Job Posting 57089

Executive Director
Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC)
Toronto Metro area, Southern Ontario
home-based office
closed 80 days ago (Tue, 29 Oct 2019)
contract - part time  •  Negotiable, commensurate with experience

Our national, professional association is looking for an Executive Director to provide leadership, direction, and guidance to our growing organization.


Genetic counsellors are health professionals with specialized training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling. Genetic counsellors work as members of a healthcare team, providing individuals and families with information on the nature, inheritance, and implications of genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions.

The Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) was formed in 1987 with the goal of promoting high standards of practice, facilitating and supporting professional growth and increasing public awareness of the genetic counselling profession in Canada. The CAGC comprises over 300 members, a 10-person Board of Directors, and 12 committees. Our members span the country from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and represent the full clinical scope of genetic counselling practice in Canada.


The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for executing the goals and objectives of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC), as established by organization’s Board of Directors (BOD). The ED provides leadership, direction, and guidance for the organization’s activities. This individual analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the organization’s operations. The ED coordinates major activities and assumes primary responsibility for project development and implementation.

General Duties:

  1. Oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the CAGC.
  2. Ensures that the organization is represented appropriately to members, regulatory bodies, community and civic organizations, supporters, and the general public.
  3. Fosters effective teamwork between the BOD and ED, and between the ED and affiliated members (e.g., committee chairs).


  1. Identifies new opportunities for CAGC growth and development, and facilitates pursuit of these opportunities in coordination with the BOD.
  2. Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with members, community groups, government, and other stakeholders to help achieve the goals of the CAGC.
  3. Develop and spearhead implementation of an innovative strategic plan for the organization


  1. Ensures compliance with required standards, in accordance with all government legislation, regulations and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as a not-for-profit agency.
  2. Recommends to the BOD appropriate changes to policies and procedures that would improve, and support the growth of, the organization.
  3. Prepares and submits all information, reports, and records as requested or required by the BOD.
  4. Contributes to the implementation of operational plans, polices, and goals that further the organization’s strategic objectives.
  5. Works in partnership with the CAGC Treasurer to oversee the organization’s financial management. (Note that, over time, this position may evolve to include additional financial management responsibilities.)
  6. Supervise head office personnel and other contract positions/consultants as necessary
  7. Facilitate responses to inquiries from the media, students, consumers, and other professional organizations; identify additional marketing and media opportunities

Hours: 5-10 hours per week

Wage: negotiable, commensurate with experience


  1. A minimum of 2 years of leadership experience (REQUIRED)
    • Preferably in the not-for-profit sector.
    • Ideally in a healthcare-related industry
    • Previous experience as the ED of a non-profit organization is strongly preferred.
  1. Experience:
    • Leading the growth of a diverse and dynamic organization in an executive role with accountability to the BOD (or similar committee).
    • Developing and executing strategic and operations plans, financial management and budgeting experience.
    • Managing effective and efficient operations, member-centric programs and projects.
    • Setting appropriate goals and monitoring outcomes for an organization.
    • Managing communications for public relations, advocacy, education, conferences and networking activities.
    • Working with multiple groups, including but not limited to a BOD, internal committees, related organizations (both in and outside of Canada), external stakeholders, political groups, and the general public.
  1. Skills & Assets:
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Management of complex relationships
    • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
    • Ability to handle a dynamic and evolving work setting within a growing organization
    • Personal experience as an association executive, board member, committee chair, or other role with accountability to a volunteer board
    • Familiarity with genetic counselling (and/or other allied health professions)
    • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


The following items must be included in your application:

  1. Cover letter specifying:
    • Your previous experience with a non-profit organization and/or as an executive director
    • Your understanding of the CAGC organization, and why you are interested in this position
    • Number of hours per week you are available to work in this position
    • Your salary expectations
    • Available start date
  2. Resume with contact information

Candidate screening will commence October 1, 2019. The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

We thank all applicants in advance and only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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