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Executive Director – Council of Canadians

Are you an inclusive, values-based leader with a deep commitment to positive and progressive social and environmental change? Do you have an activist/advocate approach, able to translate goodwill into campaigns both physical and digital? Can you combine this with a professional, modern approach to organizational or divisional leadership? If so, we are delighted to share this unique and important opportunity with you.

Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Council of Canadians (CoC) is Canada’s leading social action organization, fighting for economic and social justice, the protection of the Commons, and democracy. Comprised of 70 regional chapters and headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, the CoC is an independent non-profit organization funded solely through generous individual donors and not corporations or governments. Through campaigning, education, and a “grass roots” approach, dedicated chapter activists advocate for clean water as a human right, fair trade, green energy, public health care and other important tenets of a responsible, caring society. The CoC utilizes speaking tours, days of action, conferences, and demonstrations to encourage governmental accountability and promote positive social change across Canada and the world. The CoC believes that as Canada and the world enter a new era in experiencing the effects of man-made climate disruption, corporate globalization, and threats to democracy, the need for strong, fearless leadership is more critical than ever.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a highly engaged and committed team of management, staff, and chapter activists, the Executive Director (ED) will help to shape the forward direction of this long-established and successful organization across strategy, execution, fundraising, and operations. The ED is looked upon internally to provide positive, motivating, and collaborative leadership to maintain an open, cohesive workforce with aligned purpose and high morale. Further, the ED will act as the Council’s chief spokesperson and through their teams and chapter activists, will lead the Council in its mandate to drive social change in Canada.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Values-aligned leader, with a demonstratable track record in campaigning for environmental and social justice causes
  • Motivational and holistic influencer, able to engage diverse and dispersed groups
  • Team management; strong mentoring and coaching of a team with diverse levels of experience
  • Experience leading or being a member of senior management on an equivalent or larger NFP/advocacy or similar organization
  • Worked with, sat on, or interacted with a Board in some capacity; some understanding of non-profit governance structure
  • Led or participated in development and execution of strategy
  • Understanding of how fundraising works and its impact on the sustainability of the organization
  • Budgetary responsibility
  • An appreciation of digital channels and techniques where they relate to the activities of an NFP/advocacy group
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with a range of parties at all levels

Based in Ottawa, this is an outstanding opportunity for a passionate and values-based leader with a desire to further the work of one of Canada’s most principled and influential social action NFPs.

If you are keen to discuss and meet the criteria above, we look forward to hearing from you. To apply in confidence, please submit your resume online at For further information, please contact Elaine Grotefeld at, Michael Williams at or Callum Wallace

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