On behalf of our client, Cambridge and District Humane Society, we are searching for an experienced Executive Director to join and lead the team!

The Executive Director (“ED”) is the key management leader of CDHS. Under the guidance and direction of the Board of Directors (“BOD”), the ED is accountable for the overall strategic and operational direction of CDHS, as well as for the planning, staffing, budgeting and management of CDHS.

General Responsibilities:

Board Governance:

  • Leading CDHS in a manner that supports the organization’s mission as outlined by the BOD
  • Communicating in an effective and efficient manner with the BOD, involving the BOD in policy decisions relating to the organization and providing the BOD with the information it requires in making timely and informed decisions
  • Seeking and building involvement from the BOD, with respect to strategic direction and ongoing operations and initiatives

Organizational Leadership & Operations:

  • In conjunction with the Director of Operations, hiring, leading, coaching, development and retention of staff.
  • Effective administration of daily operations and working with staff to develop ideas to enhance such operations
  • Development of annual goals with staff that include timelines, procedures and benchmarks to be accomplished, in an effort to meet the strategic priorities of the organization
  • Managing all aspects of labour relations.
  • Through coaching and guidance of staff members, the ED ensures quality “people care” is provided to all patrons, visitors, staff and volunteers
  • A working knowledge of applicable municipal, provincial and federal legislation pertaining to the operation of charitable organizations, workplace safety, human resources, and animal welfare.

Community and Stakeholder Relations:

  • Developing and building the CDHS brand ensuring that fundraising, public relations and brand awareness aligns with the organization’s integrity and strategic priorities
  • Develops and implements marketing and public relations programs that will significantly increase the profile and brand awareness of the organization
  • Oversees and implements a comprehensive communications strategy which supports the brand and meets organizational objectives
  • Continue to enhance the organization image and cultivate relationships within the community, by being a positive reflection of CDHS within the public realm.
  • Active and visible participation within the community in a manner that represents CDHS’ best interests
  • Act as spokesperson for CDHS by establishing and maintaining relationships within the community to the benefit of organization
  • Engaging and working closely with funders, partner organizations, other community organizations, volunteers, board members and event committees.
  • Lead the acquisition and stewardship of donors of CDHS.

Financial Performance of the Organization:

  • Development of sufficient resources to ensure the continued financial health and viability of the organization.
  • Timely submission of monthly financial statements to the BOD that accurately reflect the financial state of the organization.
  • Developing and submitting an annual budget to the BOD, that includes an annual fundraising strategy with goals tied to meeting and exceeding annual income forecasts, donor donation and growth objectives.
  • Operation of the organization within the parameters of the approved annual budget, ensuring resources are allocated in a cost- effective manner and maintaining CDHS in a positive financial position
  • Tracking and evaluating CDHS programs in a manner that can be reviewed and revised to maximize efficiency and profitability and effectively communicated back to the BOD, funders and other partners/interested community parties
  • Maintain control of programming budgets, including preparing financial and/or statistical reports as needed
  • Providing a comprehensive analysis of department and fundraising programs, as well as evaluation of individual programs, on “as needed” basis


  • Serving on special committees or undertaking special projects at the request of BOD.
  • Leading by example, working from CDHS’s facility during regularly scheduled facility hours and being flexible with their schedule to ensure they are available as required, after hours and on weekends, to fulfill their duties
  • Ability to travel as needed across Cambridge in support of CDHS, its programming and initiatives
  • Ability to periodically visit sites across Ontario to explore best practices, programs and initiatives in other communities


The ED must be committed to the mission of CDHS. The essential skill set for this position, includes leadership (equitable, change management supervisory experience, the ability to manage up and down), emotional intelligence (solid people skills, stakeholder engagement), financial acumen (budgeting, the ability to create and understand monthly profit/loss statements, cash flow management) and the ability to prioritize.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • University degree in a related field with five (5) or more years of progressive management experience preferably in a charity sector organization
  • Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to employment law, animal welfare and the charity sector
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of CDHS.
  • Proven leadership skills, with a collaborative approach to leadership to guide CDHS in meeting its strategic priorities
  • Strong leadership capabilities that exude sincerity, integrity and inspire trust
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills to effectively promote and enhance the success of the organization.
  • Strong organizational management skills to effectively manage the full spectrum of operations and activities
  • Business planning and strategic planning skills, with the ability to develop and implement a plan to achieve desired results
  • Analytical skills to identify and assess organizational needs and priorities
  • Sound judgement with the ability to make decisions that are in the best interests of CDHS
  • Ability to manage difficult, complex or sensitive situations (i.e. stakeholders, media)
  • Proficiency in working with common office technology – i.e. Microsoft Office
  • Direct BOD development and governance experience is an asset
  • Experience leading or participating in a capital campaign is an asset

Excellent compensation package including salary between $75,000-85,000 per year!

If you have the skills and experience detailed above please APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE RECRUITER AT : jayne@grandriverpersonnel.ca

**Please note: Applications submitted directly to the CDHS will not be considered for this position.


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