with performance; is both strategic and tactical with the ability to chart future direction while developing and implementing operational plans to achieve measurable results

  • Is collaborative, open and transparent with high integrity

  • Is an effective change leader

  • Is creative and inspiring

  • Has a passion for Southlake and the difference it makes in the lives of people every day

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following key competencies:


  • Ability to strategically manage growth and direction of Foundation for long-term sustainability

  • Leads in the articulation of the Foundation’s mission internally and externally and models organizational values

  • Able to lead a culturally and functionally diverse team towards a unified objective, ensuring resources are available for the team

  • Sets expectations for, and achieves, challenging, motivating performance standards

  • Leads by example, mentoring and building the skills and competencies of others

  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise within the organization

  • Builds a team of individuals appropriate to the task, effectively delegating responsibility and authority consistent with the capabilities of team members and maturity of the team

Revenue Generation

  • Works continuously to ensure that all efforts with regard to revenue generation are fully integrated into all facets of work

  • Actively plans the groundwork and builds relationships in every cycle of the donor, including proactively contributing to prospecting efforts and successfully closing gifts

  • Builds a Foundation strategy for revenue growth for both the short and long term

Donor-Centred Orientation

  • Fully understands, anticipates and meets donor needs and expectations, especially for both privacy and recognition
  • Works continuously to improve internal processes for addressing donor needs and is fully conversant with industry best practice in donor relations

  • Anticipates the long-term implications of decisions, and plans for contingencies, anticipating obstacles

Organizational Effectiveness and Effective Communication

  • Willingly shares knowledge and expertise with others

  • Values the opinions of others and creates an environment in which others feel comfortable sharing divergent points of view

  • Maintains an appropriate sense of Foundation priorities, balancing Foundation, partner and stakeholder agendas, ensuring that projects, plans and initiatives are integrated with the mandates of the Foundation

  • Fosters an environment where timely, effective feedback is encouraged


  • Acts as a role model to staff and others, demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality and sensitivity

  • Demonstrates personal excellence and honesty, exhibiting the highest standards of commitment and responsibility

  • Makes and lives up to commitments, and follows up with team members to ensure satisfaction of commitments made to others

  • Ensures that Foundation practices are reflective of the values of both the Hospital and the Foundation

Creativity and Innovation

  • Generates new ideas which are innovative and strategically sound, integrated with the Foundation’s mission and vision, and achievable in a timely, balanced and fiscally-sound manner

  • Fosters an innovative environment, and encourages constructively challenging the status quo

  • Demonstrates commitment to keeping current with industry best practice

  • Encourages creativity, innovation and adaptability in others

Customer Service Excellence

  • Builds a culture focused on service excellence, meeting and exceeding expectations of stakeholders

  • Clearly defines, articulates and communicates standards of quality, service and results with respect to key stakeholders and manages expectations accordingly


Should you have any questions regarding this important and meaningful opportunity, or wish to forward a cover letter and current resume for consideration, please contact Chris Sawyer, Principal, at 1 416-640-4312, or