Posted On: 2018-03-05
Closing On: 2018-04-06
Location: Ottawa
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Established in 2012, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) exists to amplify the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour, and inspire Canadians. The RHF works in close collaboration with external partners to support initiatives that strengthen our identity, build capacity, and promote the advancement of a smart and caring nation. The Rideau Hall Foundation’s four pillars of activity – learning initiatives that strive for excellence and promote equality of educational opportunity; investing in Canadian leaders with transformative potential; widening the circle of giving and volunteering; strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation – speak to role of the Governor General of Canada and the vision of the RHF’s Inaugural Chair, the Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada. In sum, the RHF will serve as a catalyst, connector, and amplifier for initiatives that foster Canadian values and identity by utilizing the unique leadership role that successive Governors General can play in helping marshal the talent, energy, and resources of the country.

Reporting to the RHF’s Board of Directors, the new President & Chief Executive Officer will solidify the gains of the RHF and build on them through strategic and visionary leadership. Responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the RHF, the incumbent will lead a team of strong, passionate, and dedicated staff, to drive the creation and execution of highly impactful programs. Maximizing the RHF’s impact, the incumbent will cultivate and promote effective working relationships with the Governor General, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the RHF’s board of directors, board committees, external partners and advisors, professional service providers, sector colleagues, and the public. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in the philanthropic sector and to build upon the RHF’s role as a cross-sectoral leader in Canada. 

As an ideal candidate, you have significant senior level leadership experience in complex institutional and entrepreneurial contexts. You demonstrate strong knowledge of the Canadian charitable and not-for-profit sector. Working effectively in both official languages, you have a proven track record of managing high-performing teams to great success. You are passionate, committed, and demonstrate impeccable ethics, integrity and discretion while leading with confidence and flexibility. A skilled diplomat and superb communicator, you nurture and grow effective partnerships, and can articulate a vision which is not only clear, but inspiring.

For more information, please contact Dominik Legault of Odgers Berndtson at 613-667-0134 or via email at If you wish to submit your application in confidence or peruse more information, please visit here for more details:

The Rideau Hall Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the RHF throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.