CanadaHelps – President and Chief Executive Officer


CanadaHelps – President and Chief Executive Officer{


The opportunity

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CanadaHelps is a dynamic, fast growing, technology-driven charitable organization with the mission of increasing charitable giving in Canada.  Since its founding in 2000, CanadaHelps has helped over 3 million Canadians donate over $2.2 billion to Canadian charities. Since 2013, it has gone through a period of rapid, double-digit growth, increasing its staff complement to 115FTE, enabling it to process approximately one third of all online giving in Canada (~$450M annually). CanadaHelps is the Canadian leader in online giving and continues to internally develop and promote innovative giving solutions for Canadian charities and donors. It has a nimble and entrepreneurial culture with passionate and engaged staff. It employs a hybrid office model.  The head office is located in downtown Toronto, with a second office in Vancouver.

It is within this context that CanadaHelps welcomes applications and nominations for the appointment of its President & Chief Executive Officer.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will drive further growth of the organization so that CanadaHelps continues to achieve its mission with vigor and urgency.  The President & CEO will advance the mission of the organization externally through original thought leadership, advocacy, community involvement within the charitable sector, and acting as a primary spokesperson on behalf of the organization. Internally the President & CEO will anticipate technology and donation trends and their impacts, based on sound analysis, and devise strategies to advance the mission through rapid change.  The President & CEO will lead the organization through the successful execution of the strategic and operational plans, particularly in software development, managing risk and ensuring wise allocation of resources. The President & CEO leads a senior executive team that manages the daily operations of the organization in a high-performance, entrepreneurial culture across a group of diverse and talented individuals.

As the ideal candidate, you have a successful track record in senior leadership roles along with growing results in a technologically focused, dynamic, and highly competitive environment. You have a strong commitment to CanadaHelps’ mission and values and understand the complexities of ecommerce and its application to charities and donors. You understand and have employed best practices in managing software development. You have exceptional financial and business acumen, a track record of innovation and growth, and ideally, experience working with or reporting to a Board of Directors.  You are a future-focused leader with a start-up mindset, a strong sense of urgency and an understanding of how to compete in a fast-changing environment. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and the necessary cultural competencies to lead a multi-generational, culturally diverse workforce. As a key spokesperson for CanadaHelps, the successful candidate should be comfortable with presentations, media, and public relations. Knowledge of the charitable sector and the charitable regulatory framework is an asset. Candidates must hold a degree from a recognized post secondary institution, and an MBA or relevant Master’s degree is considered an asset.  

To learn more about this significant leadership opportunity with CanadaHelps, please submit a comprehensive resume along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca).

CanadaHelps welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and/or gender identities. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

CanadaHelps is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages applications from all persons including those with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  If you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact jane@griffithgroup.ca.

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