Posted On: 2018-07-05
Closing On: 2018-08-10
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: September 2018
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto (GCGT) is a registered charity that is making an important difference for cancer patients, their family and friends in the Greater Toronto Area. It is one of 175 members of the Cancer Support Community (CSC), the largest professionally led non-profit network of cancer support worldwide, which delivers more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families.  The organization has often been referred to as “the missing link in the cancer care system.” Gilda’s Club is named after legendary comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, who died of cancer in 1989. While in treatment in the mid-80’s, Gilda visited a cancer support community in Los Angeles where she found others going through a similar experience to hers and she drew strength and comfort from that supportive environment. It was Gilda’s hope that “such support communities” be available to anyone touched by cancer so no one would have to face cancer alone.

The first Gilda’s Club opened in New York City in 1995 and Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto opened its signature red doors in 2001 in the historic Old Fire Hall on Lombard Street. This location had been home to Second City where Gilda Radner got her start in comedy. In 2011, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto moved to 24 Cecil Street, much closer to the hospitals on University Avenue adding convenient access for patients using our services. There are now over 20 Gilda’s Clubs in North America.

The organization’s mission is to ensure people living with cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club offers an inclusive program of support, education and social interaction for the “whole family”- adults, children and teens as well as their family and friends - in a home-like setting, free of charge. Gilda’s members are given the tools and information they need to help them create their own support plan. By being part of the Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto community, members can draw strength and the collective wisdom of people sharing similar life experiences.

That’s why Gilda's Club focuses on providing support in as many ways as possible. From traditional support groups (adults, teens and children) facilitated by mental health professionals, to educational sessions with expert speakers, arts-based and digital storytelling programs, healthy lifestyles workshops and recreational and social events.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for GCGT’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission in the following key areas:

Leadership and Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize GCGT volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain GCGT’s high-performance team
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising and Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Engage in major gift and legacy fundraising to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization

Planning and New Business:

  • Lead the annual strategic business planning process
  • Begin to build new partnerships, establishing relationships with the funders and political and community leaders
  • Strengthen partnership with the CSC at an international level in order to leverage all that GCGT’s affiliation with the organization has to offer
  • Be an external local presence that publishes and communicates program results

Required Qualifications & Experience

The ED will be thoroughly committed to Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree with at least 10 years of management experience
  • Demonstrated fundraising success in a small to mid sized organization and a passion for inspiring philanthropic action
  • Significant experience and understanding of all aspects of development including annual giving, events, campaigns, social enterprise and finance and major gifts
  • Track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based organization and team. Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Feldman Daxon Partners Contact Information:

To express interest, or should you have any questions regarding this exciting opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to:

Patrick Rowan, Partner

Feldman Daxon Partners               

45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9

Tel.: 416-515-7600 x254               



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