Posted On: 2019-04-15
Closing On: 2019-05-17
Location: Whitby, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

The Opportunity

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health is seeking a leader to serve as our Chief Executive Officer and champion exemplary mental health care and support. As the Foundation’s lead fundraiser, the Chief Executive Officer will foster engagement in our community by building and strengthening relationships with donors and key stakeholders. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Foundation CEO will be accountable for the performance of the Foundation, setting and achieving annual and multi-year goals that are aligned with the Board, the mission of the Foundation, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  The new incumbent will develop the strategy, execute the programs and operations of the Foundation, and lead and manage the Foundation team. Working closely with the Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer and clinical leadership, the new incumbent will establish and leverage critical connections between the Foundation and the Hospital as leaders in healthcare philanthropy.

Located about 30 minutes east of Toronto, Ontario Shores is located in Whitby, Ontario, atop 76 acres of Lake Ontario’s shoreline. The Foundation offices are co-located in the main Health Sciences facility.  It is a serene environment that features beautiful gardens, walking paths, gazebos and outdoor eating areas. Our facility offers modern equipment and building systems, and ample indoor and outdoor programs and recreational space.

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Rooted in history and inspired by possibility, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences takes bold steps to lead change. As a public specialty hospital, we have built upon our strong foundation of caring and created an organization that is revolutionizing the way mental health care is delivered.

We have an innovative approach to mental health care that uses clinical best practices and evidence-based care in an environment built on compassion, empowerment and hope.  While the buildings, programs, property and surrounding areas have changed over our 100 year legacy, our commitment to exemplary patient care remains the same.  We are proud to be part of the community and work together with organizations across all sectors to provide care and support for individuals and their loved ones affected by mental illness. 

Ontario Shores has introduced new models of care and developed professional standards to ensure all staff, patients, volunteers and visitors embrace recovery and provide a professional and therapeutic setting for our patients.

The organization shares its expertise, knowledge and experiences, through research, education and advocacy initiatives and provides leadership to healthcare providers, community partners, policy makers and social sectors to strengthen and advance the mental health care system. Ontario Shores embraces the opportunity to raise awareness of mental illness, educate healthcare practitioners and train the next generation of mental health care specialists.  As advocates, Ontario Shores champions and supports the efforts of patients, professionals and policy makers to ensure individuals with mental illness have access to care and the opportunity to fully participate in society.

We have a dedicated team of over 1,300 staff and 150 volunteers who are passionate about enhancing care for people affected by mental health and addictions. We offer assessments, crisis services, consultations, treatment and education. In addition to providing care and support to our patients and their families, we are also an active academic centre focused on research, advocacy and the development of future health professionals.

Our 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan, We Will Be, guides our work. The four Strategic Directions collectively drive our organization forward:

Be Bold - Revolutionize the way we work with our partners to develop a coordinated mental health and addictions system to provide greater access to the life-saving treatment and supports our patients needs.

Be Inspiring - Give our people the freedom to be innovative.  Transform what we know about mental illness and share our learnings with others.

Be Caring - Seize every moment to care about the people around us.  Weave recovery into the fabric of our organization so it can be seen, felt, heard and experienced every day.

Be Extraordinary - Elevate the organization through the relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. Set the highest standards for practice, quality and performance.

Additional Background and Resources


About Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health

Founded in 2009, Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health was created to raise funds, and support for Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  Funds raised support specialized, recovery-focused mental health support programs, education and a broad range of innovative research in the following priority areas:

The onset of most mental illnesses occur during adolescence or young adulthood and can interfere with youth as they develop independent living skills and interpersonal relationships.  Ontario Shores has recently expanded its Adolescent Program to provide youth, 12 to 17, with enhanced care and programming based on their specialized needs.

Eating Disorders 
The Eating Disorders Unit is a 12 bed unit for children and adolescents struggling with an eating disorder.  It provides an interprofessional model of care with a focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

Ontario Shores provides specialized assessment and treatment services to adults (18-64) living with complex and serious mental illnesses.  Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care built on compassion, inspiration and hope.

Ontario Shores provides specialized services to meet the mental health needs of individuals 65 years of age and older. Seniors suffering from dementia and/or complex mental illness can receive recovery-oriented care in a safe and therapeutic environment.

Family Resource Centre
Families play an important role in their loved one’s journey of recovery.  At Ontario Shores, we have identified the pivotal role of loved ones, and have integrated them into the recovery process.  The Family Resource Centre is a dedicated, therapeutic space for families to share knowledge, access resources and connect with other families for support and encouragement.

We strive to foster a culture of discovery and innovation aimed at creating, evaluating and transferring knowledge to affect positive change in those living with complex and serious mental illness.  As a community teaching hospital affiliated with the U of T Medical School we provide opportunities for student placements, residents, interns and medical students.

Research at Ontario Shores spans a diverse range of specialties and populations with a specific focus on the management and prevention of serious mental illnesses.  Our research aims to prevent and reduce stigma, and to improve recovery and wellness outcomes in populations that range from adolescents to seniors, as well as specialty populations such as eating disorders, forensics and dual diagnoses.


The Ideal Candidate

Inspired by Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences’ exemplary and transformative care, the CEO of the Ontario Shores Foundation will be a dynamic fundraiser and leader who motivates staff, volunteers, and donors to engage in our unique and innovative approach to mental health services that are focused on recovery, hope and inspiration through discovery.

With creativity and vision, the successful candidate will support a culture of performance by developing and implementing plans that work to maximize the Foundation’s potential.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced fundraising generalist with a deep knowledge and proven success in cultivating relationships and building partnerships with individual and corporate major donors. Dynamic and community minded, the Foundation CEO will be a champion and ambassador for Ontario Shores in the community, continually striving to increase our presence and build positive brand awareness.

The ideal candidate will bring a respectful, business minded approach to working with Foundation Board and Leadership Council volunteers and will proactively coach and manage by providing information, direction, and fundraising best practices that will enable the Board to make sound decisions and heighten our collective impact. With experience engaging senior volunteers in major gift prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, the successful candidate will effectively draw on current donors and referrals as well as explore new donor audiences to build a robust portfolio.

The ideal candidate will value and embrace their role as leader, mentor, and coach to a capable team with unlimited potential. Providing clear direction and focus around goals and expectations, the new incumbent will apply exceptional skills in the delivery and execution of annual plans and will foster an environment of fundraising best practice while maximizing the contribution of each team member. 

As someone who gains satisfaction from partnering to achieve goals together, the Foundation CEO will value and leverage the knowledge and expertise of the Hospital CEO and senior leadership team. The successful candidate will also build and sustain strong collegial relationships with physicians and clinicians encouraging their participation in developing fundraising priorities and in the cultivation and stewardship of potential donors.


Key Accountabilities

Strategy, Planning & Leadership

  • Develop and implement the vision and strategic direction for the Foundation in concert with the Board of Directors and in collaboration with the Hospital.
  • Determine short and long term goals and direct and oversee operational plans, projects and programs to achieve those goals.
  • Provide inspirational leadership to a dedicated team of fundraising professionals, driving the execution of diversified development programs.
  • Work with the Hospital CEO and leadership team to ensure full integration and coordination of programs to leverage donor engagement and fundraising results.
  • Foster effective teamwork among the Board, staff, volunteers, hospital leadership and external stakeholders.
  • Identify key physicians, clinicians, and senior staff to act as Foundation ambassadors and to help develop key donor relationships.
  • Develop effective strategies for donor recognition, stewardship, and engagement to ensure effective donor relations are implemented across all donor levels.
  • Engage donors in imagining and realizing significant improvements in mental health care in our community.
  • In partnership with the hospital marketing and communications team, work to increase awareness of the Foundation, the hospital, its programs and services in order to garner greater financial support.
  • Maintain relationships with other healthcare philanthropy professionals and other networks to ensure ongoing knowledge of best practices and ensure strategic monitoring of best practices in the sector and contribute to their implementation within the Foundation.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Maintain a personal portfolio of key major gift prospects, including individuals, corporations and organizations, and foundations. 
  • Build close and effective relationships internally (the Boards; staff) and externally (donors and prospects; Durham region and broader GTA community; general public) in order to enhance short- and long-term philanthropic support of Ontario Shores.
  • Identify opportunities for, and participate in, activities that help to build awareness of Ontario Shores and to foster a culture of philanthropy.

Human Resource & Operational Management

  • Work with and regularly communicate with the Board to support their efforts in fundraising and community relationships as well as policy development, and ensure accountability, transparency and appropriate risk management.
  • Direct all Foundation administrative functions including strategy and planning, budgets and financials, and ensuring fiduciary compliance.
  • Plan and execute operational plans for all revenue streams, and develop benchmarks to measure and monitor performance against these plans.
  • Determine appropriate goals, targets and metrics to ensure that all philanthropic fundraising efforts are effective, efficient, and successful.
  • Ensure the Foundation’s compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards.


Required Qualifications & Competencies

  • Relevant experience in a senior management or an executive leadership role.
  • Broad fundraising experience with proven success soliciting major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and community organizations.
  • Proven ability to effectively and passionately communicate with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and networking skills, with a demonstrated ability to authentically connect with people in a variety of levels and types of organizations, including with senior leaders.
  • Business development skills and entrepreneurial spirit in order to drive new connections and partnerships with hospital and community stakeholders.
  • Expertise in Board relations and supporting effective governance boards.
  • Strong collaborative leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to engage, inspire, coach and sustain contributions from staff, volunteers, and colleagues.
  • Ability to develop and execute effective strategies and operational plans that deliver results.
  • Strong knowledge of financial, legal and regulatory requirements of a non-profit organization.
  • Business acumen and experience, including strategic, financial, analytical, and operational skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Familiarity with and experience in the productive application of systems, data and software for the support of fundraising programs and donor management.
  • Working knowledge of marketing and communications in order to support brand building and awareness initiatives.
  • University degree is preferred for this role; an equivalent combination of education and related work experience may be considered. 
  • Experience working within the health care sector would be considered an asset.
  • A CFRE designation would be considered an asset.


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Tara George, Partner / Lead, KCI Search + Talent, or Ellie Rusonik, Senior Consultant, Search + Talent by email at or by phone at (416) 340-9710 x1038

Please send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by May 17, 2019.