Posted On: 2019-08-12
Closing On: 2019-09-23
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description


The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is seeking a community minded, relationship focused leader as its Executive Director to lead the organization in their next phase of growth. A well-known and respected organization with a positive reputation in Guelph and Wellington County, the Executive Director will be an advocate for children and youth.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and management of the Foundation and will be accountable for delivering on the organization’s strategic and fund development plans. Supported by a passionate, committed, and capable team, the Executive Director will foster a culture of collaboration, best practice, and innovation.

Building on the success and strength of well-established core programs, the Executive Director will understand the changing needs of clients and families and seek opportunities to further serve the community. The Executive Director will lead, coach, and partner with staff, board members and other volunteers to uncover new fundraising opportunities and leverage connections to drive revenue growth. 



The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is a local organization helping local families. The challenging reality for many families in Guelph and Wellington is that they don’t have the resources to cover basic human essentials like housing and proper nutrition. Some have 'just barely enough' to look after their basic needs and for other families, 'just barely enough' would be a luxury.

The Children’s Foundation provides positive and rewarding experiences during key developmental years in childhood and adolescence that shape a child's future and help break cycles of hardship. We do this through our four core programs: Adopt-A-Family, Food & Friends, Free to Grow, and Scholarships.

To best serve our community, the Children’s Foundation works closely with social service agencies, local municipalities, school boards and other organizations and has the support of more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers.





The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, supportive, and forward thinking leader who will thoughtfully and strategically engage others, challenging them to stretch by providing guidance through best practice. A big-picture thinker and driven by goals and results, the Executive Director will bring a balance of strategic, operational, and community engagement skills and will motivate staff and volunteers to drive organizational growth and meet the increasing needs of the children and families the Children’s Foundation serves.

An accomplished fundraiser with expertise driving revenue through partnerships and major gifts, the Executive Director will be highly motivated to build lasting donor relationships by actively engaging with a personal portfolio of major donors, leading the development of a gold standard stewardship program, and working with the fund development committee and Board of Directors to leverage connections and strengthen relationships in the community.

A skilled networker and connector, the Executive Director will share the impact of the Children’s Foundation and represent the organization in the community. The new incumbent will understand the unique needs of the community and build on the already strong reputation as the children’s charity of choice in Guelph and Wellington County. A confident public speaker, the successful candidate will participate in community discussions, advocating for poverty reduction and the needs of children. 

The ideal candidate will understand the core programs and services provided by the Children’s Foundation and with an eye on emerging trends, opportunities and potential obstacles, will evaluate, innovate, build, and adapt programs and projects. The successful candidate will possess strong financial management skills and the ability to leverage the organization’s resources to meet the changing needs and demands of the community. 

As a leader who values diverse opinions and skills, embraces change, applies tact and sensitivity when managing challenging situations and approaches work with a sense of fun, the Executive Director will inspire and rally staff and volunteers to drive positive impacts in our community.



Reporting to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.


  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization's activities.
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff.

Operational Planning and Management

  • Develop an operational plan that incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization is efficient, effective and meets the expectations of its clients, the Board and funders.
  • Ensure the development, implementation and maintenance of relevant policies and procedures.
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agendas and supporting materials.

Fund Development

  • Create a fund development plan which meets revenue goals to support the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved.
  • Carry out personal fundraising activities as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization.
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary.

Community Relations/Advocacy

  • Act as a spokesperson for the Children’s Foundation and represent the organization at community activities to enhance its profile.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations.
  • Ensure strategies and plans are in place to promote the programs and services of the agency as well as identify service needs/gaps, and emerging trends to support sustainability.
  • Ensure marketing and communications are aligned with brand standards and the organization’s mission.

Program Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and ensure that they contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities set out in the strategic plan.

Human Resources Planning and Management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices.
  • Implement a complete performance management process for all staff positions including effective recruitment, complete job descriptions, ongoing feedback/mentoring, annual performance evaluation, compensation, recognition, development opportunities, and discipline processes.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Encourage and mentor staff to demonstrate personal leadership, problem solving skills and teamwork.

Financial Planning and Management

  • Work with staff and the Board to prepare the annual budget.
  • Ensure that sound financial management and accounting procedures are followed and that the organization complies with all legislation.
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.

Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.



  • A track record of of progressive management experience in a charitable organization.
  • Demonstrated experience with and leadership in all key aspects of fund development including annual giving; major gifts, sponsorship, and community/corporate partnership development; donor relations and communications; events; volunteer relations; measuring fund development performance.
  • Strong technological skills including database analysis and reporting, knowledge of donor management software, particularly DonorPerfect.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field is an asset.
  • Able and willing to work weekends and occasional evenings.



Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington has retained KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) to lead this search on their behalf. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Ellie Rusonik, Senior Search Consultant via email at                          

Candidates are asked to please submit both a resume and a letter of interest to the above email address by September 23, 2019.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

All inquiries and applications will be held in strictest confidence. 


The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.