Job Posting 92115

Executive Director
Durham Deaf Services
York / Durham area
closes in 4 days (Tue, 28 Mar)
full time - temporary / contract  •  58,000 - 65,000


Job Posting for DDS Executive Director


Durham Deaf Services (DDS) is currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in increasing DDS’s profile and awareness of the organizational performance. The Executive Director manages a culturally diverse staff, clientele, and community whose skills, cultures and language reflect the community. The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors and oversees the strategic and operational efficiencies of DDS programs, and services in fulfilment of the stated mission vision and values. 



Durham Deaf Services is a non-profit organization that offers services and programs that promote self-reliance within the Deaf, Deafened, and Hard of Hearing Community in Durham Region.


Contract Position: Executive Director

Work Hours: 32 hours per week

Employment Type: Salaried, 1-year contract with possibility of extension

Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2023

Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2023


Key responsibilities but not limited to:



  • Develop and implement strategies, operational plans and ensuring alignment with the approved vision and mission.
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Provide guidance, and operational support to the Board of Directors.
  • Attend all monthly Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings.
  • Assesses risk and compliance (regulation, bylaws, policy, contractual agreements), and effectively communicate risk strategies to the Board on a regular basis.

Operational Management/Program Leadership

  • Responsible for management of the day-to-day operation of the organization including programs, finance, legal matters, personnel, and public relations.
  • Recruit, interview, hire, evaluate, discipline, and supervise all staff and volunteers
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers have the competencies and support to achieve organizational success.
  • Support a strong, vibrant volunteer program that continues to develop and grow.
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.

Financial Sustainability

  • Oversee all financial matters to ensure the organization remains in a strong financial standing and to ensure long-term organizational sustainability.
  • Ensure effective financial policies and controls are in place.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to prepare a comprehensive annual budget.
  • Provide monthly financial reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.

Fundraising and Communication

  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund-raising plans and write funding and grant proposals to increase the funds of the organization.
  • Manage and grow DDS Relationships with Government Funders/Partners, Donors, Members and Stakeholders


  • Experience as a senior manager is preferred. Experience in Board relationships, business operations, information technology, financial management, human resources, communication, and relationship building is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of delivering literacy programming
  • Experience/knowledge regarding the Ministry Labour, Training, Immigration & Skills Development (MLTISD) Deaf Stream funding.


Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the literacy and the non-profit field is essential.
  • Proficiency in American Sign Language and English, and knowledge of Canadian Deaf culture is required.
  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Sage accounting system and online platforms. Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, financial management, accounting, and analytical skills are required.
  • Ability to book, coordinate and facilitate accessible Zoom meetings to accommodate participants’ ASL and spoken language communication. (Use of ASL interpreters, keeping a speaker’s list, etc.)



  • A post-secondary diploma or degree in a relevant field of study and several years’ work experience in a related field


How to Apply:

  1. Qualified applicants only, please submit your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in this position and relevant skills, experience, and salary expectations to:
  2. We also welcome applicants’ ASL videos for their cover letter, along with their written resume.

Durham Deaf Services will provide accommodation, accessible formats and communication accessibility for the interview upon request, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).


Durham Deaf Services is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action in our hiring process to ensure equal opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing applicants.



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