The CCGSD is looking for an Executive Director!

The time is finally here!

In the next part of our exciting adventure, the CCGSD is looking to hire an executive director.  Do you want to take part in promoting gender and sexual diversity across Canada?  Do you know someone with leadership skills and experience managing organizations?


Read more for details.


Who is CCGSD?


The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) is a non-profit organisation that intersectionally promotes (a) sexual and gender diversity in (non-)romantic relations through education, advocacy, research, and art. By recognizing the complexity of people’s lives and experiences, our resources and programming serve to empower marginalized queer, Two-Spirit, and Indigenous youth as well as provide the wider public with tools for building constructive allyships. The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity aspires to support and transform Canadian and Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world. We work to accomplish this through the core programming priorities of: Community, Education, History, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Research and Resource Creation, Sexual Health, and Sports.


The organization began as a foundation in 2005 with a core mandate of awarding the annual Jeremy Dias scholarship. Becoming incorporated in 2008, this mandate started to involve programming consisting of keynote assemblies across Canada. Moving into 2015, the Centre rebranded with a name more inclusive and expansive of our growing mandate. With the departure of Jeremy Dias in 2019, the Centre is prepared to embark on our next adventure: securing an Executive Director for our next chapter!


As a leader in anti-discimination work on regional and national levels across Canada, CCGSD works to create a society free of discrimination where people’s rights and choices are truly respected. Be it in our Pozitivity Campaigns, History and Dare to Stand Out Forums, or in-class workshops, all CCGSD initiatives emphasize the importance of education and awareness for bettering the lives of marginalized folks. With the support of hundreds of volunteers, our diverse team of young experts is able to reach over 250,000 youth every year. On The International Day of Pink, we invite everyone living in Canada to join us in wearing pink and standing up against bullying. This past year, through our Pozitivity campaign, we have visited over two dozen Pride celebrations across Canada and the online pledge continues to grow, with several thousand primary responses.


The Job:


Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board) through the President and Executive Committee, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity’s (CCGSD’s) programs, expansion, and execution of its mission, to support and transform Canadian and Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world. This role is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization. They will provide leadership, direction, and guidance for CCGSD’s activities, while analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of all organizational operations. They will develop and maintain organizational structure and effective personnel, oversee programs and coordination staff and evaluate assigned personnel. They will implement the strategic plan and policies as approved by the Board. They will be the lead spokesperson for CCGSD to other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public.


This position would primarily take place at the CCGSD office in Ottawa, Ontario, overseeing a staff of about 8-10 full time employees, and 2-4 part-time employees. Some travel may be required to attend CCGSD programming or other conferences and meetings with other service providers.


Timeline: Panel-style interviews with members of the CCGSD staff, Board, and selected community members will be conducted in March. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020 at 5 pm EST.


Compensation: $70,000 – $75,000 (With benefits and other employee packages, potential to commensurate with experience and with the possibility of additional bonuses and raises)


Start time: April-May, 2020


Job Duties:


Strategic Planning (10%)

  1. Direct and oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s short- and long-term strategic plans, programs, and services.
  2. Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Museum.
  3. Provide high-level leadership to organization personnel through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication.
  4. Oversee the development of an operational plan that incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization.
  5. Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.


Management (10%)

  1. Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.
  2. Maintain and support an effective executive team.
  3. Ensure operations are implemented and conducted in accordance with CCGSD’s by-laws, mission statement, and any approved Board policies.
  4. Oversee the maintenance of all official records, with the Office Manager and Secretary of the Board.
  5. Oversee IT functions including email and server management.
  6. Participate in program-related activities on an as-needed basis, including but not limited welcoming remarks, programming support for external organizations and positive space training. 


Human Resources (15%)


  1. Conduct staff meetings to disseminate pertinent information, in coordination with the Office Manager.
  2. Actively engage and energize volunteers, Board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
  3. Foster a healthy organizational culture based on intersectional feminism and social justice values.
  4. Ensure appropriate salary and wage structures are maintained and reviewed.
  5. Ensure job descriptions are current and updated as necessary.
  6. Conduct annual performance appraisals alongside management staff.
  7. Conduct annual performance appraisals of executive staff.
  8. Formulate and implement employee support and/or corrective action as needed, according to CCGSD policy.
  9. Lead, coach, develop, and retain CCGSD’s high-performance team, in conjunction with the executive staff.


Governance (10%)

  1. Attend meetings of the Board and attend (or designate another staff member to attend, as appropriate) Board committee meetings.
  2. Engage and draw from the Board strategic insights that help to advance the mission of CCGSD nationally including in the areas of: Arts, Research, Advocacy, and Education.
  3. Work with committees, draft policies for Board approval, and prepare procedures to implement organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board, as appropriate.
  4. Report to the Board on activities and concerns regarding the operation of CCGSD on a monthly (or as needed) basis.
  5. Build and sustain effective working relationships with individual Board members.
  6. Apprise the Board on a timely basis about key issues, business opportunities, significant operational activities, and financial matters.
  7. Seek advice from the Board and successfully leverage their expertise, skills, and contributions.
  8. Assist with Board development efforts, including Board member orientation and training.

Fundraising (25%)

  1. Work with the Board and relevant managers/committees to establish a strategic, multi-year financial growth and sustainability plan for CCGSD, including the 2SLGBTQIA+ Museum.
  2. Develop and provide direction and leadership in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts, planned giving, large grant writing, online giving, and corporate and foundation strategic partnerships for programming and major projects
  3. Develop a fundraising plan with targets appropriate to budgetary requirements, related to either a projected net loss or gain in the current fiscal year.
  4. Manage and coordinate staff, volunteer, and professional relationships in support of fundraising events, major/planned gift fundraising activities, and campaigns.
  5. Ensure the proper implementation of fundraising plans, activities, and campaigns with fundraising goals. Ensure the adequate implementation of tools, processes, and budgets needed for supporting fundraising activities.
  6. Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure goals are being achieved; identify and correct problems related to areas such as funding and expenditures.
  7. Expand CCGSD’s donor base by cultivating positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
  8. Coordinate the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of event-specific and multi-event/multi-year sponsorships.
  9. Identify and expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future program expansion.
  10. Create, manage, and develop relationships with corporate, foundation, and CSR forums aiming to maximize awareness about CCGSD among influencers and senior stakeholders.
  11. Prepare funding proposals, grant applications, and related reports to corporations, foundations, and governments in collaboration with staff.
  12. Keep up to date with current fundraising and social trends, current events and political changes, and CRA guidelines and updates by participating in professional organizations and networking with the business sector.
  13. Negotiate, review, and sign all contracts and grant applications on behalf of CCGSD.

Communications/Advocacy (15%)

  1. Act as the lead spokesperson for the organization.
  2. Work with the Fundraising and Communications Committee and the Museum Project Manager to develop and implement an annual communications plan; develop an effective social media strategy.
  3. Oversee all aspects of communications –  from web presence to external relations – with the goal of creating a stronger brand and raising CCGSD’S visibility.
  4. Create, update, and oversee the distribution of promotional materials for CCGSD.
  5. Meet with community members and organizations to promote our programs and museum project. 
  6. Oversee consultation with community members across the country to ensure the responsiveness of the Museum, alongside the Museum Project Manager. 
  7. Encourage and build strong and positive partnerships with community agencies, individuals, and government.
  8. Develop and execute a PR strategy, including representing CCGSD through media appearances and interviews to increase CCGSD visibility.
  9. Maintain ongoing communications and stewardship of our donors.
  10. Undertake an update process for the Pink Agenda and create a related information sharing system. 


Financial (15%)

  1. Maintain full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the organization.
  2. Ensure that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and the control of operating expenses are within budget.
  3. Ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
  4. Ensure the preparation of budgets and forecasts for Board approval, with the Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  5. Report on the financial affairs of CCGSD to the Board as required, with the support of the Treasurer.
  6. Negotiate contracts and agreements within Board-approved limits.
  7. Maintain an effective and cost-efficient office environment.


Required Skills: 


The following skills and experience are required:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in a leadership role in a non-profit organization with provincial or national reach.
  • Demonstrable success in fundraising, sponsorship development, grant and proposal writing, and/or planned giving programs.
  • Experience preparing and managing large budgets.
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Experience managing a small-medium full-time staff team.
  • Understanding of non-profit organizational governance and experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Knowledge of policy development and human resources management.
  • Strong ability to network and build genuine and trusting relationships. 
  • Understanding of issues affecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
  • Commitment to building an intersectional feminist workplace that strives to meet social justice values for employees and for the rest of the community.
  • The successful candidate will come to CCGSD with their own professional contacts built up over their career.  




Any combination of the following would be an asset to the successful candidate::

  • Demonstrable experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • growing organizations
    • realizing strategy
    • leading teams and organizing multi-day conferences
    • coordinating programming with communities/schools across Canada.
  • Certification in one or more of the following: 
    • Accounting
    • Fundraising
    • Human resources
  • Bilingualism, in English and French
  • The willingness and ability to travel frequently, both regionally and nationally.


Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to no later than Friday, March 6th at 5pm EST. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified. We are willing to accommodate applicants outside of Ottawa, ON with a video interview, whenever requested.