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Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Executive Director

Posted On: April 17, 2023
Closing On: April 24, 2023

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $100,000-$200,000

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The Organization—Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Anishnawbe Health Foundation (AHF) is a registered Indigenous charity and not-for-profit corporation that works with generous donors and partners to support improved health and wellness for the Indigenous community in Toronto. An integral partner to Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT), AHF holds responsibility for all fundraising to attract donations that complement various government funding and grant programs. AHF also manages foundation assets and investments while attracting financial support for AHT capital and equipment projects, pilot projects, and research.

“For over 30 years – more than one generation – Anishnawbe Health Toronto has been the only provider of western medical services combined with traditional healing services within a multidisciplinary health care model. This Indigenous-led, accredited Community Health Centre is the model for other Indigenous Community Health Centres and health access centres across Ontario”. – Anishnawbe Health Foundation

AHF infuses significant financial resources into AHT as it cares for Indigenous clients with both western and more holistic approaches to health care. Delivering more than 60 programs and services while addressing the healthcare needs of Indigenous clients – who make more than 30,000 visits per year – AHT is an essential component in Indigenous healing. In turn, AHF plays an important role and operates with a strong vision, mission, and values that align with AHT’s mandate:


Healthy Indigenous peoples contributing to sustainable urban communities.


To inspire philanthropy to:

  • Support an environment where the urban Indigenous community can heal spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally by enhancing capital and program funding for Anishnawbe Health Toronto; and,
  • Foster the reclamation, preservation, research, and application of traditional healing methods, including the sharing of these with all people.


Respect, collaboration, partnership and teamwork, transparency, and accountability.


Governed by an experienced Board of Directors, the AHF Board meets five times per year and delegates responsibility to several committees, including the Finance/ Audit/Investment Committee, the Fund Development Committee, and the Governance & Nominating Committee. Working closely with AHT through a Memorandum of Understanding, their Board Members are representatives on several AHF committees. Here, the AHT Chair and Executive Director are invited to attend AHF Board meetings, the AHT Treasurer is invited to sit on the AHF Finance Committee, and the AHT President is invited to sit on the AHF Governance and Nominating Committee.

Key objectives and priorities

With fiscal 2024 upon us, and a new home for Anishnawbe Health Toronto becoming a reality, AHF is focused on donor stewardship for its completed $10 million campaign. Preparing the AHT building, growing organizational capacity, and readying for the grand opening in December 2023, AHF’s new Executive Director will play an integral role in the launch of a new era for Anishnawbe Health. With a recently completed $2 million campaign for AHT’s signature Traditional Knowledge Training Program, AHF’s attention is now turned to the following priorities:

  • Retrofitting AHT’s Mobile Healing Unit
  • Building an ongoing fund to support urgent client needs
  • Planning and implementing a program to expand support for the reclamation of Traditional Healing practices beyond AHT
  • Managing a grant program to support similar urban centre programs in Canada; and,
  • Continued planning for an Indigenous-based long-term care home for Toronto and a potential future capital campaign.

The Opportunity – Executive Director

It is an exciting time for a new leader to join the AHF team. Having successfully completed its “startup” phase, AHF seeks a collaborative and strategic-thinking person to lead the organization through its next stage of development. With $9 million in assets, a thriving Board and committee structure and a database of nearly 5,000 donors, volunteers and supporters, the new leader will join an engaged team on an important mission. As the new AHT health centre opens later this year, the new Executive Director will have an opportunity to put their own priorities in place, work with the Board to develop the next strategic plan, and energize the AHF team.

“This is an historic opportunity for a new leader to join us on a path to improve services and supports for Indigenous peoples in reclaiming health, mental health, and community wellbeing. It’s an opportunity to be a leader in reconciliation and support the TRC’s Calls-to-Action that relate to healthcare, within the biggest city and largest urban Indigenous population in Canada.” – Andre Mourriseau, Chair, AHF

Reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director (ED) is the key management leader of the Anishnawbe Health Foundation. Responsible for overseeing the strategic plan, administration, operations, and the Foundation’s capital campaign, the Executive Director also leads fundraising, community engagement, and marketing and communications.

Primary Responsibilities

Board Governance:

Working with the BOD to fulfill the Foundation’s mission, the ED is responsible for:

  • Leading the Foundation in a manner that supports and guides the Foundation’s mission as defined by the BOD.
  • Developing strong relationships with a dynamic and engaged BOD.
  • Supporting the BOD and Governance Committee in the recruitment and orientation of BOD and committee volunteers.
  • Helping the BOD establish and maintain good governance practices.
  • Communicating effectively with the BOD and providing timely and accurate information for the BOD to function properly and to make informed decisions; and,
  • Overseeing the BOD and Foundation committee calendar and meetings.

Financial Performance and Sustainability:

Developing strong sources of revenue and sufficient resources to ensure the financial health of the Foundation, the ED is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the fiscal integrity of the Foundation, including preparing annual budgets and quarterly financial statements for the BOD, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the Foundation.
  • Managing Foundation finances and operations within approved annual budgets; Ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintaining a positive financial position; and,
  • Liaising with external auditors and the BOD Finance Committee on the annual audit; Implementing recommended actions or changes as instructed by the Committee.


Leading all fundraising activities and developing other revenue resources such as grants, foundations, major donors, etc. to support the Foundation’s operations and capital campaign program, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Leading major donor prospecting to identify and cultivate prospective donors (individual, corporate, foundation, service clubs, etc).
  • Creating a recognition and stewardship plan that reports on donor impact and contributes to successful long-term relationships with donors.
  • Creating a plan to develop a long-term sustainable fund development program for the Foundation; and,
  • Putting in place the infrastructure to support Foundation fundraising efforts.

Foundation Operations:

Overseeing and leading in all areas of operations, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Implementing appropriate resources to ensure that the operations are aligned with the Foundation’s approved strategy and annual budget.
  • Overseeing the Foundation’s administration and implementing a marketing and communications plan.
  • Reviewing existing policies on an annual basis and recommending changes to the BOD as appropriate; Drafting policies for BOD approval and creating procedures to ensure policy implementation.
  • Ensuring that personnel, client, donor, and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained.
  • Ensuring that the BOD and the Foundation carry appropriate and adequate operating and liability insurance; Ensuring the BOD and staff understand the terms, conditions, and limitations of the insurance coverage.
  • Ensuring that the Foundation complies with all Corporations Canada and Canada Revenue Agency legislation including taxation and reporting requirements; and,
  • Acting as the signing authority for the Foundation, ensuring all notes, agreements, commitments, and contracts made and entered into, on behalf of the Foundation, comply with applicable laws, regulations, ethics, and organizational values.

Human Resources Planning and Management:

Ensuring the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff, the Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Identifying and engaging professional services, as required.
  • Determining staffing requirements to support the operational success of the Foundation.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, and selecting staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the Foundation’s mission.
  • Overseeing the implementation of human resources policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Developing job descriptions for Foundation staff.
  • Establishing a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Ensuring that all staff receives an orientation to the Foundation and that appropriate training is provided.
  • Coaching and mentoring staff to maintain a high level of performance.
  • Implementing a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring staff performance on an on-going basis, providing feedback, and conducting performance reviews; and,
  • Disciplining staff when necessary using appropriate employment standards and techniques; releasing staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.

Key Attributes and Required Experience/Credentials

AHF’s next Executive Director is a proactive leader who carries attributes such as kindness, sincerity, authenticity, collaboration, and impeccable ethics. They will also possess the following:

  • A minimum of (5) years’ organizational leadership experience within a charitable or non-profit organization in a related field;
  • Post-secondary degree in a related field is an asset;
  • Direct experience overseeing and managing operations including planning, program oversight, fund development, budgeting & reporting, and government & community relations;
  • Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to charitable and voluntary sector organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage, etc.;
  • Lived experience with Indigenous cultures and communities is preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of current challenges and opportunities relating to Indigenous health and wellness is preferred;
  • Demonstrated effective human resource management, financial management, and project management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships & partnerships, fostering enthusiasm and commitment with the board, staff, the community, collateral organizations, and various internal and external stakeholders;
  • Experience working with marginalized, vulnerable populations; and,
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass various security checks such as Criminal Record and Abuse Registry Checks.

The City: Toronto

The name Toronto is derived from the Mohawk word “tkaronto,” which means “where there are trees standing in the water.” It is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. Numbering almost 80,000, Toronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, along with other Indigenous groups that represent this valued community.

Toronto has a population of 2.8 million people, making it the largest city in Canada, the fourth largest city in North America, one of the top 25 cities globally for its quality of living, and the best place to live in Canada, according to MoneySense. Toronto welcomes 40 million tourists a year. It supports a lively art and culture scene that includes museums, galleries, performing art organizations, and many festivals (including the Indigenous Art Festival). Toronto is recognized as one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the world.

Toronto is the home to Ontario’s Parliament Buildings as well as multiple post-secondary institutions –Humber College, George Brown College, the University of Toronto (the largest university in Canada), Toronto Metropolitan University, York University and OCAD University. Toronto schools reflect the diversity of the population. The four school boards – English public, French public, English Roman Catholic and French Roman Catholic – provide many options, including French immersion programs. There are also several private, secular, and religious schools and boarding schools.

Just offshore from the city centre are the Toronto Islands known as ‘Menecing,’ meaning “On the Island” in the Ojibwa language. The islands are home to parklands and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The island community is considered the largest urban car-free community in North America.


AHF will offer a competitive compensation package, including an attractive base salary, RRSP matching, excellent health benefits, and four weeks of paid vacation. For candidates who would require relocation, AHF will cover reasonable costs. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.

To Apply

Applications and inquiries should be directed to:

Laurie Sterritt


#880 — 609 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5


A first review of applications will occur on April 24, 2023.

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