The Opportunity

Peacebuilders Canada is seeking a community minded Executive Director to lead all strategic operations of our unique and respected Toronto-based youth justice agency.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee a team of 12 staff responsible for program delivery, fundraising, advocacy and administration.

Peacebuilders Canada is at a critical juncture in its development and evolution, as our organization’s Founder and CEO is transitioning to a position on the Board which will bring new perspective and opportunities in the years ahead. Supported by a passionate, committed, and capable team, the Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and management of the organization and will foster a culture of collaboration, best practice, and innovation.

The Board is seeking an Executive Director who has a passion for improving the lives of youth in our society, an interest in restorative justice, as well as the skills, experience, and innovative approach to position Peacebuilders Canada for a new phase of sustainable growth in program delivery, advocacy and increased revenues over the coming years.

Building on the success and strength of existing programs such as the Restorative Justice and Restorative Schools Program, the Executive Director will understand the changing needs of marginalized youth in Toronto and seek opportunities to further serve the community. The Executive Director will lead, coach, and collaborate with staff, volunteers, schools, the justice system and community partners to uncover new opportunities and increase public awareness of our innovative agency.

Peacebuilders Canada’s head office is conveniently located in the beautiful new Daniels Spectrum building at Dundas and Sackville Streets in the heart of Regent Park.


Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Peacebuilders Canada 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.


Governance, Strategic Leadership and Representation

  • Develop and implement a shared strategic direction consistent with the organization’s Vision and Mission.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
  • Promote an organizational culture rooted in mutual respect, transparency and collaborative practices.
  • Represent Peacebuilders in its relations and advocacy with the public, youth justice and schools communities, government, and media.


Fundraising and Communications

  • Lead the development, implementation and evaluation of a diversified and coordinated fund development strategy and identify funding opportunities to the Board of Directors.
  • Develop relationships with current and prospective funding partners.
  • Expand fundraising activities to support existing programs and operations and future growth
  • Oversee the implementation of both current and new fundraising activities and events.
  • Create strategic external marketing and communications initiatives to generate awareness and inform the community and primary external stakeholders.
  • Represent the organization in the community and media.
  • Participate in public speaking engagements.


Team Management

  • Lead the ongoing development of effective teams committed to organizational goals.
  • Foster collaboration among team members and among teams.
  • Cultivate a sense of interdependency across the Senior Leadership team.
  • Work inclusively and effectively with team members to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Promote a trusting, positive and safe work environment.


Program Oversight

  • Build the organization’s capacity to ensure the success of Peacebuilders’ programs and objectives within the organization’s Vision and Mission.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of Peacebuilders’ programs.
  • Lead the implementation of appropriate program evaluation models.
  • Create external marketing and communications initiatives to generate awareness of the organization’s restorative philosophy and circle-based conflict-management methodology.


Operations and Financial Management

  • Provide oversight and direction on operations and financial management.
  • Develop and acquire resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of Peacebuilders Canada; submit to the Board a proposed annual budget and accurate monthly financial statements.
  • Oversee all organizational fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget; ensure maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a healthy financial position.


The Ideal Candidate

The Executive Director will possess progressive senior leadership experience with proven fundraising skills to build revenue across a variety of development streams, including government grants, foundation giving, individual giving and events. The new incumbent will draw on their past expertise in financial management, strategic planning and operations oversight to lead the organization to the next phase in its evolution.

Demonstrating openness, integrity and transparency in all situations, the Executive Director will be receptive to exploring new and innovative ideas to drive our vision forward. The ideal candidate will enthusiastically lead a strong and dedicated staff team that successfully deliver programs in the schools and court house that continue to demonstrate tremendous impact to the community.

Possessing a positive attitude and unafraid to ask the tough questions, the new incumbent will be comfortable reporting to and working closely with our Board of Directors. With solid management and leadership experience in the non-profit sector, the Executive Director will provide oversight on program development and evaluation to focus the efforts of our staff and Board. A persuasive yet compassionate leader, the ideal candidate will demonstrate diplomacy and tact and ensure follow through on key priorities.

An inspirational and impactful champion of our cause and the youth population we serve, the Executive Director will leverage existing networks to advocate for progressive and relevant youth justice initiatives as well as new funding opportunities. Embracing the diversity of the population of our city, and the lived experience of our service users, the successful candidate will be a champion of anti-oppressive/anti-racism practices.

Passionate about youth, the ideal candidate will be motivated and driven by our future potential. The new incumbent will be comfortable working with youth in conflict in their environment. Familiarity working with traditionally underserved communities and delivering programming to these communities, the successful candidate will have some experience working with youth and families in a community development capacity.


Required Qualifications & Competencies

  • At least 5 years progressive management experience or as an Executive Director in a non-profit organization. Experience with youth and/or youth-serving organizations will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of a strategic plan with demonstrated strategic thinking, planning, and execution abilities in setting and achieving strategic objectives.
  • Proven success developing fundraising strategies and meeting or exceeding annual fundraising targets
  • Expertise or a willingness to embrace the principles of restorative justice, conflict management and consensus-building
  • Experience in establishing a thriving organizational culture, leading a diverse and inclusive organization
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and cultivating positive board/staff relationships as well as external relationships to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Experience leading effective growth or evolution of an organization;
  • Expertise in people management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance volunteer teams
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral
  • Experience in public speaking and coalition building
  • Post-secondary credential in a related field; a degree in social work will be considered an asset
  • A CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) will be considered an asset


Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience with youth and/or youth-serving organizations
  • Familiarity with the youth justice system and legal services in Toronto, particularly legal services through community agencies
  • Work experience with schools and familiarity with the Toronto District School Board and school-based policies
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment, working across barriers of class, race, economic status
  • Experience in social mobilization, community organizing, capacity building
  • Experience overseeing quality assurance and program evaluation


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this leadership search on behalf of Peacebuilders Canada. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Sylvie Battisti, Vice-President, KCI Search + Talent or Kara Spedding, Senior Search Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at .

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by November 12 2019.

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All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

Peacebuilders International (Canada) is an equal opportunity workplace, welcoming of diversity and people from varied backgrounds and experiences. We encourage racialized individuals that grew up or and/or are current residents of the City of Toronto to apply for this position. Applicants with a variety of lived experiences that further allow for the ability to relate to the youth population that we provide services to are strongly encouraged to apply.