Executive Director

Executive Director{

The opportunity


The Toronto Shelter Network (TSN), established in 2015, is the umbrella organization for 34 organizations that collectively deliver Toronto’s 24-hour emergency homelessness services including emergency shelters, respite centres, temporary COVID response programs and 24 hour drop-ins. The TSN has a dual mandate: working hand in hand with its members and partners, the TSN advocates for a progressive, effective and equitable housing and homelessness system and champions dignified housing for people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the TSN supports a vibrant network of members to be leaders in housing and homelessness. The TSN advocates for resources that members need to deliver the highest quality services and enhances capacity of homelessness service providers in Toronto through knowledge sharing and learning, collaborative planning, research and advocacy. 

Over the past two years, the TSN has expanded significantly. It is within this context the TSN welcomes applications and nominations for the appointment of its Executive Director 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide visionary, strategic and operational leadership for the TSN. The Executive Director will steer the organization to the next phase of its development through continued growth and evolution in a changing environment. As the organization evolves and grows, the Executive Director will continue to build a positive and healthy culture and high-performance environment. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors and staff to further develop the TSN’s structures and processes and maintain an efficient and effective organization capable of delivering the highest quality of service to the TSN membership. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will initiate the development of vision-led, strategic and long-range plans. The Executive Director will develop the organization’s operational plan and financial plan, in accordance with strategic plan, and develop and monitor organizational policies enabling the consistent, fair, transparent running of the organization. Building on the current Strategic Plan and strong financial foundation, the Executive Director will ensure ongoing relevance and sustainability by delivering meaningful results and through revenue generation opportunities.  

The Executive Director will ensure the TSN continues to lead with ideas and action, embrace and drive change, forge powerful coalitions and create pathways to better results. The Executive Director will provide thought leadership and engage members through a highly networked system, including its Sector Tables meetings, all member meetings, webinars and communications. The Executive Director will mobilize member networks and committees and advance the TSN’s vision by promoting policies, services and programs that help achieve an emergency homelessness system that is focused on housing outcomes which are evidence based, equity informed and client centered.  

Candidates for this Executive Director role must have demonstrated professional experience related to advancing wellbeing for people and communities facing barriers. You have leadership experience in a not-for-profit organization, financial and operational skills, and an ability to cultivate and work effectively with a Board of Directors. A post-secondary degree in a related field is preferred. Candidates have capacity to lead during times of growth and change, ensuring effective governance and organizational structure and processes. You can navigate complex and shifting housing and homelessness systems, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization through management of a committed and passionate staff team. You are a strategic, inclusive and inspirational leader, who actively engages staff, balances consensus-building with effective decision-making, and encourages accountability and ownership. 

The ideal candidate has strong communication and public speaking skills, and the ability to influence, negotiate and persuade. You are an exceptional relationship builder and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders. You can build relationships and partnerships to mobilize sector specific and cross sector planning, collaboration and collective action.  

You have demonstrated knowledge of equity and the impacts of racism and discrimination on different marginalized communities, especially diverse, intersectional equity-deserving groups. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression, and to the TSN’s belief that everyone in Toronto can and should live in a home that brings dignity.  

The TSN is an equity employer and encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, individuals from racialized groups, people of all sexual orientations and genders and persons with disabilities. 

To apply or explore this impactful opportunity with the TSN, please submit a resume along with a cover letter in confidence to Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) and Noshina Choudhary (noshina@griffithgroup.ca). 

Salary Range: $110,000 – $120,000 commensurate with experience.  

In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and TSN throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact sam@griffithgroup.ca 

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