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Executive Director



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Elizabeth Fry Toronto


Executive Director


Lead and inspire a community agency whose mission is to support women who are, have been, or are at risk of being in conflict with the law


Elizabeth Fry Toronto is seeking a transformational leader who will work with the Board of Directors to lead the agency in delivering the highest quality of services to criminalized and at risk women. The vision of Elizabeth Fry Toronto is of a society that ensures that all women have the dignity and capacity to make informed choices about their lives and can avoid the risk of coming into conflict with the law.

The organization has a budget of $2.5M and a diverse and multicultural staff of 30 reflective of the client population as well as volunteers and students. There are 6 direct reports to the Executive Director, including 4 at the manager level. The current strategic direction is built around a recent comprehensive organizational needs assessment and interviews with key stakeholders, including service users, funders, staff and service partners, as well as a review of existing literature. The strategic focus is on capacity development of operations and delivery of wraparound services, expansion of the agency’s residential program and strengthening the voice of marginalized women in conflict with the law.


As an inspirational and inclusive organizational leader, the Executive Director will foster a spirit of teamwork and collaboration across the agency and with other women-serving organizations. Reporting directly to an active and engaged Board, and working closely with the management team and staff, the Executive Director will communicate both the substance and importance of the agency’s mission to the public, government agencies, legislative bodies and strategic partners. As an accomplished consensus builder and skilled negotiator, the Executive Director will be a compelling advocate and champion for service excellence and the development of new programs and services.


The Executive Director will have five to seven years of proven experience in a leadership capacity in the community-based non-profit sector with a focus on advocacy for women’s rights and leadership in a unionized environment. The Executive Director will also bring an understanding of oppression and over-criminalization of Indigenous women. As a transformational and innovative leader with excellent interpersonal skills and an accomplished team builder with leadership experience in a unionized environment, the Executive Director will promote a culture of collaboration, excellence and continuous improvement and demonstrate an understanding of working in a culturally diverse environment. As an accomplished financial steward, the Executive Director will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of sound financial management, business acumen, philanthropy and fundraising. The Executive Director will preferably hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in social work, sociology, criminology or comparable field, or have exceptional relevant experience.


The closing date for receipt of applications is April 14, 2017. To obtain more information or to express your interest in this exciting opportunity please call Tony Woolgar at 416 902 2974 or forward your resume, in complete confidence, to or To learn more about Elizabeth Fry Toronto please visit their web site at


Elizabeth Fry Toronto, in accordance with its gender responsive and anti-oppression framework, welcomes applications from people who reflect the diversity of our community


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Posting Date: 31-Mar-2017Accounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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