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Job Number:  55847
Executive Director
Job Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Closing Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019
(in 10 days)
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Region: Ottawa area Type: Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: (not entered)



Provide Strong Leadership in Sustaining, Strengthening and Advocating

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, (CAEFS) is a national association of community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, and nationally.


CAEFS is recognized as a strong and respected voice for the sector. CAEFS is seeking an Executive Director who is committed and drawn to working with and on behalf of marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls. The successful candidate will provide leadership and strategic direction to the network of Elizabeth Fry Societies across Canada, with the goal of providing a unified voice and position on issues affecting women and girls.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a strong advocate and voice for criminalized and at-risk women and girls;
  • Believe in prison abolition and will work towards that end by promoting alternatives to incarceration, by eliminating segregation and advocating for community options for women and girls.
  • Have a strong understanding of the oppression and over criminalization of Indigenous women, women of colour, and immigrant women
  • Will champion a feminist, intersectional and substantive equitable approach
  • Be a strategic leader with exceptional relationship building and change management skills.


The qualifications of the successful candidate will include:

  • Post-secondary degree in the social sciences, law or a related field; or equivalent experience and/or training.
  • Proven management experience in personnel, finance and administration.
  • Willingness to relocate and/or travel
  • Proven ability to work with a volunteer board and committees as well as with groups in the public/private sector and the community
  • Strong knowledge of women’s issues and demonstrated commitment to women’s equality initiatives
  • Strong knowledge of the criminal justice system, the legislative process and relevant government and private agencies
  • Fundraising ability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingualism essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends when required
  • Ability and confidence to interact effectively with a variety of media
  • Valid Driver’s license is required


  • Competitive benefit package offered.
  • Salary to be negotiated based on education and experience.
  • Please submit your cover letter and resume electronically to
  • We thank all applicants in advance and only those shortlisted will be contacted.

This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Candidate screening will commence on September 3rd, 2019.  This position has a start date that is negotiable over the next six months.


CAEFS, in accordance with its intersectional feminist approach and anti-racism and anti-oppression framework, welcomes application from people who reflect the diversity of our community.

How to Apply
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Please submit your cover letter and resume electronically
Contact Details
www:   www.caefs.ca

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