Posted On: 2017-12-15
Closing On: 2018-01-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: February 2018
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior

Job Description

Position Overview

Organization: Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC)

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: Chair of the Board – F. Mark M. Fell

Location: Toronto

The Organization

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) delivers a range of programs across Canada, focused on The Prince of Wales’s core interests, including support for young people, the armed forces and Indigenous communities. PCC is headquartered in Toronto and delivers programs with community-based organizations and uniformed service partners, in Toronto and other locations such as Winnipeg, Regina and Halifax.

This is an exciting time for Prince’s Charities Canada. Founded in 2011, PCC is a registered Canadian Charity that is about to embark on a new phase of growth in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust, the UK’s leading youth charity. Both PCC and The Prince’s Trust were founded by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

PCC’s future vision is to enable many more Canadians to achieve their potential, especially those who are facing life challenges or transition. PCC’s ambition is to deliver more tangible impact through high-quality programs, working in collaboration with a growing network of supporters.

To achieve this, PCC needs to change and adapt as an organization. Co-incident with this growth mandate the current Executive Director is retiring.

PCC are going through a strategic review with three key goals:

  • Deliver tangible impact through high-quality programs to 
    • supporting unemployed youth into employment;
    • enabling military personnel to explore entrepreneurship as they transition into civilian life;
    • supporting the development of sustainable communities;
    • helping Indigenous communities to preserve and celebrate their culture and heritage.
  • Achieve financial and operational sustainability;
  • Ensure PCC is relevant to present-day Canada.

The small staff team of twelve is very committed and passionate about the vision. Our successful candidate will play a key role, inspiring each of them to achieve their best.

Core programs:

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) provides transitioning Canadian military personnel and veterans with the education, tools and resources needed to start their own businesses. Through a series of workshops and boot camps, POE has inspired over 200 veterans to become entrepreneurs.

Get into is a highly effective business-led youth employment program, first developed by The Prince’s Trust in the UK, which is now scaling up in Canada. The “Get into” program offers unemployed youth the opportunity to secure employment in retail, customer service and administration roles.

Indigenous Languages Initiatives have supported various Indigenous communities to revitalize and promote their languages among a new generation of speakers, especially children.

Is this you?

Do you want to join forces with a group of talented people that are passionate about supporting Canada’s young people, the armed forces and Indigenous communities? Are you at the stage in your career where you want to make an impact on the ‘greater good’?

You have ‘gravitas’ and are a known and respected executive, relationship and business builder.  You bring with you a mature and maintained network of politicians, bureaucrats and senior corporate executives.

You understand the importance of collaborating with external and internal stakeholders to maximize outcomes. The challenge of an organization going through a significant change management mandate excites you and you bring a proven track record in driving transformational change.

Do you have a reputation for being a strong mentor and team leader? You excel at developing and leveraging relationships across a diverse range of operating styles – board members, colleagues (domestic and U.K.), partners and volunteers.

Do people describe you as high energy with strong business acumen, curiosity and sensitivity towards others? You may even have experienced one of the challenges our audiences are facing - e.g. not being able to get a job when you were young - so this role is highly relatable and provides you with even further impetus to excel!

You have experience and are comfortable reporting to a Board of Directors?

If the above sounds like you, please read on…

The Position

The CEO is accountable to the Chair of PCC for the operational, financial and managerial control of Prince’s Charities Canada, and will be responsible for the functional directors and delivery staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • To lead the development of Prince’s Charities Canada’s next phase of growth and impact, by delivering PCC’s new Strategy.
  • To lead and inspire PCC staff, supporters and collaborators to make their most effective contribution to the charity’s vision and mission.
  • To spearhead revenue generation, working closely with the PCC Board to steward existing supporters and cultivate new supporters.
  • To manage all PCC resources efficiently to achieve maximum contribution to its core programs.
  • To influence opinion formers and policy makers in Canada.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • To lead the development and implementation of PCC’s new Strategy, working with the Chair and Board of Directors of PCC, The Prince’s Trust UK, PCC functional directors and staff.
  • To translate the agreed Strategy into sustainable plans with measurable impacts.
  • To lead operational and culture change, acting as an inspiring figurehead for all staff and supporters.
  • To manage and develop the senior team, ensuring the effective delivery of high-quality programs.
  • To spearhead revenue generation, working closely with the PCC Board and PCC colleagues on fundraising.
  • To ensure that PCC is financially sound and operates efficiently and effectively with the support of robust business processes.
  • To ensure that all PCC programs are of high quality and achieve the best outcomes for program participants.
  • To ensure that the safety and wellbeing of program participants and staff is paramount.
  • To identify, assess and prioritize risks that may inhibit PCC’s ability to achieve its goals or damage its reputation; and develop and manage effective processes to mitigate such risks.
  • To ensure that the Chair and Board of Directors receive sufficient information to exercise an appropriate level of scrutiny of activities.
  • To represent PCC externally, including in the media, at all times embodying the organization’s vision and values.
  • To ensure that PCC complies with relevant legislation and regulations.

Candidate Profile:

Strong interpersonal, leadership, verbal, written, relationship management and communication skills are all critical factors for success. In addition, our successful candidate will be/possess:

  • A proven track record of setting and articulating a compelling vision and leading and managing operational teams through a period of change and growth. Routinely able to anticipate, interpret, think critically,, learn,  align and make decisions that will propel positive revenue growth and have the fortitude to make   changes where necessary
  • A proven track record of effective strategic planning, instilling business acumen, risk management and financial rigor including full P&L accountability.
  • Highly self-motivated with a strong ability to influence others for shared business gain
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with external stakeholders, including fundraising partnerships.
  • Confident and effective communication skills with a wide range of audiences, including the media.
  • Experience of developing, motivating and inspiring colleagues to achieve high performance.
  • A history of developing new initiatives and directions (e.g. partnerships, transformative ideas, collaborations, products etc.) that are strategically aligned and drive the growth of the organization profitably

The role is based in Toronto, with regular travel across Canada. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the post and PCC provides a full Benefits package including Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and Group RRSP.

If you believe that every Canadian should have the chance to succeed; if you are ambitious with a strong degree of business acumen; know how to drive revenue and treat a business like your own (hands-on-roll-up-your-sleeves willingness, as necessary); and, if you have the exceptional, proven leadership skills to take PCC on this next exciting phase of growth, then what are you waiting for? Send a covering letter and CV to by January 22nd, 2018. Please note that only Candidates considered being appropriately qualified will be contacted.