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Scarborough Health Network Foundation (SHN Foundation)

Executive Assistant & Manager of Board Governance

Posted On: August 11, 2022
Closing On: August 31, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $65,000-$80,000 annually (based on experience), annual performance bonus (based on organization/personal performance), as well as a comprehensive benefits package. Flexibility for particularly seasoned candidates.

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Scarborough Health Network Foundation:

Situated in one of the most diverse communities in Canada, Scarborough Health Network Foundation (SHN Foundation) inspires the support necessary to improve patients’ lives through exceptional care at Scarborough Health Network across three hospitals and eight satellite sites. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked with generous donors, volunteers, and community members to raise funds needed to build state-of-the-art infrastructure and purchase the latest medical technology, supporting SHN’s vision to be Canada’s leading community teaching health network.

SHN Foundation has launched its $100 million fundraising campaign to support expanded emergency departments, integrated communities of care, accessible medical imaging and barrier-free mental health care.

Our first ever mass marketing campaign, titled Love, Scarborough, aims to close Toronto’s health care gap by driving donations not just from Scarborough, but across the GTA. The integrated campaign can be found on TV, radio, cinema, print, and online. Find out more about this compelling campaign by visiting

Role Overview:

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant & Manager of Board Governance provides confidential executive and management support to the office of the President & CEO and to the Board of Directors. Duties include handling confidential matters, liaising with internal and external groups, preparing reports and correspondence, ensuring coordination with the Foundation’s senior team and staff, organizing meetings, and supporting the Board of Directors. This role leads the governance functions at the Foundation, including setting agendas, drafting Board/Committee materials, and minute-taking.  The Executive Assistant & Manager will build a strong partnership with the office of the hospital President & CEO.

The Executive Assistant & Manager of Board Governance is often the first point of contact for Foundation relationships, making this role a visible and critical ambassador for the Foundation. This position requires a high level of professionalism, integrity and discretion. The candidate must be able to prioritize and multi-task, be flexible and collegial, and produce high quality and accurate work.


  1. Coordinate the activities of the office of the President & CEO as it relates to the overall operation of the Foundation, the Board of Directors and its various committees
  2. Manage schedules and arrange meetings for the President & CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors, frequently liaising internal and external stakeholders; make travel arrangements as needed;
  3. Play lead role on board governance affairs, manage board recruitment and orientation, and coordinate with the Foundation research department for any board prospecting activity;
  4. Provide comprehensive support to the Board of Directors and Board Committees:
    • coordinate and attend meetings
    • prepare and distribute agendas and meeting materials
    • arrange meeting facilities and catering
    • record and maintain minutes
    • maintain Board and Committee Terms of Reference, Board Policies and Procedures, and Board Orientation information
    • prepare correspondence to the Board and Board Committees as required
    • monitor that the organization complies with its bylaws/policies
    • complete annual director reporting to government agencies
  5. Develop a proactive and collaborative partnership with the office of the hospital President & CEO; ensure excellent communication and information sharing; coordinate schedules and calendars to ensure alignment for the CEOs and the hospital and Foundation Boards;
  6. Manage and prioritize all correspondence for the President & CEO, receive and direct phone inquiries on behalf of the President & CEO and escalate issues where appropriate
  7. Compose and/or proofread a variety of documents, including confidential correspondence, agendas and meeting packages, letters and emails, memoranda, etc.; develop presentations from draft notes; ensure all documents are aligned with the Foundation’s brand and positioning
  8. Where needed (and working in partnership with the Manager, Special Projects & Campaigns), support the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for the President & CEO’s prospective and current donors, including drafting relevant materials such as briefing notes, meeting materials, and donor correspondence
  9. Organize and/or assist with meetings and Foundation events including the annual general meeting of the Foundation Board and stakeholder/staff/fundraising events, etc.;
  10. Develop and maintain well organized document management system that permits easy reference and retrieval of information
  11. Submit invoices for payment, prepare cheque requisitions and expense reports for the President & CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors
  12. Mentor peers in coordinator/administrator roles and train staff on administrative functions
  13. Represent the office of the President & CEO and the Foundation Board as needed
  14. Perform additional functions as directed or assumed by personal initiative


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience providing executive support to senior management
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience leading the governance of a not-for-profit board of directors
  • Experience in a fundraising organization preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) with highly developed interpersonal skills; excellent telephone manner
  • Highly organized, accurate and detail-oriented
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Aptitude to advance initiatives with minimal day-to-day supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and to work well under tight timelines or changes in priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of internal management and staff, volunteers and external stakeholders in a collegial manner
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint is mandatory
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge software programs an asset
  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours, on occasion


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience

Accommodation Statement:

Scarborough Health Network Foundation (SHN) embraces and celebrates our community’s unique multicultural heritage and diversity.  SHN is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a culture of inclusiveness and diversity reflecting our diverse patients, staff and community alike. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Job description last updated August 8, 2022

To express your interest in this position, please submit your application by the August 31, 2022 deadline:

Job Number: J0822-0295

Job Title: Executive Assistant & Manager of Board Governance

Department: Foundation

Job Category:  Foundation

Location: General site; travel is required to other sites, events, and meetings as necessary

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Number of Positions: 1

Direct Reports: 0

Hours: Monday to Friday, with flexibility for some evenings and weekends (lieu time provided)

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2022; applicants may be screened throughout the application period