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Job Number:  38901
Chief Executive Officer
Job Posted: Monday, 16 October 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, 10 December 2017
(44 days ago)
Davies Park Executive Search - Easter Seals Alberta
Region: Calgary area Type: Full time
Location: Calgary Salary: (not entered)


As Chief Executive Officer, this individual demonstrates critical competencies in four broad categories: commitment to results, business savvy, leading change, and motivating. The incumbent is to direct and oversee all operations of Easter Seals Alberta and to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The Chief Executive Officer is the only organizational employee that reports directly to the Board, all other employees of the organization take direction from the Chief Executive Officer or his/her designate.



Reporting to the President of the volunteer Board of Directors the Chief Executive Officer leads senior and administrative staff in developing and implementing the strategic initiatives, programs and services of the organization, including the day to day operations, and recruitment and development of staff and volunteers.  A broad business and human service skill set is required to support Board and volunteer activity, fund development, stakeholder/partner relations, financial, human resources, strategic/long range planning, programs and services, and the public/community relations interests of the organization.




  1. Legal Compliance
    1. Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  1. Mission, Policy and Planning
    1. Helps the Board determine Easter Seals Alberta’s values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals.
    2. Helps the Board monitor and evaluate Easter Seals Alberta’s relevancy to the community, its effectiveness, and its results.
    3. Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and on all the important factors influencing it. Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those, which are appropriate to the Board and/or its committees; and, facilitates discussion and deliberation. Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making. Recommends policy positions.
    4. Keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy and fund development.
  1. Management and Administration
    1. Provides general oversight of all activities, manages the day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.
    2. Assures program quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.
    3. Assures a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff and volunteers. Assures process for selecting, development, motivating, and evaluating staff and volunteers.
    4. Recommends staffing and financing to the Board of Directors. In accordance with Board action, recruits personnel, negotiates professional contracts, and sees that appropriate salary structures are developed and maintained.
    5. Specifies accountabilities for management personnel (whether paid or volunteer) and evaluates performance regularly.
  1. Governance
    1. Helps the Board articulate its own role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members, and helps evaluate performance regularly.
    2. Works with the Board President to enable the Board to fulfil its governance functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board, its committees and individual Board members.
    3. With the Board President, focuses Board attention on long-range strategic issues.
    4. Manages the Board’s due diligence process to assure timely attention to core issues.
    5. Works with the Board officers and committee chairs to get the best thinking and involvement of each Board member and to stimulate each Board member to give his or her best.
    6. Recommends volunteers to participate in the Board and its committees.
  1. Financing
    1. Promotes programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality.
    2. Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit.
    3. Works with Board to ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals.
    4. Assures an effective fund development program by hiring and supervising an individual responsible for this activity. Helps guide and enable the Board, its fund development committee and its individual Board members to participate actively in the fund development process. Helps the Board and its development committee design, implement and monitor a viable fundraising plan, policies and procedures.
  1. Community Relations
    1. Facilitates the integration of Easter Seals Alberta into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities.
    2. Acts as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to ABC, its services and constituencies.
    3. Listens to clients, volunteers, donors and the community to improve services and generate community involvement.
    4. Serves as chief spokesperson for Easter Seals Alberta, assuring proper representation to the community.
    5. Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies.
    6. Works with legislators, regulatory agencies, volunteers and representatives of the not-for-profit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and to address the issues of the agency’s constituencies.



  • First and foremost, the Chief Executive Officer must have passion, empathy, enthusiasm, a sense of humour, and a sensitivity towards people regardless of circumstances. This must be coupled with a commitment and dedication to the role that the organization plays in the life of Albertans with disabilities and serious medical conditions.  As the voice and face of Easter Seals in the community, they must be able to convey the significant impact the work of the organization has and provide a presence and enthusiasm that will motivate others to partner with and promote the cause.


  • Ten years’ experience in a management/leadership capacity. Experience in not for profit sector and/or involvement/interest in community services, specifically relating to disabilities is not essential but would be a strong asset.
  • Relevant education in business management or social services.
  • Experience/working knowledge of board and committee development, financial management, budgeting, office and human resource management and community public relations skills.
  • Experience/ exposure to fundraising and government relations would be a strong asset.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and benefits.   Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


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Contact Details:
Laura Youngberg
Davies Park
530, 1000 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5L5
Phone: (403) 263-0600
www:   daviespark.com/easter-seals-alberta-chief-executive-officer/

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